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Meanwhile, Democrats said they are planning to make Kushner a focus in the coming weeks. “There is no way Jared Kushner should have a top-level security clearance right now,” said Brian Fallon, who served as press secretary to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and before that as a spokesman for the Department of Justice. “In light of what we now know he discussed with Kislyak, it is impossible to believe Kushner’s omission of that secret meeting from his clearance application form was an accident. His clearance should be stripped at least until the FBI gets to the bottom of this.” He added: “If Republicans will not join in demanding this of the White House, Democrats would be more than justified in grinding the Senate to a halt and opposing any new Trump nominees.” And Senate Democrats said that they were planning to use the latest Russia-related crisis to increase pressure on attaching Russia sanctions to the Iran sanctions bill that passed the Foreign Relations Committee last week.
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Lincoln City will receive their FA Cup Giant-Killing Award ahead of today's FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley. The Imps made history by becoming the first non-league side in 103 years to make the quarter-finals of the world's oldest cup competition. READ MORE: Cowley praises 'A-star' Habergham Danny Cowley's side won the Giant-Killing Award thanks to their remarkable 1-0 victory at Burnley. Stourbridge, Sutton United and Millwall were the other nominees. The Imps also saw...
Politico
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One of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees wrote nearly a decade ago that Justice Anthony Kennedy was akin to a “judicial prostitute” – a comment that one liberal advocacy group says should disqualify him for the courts. Damien Schiff, who has been nominated for a seat on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, is a lawyer with the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation who was also a prolific blogger. One piece on his personal blog, Omnia Omnibus, discussed the justice’s role as an powerful swing vote on the Supreme Court. “What does this mean? Presumably we are to understand that Justice Kennedy is savvy and strategic, because he makes other Justices curry his favor,” Schiff wrote in the June 29, 2007 blog post. “But again, what does that mean? It would seem that Justice Kennedy is (and please excuse the language) a judicial prostitute, ‘selling’ his vote as it were to four other Justices in exchange for the high that comes from aggrandizement of power and influence, and the blandishments of the fawning media and legal academy.
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Emil Kurbedinov, a 35-years-old Crimean Tatar lawyer, who has been fighting for the rights of several prominent Crimean Tatar and pro-Ukrainian activists and journalists in Russian-held Crimea, becomes the 2017 winner of the Front Line Defenders prize, the annual award for human rights defenders at risk. When we defend political prisoners and persecuted activists, we are going against a system in which there’s no hope of a fair trial. Winning an acquittal for my clients is almost impossible – but what I can do is show them that despite the risks, I will not abandon them, Kurbedinov said at the ceremony in Dublin, Ireland, on May 26. The international jury has picked Crimean Tatar lawyer, who, as his defendants, was also harassed and illegally arrested and sentenced to 10 days in prison on extremism charges by the Russian Federal Security Service last winter, among 142 nominees from 56 countries of the world.
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If the Supreme Court follows a partisan divide, the Trump administration may fare better since five of the nine are Republican nominees. Still, he said, "Supreme Court justices don't always vote in ideological lockstep." — AP
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President Donald Trump is on his way to leaving a conservative imprint on the federal judiciary with the confirmation of Amul Thapar, his first judge to the lower courts, and a renewed willingness from Republicans to sidestep a century-old custom involving judicial nominees. The Senate voted 52-44 on Thursday to install Thapar, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), at the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The confirmation marked the first judicial nominee aside from now-Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court for Trump, who came into office with an usually higher number of judicial vacancies. “He has a reputation as a qualified judge with an impressive legal mind,” McConnell said of Thapar. “He will fairly apply the law to all who enter his courtroom because, in Judge Thapar’s own words, ‘the most important attribute of a judge is to be open-minded and not to prejudge a case without reading the briefs, researching the law, and hearing from the parties.
Politico
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President Donald Trump is on his way to leaving a conservative imprint on the federal judiciary with the confirmation of Amul Thapar, his first judge to the lower courts, and a renewed willingness from Republicans to sidestep a century-old custom involving judicial nominees. The Senate voted 52-44 on Thursday to install Thapar, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), at the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The confirmation marked the first judicial nominee aside from now-Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court for Trump, who came into office with an usually higher number of judicial vacancies. “He has a reputation as a qualified judge with an impressive legal mind,” McConnell said of Thapar. “He will fairly apply the law to all who enter his courtroom because, in Judge Thapar’s own words, ‘the most important attribute of a judge is to be open-minded and not to prejudge a case without reading the briefs, researching the law, and hearing from the parties.
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The inaugural NBA Awards show will be a full Young Money affair. Not only will Drake be hosting the awards, set for June 26 (9 p.m. ET on TNT), but the NBA also announced Thursday that fellow YM artist Nicki Minaj will perform at the festivities. The NBA Awards are set to be held at Pier 36 in New York City and will hand out every major individual award. Russell Westbrook , James Harden and Kawhi Leonard were named finalists for the NBA MVP. Rudy Gobert, Draymond Green and Leonard are the Defensive Player of the Year finalists. A full list of nominees for every award, which includes some fan voting, was announced last week. Inside the NBA 's Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille ONeal will make appearances, as will a series of celebrity presenters and NBA stars. Minaj is fresh off an opening performance at the Billboard Music Awards and is ramping up the promotion for her as-yet-untitled fourth studio album, which is due out this year.
Variety
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It’s that time of year again: Emmy season is upon us, and Variety’s coverage will begin in earnest in next week’s issue. But before we kick off a brand new race for TV’s top trophy, we’re taking a look at nine key categories and breaking down which of last year’s nominees are in and out... Read more »
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Ars Technica UK
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Enlarge The shortlist for board game's biggest international award, the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year), has just been announced by the German critics' association that awards the prize. The main Spiel des Jahres award is currently reserved for lighter, family-style games, while the more complex Kennerspiel des Jahres honours deeper or more strategic games. The final decision will be made this summer, but for now, if you're looking for something new to play with friends or family, this list provides a nice starting point. Ars Cardboard 's own recommendations from the list are, in order of complexity, Kingdomino (light), Exit—The Game (light-medium, very puzzle-y), and Terraforming Mars (medium-heavy, thinky). Read 13 remaining paragraphs | Comments
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Meanwhile, on suggestions that the appointment of vice-chancellors be left to the respective boards of the universities, Idris said the current process was fair, where all those nominated would be vetted first. "It seems as though the minister is the one who chooses, but there is a process, and I am guided by the higher education blueprint. "It is full of transparency. They (nominees) will be assessed by various professional bodies, following which they will have to go through the select committee, before eventually being passed by the minister," he said.
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Republicans are increasingly eager to rewrite the rules of Congress to push through their agenda — never mind any potential long-term damage to the institution. Senate Republicans nuked the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees to install Neil Gorsuch, and House Republicans blew past the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office in their rush to repeal Obamacare. Now rank-and-file GOP senators are pushing to further erode congressional norms as they take up their own health care plan, eye massive tax cuts and confirm a new slate of lifetime appointees to the federal courts. “It is a growing sense among Republican senators, and I’m one of them, that we’ve got to make the Senate functional again,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), who said Democratic ruleblocked the functioning, legislative branch of our government.” The agitation to test tradition isnt new.
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