Senator Elizabeth Warren looks on as then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination in 2013. (photo: Getty Images)
Annie Karni | Politico | April 30, 2016
Hillary Clinton is intrigued by the idea of an all-female ticket. But allies say she likely won’t pick the woman of progressive dreams: Elizabeth Warren.
lizabeth Warren would be the dream vice presidential pick for millions of forlorn Bernie Sanders supporters, an instant antidote to the charge that Hillary Clinton is too close to Wall Street.
But in interviews with more than a dozen prominent Democrats and campaign allies, most viewed a Clinton-Warren ticket as an unlikely scenario — despite the appeal of a two-woman ticket to Clinton campaign officials and also to Clinton, who sources said is intrigued by the idea.
Clinton and the senior senator from Massachusetts don’t have a close, personal relationship — in fact, there’s no evidence to show they even particularly like each other — and Clinton insiders worry Warren could upstage the likely Democratic nominee during the general election. While there’s confidence in the energy she could bring to the ticket, questions loom about the anti-Big Bank crusader’s appeal among white working class voters, as well as her lack of experience.
Shia protesters unfurled banners after storming the Iraqi Parliament building. (photo: Reuters)
Reuters | Reader Supported News | April 30, 2016
Supporters of a prominent Shi’ite cleric are demanding government reform.
undreds of supporters of Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed into Baghdad’s Green Zone and entered parliament on Saturday after Sadr denounced politicians’ failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption.
The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified district housing government buildings and many foreign embassies, crossed a bridge over the Tigris River chanting: “The cowards ran away!” in apparent reference to departing lawmakers.
There were no reports of clashes with security forces. But an army special forces unit was dispatched with armored vehicles to protect sensitive sites, two security officials said. No curfew has been imposed, they said.
Cathy Bussewitz | Associated Press | April 26, 2016
Insurance companies would not be allowed to discriminate against transgender patients under a bill passed by the Hawaii Legislature.
The bill passed Tuesday by the House of Representatives prohibits denying, canceling or limiting coverage based on a person’s gender identity.
“That’s something that’s really critical, especially now when you have states around the country moving the other direction, explicitly placing into law the ability to discriminate based on who people perceive themselves to be,” said Democratic Rep. Chris Lee, who introduced the bill. “Here in Hawaii where we treat everyone with respect and aloha. We think everyone is created equal and ought to be treated the same.”
Zoe Tillman | The National Law Journal | April 28, 2016
May is shaping up to be a month of change for Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
On May 18, Collyer will take senior status, a position that gives her the flexibility to handle a reduced caseload should she choose. The next day, she’ll become presiding judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, according to an announcement posted on the court’s website.
The surveillance court—housed in the same downtown Washington courthouse as the U.S. district court—reviews U.S. law enforcement applications for electronic surveillance. It operates largely in secret.
Tony Mauro | The National Law Journal | April 29, 2016
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said Friday “I am not ashamed” to have returned to private practice after resigning last year, asserting he will continue to advance the justice reform issues he espoused in office as a private attorney.
“You can be a public interest lawyer wherever you are,” Holder told students at Georgetown University Law Center at a public discussion with National Public Radio’s Michel Martin. “I hope you will be a public interest lawyer wherever you are.”
After leaving the Justice Department in 2015, Holder returned to Covington & Burling, where he had worked for eight years before becoming the nation’s first African-American attorney general. Martin asked Holder, “What do you feel you owe to the struggle at this point in your life,” referring to civil rights advocacy and justice reform.
Aaron Morrison | Mic | Yahoo News | April 28, 2016
Transgender activists have routinely pushed back on narratives that they say elevate individuals in their community who might “pass” for their preferred gender while marginalizing others whose self-presentation does not conform to the gender binary. If we want to challenge the rigid way society views and classifies people by gender presentation, the thinking goes, we should seek to elevate trans people whose appearance reads neither as stereotypically male nor female.
Here’s a case in point: On Tuesday, New Jersey-based Meg Bitton Photography agency posted a photo of Corey Maison, who is transgender and appears feminine — so much so that some commenters missed the point of the meme, thinking Maison was cisgender. The company posted the image to speak out North Carolina’s HB2, which, among other things, prohibits municipalities in the state from adopting protections for trans folks who wish to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.
“If this was YOUR daughter, would you be comfortable sending her into a men’s bathroom?” the photo’s caption reads. “‘Neither would I. Be fair. Be kind. Be empathetic. Treat others how you would like to be treated.”