Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Incomplete Records Request For Judge Brett Kavanaugh July 27, 2018Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee failed the American people. In a stark departure from bipartisan precedent, Senate Republicans are seeking to prevent the Senate from fulfilling its obligation to review the full record of a nominee for a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court. We must ask: What do Senate Republicans so badly want to hide?After Senate Republicans travelled to the White House to discuss what documents they should request, they decided the American people do not need to see anything from Judge Kavanaugh’s three contentious years as Staff Secretary to President George W. Bush — a time the nominee himself described as “among the most instructive” for him as a judge, when he provided advice “on any issue that may cross the [the president’s] desk.” Even for the records that Senate Republicans are seeking, they did not request that the administration tell us what specific documents they are withholding and the basis for doing so. This tainted process and half-production are all the more troubling because the last time Judge Kavanaugh testified before the Senate, he appeared to provide a misleading account of his work on torture and detainee policies in the White House. Now we may never learn the full truth, and Republicans are apparently just fine with that.How far the Senate has fallen. Each senator has an independent, constitutional obligation to provide advice and informed consent to a president’s nominees. When I served as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee for the nomination of Justice Elena Kagan, I didn’t travel to the Obama White House seeking permission to request certain documents. I requested all of them. And I was joined in that request by the top Republican on the Committee at the time, then-Senator Jeff Sessions. Senate Republicans are hiding relevant documents from the American people and putting party over country. The American people — whose lives will be shaped for a generation by Judge Kavanaugh if he is confirmed — deserve better. They deserve the truth.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jackie Robinson’s daughter thinks Black baseball players are more reluctant to speak publicly about racial issues than their NFL and NBA colleagues because they constitute a lower percentage of rosters.She spoke at Citi Field on Sunday to mark Jackie Robinson Day, the 71st anniversary of her father breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.While more than 200 NFL players protested racial inequality last season by kneeling or sitting during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell was the only baseball player to take a knee.“I don’t think they have much choice,” Sharon Robinson said. “They are in the minority and where in football and basketball you have a group and therefor you can take a group action. So players if they speak out individually, they could be the only African-American player on their team and it could be a difficult spot for them to be in.”The percentage of Black players from the United States and Canada on opening-day active rosters rose to 8.4 percent, up from 7.7 last year and its highest level since at least 2012.The percentage peaked at 19 in 1986, MLB said last week, citing Mark Armour of the Society of American Baseball Research.Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig retired Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 throughout the major leagues in 1997, made Jackie Robinson Day an annual event in 2004 and five years later started asking all players to wear No. 42 each April 15.An educational consultant to Major League Baseball, Sharon Robinson attended the first-pitch ceremony before the Mets-Milwaukee game with her mom, 95-year-old Rachel Robinson. On a chilly afternoon, the game time temperature was 42.Sharon Robinson said action among African-American players is more an individual undertaking.“They do it around their involvement in community themselves, and talk about why that’s important,” she said.“Part of the protest with the NFL or the NBA is how do we funnel some of these proceeds from the games, where we’re helping to bring these proceeds, and funnel them into the African-American community? So some of the baseball players do that through their own charities or their own work within communities that they’re playing (in).”___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, speaks to reporters before a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers on Jackie Robinson Day, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
There has been a cluster of “soap opera-ish” clouds hanging over the Pittsburgh Steelers since before the beginning of their 2018 season. Those clouds of uncertainty continue to loom over the well-being of the Black and Gold in particular as well as the Steeler nation in particular. I am now going to take on the role of “social meteorologist” and prognosticator regarding the present and possibly the future of the squad from the Steel City.Cloud #1, Le’Veon Bell: rain, rain, go away please don’t come back until after March 13, 2019. Before the 2018 season began, “As Le’Veon Turns” was the beginning of the soapbox era for the Steelers. Mr. Bell appears to be running at warp speed toward the NFL free agency market in 2019. He sat out the entire 2018 season and didn’t even show up to sign his 2018 franchise-tagged salary of about $14 million—as of today it appears as if he has now evolved into a thoroughbred “USDA dumba__.”According to TMZ: Bell told cops he “didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high… and admitted to smoking a couple hours before the incident.”After all of that drama and suspension, he was still welcomed back with open arms. The Steelers’ arms and hands were empty; Bell had a few hidden daggers waiting for the Steelers management and coaches to turn their backs even after he suffered two season-ending injuries.Cloud #2, Antonio Brown: the “team” called me! The “clown” named Brown allegedly purchased $500,000 worth of jewelry, yet allegedly got into a domestic dispute over money for a haircut!Brown seemed to be just an afterthought when the Steelers picked him in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft. He was the 22nd of 27 wide receivers selected in the draft. This former special teams ace (Brown was lucky to even make the 2010 squad) personally forfeited his role in the 2018 end-of-season game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in a game that could have decided if the Steelers would have advanced to the playoffs. Brown and the apparently bitter ex-Steelers linebacker James Harrison watched, mocked and even appeared to celebrate Mike Tomlin’s 2018 season-ending press conference. This ungrateful behavior from Antonio Brown, a mere sixth round draft pick who did everything from begging, kissing boots and other things just to make the squad. The Steelers should ship Brown out on a submarine with a slow leak.Cloud #3, ex-Steeler James Harrison: brawny, definitely yes, brainy, maybe not so much. James Harrison, a linebacker cut three times previously by NFL teams, twice by the Steelers and once by the Ravens. Harrison was signed in 2003 by the Ravens after being cut by the Steelers in 2002. The Ravens sent him to NFL Europe before eventually releasing him. He re-signed with the Steelers; left Pittsburgh for a short stint with the Bengals. He returned to the Steelers, retired briefly, returned and signed with the Patriots until he retired for good at the end of the 2017 season. His new vocation is bashing Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin while simultaneously seeking fame, fortune, glory and attention in Hollywood. If he could lift weights with his brains, he’d be truly dangerous.Cloud #4, Ben Roethlisberger: the “untouchable one.” Once an NFL QB who could scramble and throw on the run as good as any signal-caller in history, oftentimes it seemed as if his second job was to screw up and wait for a bus to approach so that he could toss his teammates under it. On sheer numbers alone, Roethlisberger should be a lock to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. He admits that it is difficult for him to relate with some of his teammates. On that note, he may be a shoo-in for the “hall of shame.”The Steelers will eventually taste success again but they must remove the “social” cancers and drama in order to do so. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier