There is something in the current “Notorious RBG” fervor that offers the perfect paradox for a woman whose early career was marked by rejection and work in the trenches of anti-discrimination law.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s superstardom has not been fleeting, precisely because of what she did before and what she represents today.
She made the law review at both Harvard and Columbia law schools and graduated at the top of her class at Columbia. Yet she was rejected for the most prestigious judicial clerkships and spurned by law firms. It was not just that she was a woman. She was also a mother caring for a young daughter.
But that was nearly six decades ago, and on Friday, Ginsburg marks the 25th anniversary of her judicial oath on the US Supreme Court.
Melania Trump used visa opposed by her husband to get her parents’ citizenship:
President Donald Trump’s in-laws are officially United States citizens, obtaining their citizenship through the sponsorship of their adult daughter, one of the very categories of family visas that the administration has sought to end.
“It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family,” he said in a statement to CNN.
The first lady’s office declined to comment.
NFL won’t punish players who kneel, raise fists or sit out National Anthem:
The NFL says it won’t punish the players who took a knee, raised fists or did not take to the field while the National Anthem was played Thursday night before preseason games.
In a statement released Thursday, the league reiterated that its new policy regarding conduct surrounding the anthem is shelved until it reaches an agreement with the NFL Players Association.
The league noted the anthem will continue to be played before every game and all personnel on the field would be “expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem.”
“Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room,” the league added.
The Miami Herald reported that Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, along with wide receiver Albert Wilson, knelt during the anthem before a home game against Tampa Bay.
Trump-Mueller negotiations threaten to hang over midterm elections:
Rudy Giuliani may have just set up a midterm election showdown.
President Donald Trump’s lawyer insisted Wednesday that his latest proposal in the long-running tussle with special counsel Robert Mueller over an interview with the President was designed to shield the investigation from the political overhang of November’s polls.
But the latest gambit will almost certainly have an effect opposite to ending the showdown over Trump’s proposed testimony quickly.
That’s because although the terms of the offer were not disclosed, it appeared to come with conditions that legal experts say will be almost impossible for the special counsel to accept.
Spike Lee connects past to urgent present in ‘BlacKkKlansman’:
Spike Lee films can be guilty of feeling didactic, but the material suits the message — and the director’s passion — in “BlacKkKlansman,” a fiery, wild true story infused by an overt cautionary warning that the past could be prologue. Tense, provocative and entertaining, it’s not clear how well the movie will age, but Lee’s latest joint feels tailor-made for the current moment.
As the title (a nightmare for copy editors) would suggest, “BlacKkKlansman” tells the remarkable story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, Denzel’s son), an African-American police officer in Colorado Springs, who got the rather audacious idea in the 1970s of infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. Ron, obviously, couldn’t show up at the meetings, but he won the organizers’ trust over the phone, sending his colleague Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) as the undercover version of himself.
Ron gets the gig after initially being drafted to monitor a speech by civil-rights crusader Stokley Carmichael (Corey Hawkins), who has taken the Kwame Ture. At the event Ron meets a college activist (“Spider-Man: Homecoming’s” Laura Harrier) and has the not particularly advisable idea of trying to strike up a relationship with her.