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Reports: Biden to pick ex-Fed chair Yellen for Treasury Secretary

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The Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, and Reuters are reporting that Joe Biden will choose former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to be his Treasury Secretary. If she is appointed by Biden and then confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she will be the first woman to ever serve in the position.

To pull the U.S. economy out of its current recession brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, Yellen has called for an increase in government spending. She is widely seen as a respected and experienced policymaker.

This comes after Biden announced a whole slate of national security and foreign policy officials on Monday. Some of these picks include his longtime foreign policy advisor Antony Blinken for secretary of state, former Sec. of State John Kerry for a newly created climate change role on the National Security Council, and Alejandro Mayorkas for Secretary of Homeland Security, which would make Mayorkas the first Latino and immigrant to serve in the position if confirmed by the Senate.

Another woman who many thought Biden was considering for the Treasury job was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), one of his main rivals during the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. Progressives have been pushing Biden to appoint her, but chances are low that Senate Republicans would confirm her if they hold on to their majority in the Senate after the two Senate runoff elections in Georgia on January 5.

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Tolerant Left: Rhodes college Alumni for reproductive rights calls for Justice Coney Barrett’s removal from hall of fame

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The tolerant left is calling for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to be removed from her alma mater’s hall of fame. An alumni group from Barrett’s former school, Rhodes College, created a petition to have Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett removed from the college’s hall of fame over.

The group’s reasoning stems back to the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. 

It’s unclear when the alumni group came into existence, but now deem themselves the “Rhodes College Alumni for Reproductive Rights.” The group has pushed college President Jennifer Collins ad the school’s director of community standards to have Barrett’s hall of fame accomplishment withdrawn due to her “public breach of the honor code.”

The letter, written this month, claims Barrett’s testimony during her confirmation hearing in October 2020 conflicted with her vote in Dobbs, which overturned Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to an abortion.

“We find any claim by Justice Barrett during her nomination hearings that she would consider the potential detrimental effect of overruling precedent on a given individual to be disingenuous and misleading. She’s told us herself that if one stays true to originalism and the text of the Constitution, it is immaterial as to whether an action could result in widespread chaos or trampling on the reliance interests of millions of Americans. Dobbs and the current state of women’s health care post-Roe confirms this,” the signatories wrote in the petition.

Signatories also accuse Barrett of being “one of the biggest current threats to our fundamental rights, the stability of our nation, and our democracy.”

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley rebuked the group, saying they are relying on “the false claim that Barrett misled the Senate on her views on Roe.”

 

Rhodes College told the Washington Examiner it had no comment on the request.

“We are aware that some alumni are soliciting signatures for a letter regarding Justice Amy Coney Barrett. The letter has not yet been delivered to Rhodes, so we have no comment at this time,” Rhodes College said in a statement.

 

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