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Senate confirms Kristen Clarke to DOJ despite controversy, One Republican votes in her favor

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The Senate confirmed Biden nominee Kristen Clarke Tuesday, making her the Department of Justice’s first Black woman to serve as assistant attorney general for civil rights. This comes after she walked back some of her online attacks of Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh two weeks ago.

Sen. Susan Collins was the only republican to vote in favor of her confirmation.

Before then-Judge Kavanaugh was nominated, Clarke railed against his nomination, saying he would be “dangerous” on the court. Then, called Murkowski “disgraceful” and claimed Manchin’s references to Martin Luther King Jr. were “hollow words” online. Immediately after a news article pointed out her tweets, she set her Twitter account to private.

But now, she’s taken it all back and pledged to do better. “I have used my platform as the leader of a national civil rights organization to bring attention to legal and policy issues that I deem important to achieving equal justice for all,” Clarke said during her hearing. “In retrospect, I regret the tone I occasionally took. I welcome the opportunity, as President Biden and Judge Garland have emphasized, to turn down the volume and lower the temperature.”

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Texas has raised over $55 million from private donations to secure border, build a wall

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As of September 12, the state of Texas has raised a little over $55 million in private donations, to secure the southern border and build a wall. “While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows. Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement.

“The State of Texas is working collaboratively with communities impacted by the border crisis to arrest and detain individuals coming into Texas illegally,” Abbott’s statement reads. “Our efforts will only be effective if we work together to secure the border, make criminal arrests, protect landowners, rid our communities of dangerous drugs, and provide Texans with the support they need and deserve.”

In addition to finding money for a border wall, Abbott has signed legislation which designated Mexican drug cartels as domestic terrorists, and has called on President Joe Biden to do the same.

“Fentanyl is a clandestine killer, and Texans are falling victim to the Mexican cartels that are producing it,” said Governor Abbott in a statement. “Cartels are terrorists, and it’s time we treated them that way. In fact, more Americans died from fentanyl poisoning in the past year than all terrorist attacks across the globe in the past 100 years. In order to save our country, particularly our next generation, we must do more to get fentanyl off our streets.”

“As of now, Biden has not responded to Abbott’s request to designate Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations” reports Just The News.

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