Trump to nominate Gene Scalia, son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for secretary of labor
President Trump on Thursday night announced he's nominating attorney Gene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to replace Alex Acosta as secretary of labor.
Scalia, 55, is currently a partner in the Washington office of the international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is expected to face headwinds from Democrats in his confirmation hearings, in part because he has routinely represented major corporations in key cases involving workers' rights.
Scalia served as the chief legal officer for the Labor Department under President George W. Bush.
"I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Gene Scalia as the new Secretary of Labor," Trump wrote in a tweet late Thursday. "Gene has led a life of great success in the legal and labor field and is highly respected not only as a lawyer, but as a lawyer with great experience working with labor and everyone else. He will be a great member of an Administration that has done more in the first 2 ½ years than perhaps any Administration in history!"
Acosta stepped down last Friday over his past involvement in a highly controversial plea deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is now facing sex trafficking charges.
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New York Fed downplays Williams’s speech, calling it ‘academic’ and not about July policy meeting
The New York Fed on Thursday played down the importance of President John Williams’ speech earlier in the day that was interpreted by the market as an endorsement of a half-point interest rate cut at the end of the month. "This was an academic speech on 20 years of research. It was not about potential policy actions at the upcoming FOMC meeting," a New York Fed spokesman said. In his remarks, Williams said his research showed that, when interest rates are near zero, a central bank should "act quickly to lower rates at the first sign of economic distress." After his remarks, traders priced in a slightly greater than 50% chance of a half-point rate cut on July 31, up from 34% one day ago.
President Donald Trump “Not Happy” With Crowd’s “Send Her Back” Chants
President Trump said today that he wasn’t happy with the Greenville, North Carolina rally’s chants of “Send her back” during his complaints about Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Trump made his remarks during a White House event, saying that he disagreed with the crowd’s outburst. “I was not happy with it — I disagree with it.”
Asked why he didn’t stop it, he replied, “I think I did — I started speaking very quickly.”
Trump attacked Omar as part of his ongoing feud with her and her Congressional colleagues known as “The Squad,” a group of freshmen representatives who are far left in their platforms. The President has been attacking their complaints, with some observers claiming its part of a strategy to make them the face of the Democratic party.
At the rally in Greenville, Trump engaged in a litany of complaints about The Squad, with Omar a particular focus. “And obviously, and importantly, Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds,” he said. The crowd responded with its “Send her back” chants.
Trump paused briefly when the chants started, then said, “And she talked about the evil, Israel and it’s all about the Benjamins, not a good thing to say.”
Omar is a US citizen who was born in Somalia.
‘Send her back’ Trump rally chant heightens calls for increased security for Rep. Omar
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s attacks on freshmen Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that spurred his supporters to chant “send her back” at a rally Wednesday night, have increased urgent calls for her to have more security.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, wrote a letter Thursday evening requesting the Capitol Police Board hold an “emergency meeting” to examine increased security for lawmakers targeted by the president and his supporters, explaining that “the President’s attacks on Members of Congress have emboldened people to pursue acts of violence.”
“Since last night’s Trump campaign rally, the hashtag #SendHerBack is trending on Twitter with tweets referring to Rep. Omar as a terrorist sympathizer and calls for her deportation despite being a U.S. citizen,” Thompson wrote to the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger.
A California man was found guilty of aggravated mayhem this week. He ripped out eyeball of his wife’s lover
A California man was found guilty on Wednesday of ripping out another man’s eyeball and attempting to pull out the other one, prosecutors said.
Isaac Manuel Orozco, 39, was convicted by a Kern County jury of aggravated mayhem, attempted aggravated mayhem, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon, according to online jail records.
He will appear in court for sentencing on Aug. 14, according to a Facebook post by the District Attorney’s office.
Orozco broke into his girlfriend’s Bakersfield home in October 2018 and discovered her in bed with the man he would later assault, KGET in Bakersfield reported.
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“While assaulting the residents, Orozco had one victim face down on the floor, and was on top of the victim,” the District Attorney’s office said in the Facebook post. “Orozco grabbed the victim’s eye and literally ripped out the eyeball. Orozco attempted to pull out the other eye as well, but was unsuccessful.”
Orozco was booked on felony charges on Oct. 1 by the Bakersfield Police Department, according to online jail records. He faces a possible sentence of life in prison, according to the District Attorney’s office.