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Clinton’s Supreme Court short list emerges

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s list of candidates to fill the vacant seat of Justice Antonin Scalia has emerged, the candidate herself has refused to name names when it comes to the court, saying instead that Congress should take it upon themselves to confirm President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.

On the other side of the spectrum, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of 11 names that he said are possible nominees. That list, released in May, included several judges who are often found on conservative wish lists.

While Clinton has made nothing official, advocates of her campaign say her most likely choices are already apparent.

According to a conversation The Hill had with some of the most well-connected groups in Washington, there’s a broad agreement of the nominees Clinton would consider, not only for Scalia’s vacancy, but also additional seats that could open in the next four years if liberals like Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Anthony Kennedy were to retire.

Though they were speaking to The Hill on the terms of anonymity, Merrick Garland also tops the list of Clinton’s current list, they said. The most obvious choice, Garland has already cleared background checks from the FBI and the American Bar Association, which are required to be a nominee for the high court, a process which can take up to four months.

He currently serves on the almighty D.C. appeals court, and is personal friends with some of the current Supreme Court Justices as well, including Chief Justice John Roberts. While Congressional Republicans have refused to accept his nomination, saying the next president, whomever it might be, should be charged with the nomination process, they also haven’t held their tongue in singing Garland’s praises.

Other top contenders of a Clinton administration are believed to be Indian-American judge Sri Srinivasan, who currently serves on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and Jane Kelly, a judge on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Obama administration reportedly also considered both judges before making the decision to nominate Garland.

Srinivasan would be the first Indian-American and Hindu to serve on the court, but his nomination could face resistance from the left due to his past work representing corporate clients.

While working as an attorney for O’Melveny & Myers, Srinivasan reportedly defended ExxonMobil and the mining giant Rio Tinto against allegations of human rights abuses in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Paul Watford, an black judge from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has also been mentioned as a potential nominee in passing. Jacqueline Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American judge on the same court, has also been named.

In a blog post after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February, Tom Goldstein, the publisher of SCOTUSblog, called Watford the “most likely nominee.”

Watford was recently vetted for his current position, with the Senate confirming him in 2012 by a drastic 61-34 margin — a filibuster-proof majority.

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Puneet Talwar named US Ambassador to Morocco

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – The US State Department announced that diplomat Puneet Talwar is its new ambassador to Morocco. President Biden proposed Talwar as the new nominee last March. The new ambassador to Morocco has a rich portfolio in diplomacy. The diplomat is currently a senior adviser to the State Department.

Six men have been arrested for the gang rape and murder of two girls. Police say one of them is a neighbor and the remaining five are Muslims from a nearby village – although it’s not believed to be a religious crime.

As Pakistan continues to deal with historic flooding a new report published in Vice says the country collected $40 million for a mega dam on the Indus river, but spent $63 million on advertising it. The crowdsourced campaign was  launched by a Supreme Court judge and endorsed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan. It’s now at the center of a massive controversy. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian & Hindu American groups hold DC summit

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) – A group of Indian American and Hindu American organizations joined forces to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day and advocate for the diaspora on Capitol Hill, in what is being called an inaugural summit for political engagement. The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the Hindu American Foundation, the Coalition of Hindus of North America and Americans4Hindus, were among the more than one dozen organizations, hosting legislators from both sides of the aisle in a non-partisan effort to discuss issues of concern in the community. 
 
Indian American economist Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji has been named White House Coordinator for the implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act’s historic $50 billion investment in the semiconductor industry at the National Economic Council. 
 
Fans of Indian comedian and actor Raju Srivastava are mourning his death. He passed away at the age of 58 after suffering a heart attack last month while running on a treadmill. He had a history of heart problems. 
 
Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.
 
 

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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