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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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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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