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Senate Republicans Go ‘Nuclear’ to Speed Trump Confirmations

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WASHINGTON — Last Wednesday, all hell was let loose once again in the United States Senate.

The United States Senate’s majority party, the Republican, unilaterally decided to reduce the time between ending debate and the final confirmation vote on the choice of executive-branch members and district court judges for two hours as opposed to the regular 30 hours. This nuclear decision was taken this Wednesday for the third time in six years and was aimed at getting rid of the backlog in President Trump’s administrative and judicial nominees.

This change has provoked a long-term partisan fight as regards presidential nominations which has been on for a decade across presidential regimes from both parties.

Democrats have spent enough time debating over the disturbance which prevented Judge Merrick B. Garland from joining the Supreme Court in the last year of President Barack Obama’s regime. The question on every Democrat’s mind is why Republicans could raise complaints about President Trump’s nominees.

According to Senator Chuck Schumer (New York) who is the Democratic Leader, it is all a show of hypocrisy. On the contrary, Senator Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), claimed the Garland nomination would have pushed the Democrats to take a nuclear decision as well. He referred back to 2003 when he claimed the Republican’s started filibustering presidential nominees in a Republican regime.

Mr. McConnell’s action on Wednesday was aimed at dissolving the  Democratic delay over a lot of judicial and sub-cabinet nominations sent to the Senate by the presidency and also to appease the presidency. According to Senator John Cornyn (Texas) who is very close to Mr. McConnell, the Republicans have hoped the Democrats would strike a negotiation with them.

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Belvoir Tobacco Pipe May be Connected with Ancestors Enslaved in Anne Arundel

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Maryland – A tobacco pipe was found along the Generals Highway and it can be helpful to know about the African ancestors who had lived the slave life in Anne Arundel. Archaeologists from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration found four more clay tobacco pipe stems in the slave quarter at Belvoir and they sent the pipe stems for DNA test in a lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The pipe stems were tested in the lab and doctors identified a woman’s ancient DNA on one of the stems. But the DNA was degraded enough to prevent any conclusion of linking to living descendants. A doctor at the University of Copenhagen also tested the pipe stems and found that the woman could be related to Mende people living in present day Sierra Leone in West Africa. This is the first time scientists have proved human DNA from a 200 year old tobacco pipe stem and they connected the DNA with the ancient people.

It is a new way to get DNA from archaeological sites that nobody has dreamed of yet. There are several best tobacco pipes available in the market and these clay pipe stems are the part of them. A lot of slaves didn’t have names recorded and now this is a good opportunity to know about their origin and families.

Dr. Ripan Malhi, head of an ancient DNA (aDNA) laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, said that they often study human skeletal every time they find one and it is a good opportunity to recover DNA from few hundred years old tobacco pipes.

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