| Kamala Harris |
|Born||20 October 1964|
|Alma mater||Howard University, University of California|
|Member of||Truman Center for National Policy|
Early Career tied to Willy Brown
Harris started her career as a lawyer in 1990, after graduating from Howard University and the University of California's Hastings College of the Law, at the Alameda County district attorney’s office in Oakland. From there, she was recruited to the San Francisco district attorney's office to run the department’s career criminal unit.
In the mid-1990s, Kamala Harris started dating Willie Brown, the mayor of San Francisco and one of California’s most powerful politicians. Brown was investigated by the FBI when he was speaker of the California Assembly and as mayor was dogged by conflict of interest, as he used his political machine to steer government contracts and jobs to allies.
In 2003, Harris’ critics used the relationship with Brown to contend that she was not independently qualified to hold office and that, if elected, she would hesitate to investigate corruption at City Hall. Eric Jaye, a political strategist in the city, said Harris’ emergence from San Francisco politics reminds him of Andy Dufresne, the Tim Robbins character from The Shawshank Redemption. “Andy Dufresne,” he said, quoting a line from the movie, “who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side."
In 2003, she was elected district attorney of San Francisco. She was elected Attorney General of California in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Harris served as the junior United States senator from California from 2017 to 2021.
Views on Israel
In July 2019, Kamala Harris was interviewed on the Kyle Kulinski show, and was asked whether she considered Israel was meeting international standards of human rights. Harris seemed determined to say nothing that could be remotely construed as critical.
Her initial answer consisted of this word salad:
- “I think that Israel as a country is dedicated to being a democracy and is one of our closest friends in that region and that we should understand the shared values and priorities that we have as a democracy, and conduct foreign policy in a way that is consistent with understanding the alignment between the American people and the people of Israel.”
|Q: “Does Israel meet your human rights standards to your personal satisfaction?” A: “Overall, yes.”|
Unsatisfied, the interviewer followed up:
Playing for time, Harris asked:
- “What specifically are you referring to?” before finally answering the question: “Overall, yes.”
This means that Harris sees no problem with Israel’s policy of sending snipers to systematically and deliberately kill unarmed civilians, including children, who protest their internment in the besieged Gaza Strip.
It means Harris sees no problem with dozens of Israeli laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel solely for not being Jewish. These include laws and policies that promote the kind of housing discrimination and official segregation that is banned in the US thanks to the civil rights laws she claims to uphold.
He says that Harris brushing aside Israel’s horrific record shows that her “moral” and “ethical concerns” are “nonexistent”:
- “She’s playing the political game that people play in the United States of America to try to get ahead.”
- “It shows you that she’s unlikely to change anything,” he adds. “That’s why this is important.”
Democrats control the Senate
On 20 January 2021, Democrats officially took control of the Senate when Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new members, after she took her own oath of office, giving her party control of the White House and Congress.
She returned to Capitol Hill, almost five hours after she became the first female Vice President, to preside over the Senate for the first time. The VP also serves as president of the Senate.
|Document:American Presidents||blog post||4 November 2020||Craig Murray||On the US election I showed my limitations with a tweet yesterday evening predicting Joe Biden would win fairly comfortably, and Trump would concede with good grace. I was wrong.|
|Document:Internalised Danger||blog post||6 November 2020||Craig Murray||America urgently needs a radical dose of social and economic reform as championed by Bernie Sanders. It needs the Green New Deal, and the world needs a real commitment in Washington to environmentalism.|
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