How far to the left the Democrats are going has been a major topic of conversation in the first months of the contest for their party’s presidential nomination. One school of thought, which includes every Republican, holds that the Democrats have taken a sharp turn to the left and may be leaving some of the voters they need behind.
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Indian American supporters and fundraisers of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Devi Harris, were incensed over the racist tweet by an extreme fringe conservative right-winger, which was re-tweeted by Donald Trump, Jr., alleging that she’s not an “American Black” and casting innuendos on both her ‘blackness’ and ‘Americanness.’
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, obviously in an effort to alleviate the recent frictions between Washington and New Delhi, has declared that the Trump administration is all in with regard to the U.S.-India strategic relationship, but hopes “our Indian friends will drop their trade barriers and trust in the competitiveness of their exporters and private-sector companies.”
Former senior Bush and Obama administration officials and Indian American community leaders, who worked closely with India’s newly minted External Affairs Minister, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, 64, in his earlier avatars as foreign secretary and India’s Ambassador to the U.S., in interviews with India Abroad, have hailed his appointment and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making such an impeccable choice.
Five Indian-Americans are among 30 recipients of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Selected from a pool of 1,767 applicants, are all the children of immigrants, green card holders, naturalized citizens, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients
President Donald Trump has re-nominated an Indian American prosecutor Diane Gujarati to be a federal judge. The White House announced on Monday that Trump was again sending her nomination to the Senate for confirmation as a judge of the federal court for Eastern New York that has jurisdiction over parts of New York City and Long Island.
Neomi Jehangir Rao, 45, who was confirmed by the full Senate on March 13, by a strictly party line vote of 53-47, with all the Republicans voting for and Democrats against, on her lifetime appointment to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals — the country’s second-most powerful court — was sworn by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the South District of New York, who was fired by President Trump, in his just released book, talks about how he was vilified by the Indian-American community and the Indian media, for prosecuting Indian and South Asian American white-collar criminals like Raj Rajaratnam and Rajat Gupta.
Former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma, come May, goes back to his roots in Pennsylvania to deliver the 151st spring commencement address to graduates and families at his alma mater Lehigh University.
Kamala Devi Harris, who announced her candidacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, has a long road to travel in her bid to oust Donald Trump from the White House. First, she has to overcome a posse of heavy weights in the Democratic Party to be the nominee — there are a number of declared and potential candidates with greater name recognition and expansive resumes than the freshman Senator from California.