Schitt’s Creek Is Totally Dominating the Emmys 2020

The Emmys 2020 ceremony looks a little different this year than past shows. It’s all virtual and socially distant, with celebrities tuning in from their homes as opposed to sitting as an audience. But one group who managed to get together, safely, was the Schitt’s Creek cast. The cast and crew for the popular comedy show all gathered for their own dinner party in Toronto, wearing masks and full glam. 

And it was a big night for wins, too. Schitt’s Creek was nominated for several awards this year and took home a handful, including Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series for Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, respectively. 

“I will forever be grateful to Eugene and Daniel Levy for bestowing the opportunity to play a woman of a certain age, my age, who can fully be her ridiculous self,” O’Hara said during her speech. In his acceptance speech, Eugene Levy thanked his son, Daniel, for guiding the show from start to finish. 

Daniel Levy also won Emmys for writing, directing, and Best Supporting Actor. “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you,” he said to his father, Eugene, during his writing acceptance speech. He was also sure to give a shout-out to Issa Rae and the Insecure team for writing what he called some of the year’s most outstanding television. And we 100 percent agree. 

He thanked Eugene again in his acting acceptance speech, as well as O’Hara and Annie Murphy, who plays his sister, Alexis. “They led without ego,” he said. “To play David Rose, this has been the greatest experience of my life.” 

Dan Levy in his mask at the Schitt’s Creek Emmys party. 

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Murphy also won for Best Supporting Actress. “The six years I’ve spent working on this show have been the best six years of my entire life,” she said. 

“That’s a wrap, friends,” Dan wrote when Schitt’s Creek wrapped filming. “Don’t think my heart has ever felt more gratitude than it did last night. Thank you to everyone who made this little show happen.” 

He continued, “To my family, thank you for being patient with me while I fussed over every detail, big and small, for six life changing years. To our magnificent cast and crew, I am still trying to find the words to properly describe the breadth and strength of your talents and how much you’ve inspired me… To our fans, you’ve got a season made with a whole lot of love coming your way next year. And lastly, to Prince David, long may you f*cking reign.” 

For more info on the Emmys 2020, click here. 

Emmys 2020: Ron and Jasmine Cephas Jones Are the First Father-Daughter Duo to Win in the Same Year

Must be something in the water at the Cephas Jones house, because this mega-talented family just made Emmys history

Earlier this week, Jasmine Cephas Jones—best known for playing Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds in Hamilton—won the Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her work on Quibi’s #FreeRayShawn. But wait, that’s not all. 

Last night, Ron Cephas Jones took home his second Creative Arts Emmy for his guest role on NBC’s This Is Us. This makes Ron and Jasmine the first father-daughter pair to win Emmy Awards in the same year. Not too shabby!

“As a parent that’s the most fulfilling that I could ever feel at the moment. Winning another Emmy is the icing on the cake, but to see my daughter progress and move into this place where she’s earned an Emmy is beyond words and I tear up every time I think about it, to be honest with you,” the proud father said in the Emmys virtual press room, according to Deadline. “To see my daughter become healthy and happy, that’s a parent’s dream. We always focused on the work ever since she was a little girl, and coming from the theater it’s always been about trying to do good work…that’s the win in itself when your work gets acknowledged and the win itself is the icing on the cake that keeps you humble and keeps you hungry.”

Jasmine expressed her gratitude on Twitter by thanking the Television Academy and showing just how excited she was to make history with her dad:

She also posted the news on Instagram, writing, “’Legacy….what is a Legacy?’ First time in History and Herstory. Wow.” For those who haven’t memorized the score yet, yes, that is a line from Hamilton.

Somehow, this family just keeps adding talented members! Jasmine has been engaged to her Hamilton co-star Anthony Ramos, Jr. since January 2020. We were supposed to see him starring in the big screen adaptation of In The Heights this summer, but, due to COVID-19, that is officially on hold until June 2021.

Congratulations all around!

Lady Gaga Opened Up About Past Suicidal Thoughts in an Emotional, Candid Interview

Lady Gaga has always been upfront about the fact that celebrity life can be taxing on one’s mental health—she titled one of her albums The Fame Monster, after all. Even so, the artist just got more candid than ever about the day-to-day reality of being a superstar, and how the spotlight almost destroyed her in the past two years. 

Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, opened up in a new CBS Sunday Morning interview that aired on September 20. “I totally gave up on myself. I hated being famous, I hated being a star,” she said of a recent rough period. “I felt exhausted and used up.” 

The constant attention and lack of privacy being unable to do things like go to the grocery or have a regular dinner out with her family, she says, threw her into a crisis. “My biggest enemy is Lady Gaga! My biggest enemy is her,” Gaga felt at the time. And while music could be therapeutic, it couldn’t do everything. 

“It’s not always easy if you have mental issues to let other people see. I used to show, I used to self-harm,” she explained. “I used to say, look, I cut myself, see I’m hurting. Because I didn’t think anyone could see, because mental health, it’s invisible,” The artist added that she got to a point where “I didn’t really understand why I should live, other than to be there for my family.” She had thoughts of suicide “every day,” but survived thanks to people around her lifting her up, and quite literally watching her in her home to make sure she was safe.

While success in music comes with its share of baggage, Gaga said her new album Chromatica allowed her to express some of her pain artistically. “There’s not one song on [Chromatica] that’s not true,” said Gaga. Songs like “Rain On Me” and “911” are about substance use, while others deal with the ongoing trauma following a sexual assault when she was nineteen. She said she used to think of her piano as the thing that “ruined her life,” but now she loves and is grateful for the instrument she uses to create. “I don’t hate Lady Gaga anymore. I found a way to love myself again. Even when I thought that was never gonna happen,” she said.

An added perk of the Chromatica era? Collaborating with pop star Ariana Grande. “I like that girl,” Gaga said. “You know how hard it is to make a female friend in this business?”

Watch the entire interview, below.

If you are struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Cardi B Made an Adorable Instagram Account for Her Daughter Kulture

Are you interested in adding a little cuteness to your Instagram feed? You’re in luck because Cardi B’s daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus is officially on the app. Well, Cardi made her an account…what with Kulture being two years old and all, it’ll probably be a while before she starts posting stuff on her own.

Cardi posted about it on her own ‘gram on Saturday night, writing, “Follow @Kulturekiari new IG…soo much cool bute baby stuff coming up 🎀🌸.” (Peep the Louis Vuitton backpack!)

Cardi is clearly having fun posting about her daughter. Since September 19, the account already has nine posts, all pictures and videos of Kulture playing and posing and generally doing what toddlers do when they’re vaguely aware they’re being recorded.

In one video, Kulture and a friend play in the pool. In another, she and some other kids seem to be taking apart a flower arrangement, or maybe making potpourri? In the most recent video, Cardi films Kulture watching herself play in the pool; the child even manages to “like” her own post, proving that social media stars are born, not made.

 Hey, you’re never too young to learn how to get clout, right? Surely a FabFitFun sponsorship is already in the making. Kidding! Sort of!

Cardi is clearly having fun with the whole thing, writing in the caption of a mommy-daughter video, “Mommy was annoying me but it’s ok cause I look cute.”

The page was verified by Instagram on Sunday morning and has already racked up over half a million followers (the account only follows two others: Cardi and Kulture’s dad, Offset).

Cardi B is hardly unique for wanting a page for all things Kulture—I have more than a few non-celebrity friends who can’t stop posting pictures of their cute kids—but the timing does feel intentional. Less than a week ago, news broke that Cardi and her husband, Migos rapper Offset, are getting a divorce. She clarified that the divorce isn’t because of infidelity and that she’s “not down” and “not devastated,” but still, it has to be hard. Perhaps the new account is a fun distraction for Cardi, or the start of a new project. 

Or maybe she’s just a really proud mom!

8 TV Shows and Movies to Watch the Week of September 20, 2020

Here are all the TV shows to be on the lookout for this week, from the Emmys to Enola Holmes

Sunday, September 20 

72nd Primetime Emmy Awards: Black women dominate the “Lead Actress in a Limited Series” category at this year’s ceremony, which will be virtual and celebrate the best in TV shows. 8 p.m. ET on ABC

Monday, September 21 

Filthy Rich: “What happens when family, fortune, and power collide?  Well, I’m excited for you to find out,” star Kim Cattrall wrote in a letter to press about this upcoming series. Watch the trailer, below. 9 p.m. ET on Fox 

Tuesday, September 22 

The Playbook: Here is Netflix’s official description for this documentary: “The Playbook profiles legendary coaches as they share the rules they live by to achieve success in sports and in life. Through emotional and in-depth interviews, each coach reveals the critical moments in their personal lives and careers that ultimately helped form their coaching philosophies.”  Streaming on Netflix 

Wednesday, September 23 

Console Wars: Here is the official description: “An official selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, Console Wars takes viewers back to 1990 when Sega, a fledgling arcade company, assembled a team of underdogs to take on the greatest video game company in the world, Nintendo. It was a once-in-a-lifetime, no-holds-barred conflict that pit brother against brother, kids against grownups, Sonic against Mario, and America’s unique brand of capitalism against centuries-old Japanese tradition. For the first time ever, the men and women who fought on the front lines for Sega and Nintendo discuss this battle that defined a generation.” Streaming on CBS All Access 

Enola Holmes: Millie Bobby Brown plays Sherlock Holmes’s younger sister in this upcoming film. Streaming on Netflix 

Thursday, September 24 

The Murders at White House Farm: “Here is the official description for this series, per HBO: “An infamous true crime story. Over 30 years ago, three generations of one family were murdered at their isolated farm. Initial evidence pointed the finger at the daughter of the family who had a history of mental illness; however, one detective refused to accept this and delved deeper into the investigation. His determination uncovered new evidence that shed suspicion on another family member. This is a dramatized true crime story based on extensive research, interviews, and published accounts, looking at the mystery behind what happened that fateful day.” Streaming on HBO Max 

Friday, September 25 

Utopia: “Utopia is an eight-episode conspiracy thriller about saving the world, while trying to find your place in it,” reads Amazon’s description, per a press email. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video 

Saturday, September 26 

Love at Look Lodge: I love a good seasonal Hallmark film. 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark 

How to Livestream the 2020 Emmys

The Emmys 2020 will air this Sunday, September 20, and it’s a virtual ceremony guaranteed to be unlike any other. However, in contrast to the BET Awards, VMAs, and Daytime Emmys, the 72nd Emmy Awards won’t be a massive, pretaped spectacle where winners know ahead of time. The whole thing will be live, from actors’ homes, where everything that could go wrong just might. 

“It’s sort of like walking a tightrope and you’re not supposed to look down, but you do and see there’s no safety net,” executive producer Ian Stewart said during a Zoom press conference with reporters on September 16. “Things are going to go wrong because it’s never been done before. At least [host] Jimmy Kimmel loves live TV and chaos. I think he’s hoping things go wrong, to tell you the truth.”

But in all seriousness, how, exactly, are the Emmys going to pull this off? Will nominees wear evening gowns and tuxes in their living rooms, or diamond-encrusted pajamas? Here’s everything we know, including how to watch the Emmys 2020: 

When and where will the Emmys air?

The 72nd Emmy Awards, hosted by Emmy nominee Jimmy Kimmel, air live this Sunday, September 20 at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT, on ABC. 

How can I watch the Emmys 2020? Is there an Emmys livestream?

You can watch the Emmys on your local ABC television channel. The Emmys stream can also be watched via online services such as Hulu+ With Live TV, Sling, Fubo, Philo and AT&T TV Now. But you need a subscription. 

Who is nominated?

Fan favorites Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Zendaya (Euphoria), the cast of Schitt’s Creek, and many more are up for Emmys this year. For the full list of nominees, click here

Nominees (and previous Emmy winners) Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein are part of *The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s 20 Emmy nominations this year.

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Who will make special appearances and present awards?

ABC and the Television Academy have announced Ty Burrell, Ken Jeong, Mindy Kaling, Tatiana Maslany, Bob Newhart, Jason Bateman, Sterling K. Brown, Laverne Cox, Sesame Street’s Count Von Count, Morgan Freeman, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, D-Nice, Randall Park, RuPaul, Patrick Stewart, Jason Sudeikis, Anthony Anderson, America Ferrera, Issa Rae, Gabrielle Union, J.J. Watt, Lena Waithe, and Oprah Winfrey as special presenters. Grammy winner H.E.R. will perform during the “In Memoriam” segment. ABC also says there will be “additional surprises.”

Will most of the nominees show up from home?

Yep. Producers will have 130 cameras all over the world in 10 countries to make sure every nominee who wants to be part of the show can be. That means high-tech light rings and monitors are being sent to everywhere from  Tel Aviv to London, and Los Angeles to New York. “If there are 130 live feeds coming in, it’s like trying to watch 130 sports matches at a time. It’s so many things coming in—or so many things that can stop coming in,” executive producer Ian Stewart joked. “Every single bit of it will be a challenge.”

Weekly Horoscope for the Week of September 21, 2020

Your weekly horoscope is here. Tuesday marks the fall equinox, meaning both day and night are of equal lengths. It’s also a good time to ask yourself: Have you struck harmony and balance in each area of life?  How can you tip the scales to find the middle point? What you seek is what you’ll find, so look for beauty, equality, and engagement in all people and situations, and you’ll uncover it.  Read on to discover what’s in store for your sign during the week of September 21 through September 27, 2020, then get to know your rising sign.

Aries | Aries rising

It’s all about your relationships over the next month, as there’s heat in your one-on-one sector. Schedule dates with a special someone or your bestie—keep it fun and get creative with your rendezvous. The company you keep will influence you. Are you challenged yet empowered? Is it truly fair and equitable? If so, great; if not, how can you adjust those scales? Actions are everything, but words matter, so shine the spotlight on your beloved and let them know how you care.   

Taurus | Taurus rising

How are your health routines and habits, Taurus? If you’ve dropped the ball over disruptions to your usual program, then this is the week to get back on track. Make it stick by teaming up with a buddy. A beautiful and harmonious environment is essential to well-being, so spruce up your workplace. And if your desk has moved to your home, it’s doubly important to set your space up well so it’s not just functional but serves you visually. Your job is under a spotlight this week, so get your ducks in a row and shout your achievements from the rooftop.

Gemini | Gemini rising

Your spheres of romance and creativity are lit from Tuesday, so take time out to spend doing things that bring you joy, light you up, and remind you of your dreams when you were young—the ones without shoulds or self-imposed limits. Whatever it is, it’s probably more fun together, so share the experience in whatever way you can. If you’ve had creative outlets on hold, this is your time to dust off your favorite one.  

20 People That Could Fill RGB’s Supreme Court Seat

On Friday, September 18, Ruth Bader Ginsberg—Supreme Court justice, feminist, mother, and beloved grandmother, died at 87. Not only did she leave behind an insurmountable legacy, but she also left a vacant, vital Supreme Court seat. And it appears the Republicans, controversially, will try to fill it before the presidential election on November 3. 

“President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, said in a statement Friday evening just hours after Ginsberg’s passing. Senate Majority Whip John Thune echoed this sentiment, adding in his statement, “I believe Americans sent a Republican president and a Republican Senate to Washington to ensure we have an impartial judiciary that upholds the Constitution and the rule of law. We will fulfill our obligation to them. As Leader McConnell has said, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate.”

The reason this move is being called hypocritical: in February 2016, McConnel blocked President Barack Obama’s choice for Supreme Court, saying it was too close to election day (it was more than 200 days out). As of September 19, we’re just 45 days from the election. 

There are, however, a few dissenters in the Republican ranks. According to The New York Times, both Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine said there isn’t enough time to confirm a new justice before the election. In an apparent response to this, McConnel sent a letter to Republicans noting, “For those of you who are unsure how to answer, or for those inclined to oppose giving a nominee a vote, I urge you all to keep your powder dry.” He added Republicans should not “lock yourselves into a position you may later regret.”

There are also already potential candidates in place: On September 9, Trump announced the addition of 20 names to his consideration list, noting he’d “absolutely” nominate a new justice should a vacancy arise before the election. Publications, including The New York Times, are already making their lists of who they consider to be frontrunners, including Amy Barrett and Amul Thapar. For a complete picture, here’s what you need to know about Trump’s list of top choices to join the Supreme Court before election day. 

Bridget Bade: Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

In 2018, Trump added Bade’s name to his potential list of future Supreme Court nominees. In 2019, when up for nomination in the ninth circuit, The Alliance for Justice noted that Bade’s record should be “carefully examined” rather than the organization’s harsher condemnation of other nominees. According to Bloomberg Law, Bade received a “Well Qualified” rating from the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, the highest possible rating.

Daniel Cameron: Attorney General of Kentucky

Cameron is Kentucky’s first Black Attorney General. According to the Courier-Journal, the 34-year-old would be an “unlikely choice for the high court, given his age and lack of experience. He was admitted to practice law nine years ago.” Of his mention on the list, Cameron said, “it is an honor to be mentioned by President Trump.” He added, “I remain focused on serving the people of Kentucky and delivering on my promise to tackle child abuse, human trafficking, the drug epidemic, and other public safety challenges throughout the commonwealth.” Cameron is currently under the spotlight as his office will decide whether or not to charge the three Louisville Metro Police officers involved fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor

Amy Coney Barrett: Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Barrett, a former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, was also nominated by Trump for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. According to CNN, in 2013, Barrett said she believes it is “very unlikely at this point” that the Supreme Court is going to overturn Roe v. Wade. In her confirmation hearing, Barrett said she did not believe it was “lawful for a judge to impose personal opinions, from whatever source they derive, upon the law,” SCOTUS Blog reported. She additionally pledged that her personal views on abortion “or any other question will have no bearing on the discharge of my duties as a judge.” Barrett was also a member of the Federalist Society, which advocates for an originalist interpretation of the Constitution. 

Paul Clement: Former Solicitor General

Clement served as solicitor general during George W. Bush’s presidency. According to CNN, he is “one of the most experienced appellate advocates in the country,” and argued more than 100 cases before the court. New York magazine once wrote of him, “The unusual thing about Clement is that, while he’s undoubtedly a conservative and a Republican, he has managed to avoid this fate. His persona is rarely conflated with the case he’s arguing.” Lisa Blatt, a veteran Supreme Court advocate and the head of Arnold & Porter’s appellate practice, told the magazine, “He just doesn’t do things that upset people. There’s no edge to him.”

Tom Cotton: U.S. Senator from Arkansas

In response to the news that he was shortlisted for the Supreme Court, Cotton tweeted, “I’m honored that President Trump asked me to consider serving on the Supreme Court and I’m grateful for his confidence. I will always heed the call of service to our nation.” He added, “The Supreme Court could use some more justices who understand the difference between applying the law and making the law, which the Court does when it invents a right to an abortion, infringes on religious freedom, and erodes the Second Amendment.” Cotton also once described slavery as a “necessary evil” and opposes the teaching of the 1619 Project.  

Ted Cruz: U.S. Senator from Texas

On Friday, Cruz told Fox News, “I believe that the president should next week nominate a successor to the court, and I think it is critical that the Senate takes up and confirms that successor before Election day.” Despite being on the shortlist, Cruz has said he has no interest in joining the court. “It is deeply honoring,” Cruz told Fox. “It’s humbling to be included in the list … but it’s not the desire of my heart. I want to be in the political fight.”

Kyle Duncan: Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

In January, Daniel Goldberg, legal director at the progressive judicial nonprofit the Alliance for Justice, called Duncan an “ultra-conservative.” Goldberg explained how Duncan argued for the recent Medical Services v Russo case, which would essentially ban abortion clinics in Louisiana until he was given a lifetime appointment to the fifth circuit by Trump. A similar law was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2016. “For the overwhelming number of cases,” Goldberg said, “the constitutional rights of the people in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi will be made by Kyle Duncan and the other ultra-conservatives on the fifth circuit.” 

Steven Engel: Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel 

In 2017, Sen. John McCain was the sole Republican vote against confirming Steven Engel to lead the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. In his vote, McCain cited Engel’s role in the so-called “Torture Memos” under the George W. Bush administration. “Mr. Engel reviewed and commented on this memo, which attempted to justify interrogation techniques that violate the Geneva Conventions and stain our national honor,” McCain told POLITICO. “I cannot in good conscience vote for any nominee who in any way has supported the use of enhanced interrogation.”

Noel Francisco: former Solicitor General of the United States

In July, Francisco stepped down as solicitor general. During his tenure, he helped defend several controversial issues that came to the court, Reuters reported. This included disputes over the President’s personal financial records and the travel ban and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

Josh Hawley: U.S. Senator from Missouri

Hawley is another senator who has already expressed he has little interest in the job of a Supreme Court judge. “My principal role in this process, this latest process, was to state where I will begin with judicial nominees, which is asking where they are on Roe vs. Wade,” he said in mid-September. “Roe v. Wade is a window into a judge’s judicial philosophy.”

James Ho: Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Ho, like many others on this list, is also a member of The Federalist Society. According to NPR, Ho has said that today’s government “would be unrecognizable to our Founders.” He’s also condemned abortion, calling it a “moral tragedy.” 

Gregory Katsas: Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Katsas is another member of The Federalist Society. In a 2016 podcast for the society, Katsas made dismissive comments about abortion rights, saying  “the right to abortion, which isn’t in the Constitution, which has all these made-up protections [sic].” However, during his 2017 confirmation hearing, Katsas said, if confirmed, “I would have no difficulty fully and fairly applying [Roe v. Wade] and all other binding precedents.” The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights strongly opposed his nomination as a circuit judge. 

Barbara Lagoa: Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

According to the Federal Justice Center, Lagoa’s appointment to the eleventh circuit was endorsed by William W. Large, the President of the Florida Justice Reform Institute, which advocates for conservative legal reforms. Her appointment was also praised by John Stemberger, the president of the Florida Family Policy Council, which the Justice Center describes as “an anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ group.” Lagoa is also a member of The Federalist Society. In his statement, Stemberger said, “she is smart, thoughtful, and has a conservative judicial philosophy that appreciates the limited role of the court.  She is also deeply committed to her faith, her family, and her community.”

Christopher Landau: Ambassador to Mexico 

Landau clerked for both Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Though there isn’t much more information out there about Landau, Vice reported in September that Landau found himself in hot water after allegedly bullying a female college student in Mexico on Twitter. “The ambassador overreacted. It would have been much more advisable for him to ignore the message or say ‘I don’t agree,'” Javier Oliva, a professor of political science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), told Vice. “He didn’t take into account an environment in Mexico where violence against women is justifiably a huge issue, and any criticism turns into a much bigger deal.”

Carlos Muñiz: Justice on the Supreme Court of Florida

According to Florida Politics, Muñiz served as the General Counsel to the U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos.  Muñiz recently made waves by shooting down Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ latest pick for the Florida Supreme Court.  Muñiz, a DeSantis nominee, wrote the unanimous decision, saying his choice eas “constitutionally ineligible” and ordered DeSantis to appoint a new justice. 

Peter Phipps: Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

In 2019, Trump announced his intent to nominate Phipps to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. At the time, Senator Bob Casey shared a statement noting he believed Phipps did not have enough experience. He stated Phipps’s “six months on that bench is sufficient experience or preparation.” Casey added, “[l]ike justices of the Supreme Court, circuit court judges are often asked to decide questions of law that can have an enormous impact on Americans’ lives, and I have significant concerns about Judge Phipps’ judicial and constitutional philosophy.” According to the Alliance for Justice, during his initial confirmation hearing for the district court, Phipps refused to answer whether he believed Brown v. Board of Education —the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that state laws establishing racial segregation in public schools are unconstitutional—was correctly decided.

Allison Jones Rushing: Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Rushing’s 2019 confirmation was condemned by civil rights and LGBTQ groups, The Washington Post reported. The group’s cited her internship with Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal nonprofit, as their reason. The Washington Post explained, the group played a significant role in Supreme Court cases, including defending the Colorado baker who fought for the right not to bake a cake for a gay wedding. The paper also noted, Rushing defended the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. 

Amul Thapar: Former U.S. District Court judge in Kentucky

In 2016, Thapar’s father, Raj Thapar, told  the Louisville Courier-Journal, “his son is so conservative that he ‘nearly wouldn’t speak to me after I voted for Barack Obama.'” In 2017, Trump nominated Thapar to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2018. McConnell told reporters he encouraged Trump to consider Thapar for a seat on the Supreme Court. “I think he’s absolutely brilliant, with the right temperament,” McConnell said. “But others have their favorites. And I have no idea who the president may choose.”

Kate Todd: Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President

Todd served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas. She now acts as both counsel to the president, and according to The Federalist Society, she also teaches the law of federal courts at The George Washington University Law School, and previously taught constitutional law at Cornell University’s Washington program At an event for the Federalist Society, Todd reportedly spoke about the Obama administration and its regulatory agenda, noting that some of the regulations were so “deliciously terrible” that they were “dream targets.” 

Lawrence VanDyke: Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

VanDyke served as Solicitor General of Montana and as Solicitor General of Nevada. His appointment to the ninth circuit was opposed by both Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Sen. Jacky Rosen. Rosen spokeswoman Katherine Schneider in a statement: “Lawrence VanDyke isn’t qualified to serve in his current position holding Nevada’s seat on the Ninth Circuit, much less on the Supreme Court. When last nominated, he was a partisan and anti- LGBTQ nominee who faced bipartisan opposition in the Senate. “

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: How Celebrities and Politicians are Paying Tribute to the Notorious RBG

On September 18, Ruth Bader Ginsburg—the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court—passed away at 87. Towards the end of her life, the Notorious RBG fought through cancer and chemotherapy treatments to vote to strike down a major anti-abortion law, protect LGBTQ+ workers, and block the Trump administration from ending DACA. And that’s just a continuation of the feminist work she’s been doing since long before her appointment in 1993. 

News of her death prompted a wave of reactions from all over the world, including a deserving abundance of tributes from people eager to pay their respects, as well as celebrate Ginsburg’s achievements. Many remember her as a “feminist icon” and a champion role model for young girls and women everywhere.

Here’s how celebrities, politicians, and more are paying tribute. 

Barack Obama

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals,” he wrote via Instagram. “That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored.”

Meghan Markle

“With an incomparable and indelible legacy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will forever be known as a woman of brilliance, a Justice of courage, and a human of deep conviction,” the Duchess of Sussex wrote in a touching statement to People. “She has been a true inspiration to me since I was a girl. Honor her, remember her, act for her.”

Bill Clinton

“We have lost one of the most extraordinary Justices ever to serve on the Supreme Court,” Clinton who appointed RBG to the Supreme Court in 1993, tweeted. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and landmark opinions moved us closer to a more perfect union. And her powerful dissents reminded us that we walk away from our Constitution’s promise at our peril.”

Joe Biden

Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us,” he wrote. “She was an American hero, a giant of legal doctrine, and a relentless voice in the pursuit of that highest American ideal: Equal Justice Under Law. May her memory be a blessing to all people who cherish our Constitution and its promise.”

Hillary Clinton

“Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me,” she tweeted. “There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG.”

Kamala Harris

“Tonight we mourn, we honor, and we pray for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her family. But we also recommit to fight for her legacy,” the Senator wrote. “Doug and I send our heartfelt prayers to Jane and James, and the entire Ginsburg family, particularly on this holy day of Rosh Hashanah.”

Elizabeth Warren

“Ruthie was my friend and I will miss her terribly,” she wrote. “The t-shirts simply labeled ‘RBG’ made her notorious. But it was her wit, her tenaciousness, and her skill as a jurist that made her an icon.”

Bernie Sanders

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the great justices in modern American history and her passing is a tremendous loss to our country,” he tweeted. “She will be remembered as an extraordinary champion of justice and equal rights.”

Chasten Buttigieg

“Staring at this wedding ring. Thinking of what SCOTUS means to our lives. Our families. Our marriages. Our rights,” he wrote. “I need you to vote. We all need you to vote.”

Mariah Carey

“Thank you for a lifetime of service,” the singer tweeted. “Thank you for changing history. We will never let it be undone. RIP RBG.”

Julia Louis-Dryfus

“If there is a God, may She bless and keep RBG,” the Veep star wrote.

Kerry Washington

“Her rest is earned,” the actor wrote. “It is our turn to fight.”

Mindy Kaling

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the kind of scholar and patriot you get excited about explaining to your kids,” the Mindy Project star tweeted. “The kind of person who you say “who knows, one day you could be HER”. I hope you rest well, RBG, you must have been tired from changing the world.”

Viola Davis

“No 2020!!! No! No! Not now! Not this WOMAN!!! Please work your supreme magic, brilliant mind, and courage from Heaven!! Help us down here!” the Oscar winner wrote. “Thank you for your service Queen!! Rest in glorious peace.”

Jennifer Lopez

“I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” the singer wrote alongside a series of photos with Ginsburg. “She was a true champion of gender equality and was a strong woman for me and all the little girls of the world to look up to.”

Sophia Bush

“Truly and utterly gutted. And grateful. And in awe. And just so devastated,” the One Tree Hill alum tweeted. “An icon and a hero.”

Beanie Feldstein

“we will fight in your incredible honor. thank you for fighting,” the actor wrote. “my heart is f***ing broken.”

Mandy Moore

“Thank you, RBG for devoting your life, love and legacy to the rule of law,” the This Is Us star tweeted. “What a trailblazer in every way. What an immeasurable loss in every way. We will honor you by voting to protect all that you stood for.”

Brie Larson

“’Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.’ Thank you, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” she wrote. “We’ll keep pushing our way into all the places we’ve yet to be invited.”

We will update this post as more tributes come in.

How a Supreme Court Justice Is Picked, According to the Constitution

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away Friday night, September 18, at the age of 87. The justice—also known as RBG—was a fierce advocate for women’s rights and became a cultural and political icon as she reshaped U.S. legislation.

Ginsburg’s death is just one more reason why the upcoming presidential election will be more important than ever. Whoever is elected will likely decide who replaces RBG, assuming Trump is unable to push through his nominee before November 3. 

As it now stands, out of the seven remaining members of the U.S. Supreme Court, five have been appointed by Republican presidents and two by Democratic presidents. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, becoming the second woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court. RBG’s vacant seat means the liberals have lost a vote on the bench.

So, how does this even work? Here’s what you need to know. 

How is a Supreme Court Justice selected? According to the Supreme Court’s official website, “The President nominates someone for a vacancy on the Court and the Senate votes to confirm the nominee, which requires a simple majority.” (FYI, the Republicans currently have the majority in the Senate, though some have sworn to wait for the election to vote.)

In 2016, the GOP, led by Senator Mitch McConnell, refused to vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. That was eight months before the 2016 election. We are currently just 45 days away from the 2020 election on November 3. 

What qualifications does the nominee need to meet? You may be surprised to learn that the Constitution “does not specify qualifications such as age, education, and profession.” All that to say, a judge does technically need to be a trained lawyer.

Why is this such a big deal? Since Supreme Court Justices serve the court for life (or as long as they wish to), this may be one of the most important decisions in recent U.S. history. Depending on who fills RBG’s seat, the law in America could move significantly further right if a sixth GOP-appointed judge is selected for the court.

Last week, Trump released a list of potential names he would choose from to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, which included Republican Senator Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, and Josh Hawley. This could be a major blow to women’s rights, especially, as Tom Cotton has made it his mission to overturn Roe V. Wade. 

Before her death, Ginsburg shared her “fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” 

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