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South African police officer arrested following female boxing champ’s murder

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A police officer was arrested after a South African female boxing champion was fatally shot during a car chase in a coastal city, according to local reports.

Leighandre “Baby Lee” Jegels, 25, who was expected to return to the ring in October for a junior bantamweight clash, was murdered Friday afternoon in Mdantsane, while her mother was also shot but survived, the BBC reported.

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The suspect, 37, arrested was thought to be Jegels’ current or former boyfriend and a member of the South African Police Service.

A police spokesman told local media the motive appeared to be a “domestic dispute” between “the couple.”

“It is alleged that an off-duty policeman based at TRT (Tactical Response Team) East London fired several shots at his girlfriend who died instantly on the scene,” said police spokesman Sontaga Seisa. “The same policeman fired shots to his girlfriend’s mother and injured her.”

Jegels, who is also a karate champion, met with her boxing club manager hours before her death and was “excited” to get back in the ring.

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“I had breakfast with her and we discussed what needed to be done to stage her dramatic return,” Mla Tengimfene told The South African. “She was excited and looking forward to her ring return. She had been out of the ring for a while and this new venture excited her.”

South Africa’s Department of Arts & Culture condemned the murder as an “act of cowardice.”

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The suspect is due in court Monday as an investigation is still ongoing.

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Six Flags’ Jersey Devil ride will be ‘world’s tallest, fastest, longest’ single rail coaster

Better buckle up – because Six Flags Great Adventure’s new “Jersey Devil” ride opening next year in New Jersey will reportedly be the tallest, fastest and longest single rail ride roller coaster in the world.

The upcoming attraction was announced on Aug. 29, with the Jersey Devil ride slated to stand 13 stories tall, flying passengers at speeds up to 58 mph. Coaster fanatics can look forward to soaring across 3,000 feet of track and intense features including a 130-foot ascent, 87-degree drop, two inversions, a 180-degree stall and zero-gravity roll, as per a press release.

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News of the upcoming attraction broke on Aug. 29, with the Jersey Devil ride slated to stand 13 stories tall, flying passengers at speeds up to 58 mph. (Six Flags Great Adventure)

Park officials claim that the monstrous ride’s unique elements will crown it as the “tallest, fastest and longest single rail coaster” on the planet. The one-of-a-kind Jersey Devil ride will rise in the theme park’s Jackson branch, specifically near the Great Lake, making it all the better for the beast to manifest “under a full moon.”

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Coaster fanatics can look forward to soaring across 3,000 feet of track and intense features including a 130-foot ascent, 87-degree drop, two inversions, a 180-degree stall and zero-gravity roll. (Six Flags Great Adventure)

The attraction was named after the legend of the Jersey Devil, a mythical, menacing, demon-like creature rumored to haunt the Pine Barrens region of the state in the 18th century, according to the Philly Voice.

“Six Flags Great Adventure is home to the best and most innovative roller coasters on the planet, and we are thrilled to expand our unrivaled collection with the Jersey Devil Coaster,” park president John Winkler said in the news release. “Jersey Devil folklore has been a source of fear and intrigue here in the Pine Barrens for more than 200 years, and this iconic piece of New Jersey history inspired the design for this monstrous scream machine.”

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The record-breaking ride will open in the summer of 2020, and interested riders must meet the 48-inch height requirement.

The coaster itself will have four trains with 12 seats for passengers, who will sit single-file style on the terrifying ride.

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The record-breaking ride will open in the summer of 2020, and interested riders must meet the 48-inch height requirement. (Six Flags Great Adventure)

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Taliban launch ‘massive attack’ on northern Afghanistan city, government says

The Taliban have launched a major attack on the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz, igniting gunbattles with security forces, government officials said Saturday.

The “massive attack” was launched from several points throughout the city overnight, according to Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.

“I can confirm that intense gunbattles are going on around the city, but the Taliban have not been able to overrun any security checkpoint,” he said.

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Afghan security forces arrive during a fight against Taliban fighters in Kunduz province north of Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. The Taliban have launched a new large-scale attack on the large city. (AP Photo/Bashir Khan Safi)

Afghan officials say 60 Taliban fighters have been killed in the assault. The bodies of three civilians and two security force members were taken to a hospital and at least 80 civilians were wounded, including women and children, according to provincial health director Esanullah Fazeli.

Nine of  the victims were wounded as a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a major intersection in the city, following a push by Afghan security forces to move the Taliban toward the outskirts, said provincial council member Ghulam Rabani Rabani.

The Taliban also took control of several positions in civilian areas, including a hospital, although officials say Kunduz was still in government control.

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Afghan security forces stand guard during a fight against Taliban fighters in Kunduz province north of Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. The attack occurred as the insurgent group continued negotiations with the United States on ending America’s longest war. (AP Photo/Bashir Khan Safi)

Electricity and most telephone communications have been cut in the strategic city, located about 200 miles north of the capital, Kabul. In response to the attack, government airstrikes have limited the insurgents, but they have yet to be driven from their positions.

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“The city is completely empty, shops are locked, people aren’t moving, and light and heavy weapons can be heard in several parts,” a local resident, identified as Khaluddin, told Reuters.

The fighting occurs as peace talks were scheduled to continue Saturday in Qatar, with their leaders and U.S. officials in the process of attempting to end the 18-year war. Reports signaled they were close to reaching an agreement in recent days.

The Taliban control or influence roughly half of Afghanistan and are reportedly at their strongest since the U.S. invaded in 2001. The United States ended its combat role in 2014, although 20,000 U.S. and NATO forces remain in the country. They still train and support Afghan troops fighting the Taliban, who fear if the U.S. leaves, it will make them vulnerable.

Insurgent groups are continuing to negotiate with the U.S. and have demanded that all foreign forces leave the country.

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The Taliban have captured Kunduz twice since 2015.

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Debra Messing joins ‘Will & Grace’ co-star, calls for Trump supporters in Hollywood to be outed

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Debra Messing has joined her “Will & Grace” co-star Eric McCormack in calling for the names of Trump supporters in Hollywood who’ll be attending an upcoming fundraiser for President Trump to be outed.

Trump plans to attend the Sept. 17 fundraiser in Beverly Hills during a trip to California that will also include visits to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego, The Hollywood Reporter wrote Thursday.

Tickets for the Beverly Hills event, scheduled during the week of the Emmy Awards, will reportedly start at $1,000, with packages for couples costing as much as $100,000.

Hosts for the event will reportedly be Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, RNC co-chairman Tommy Hicks Jr., Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale and Trump Victory finance chairman Todd Ricketts.

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On Friday, McCormack drew comparisons to the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy after he called on THR to report on “everyone attending the event” and hinted at creating a blacklist of those Trump donors.

“Hey, @THR, kindly report on everyone attending this event, so the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with. Thx,” McCormack wrote.

Late on Friday night, Messing appeared to express the same sentiment as her sitcom roommate.

“Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know,” Messing said.

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Like McCormack, Messing drew McCarthyism comparisons on social media, referring to McCarthy’s Cold War efforts to oust Communists from Washington, Hollywood and other spheres of influence resulted in a Hollywood blacklist of those whose loyalty to the U.S. was questioned.

Outspoken conservative actor Dean Cain also responded to Messing, suggesting he would have attended the Trump fundraiser if he was able to.

“I’m not attending, because I’ll be out of town. Otherwise, I’d have been happy to attend,” Cain told Messing.

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Messing is best known for playing the title character Grace in the hit NBC comedy, which was revived by the network after being off the air for over a decade. The reboot debuted to 10 million viewers in 2017 but has seen a steady decline in ratings. NBC announced earlier this year that the “Will & Grace” will end in 2020.

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Kay Coles James: Our colleges need to cultivate critical thinking, scrap radical left conformity

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Back-to-school on America’s college campuses can be an exciting time for parents and students alike. But if your college freshman comes home for Thanksgiving Break and you no longer recognize the person you dropped off just three months prior, that excitement may turn to shock, or even anger.

Sure, Tommy might have learned some valuable concepts in chemistry, literature, and history. But he may also have learned identity politics, that most people are racist, and to blame America for most of the world’s problems – from “climate change” to wars to depleting too many natural resources. Perhaps you’ll hear him telling his friends how he now hates capitalism and how we would all fare better under socialism.

It’s no secret that colleges have been bastions of liberalism for years, but with the rising acceptance of socialism and “social justice” in America, campuses have become ground zero for truly radical socialist indoctrination.

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Even the best of parents who taught their kids to be critical thinkers can be shocked when those kids come home after months of leftist programming. Some young people are able to resist the pressure to conform, but others can’t. For many students, college can mean that they’re the targets of speech codes, bullying by other students, and intimidation by professors. Many times, campus administrators just stand by silently, or worse, enforce the radicalism.

It’s healthy for students to be challenged at college and be exposed to new ideas. What’s not healthy is to be berated, intimidated, or coerced into adopting an ideology that goes against their very core principles.

Recently, a friend of mine accompanied her son to freshman orientation at a state university. During the orientation, she and other parents grew increasingly uncomfortable as several campus speakers got up and introduced themselves not only by their names and titles but also by the pronouns that they preferred to be called. She noticed that the new students’ nametags also listed their preferred pronouns. This was an effort to accommodate those students who were transgender, undecided about their gender, or “fluid” between genders.

For many students, college can mean that they’re the targets of speech codes, bullying by other students, and intimidation by professors. 

She was so shocked by what she saw that she wrote an article about it to try to warn other parents. She made it clear that she wasn’t casting aspersions on transgendered people and felt compassion for those with gender dysphoria. Rather, she was calling out university officials for pushing what they knew was a highly charged issue on an entire new class of students.

In response, the far-left began assailing her and her son with hateful and violent threats, posted her son’s name and photo on social media, and threatened to bully him on campus.

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Recent polling by the Knight Foundation shows that more than two-thirds of college students – including both Democratic- and Republican-leaning students – say the campus climate prevents them from expressing their true opinions for fear of offending their classmates. This polling reinforces what many people already knew: that it’s a minority on campus, enabled by faculty and administrators, who are creating this environment for everyone else.

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The polling also shows that, despite the fact that so many students feel they can’t speak up, 46 percent are still inclined to eliminate free speech on campus in favor of promoting an “inclusive and welcoming society.” That’s a frightening statistic. Contrary to the claims of the far-left, that doesn’t promote an open-minded learning environment, but rather conformity to the most radical tenets of leftism.

Going to college has such an incredible impact on our children’s futures that each time I found out I was pregnant, it was one of the things I prayed for on behalf of my children. I prayed that they would attend colleges that could help them open the doors to knowledge, grow as people, and prepare for fulfilling careers.

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Even back then, I didn’t understand the degree of influence someone’s choice of college would have in his or her life. Over 40 years later, in today’s society, that influence is even more dramatic. That’s why we can’t just sit on our hands and let this indoctrination and bullying continue.

As parents and taxpayers who are turning our kids over to these schools and paying the lion’s share of college costs, it’s incumbent upon us to contact our legislators and school administrators and demand better of these institutions – not only for the benefit of our students and their education, but for the very future of our civil society.

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Johnny Depp Dior ad pulled amid ‘cultural appropriation’ outcry

Johnny Depp, the face of Dior’s ad campaign for a $150 cologne called “Sauvage,” is being accused of “racism” and “cultural appropriation” against Native Americans.

Early Friday night, the French luxury giant started wiping “We are the Land” teaser videos of the “authentic journey deep into the Native American soul,” which was set for release Sept. 1 from Twitter and Instagram after widespread backlash online.

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Depp, who has been repping Sauvage since 2015, is the voice in the video that shows a woman wearing a wolf skin and a man dressed in traditional Native American dancing in the desert, but beyond the imagery, many were upset by the language used by the campaign.

“‘Sauvage’ is the word the racist mobs were screaming when they stoned Mohawk civilians during the Oka crisis,” one user tweeted.

The company sent a press release from Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) when FOX Business reached out for comment but refused to comment on the outrage surrounding the ad.

“There was need for authenticity and respect for the land and the nations that allowed us to shoot there,” Depp said in the report from AIO, a group that says it advocates for the rights of Indigenous people. “From the choice of location, wardrobe making, right down to casting and set design, AIO was involved.”

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It also pointed to Depp being adopted into the Comanche Nation before he played Tonto in 2013’s reboot of The Lone Ranger, which a Native American activist took issue with, saying: “He’s not Native, he’s not a friend to Indian Country. Dior has also been on the appropriation train since forever.”

Despite Dior taking down the video, many online came to his defense, pointing to his heritage

But many online came to his defense and called the backlash outrageous.

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“The only way this Dior campaign could be worse is if Elizabeth Warren had a cameo,” Bridget Phetasy joked in a tweet, adding that Dior failed “to cash in on Woke capitalism.”

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One arrested in eastern France knife attack that left 1 dead, 6 injured

A knife attack at a public transit station in eastern France Saturday has left one person dead and six others injured, according to reports.

It happened around 5 p.m. at the Laurent-Bonnevay metro station in the town of Villeurbanne, near Lyon, France Televisions reported.

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The Laurent-Bonnevay public transit station in the town of Villeurbanne, near Lyon, in France. (Google Maps)

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A suspect who was carrying a knife was arrested while authorities were on the hunt for a suspected second attacker believed to be in possession of a metal spike used to roast meat, Reuters reported.

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The motive for the attack was unclear, according to the news outlet.

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One arrested in eastern France knife attack that left 1 dead, 6 injured

A knife attack at a public transit station in eastern France Saturday has left one person dead and six others injured, according to reports.

It happened around 5 p.m. at the Laurent-Bonnevay metro station in the town of Villeurbanne, near Lyon, France Televisions reported.

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The Laurent-Bonnevay public transit station in the town of Villeurbanne, near Lyon, in France. (Google Maps)

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A suspect who was carrying a knife was arrested while authorities were on the hunt for a suspected second attacker believed to be in possession of a metal spike used to roast meat, Reuters reported.

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The motive for the attack was unclear, according to the news outlet.

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Airline director fired for ‘fat shaming’ British Airways cabin crew

A director for LOT Polish Airlines is out of a job after recently “fat shaming” the cabin crew staff of a British Airways flight on social media with a series of illicitly taken photos, reportedly mocking their uniforms as “too tight” and overall appearance as “messy.”

Earlier this week, Katarzyna Richter, an operations director for LOT Polish Airlines, took a British Airways flight from London’s Gatwick Airport to Poland, Metro reports.

Richter was evidently so taken aback by the looks and grooming of the flight crew that she quickly aired her grievances on Facebook, blasting the staffers for their “unpolished” appearances.

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“Today, my attention was drawn to grooming and appearance of British Airways cabin crew members, unpolished shoes, holes in tights, too tight uniform, double chin, rotten and uneven teeth, messy hairstyle,” Richter allegedly complained, as per an English translation by Metro.

The woman shared photos that she secretly took of the airline employees in her post, and continued to question how effectively they were truly doing their jobs.

Richter’s industry peers, meanwhile, were outraged with the cyberbullying, and soon brought the post to LOT’s attention.

“How dare this airline executive invite the public to assess the appearance of a rival carrier’s workers. The primary job of BA staff is to keep passengers safe,” an anonymous British Airways employee told The Sun. “This woman should know more than anyone how to behave. She must be sacked for fat shaming BA crew while going about their duties.”

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“Today, my attention was drawn to grooming and appearance of British Airways cabin crew members, unpolished shoes, holes in tights, too tight uniform, double chin, rotten and uneven teeth, messy hairstyle,” Richter allegedly complained on Facebook.  (iStock)

“She’s gone way, way too far. There is no excuse,” another echoed.

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In the days since, reps for LOT have confirmed that Richter’s employment with the company has been terminated in relation to the social media incident.

“We are truly sorry for this situation. The comments published by one of our employees on the private Facebook profile are contrary to the applicable standards and the value system adopted at LOT Polish Airlines,” an official told Metro. ‘Such behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by our company, therefore we decided to terminate the co-operation with Richter with immediate effect.”

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In the days since, reps for LOT have confirmed that Richter’s employment with the company has been terminated in relation to the social media incident. (iStock)

“Furthermore, we ensure that this situation will never happen again by drawing even more attention to the notification of social media policy and applicable procedures to our employees,” the rep detailed, adding that the importance of the policy will be especially emphasized at employee training events in the future.

When contacted for comment, a spokesperson for British Airways told Fox News: “We are proud of our Cabin Crew and the exceptional service that they deliver to our customers every day.”

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As for Richter, she is said to have seen the error of her ways and issued a public apology, the Sun reports.

“I would like to apologize very much to the British Airways crew and to everyone affected,” she said.. “I regret my behavior — I should not judge the competence and appearance of employees of another airline.”

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Labor nominee Eugene Scalia touted for expertise and experience, but faces stiff Dem opposition

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President Trump this week formally announced his intention to nominate Eugene Scalia as Labor secretary, with the White House saying he has both legal expertise and hands-on experience at the department.

But Democrats are threatening to oppose the nomination, fearing a pick who could become a powerful deregulator.

“Eugene Scalia is the president’s pick to lead the Department of Labor because of his deep expertise and ability to defend the American worker,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere told Fox News. “He is one of the most respected labor and employment lawyers in the country, and we expect the Senate to act quickly on his nomination.”

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Scalia, a son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, brings a wealth of experience to the role as a longtime labor, employment and regulatory lawyer, and a former solicitor in the Labor Department during the George W. Bush administration.

He is also a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States — an agency that recommends to Congress and the executive branch ways to improve agency procedures. Trump described Scalia as having led “a life of great success in the legal and labor field.”

But Democrats are pointing to Scalia’s record as well, claiming the nominee would turn the department in a pro-corporation direction and aggressively seek to cut regulations protecting workers.

“President Trump is missing an opportunity to nominate a fighter for workers, like a union member, to be America’s next Labor Secretary,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in July. “Instead, President Trump has again chosen someone who has proven to put corporate interests over those of worker rights. Workers and union members who believed candidate Trump when he campaigned as pro-worker should feel betrayed.”

“Eugene Scalia spent his career putting giant corporations over American workers,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said when his nomination was first announced. “This should concern anyone who believes that the Department of Labor should protect workers’ rights – not corporate interests. The Senate must reject his nomination for Secretary of Labor.”

Scalia spent much of the Obama years opposing government regulations on behalf of businesses – putting him in line with the broad philosophical brushstrokes of the Trump administration, which has sought to slash regulation across multiple cabinet departments.

During Scalia’s confirmation to the Labor Department in 2001, Democrats expressed similar concerns then, focusing on his opposition to a Clinton-era rule to protect workers from repetitive stress injuries – known as the ergonomics rule.

The Wall Street Journal reports that as a partner of the corporate law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, he spent much of his time representing the financial-services industry in challenging regulations associated with the Obama-era Dodd-Frank law – he has called the 2010 law an important statute but added that “when the government believes it’s handling a particularly important issue, there can be a tendency to overreach.”

But a source familiar with the nomination told Fox News that Scalia’s record was “pro-worker and entirely even-handed when it came to labor unions,” saying he “has never been a business lawyer out to defeat the union movement” and has shown respect for a workers’ right to unionize.

The source listed examples in which Scalia had fought for workers when he was part of the department he now seeks to lead. One notable case was settled in 2002, when the Labor Department won a $10 million settlement with a poultry factory after the company refused to pay workers for time spent putting on and taking off safety gear – a process known as “donning and doffing.”

While the Clinton administration began the action, it was settled during the Bush administration, with Scalia authorizing the litigation. A New York Times story at the time quoted Scalia as estimating that workers spent eight minutes a day dressing and undressing – approximately $500 a year in unpaid work. The settlement found that the company should pay workers for the dressing and undressing and it won affected workers $1,000 each in back pay.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union called the settlement “a step in the right direction for fair pay for some of the nation’s most underpaid workers.”

Similarly, the source pointed to Scalia’s role in ending a West Coast ports dispute the same year between the companies that owned the ports and unions. The source said Scalia gained a reputation during that fight for “not playing favorites, not coming in blaming the company, not coming in and blaming the union, but just trying to get a resolution.”

The New York Times reported that union leaders praised Scalia’s approach of proposing a contract extension “because it showed that the administration was seeking to heed union concerns and avoid invoking the Taft-Hartley Act.” President Bush did eventually invoke the act after companies rejected the extension.

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When his confirmation hearing is held in coming months, Scalia is likely to face questions from Democrats on his work as a private lawyer, particularly in undoing an Obama rule to put tougher requirements on professionals advising retirement savers and defending companies such as Boeing, SeaWorld and Wal-Mart.

However, with a firm Republican hold on the Senate and no visible GOP opposition to his nomination, Scalia’s chances for confirmation seem solid. While Democrats may fear whether Scalia will push for greater deregulation, for many Republicans that is a plus.

“Gene Scalia is an outstanding lawyer who has vigorously defended the Constitution over a long career in government and private practice,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said in a statement when the pick was announced. “I’m confident he’ll be a champion for working Americans against red tape and burdensome regulation as Labor Secretary.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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