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Donald Verrilli, one of the longest serving solicitor General in the American History, steps down in June

Donald Verrilli has fought in our nation’s highest court for a better future, winning landmark cases that moved America forward, said Obama

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U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli (top R) departs following the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew in Washington, October 6, 2013. Image source: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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  • Donald Verrilli stepping down as the U.S Solicitor General
  • Verrilli is one of the longest serving solicitor general in the American History
  • His principal deputy Ian Gershengorn will replace him as the Solicitor General on June 25

U.S Solicitor General Donald Verrilli is stepping down after representing United States Government for 5 years at Supreme Court, the White House announced on Thursday, June 2. Solicitor General is person who represents the government at the Supreme Court and Donald Verrilli is one the longest serving solicitor general in the American History.

U.S president Obama in his statement said,” Donald Verrilli has fought in our nation’s highest court for a better future, winning landmark cases that moved America forward. Don has been a dedicated public servant who has helped our nation live up to its promise of liberty and justice for all. I am grateful for his trusted counsel and friendship. And I wish Don and his family all the best in what comes next, including, hopefully, a well-deserved vacation.”

White House. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
White House. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

He added “Thanks to his efforts, 20 million more Americans now know the security of quality, affordable health care; we’re combatting discrimination so that more women and minorities can own their piece of the American Dream; we’ve reaffirmed our commitment to ensuring that immigrants are treated fairly; and our children will now grow up in a country where everyone has the freedom to marry the person they love.”

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Verrilli has been part of many landmark cases before the Supreme Court including successful defence of the Affordable Care Act, immigration and striking down state’s prohibition of same-sex marriage.

Loretta Lynch in a statement said that Verrilli will leave on June 24 and his principal deputy Ian Gershengorn will assume his role as an acting capacity on June 25, until the next president is elected.

Ian Gershengorn is a graduate from Harvard Law School, and has clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens in private practice. He has also served in the Clinton administration.

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Lynch praised Gershengorn by saying that she has “no doubt that Ian is well-equipped to build on departing Solicitor General Don Verrilli’s extraordinary record.

“I am confident that he will advance a trailblazing legacy of excellence and accomplishment. And I am certain that as Acting Solicitor General, he will expand and extend the vital work of the Obama Administration and the American people,” she added.

-prepared by Bhaskar Raghavendran, a reporter at NewsGram. Twitter: bhaskar_ragha

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It’s not what you wear, but the way you wear it

Men lack the enzyme which processes self-awareness, which is why we think we look good in Speedos

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A lot depends upon what we wear and how we carry it. Wikimedia Common
A lot depends upon what we wear and how we carry it. Wikimedia Common

Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work.

I expected my wife to veto the idea, but she was okay with it, saying: “It’s not what you wear that counts, but whether you can carry it off.”

Mind you, this was a phone conversation and so she couldn’t see what I was wearing. In the event, going to work in a killer clown outfit was not as bad as it might have been, and the fake bloodstains on the costume proved advantageous. Fellow passengers quickly gave me a seat on the bus — actually, a whole block of seats.

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The main (and possibly only) advantage of marriage for guys is that we are given full-time aides (“wives”) who generally prevent us going out looking too ridiculous. Men lack the enzyme which processes self-awareness, which is why we think we look good in Speedos.

Proof: In my true-crime file is a report about a criminal fugitive on the run in Japan who disguised himself in a girls’ sailor suit school uniform. Since he was a tall man with massive shoulders, he managed to evade detection for only minutes.

Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work. Wikimedia Commons
Definition of being behind on the laundry: When you find yourself seriously considering wearing a Halloween costume to work. Wikimedia Commons

Another true story: Last year, a pair of bank robbers decided to dress as women to scope out a bank in Thomasville, Florida. The result was the opposite of what they expected: They became the centre of attention, of course.

It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman — good taste, and the ability to walk with our feet clamped in instruments of torture known as “lady’s shoes”.

There’s one exception which proves my point. In November last year, the coach of the Thailand women’s kabaddi team was dismayed to find out that males were banned from attending women’s sports events in Iran, where his team was playing. So he wrapped his head in a female scarf and marched straight in.

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He fooled nobody but correctly judged that the women would be too nice to throw him out. Smart guy.

Our UK correspondent shared a sad news item about a group of men who raised money for their local hospital by dressing as nurses and pushing a bed around town. The hospital refused to accept the cash as they said it was considered politically incorrect for men to dress as nurses these days.

It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman. Wikimedia Commons
It is really hard for men to dress convincingly as females as we lack the two main things that make a woman a woman. Wikimedia Commons

This seems unfair, as I have seen marathon runners dressed as bananas, dinosaurs and Q-Tips without complaint from fruit sellers, palaeontologists or people who like to poke things in their ears.

But the political issues surrounding women’s clothes are complex. In 2011 someone organised a “slutwalk” in Canada. This involved scantily-clad females marching down the road with protest banners. When the Slutwalk arrived in Asia, the women were fully covered up and many of the marchers were male; so the event missed the point, a bit like the Animal Rights Barbecue that a friend of mine once tried to organise.

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Anyway, like my wife says, it’s not what you wear but how you wear it. By the way, I look great in a Speedo. (IANS)

(Nury Vittachi is an Asia-based frequent traveller. Send ideas and comments via his Facebook page)