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U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., got into a heated exchange Wednesday with U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson during her nomination hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Graham focused on the judge’s sentencing record for cases involving images of child sexual abuse. Graham repeatedly interrupted Jackson, the first woman of color to be nominated to the high court.

According to The New York Times, “The flashes of temper were particularly striking coming from a senator who voted less than a year ago to confirm Judge Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Graham’s aggressive questioning of Judge Jackson over the past two days — which has included rapid-fire rhetorical questions, frequent interruptions and some lengthy, fiery lectures — suggested that he was unlikely to back her for the nation’s highest court.”

Graham also made it clear that he was unhappy that President Biden nominated Jackson over U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs of South Carolina.  More: Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

In other recent news:

S.C. Senate mulls transgender athlete ban. A bill requiring public high school and college athletes to compete with the gender listed on their birth certificates was sent Wednesday to the Senate floor. More: WBTW

S.C. Ethics Commission stops silencing whistleblowers after lawsuit

S.C. Ethics Commission leaders said the agency will no longer silence whistleblowers who file complaints accusing South Carolina public officials of misconduct.

S.C. Senate debates private school choice for poorer students. The S.C. Senate’s debate on a bill that would give some students money so they could pick a private school or public school outside their district will continue into next week. More: WCSC TV

S.C. residents lost $42M to cyber crime in 2021, FBI says. More than 5,000 South Carolina residents lost around $42.7 million to cyber crime last year, according to a new FBI report. More: WSPA TV

S.C. agency targeted for failing to stop slime-killing chemical in drinking waterThe S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, which is charged with protecting state drinking water supplies, allowed the city of Denmark to use an unauthorized chemical in its drinking water, exposing residents for a decade. 

Charleston ports needs more money to build rail yard, agency says. The State Ports Authority said delays in construction of a rail yard serving its container terminals will drive up costs.

Dominion Energy seeks rate increases. Dominion Energy is seeking a rate hike for S.C. customers after an annual review of costs of transportation and buying fuel found around $142 million under-collected in fuel costs.

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