According to a report by Huffpost, on Wednesday, the Senate confirmed Kenneth Lee to a lifetime federal judgeship over the objections of both of his home-state senators and despite his past controversial writings on sexism, AIDS, LGBTQ rights, slavery and Native Americans. The 43 year-old Lee reportedly won confirmation on a 52-45 vote to the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, headquartered in San Francisco. Huffpost reports that Lee, an attorney in a Los Angeles law firm and former associate White House counsel to President George W. Bush, faced criticism for a series of offensive articles he wrote as a student at Cornell University in the mid-1990s.

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