Tag Archives: US History

Obama Tops List Of “Best In My Lifetime” Presidents

Just in from Pew Research: When asked which president has done the best job in their lifetimes, more Americans name Barack Obama than any other president. More than four-in-ten (44%) say Obama is the best or second best president of their lifetimes, compared with about a third who mention Bill Clinton (33%) or Ronald Reagan (32%). Which president has done ...

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Jimmy Carter: Jesus Would Approve Of Gay Marriage

The Hill reports: Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said on Sunday he believes “Jesus would approve of gay marriage.” “I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,” Carter, who describes himself as a born-again Christian, told HuffPost ...

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Pioneering Gay Rights Activist Dick Leitsch Dies At 83

The Washington Post reports: Dick Leitsch, who became a leading gay rights activist in 1960s New York, where he helped end police entrapment of gays and organized the first major act of civil disobedience by a gay rights group — a boozy sit-in known as the Sip-In — died June 22 at a hospice center in Manhattan. He was 83. ...

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Gov. Cuomo Proclaims Edie Windsor Day In New York

Via press release: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today proclaimed June 20 Edie Windsor Day in New York State as a tribute to her legacy championing equality and justice for the LGBTQ community, and for being on the front lines of the fight for marriage equality. Today would have been Edie’s 89th birthday. “Edie was an iconic New Yorker who shaped ...

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Kickstarter: The Notorious RBG Action Figure [VIDEO]

CNET reports: Not to get judgy about a judge, but these Ruth Bader Ginsburg action figures win on appeal. The Supreme Court associate justice, 85, has been re-created in action-figure form by Seattle sculptor Mike Leavitt for product incubator FCTRY, which has also made figures of Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and other famous names that certain of your ...

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Democrats Mark Pulse Anniversary With Vow To Pursue “Common Sense Gun Reforms” And LGBTQ Rights

Just in from DNC chairman Tom Perez: “Two years ago, our nation witnessed one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history. It was an attack on the LGBTQ community, the Latinx community, and LGBTQ people of color everywhere. It was an attack on the American people and the values of diversity and equality that all of us should cherish. ...

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ORLANDO: Activists And Survivors Mark Second Pulse Massacre Anniversary With Rally For Tougher Gun Laws

The Orlando Sentinel reports: An emotional, rain-soaked rally on the eve of the Pulse anniversary Monday evening was mixed with anguish and raw anger over the lack of progress on gun reform and gay rights in Florida and the sheer number of mass shootings that have happened since. “Six hundred and twelve days,” said Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the ...

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Trump Posthumously Pardons Boxer Jack Johnson

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump has granted a posthumous pardon for boxing’s first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines Trump had said he was considering a pardon in April, when he announced on Twitter that the actor Sylvester Stallone, a ...

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TRAILER: John McCain: For Whom The Bell Tolls

The Wrap reports: Senator John McCain takes a parting shot at Washington politics in the trailer for the new HBO documentary about his life, “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls.” “We need to give the American people what they deserve and right now they’re not getting it,” the Arizona Republican says in the teaser. “I’ve been tested a number ...

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ORLANDO: Interim Pulse Memorial Opens [VIDEO]

The Orlando Sentinel reports: The onePULSE Foundation is unveiling the Orlando nightclub’s “interim” memorial today, designed to be a temporary tribute to the victims and survivors of the 2016 mass shooting. During a dedication ceremony this morning, Pulse nightclub owner and onePULSE Foundation founder Barbara Poma thanked local companies that contributed to the project. She also praised the survivors and ...

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McCain Regrets Choosing Palin As His Running Mate

The New York Times reports: It was at his Hidden Valley Ranch where the senator participated in a nearly two-hour HBO documentary and co-wrote what he acknowledges will be his last book, “The Restless Wave,” both of which are set to be released this month. While he continues to defend Ms. Palin’s performance, Mr. McCain uses the documentary and the ...

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ALABAMA: Lynching Memorial Opens In Montgomery

The New York Times reports: The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opened Thursday on a six-acre site overlooking the Alabama State Capitol, is dedicated to the victims of American white supremacy. And it demands a reckoning with one of the nation’s least recognized atrocities: the lynching of thousands of black people in a decades-long campaign of racist terror. ...

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George H.W. Bush Improves, Moved From ICU

Politico reports: Former President George H.W. Bush has left the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital, where he was admitted over the weekend to treat an infection, and is expected to continue his recovery the next several days from “a regular patient room,” his spokesman said Wednesday. Delivering an update on the 41st president’s health status in a statement, ...

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George H.W. Bush Hospitalized With Sepsis [VIDEO]

Multiple outlets are reporting that former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized yesterday morning with a potentially life-threatening case of sepsis. Bush is being treated in the intensive care unit of Houston Methodist Hospital. The hospitalization came only hours after the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush, to whom he was married for 73 years. The former president is ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s Funeral

CBS News reports: Some 1,500 guests are expected Saturday at a private funeral for Barbara Bush at the nation’s largest Episcopal church. First lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Cliuton, and former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are among those expected to attend the by-invitation-only service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Burial will follow ...

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Todd Starnes Whines That Proposed Textbook Depicts Trump As A Racist And His Supporters As Hillbillies

Todd Starnes is very upset about a proposed US history textbook that has been sent to some high schools for review. He writes: Pearson Education is defending a new high school textbook that depicts President Trump as mentally ill and his supporters as a bunch of poor, white hillbillies. The anti-Trump propaganda is included in the upcoming edition of “By ...

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Barbara Bush Enters End-Of-Life Palliative Care

NBC News reports: Former first lady Barbara Bush will not seek additional medical treatment after a series of recent hospitalizations, a family spokesman said Sunday. In a statement, the spokesman said Bush, 92, would instead focus on “comfort care” after consulting with doctors and family members. It wasn’t immediately clear what Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, ...

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Linda Brown Of Brown V Board Of Education Dies At 76

NPR reports: Linda Brown, who as a schoolgirl was at the center of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that rejected racial segregation in American schools, died in Topeka, Kan., Sunday afternoon. She was 76. Her sister, Cheryl Brown Henderson, confirmed the death to The Topeka Capital-Journal. The 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, involved several ...

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Parkland’s Emma Gonzalez Stuns Nation With Six Minutes Of “Silence Heard ‘Round The World” [VIDEO]

The speech delivered this afternoon by Emma Gonzalez will be the most remembered moment of this historic day. Count on it. Cosmo reports: Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez has become a powerful activist, and when she took the stage to speak at today’s March for Our Lives in D.C., the crowd was moved by her stunning speech, which lasted 6 ...

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Kate Kendell Steps Down After 22 Years Heading NCLR

Karen Ocamb reports at the Los Angeles Blade: LGBT politicos nationwide were struck by the March 15 announcement that National Center for Lesbian Rights executive director Kate Kendell was stepping down after more than 22 years of service advancing social and economic justice through the lens of LGBT civil rights. “Kate literally changed the world. Her leadership in advancing the ...

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