Tag Archives: US History

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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DETROIT: Fake Irish Pub Turns Away Irish Customers In St. Patrick’s Day Lesson On Immigration [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: The bouncer who called Irish people “lazy” and “lower-class citizens” last weekend at the door of a pub on the bustling parade route of Detroit’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade ignited more than a few tempers. But he wasn’t trying to spark a fight — just make people think. It was all part of an experiment to raise ...

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George W. Bush: Trump Makes Me Look “Pretty Good”

Salon reports: One of the Republican Party’s most-famous faces appears to be thankful for the bombastic and unstable presence of President Donald Trump, believing the current White House resident could help grow his depleted stock. Former president George W. Bush often smiles when the chaoses and scandals that are trademarks of Trump’s administration enter into a conversation, according to a ...

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Michelle Obama To Release Memoir In November

The Associated Press reports:  Michelle Obama’s memoir, one of the most highly anticipated books in recent years, is coming out Nov. 13. The former first lady tweeted Sunday that the book, to come out a week after the 2018 midterm elections, is called “Becoming.” “Writing ‘Becoming’ has been a deeply personal experience,” she said in a statement. “It has allowed ...

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Presidents Day: Political Scientists Rank Trump Last

Politico reports: Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan are up, Bill Clinton is down and Donald Trump is off to a historically bad start — and the greats, meanwhile, remain the greats. It was the finding of the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey, released Monday by professors Brandon Rottinghaus of the University of Houston and Justin S. Vaughn ...

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Astronaut John Young Dies At Age 87

CBS News reports: Legendary astronaut John Young — who twice ventured into space in pioneering two-man Gemini capsules, orbited the moon and then walked on its cratered surface before commanding two space shuttle missions, including the program’s maiden flight — has died, ending one of the most storied careers in space history. NASA said he died Friday night following complications ...

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Trump Is Least Popular First-Year President In History

Newsweek reports: According to President Donald Trump, his administration has been one of the most successful in American history. But the public strongly disagrees. The Republican Trump is now the least popular first-year president in the country’s history and a vast majority believes he has failed to keep the promises that won him the White House, according to two new ...

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1980 Presidential Candidate John Anderson Dies At 95

New York Magazine reports: John B. Anderson of Illinois, who died today at the age of 95, served in Congress for 20 years. But what gave him national fame was a briefly sensational independent candidacy for president in 1980, running against President Jimmy Carter and soon-to-be-president Ronald Reagan. By doing so, Anderson represented two milestones in modern political history: He ...

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Charles Manson Dies In Prison At Age 83

The New York Times reports: Charles Manson, one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century, who was very likely the most culturally persistent and perhaps also the most inscrutable, died on Sunday in Kern County, Calif. He was 83 and had been behind bars for most of his life. He died of natural causes in a hospital, the ...

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Both Bushes Roast “Blowhard” Trump In New Book

CNN reports: Former President George H.W. Bush has a blunt assessment of Donald Trump: “He’s a blowhard.” And his son, former President George W. Bush, has harsh words for his Republican successor as well: “This guy doesn’t know what it means to be president.” Those stinging comments mark the first time the former presidents are speaking out about Trump in ...

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Soon To Be Seen In Federal Buildings Nationwide

The Hill reports: President Trump is seen smiling broadly in his official portrait that will hang in federal buildings across the country. The White House released the official photographs of Trump and Vice President Pence on Tuesday. Trump’s grinning portrait is a departure from his usual stone-faced expression — his Twitter profile picture features a shot of himself with a ...

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Russia Preemptively Denies Role In JFK’s Assassination

The Independent reports: Russia has preemptively denied ties to any plot to assassinate late President John F Kennedy ahead of the expected release of thousands of archived records. The National Archives was due to release a trove of documents related to the 22 November 1963 assassination on Thursday. One of several conspiracy theories about Mr Kennedy’s killer Lee Harvey Oswald ...

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Trump Breaks With Recent Presidents, Omits Mention Of Native Americans In Columbus Day 2017 Proclamation

Fortune reports: Columbus Day has become a fraught holiday in the United States, but you wouldn’t know it from President Trump’s official proclamation. Published on the official White House website, the statement heralds Christopher Columbus for “setting the stage for the development of our great Nation” and “inspiring countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions—even in the face of ...

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John Oliver Takes On Confederate Monuments [VIDEO]

Newsweek reports: John Oliver gave an elaborate—and sometimes stinging—explanation as to why statues of Confederate leaders should not remain standing Sunday night. The British comedian dedicated the large majority of his HBO comedy show Last Week Tonight to a comprehensive history lesson about the divisive monuments that critics say celebrate America’s dark past. “If the Confederacy was not about slavery, ...

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Mike Pence: I Believe In More Monuments [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday that the United States should be building more monuments around the country, not tearing them down. Pence was asked on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning whether he supported local municipalities around the country in their efforts to remove Confederate statues in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and ...

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House Republicans Retaliate After Democrat Refuses To Name Building For Racist Homophobe Jesse Helms

Democratic US House Rep. G.K. Butterfield wants to rename a Durham post office after his late mentor, black civil rights activist John Hervey Wheeler. But according to Butterfield, two US House Republicans from his state are holding up what would normally be a routine issue because he refused to sign their bill to rename another federal building after notorious racist ...

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CANADA: Jimmy Carter Hospitalized For Dehydration After Collapsing While Building For Habitat For Humanity

The Washington Post reports: Former president Jimmy Carter was taken to a hospital Thursday for dehydration while in Winnipeg, according to a news report. The 92-year-old was in Canada helping build a Habitat for Humanity home when he “collapsed,” a volunteer told CBC News, triggering a rush of paramedics and firefighters to assist him. An ambulance took Carter to a ...

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