Tag Archives: US History

Biden Hails Pelosi: “Most Consequential Speaker” Ever

Via press release from the White House: When I think of Nancy Pelosi, I think of dignity. History will note she is the most consequential Speaker of the House of Representatives in our history. There are countless examples of how she embodies the obligation of elected officials to uphold their oath to God and country to ensure our democracy delivers …

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Nancy Pelosi To Step Down From House Leadership

Reuters reports: House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to hold that influential post, said on Thursday she will step down as the Democratic leader in the chamber a day after Republicans secured a narrow majority following the midterm elections. Pelosi, an 82-year-old liberal from California, has served two stints as speaker. Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York …

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LIVE VIDEO: Ketanji Brown Jackson Gets Sworn In

NPR reports: Ketanji Brown Jackson will be sworn in Thursday at noon as the 116th Supreme Court justice and the first Black woman to serve on the high court. Biden nominated Jackson in February, fulfilling a campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. Jackson will take two oaths during the livestreamed event: a constitutional oath, …

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Man Who Shot Reagan Granted Unconditional Release

CBS News reports: John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot and nearly killed President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is set to be unconditionally released from court-ordered psychiatric supervision on June 15, after federal prosecutors, mental health professionals and Hinckley’s legal team told a judge on Wednesday that they have no concerns about his mental state. Hinckley, now 67, shot at …

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BREAKING: Senate Confirms Jackson In 53-47 Vote

Bloomberg News reports: The first Black woman justice won’t start hearing arguments until the next term begins in October. The justice-in-waiting hasn’t said how she’d spend the next three months, though she will almost certainly devote time to hiring law clerks and deciding how she will run her chambers. Although Jackson can remain on the appeals court until Breyer retires, …

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Votes To Confirm Ketanji Jackson

The New York Times reports: Faced with a historic pick who would not change the ideological divide of the court, top Senate Republicans had initially promised a respectful review of her record to show they could scrutinize a judicial nominee without personal attacks. Few questioned her qualifications, and Judge Jackson had been reviewed and approved by the Judiciary Committee three …

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Public May Now Search Database Of 1950 US Census

The New York Times reports: At 12:01 a.m. on Friday, precisely 72 years after enumerators began knocking on the doors of some 46 million American houses and apartments, the federal government made public what they learned: the ages, incomes, addresses, ancestry and a trove of other facts about the 150.7 million people who were counted in the 1950 census. Those …

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US Navy To Name Ship For Ruth Bader Ginsburg

NBC News reports: A Navy fuel ship will be named for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in recognition of her efforts to advance women’s rights and gender equality, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said Thursday. The future John Lewis-class replenishment oiler — a ship that transfers fuel to the Navy’s operating carrier strike groups — will be …

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Former Sec. Of State Madeleine Albright Dies At 84

CNN reports: Madeleine Albright, the first woman US secretary of state, who helped steer Western foreign policy in the aftermath of the Cold War, has died. She was 84 years old. Her death was confirmed in an email to staff of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm founded by Albright. From the State Department: Albright is the first …

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Gavin Newsom Overrules Parole For RFK’s Assassin

The Los Angeles Times reports: Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday refused to parole the man convicted of gunning down Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles, a brazen assassination of a presidential candidate that scarred the nation and altered the course of American politics during the turbulent 1960s. A two-person state parole panel recommended in August that Sirhan Sirhan be paroled, …

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Biden Admin To Release Some JFK Assassination Docs

CNN reports: The Biden administration faces a Wednesday deadline to publicly release a tranche of secret documents that some historians — and conspiracy theorists — hope might shed light on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The release is expected to prolong the bitter debate between the federal government and JFK researchers, who have argued that the CIA, …

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NH “Loyalty” Bill Bans Teaching “Negative” US History

The Concord Monitor reports: Just one year after New Hampshire legislators first introduced a bill that banned the teaching or discussion of “divisive concepts” like systemic racism, another bill will be debated this legislative session that would take those restrictions further. The proposed bill, HB 1255, is titled “An Act Relative to Teachers’ Loyalty,’ and seeks to ban public school …

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43% Of GOP Voters Oppose Teaching History Of Racism

The Hill reports: Forty-three percent of Republican respondents in a new poll say that they oppose schools teaching about the “history of racism.” The Monmouth University poll released Wednesday found that 43 percent of survey takers that identified as Republicans said that they are against the teaching of historical racism in public schools, as opposed to only 5 percent of …

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Former President Jimmy Carter Marks 97th Birthday

ABC News reports: Ex-President Jimmy Carter, the oldest former U.S. chief executive ever, will quietly mark his 97th birthday at home in southwest Georgia on Friday, an aide said. Slowed by age in recent years and keeping a low profile during the coronavirus pandemic, Carter doesn’t plan on any public appearances, said press secretary Deanna Congelio. Workers at the Jimmy …

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AL To Purge Racist Language From State Constitution

The Birmingham News reports: An advisory panel for a voter-approved effort to make changes to the 120-year-old Alabama Constitution is studying three sections that had racist language or racist intent. The Committee on the Recompilation of the Constitution held a public hearing at the State House on Friday. The committee did not make recommendations because it is still receiving public …

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CA Parole Panel Approves Release Of RFK’s Assassin

The Washington Post reports: A California parole board panel on Friday voted in favor of Sirhan B. Sirhan’s request for release from prison on parole, 53 years after he was arrested and convicted of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, finding that he was no longer a threat to society, according to Sirhan’s brother, one of Kennedy’s sons and …

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Biden Robot Debuts At Disney’s Hall Of Presidents

The Orlando Sentinel reports: The Hall of Presidents has reopened at Walt Disney World with President Joe Biden front and center at the Magic Kingdom attraction. Biden’s animatronic is seen reciting the presidential oath of office as his 44 predecessors look on. “I, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. … ” the short spiel begins. Biden recorded the words in the White …

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Historians Rank Trump As Fourth-Worst President

The Hill reports: Former President Trump is the fourth lowest ranking U.S. president, according to C-SPAN’s 2021 President Historians Survey. C-SPAN’s survey, first conducted in 2000, includes 142 historians, professors and other professional observers of the presidency who gave all former presidents a score from one to 10 in multiple different leadership characteristics. The results are then averaged to tabulate …

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120 GOP Reps Vote To Keep Confederate Statues

CBS News reports: The House on Tuesday approved legislation to remove statues of Confederate officials from the U.S. Capitol, as well as a bust of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision in 1857 that ruled Black people were not entitled to citizenship. The legislation passed with a vote of 285 to 120, …

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States Scramble To Shut Offices For Juneteenth Holiday

CNN reports: States across the country are scrambling to close their government offices Friday after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a US federal holiday. While June 19 — which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States — falls on a Saturday this year, governors across the country announced in quick succession a range of plans …

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