Tag Archives: US History

Trump Was Trump At African American History Museum

The Washington Post reports: In his upcoming memoir, newly appointed Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III describes the private tour he gave President Trump of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, recalling that Trump’s reaction to the Dutch role in the global slave trade was, “You know, they love me in the Netherlands.” Before the president-elect arrived, …

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George Wallace’s Daughter: Trump’s Tactics Are Worse

The Birmingham News reports: Peggy Wallace Kennedy went to political rallies with her dad – George Wallace – as he ran for president in the ‘60s and ‘70s. She saw hate and anger that a child should not have to see. She felt a bitterness she did not at the time comprehend.But then, she didn’t understand the virulence of her …

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Newly-Released Audio Tape Reveals Nixon And Reagan Complaining About “Monkeys From African Countries”

The Atlantic reports: The day after the United Nations voted to recognize the People’s Republic of China, then–California Governor Ronald Reagan phoned President Richard Nixon at the White House and vented his frustration at the delegates who had sided against the United States. “Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan said. “Yeah,” …

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Former SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens Dies At 99

USA Today reports: John Paul Stevens, the second oldest and third longest-serving Supreme Court justice in history and a Republican president’s nominee who went on to lead the court’s liberal wing, died Tuesday at the age of 99. Stevens died in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., of complications from a stroke he suffered on Monday, according to a press release. For 35 …

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Former Presidential Candidate Ross Perot Dead At 89

The Dallas Morning News reports: Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, renowned patriot and two-time independent candidate for U.S. president, has died after a five-month battle with leukemia. He was 89. Many Americans knew Perot because of his two third-party runs at the presidency in 1992 and 1996. They knew his high-pitched twang thanks to Dana Carvey skits on Saturday Night Live. …

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Trump Mangles US History In Fourth Of July Speech

“In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified Army out of the Revolutionary Forces encamped around Boston and New York, and named after the great George Washington, commander in chief. The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown. “Our Army manned …

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Mayor Pete: We’ve Likely Had A Gay President Already

USA Today reports: Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s candidacy has fueled speculation about how the American electorate would react to its first gay president. But, according to Buttigieg, he would not be the first gay president. In an interview with “Axios on HBO” aired on Sunday evening, Buttigieg asserted that it’s “almost certain” he would not be the first gay president. Buttigieg, …

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Surgery For Jimmy Carter After Breaking Hip In Fall

Via press release from the Carter Center: While leaving to go turkey hunting this morning, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter fell at his home in Plains, Georgia. He is recovering comfortably from surgery to repair a broken hip at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. His surgeon stated that the surgery was successful. His wife, Rosalynn, is with him. …

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Trump Made A Typically Trump Visit To Mount Vernon

Politico reports: President Donald Trump had some advice for George Washington. During a guided tour of Mount Vernon last April with French president Emmanuel Macron, Trump learned that Washington was one of the major real-estate speculators of his era. So, he couldn’t understand why America’s first president didn’t name his historic Virginia compound or any of the other property he …

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Barbara Bush Rips Trump In Posthumous Book

USA Today reports on a coming book about Barbara Bush: How did she think things were going in the USA in the Age of Trump? “I’m trying not to think about it,” she said in an interview as the first anniversary of Trump’s election approached. “We’re a strong country, and I think it will all work out.” Even so, she …

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Jimmy Carter Becomes Oldest-Living Former President

ABC News reports: Jimmy Carter is now the oldest-living former president in U.S. history at 94 years and 172 days old, surpassing George H.W. Bush.  Bush, the 41st president, died on Nov. 30 at 94 years, 171 days old. America’s founding president, George Washington, was the youngest former president to die — at 57 years and 67 days — in …

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SURVEY: Most Americans Would Fail Citizenship Test

Axios reports: A majority of Americans in every state except Vermont would fail a test based on the questions in the U.S. citizenship test, according to a survey by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. It suggests most Americans can’t live up to the standards we set for people applying to be U.S. citizens — and we set those standards …

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3.4M: Michelle Obama’s Book Was 2018’s Top Seller

The New York Post reports: “Becoming,” the memoir by former first lady Michelle Obama, has emerged as the bestselling hardcover book in 2018, with 3.4 million copies sold, despite its November release. According to stats released by NPD Bookscan, which tracks about 80 percent of the retail market, Obama’s book surged, with 712,000 sold in the week before Christmas. That …

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Pelosi Accepts The Gavel From GOP Minority Leader

The Washington Post reports: The House of Representatives elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as speaker for a second time on Thursday, the first day of a new, divided Congress that is more likely to confront President Trump. The 78-year-old California Democrat secured the votes of 220 members out of a total of 430 present. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), the top …

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BREAKING: Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker Of US House

Ladies and gentlemen, Speaker Pelosi: On a day of pomp and pageantry, ebullient Democrats assumed control of the House on Thursday and elected Representative Nancy Pelosi of California to be speaker, returning her to a historic distinction as the first woman to hold the post at the pinnacle of power in Congress, second in line to the presidency. The investiture …

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LIVE VIDEO: US House Members Vote On New Speaker

The Hill reports: It’s a huge day in the House, with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) set to be elected to a second stint as Speaker, and Democrats ready to take control of the body and pass legislation that would end the shutdown. The day will begin with the Speaker’s vote and also include the swearing in of new members. Votes …

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Obama: We’ve Got A Lot Of Work To Do In 2019

Politico reports: Former President Obama took to Twitter on Tuesday to share his New Year’s message, saying “we’ve got a lot of work to do.” Over the weekend, the former president also shared a few stories about some of the young leaders he said inspired him in 2018. Obama ended his weekend series of tweets with the hope that his …

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Liquidation Alarm: Sears May Have Only 24 Hours Left

CNBC reports: Sears, the 125-year-old icon, has 24 hours to survive. The employer of more than 68,000 filed for bankruptcy in October. Its last shot at survival is a $4.6 billion proposal put forward by its chairman, Eddie Lampert, to buy the company out of bankruptcy through his hedge fund, ESL Investments. ESL is the only party offering to buy …

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Los Angeles Freeway Renamed For President Obama

CBS Los Angeles reports: A portion of the 134 Freeway between Glendale and Pasadena is now officially named the President Barack H. Obama Highway. Caltrans crews have installed signs renaming the busy stretch of the 134 Freeway. Obama attended Occidental College from 1979 to 1981 and lived in Pasadena during his sophomore year. State Senator Anthony J. Portantino, who co-authored …

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Santa Obama Delivers Gifts To DC Children’s Hospital

The New York Daily News reports: Barack Obama has already tackled the second-hardest job in the world as U.S. President, but on Wednesday he donned the hat of the busiest guy in the world — Santa Claus. Hauling a festively colored bag, Obama, 57, made a surprise visit to Children’s National hospital in Washington to distribute gifts — remote-control cars, …

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