Tag Archives: US History

LIVE VIDEO: The Inauguration Of Joseph R. Biden Jr.

The New York Times reports: Coverage will begin around 10 a.m. Eastern, with the swearing-in ceremony scheduled for later in the morning on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington. Kamala Harris will first be sworn in as vice president by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Shortly before 12 p.m., Joseph R. Biden Jr. will then be sworn in as president …

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BREAKING: Trump Is First President Impeached Twice

USA Today reports: The House reached the majority vote needed to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting an “insurrection” in last week’s attack on the Capitol, a stinging rebuke of the nation’s 45th president as he prepares to depart the White House after four tumultuous years. A handful of Republicans broke from their party – and their president – to …

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Items Left By Rioters To Be Preserved As US History

The Washington Post reports: Because of the historic nature of the Capitol riot, the mob not only destroyed historically important artifacts but created them. As cleanup crews tended to the Capitol’s exterior on Thursday, another type of worker was sifting through the mess for salvageable items. Frank Blazich, a curator from the National Museum of American History collected signs and …

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Pentagon Has 3 Years To Change Confederate Names

Politico reports: Lawmakers’ rebuke of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tank annual defense policy legislation last week has paved the way for a yearslong process to remove the names of Confederate leaders from military bases and scrub other monuments to the secession. But there are still unanswered questions about the nascent process, which must kick off by March, including who …

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15 State AGs To Trump: Don’t Destroy WH Records

Law & Crime reports: Attorneys general from 14 states and the District of Columbia on Wednesday reminded President Donald Trump that, even though he only has a month left in office, he and his administration are still subject to federal laws requiring certain records be maintained and preserved. In a three-page letter, the coalition of Democratic AGs requested that White …

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Obama’s New Book Sells 890,000 Copies On First Day

The Associated Press reports: Former President Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” sold nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours, putting it on track to be the best selling presidential memoir in modern history. The first-day sales, a record for Penguin Random House, includes pre-orders, e-books and audio. The only book by a former White …

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Biden’s German Shepherd To Be First WH Rescue Dog

People Magazine reports: Now introducing the First Dog-elects, Major and Champ Biden! For the first time in four years, dogs are heading back to the White House thanks to president-elect Joe Biden, who won the election over Donald Trump on Saturday. Biden’s German shepherd, Major, will also make history as the first rescue dog to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, …

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Rhode Island Drops “Plantations” From Official Name

The Associated Press reports: A statewide referendum that would shorten Rhode Island’s official name was approved by voters on Election Day. With 100-percent of precincts reporting, nearly 53-percent of voters approved a ballot question to remove Providence Plantations from its name. Advocates say the word plantation evokes images of slavery in the state. Opponents argued that the word instead is …

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Former President Jimmy Carter Marks 96th Birthday

The Associated Press reports: Former President Jimmy Carter marks his 96th birthday Thursday, the latest milestone for the longest lived of the 44 men to hold the highest American office. Carter planned to celebrate at his home in Plains, Georgia, with his wife of 74 years, Rosalynn Carter. The 39th president, in office from 1977-81, has largely receded from public …

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LIVE VIDEO: Ginsburg Lies In State At US Capitol

NBC News reports: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first woman and first Jewish person ever to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol when she is honored on Friday. Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, are among those planning to pay their respects. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Biden’s vice presidential nominee, also …

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LIVE VIDEO: Ginsburg’s Casket Arrives At SCOTUS

CNN reports: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns for the final time to the Supreme Court this morning, and an army of more than a hundred of her former clerks will meet the casket and accompany it up the stone steps leading to the great hall. Besides her family and written opinions, Ginsburg’s clerks are her most lasting legacy. They began …

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg To Be First Woman To Lie In State

USA Today reports: The late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, becoming the first woman in history so honored. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that Ginsburg’s casket would be placed in National Statuary Hall, where a formal ceremony will be held for invited guests only. A separate ceremony will be …

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Obama To Release First Memoir Volume After Election

Axios reports: Former President Obama’s memoir will be published in two volumes — with a 768-page Volume 1, “A Promised Land,” out Nov. 17 in 25 languages, publisher Penguin Random House announced Thursday. The long wait for the book has been a running joke with former Obama aides, but they tell Axios it’s worth the wait. Obama is a graceful, …

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Obama Delivers Rousing Tribute To John Lewis [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Former president Barack Obama gave a soaring eulogy for John Lewis, urging Americans to honor the legacy of a civil rights giant by engaging in the “good trouble” that leads to a more perfect democracy in the face of powerful institutions that seek to oppress. The former president spoke on the current threat to voting rights in …

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LIVE VIDEO: Obama Delivers Eulogy For John Lewis

CBS News reports: Three former presidents will honor Congressman John Lewis at his funeral in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday at 11 a.m., completing a week of memorial services for the longtime lawmaker and civil rights icon. Former President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy for Lewis, who died earlier this month at age 80. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George …

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TODAY: Obama To Deliver Eulogy For Rep. John Lewis

CNN reports: Former President Barack Obama will give the eulogy at US Rep. John Lewis’ funeral on Thursday and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will attend the service, according to sources familiar with the former presidents’ plans. The sources added that Clinton and Bush will also participate in the funeral, which will be held Thursday morning at …

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Rep. John Lewis Urges Action In Posthumous Op-Ed

Politico reports: The late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis revealed Thursday that he had been “inspired” in his final days by nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality. In an op-ed authored shortly before his death and published on the day of his funeral by The New York Times, the Georgia Democrat reflected upon his own calling …

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Rep. John Lewis To Lie In State At US Capitol Today

USA Today reports: John Lewis has returned to the nation’s capital one last time. Lewis, who died July 17 from pancreatic cancer at 80, arrived at Joint Base Andrews after two days of tributes in Alabama. The family and friends traveling with him include Lewis’ only son, John-Miles Lewis, as well as siblings, nieces and nephews. The motorcade is expected …

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Senate Approves Defense Bill By Veto Proof Majority, Bill Mandates Axing Confederate Names From Bases

USA Today reports: The Senate overwhelmingly passed a massive defense bill Thursday afternoon that includes the removal of Confederate names from army bases and creates a possible showdown between Congress and President Donald Trump, who opposes renaming the bases. The bill passed by a lopsided count of 86 to 14, well over the number required to override a presidential veto. …

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House Votes 305-113 To Remove Confederate Statues From US Capitol Hall, All No Votes Were Republicans

Courthouse News reports: A bipartisan House voted to remove statues of historical figures who served the Confederacy from the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, giving the building’s architect $2 million and four months to complete the job. The bill, which passed the House by a 305-113 vote, mainly targets 12 statues in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall memorializing Confederate leaders, along with a …

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