Tag Archives: US History

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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Bush 43 Breaks Down In Tears During Father’s Eulogy

NBC News reports: George W. Bush, the 43rd president, gave a tearful eulogy of his father, peppered with jokes and personal stories. He said his father taught his children about the importance of public service and how to live a life with grace, humility and kindness. “He was a genuinely optimistic man,” Bush said about his father. “And that optimism …

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Maureen Dowd: GHWB Disliked Trump So Much He Would Throw His Shoe At The Television Set [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Appearing on Morning Joe Wednesday, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd claimed that, when she interviewed him, the former president didn’t mince words about the current Commander-in-Chief. “I asked him ‘What do you think of this Trump birther thing?’” Dowd said — describing a conversation she’d had with Bush during the 2016 Republican primary. “And he just said …

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LIVE VIDEO: State Funeral For George H.W. Bush

USA Today reports: Thousands are expected to pay their respects Wednesday to George H.W. Bush during a state funeral service at Washington National Cathedral on a national day of mourning for the last president from the “Greatest Generation.” His son, former president George W. Bush, former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney and biographer Jon Meacham will deliver eulogies for the …

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Bob Dole Helped Out Of Wheelchair To Salute GWHB

The Associated Press reports: Former Sen. Bob Dole was helped out of his wheelchair Tuesday to salute former President George H.W. Bush as he laid in state at the Capitol Rotunda. Dole, 95, once faced Bush during the 1988 Republican primary fight for the presidential nomination but nonetheless maintained a decades-old friendship with the former president. On Saturday, he reflected …

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Federal Gov’t And USPS To Close For GHWB Funeral

Politico reports: The federal government and large portions of the country’s financial sector will be closed on Wednesday for a day of mourning following the death of President George H. W. Bush. It will be the first day of mourning for a former president since 2007 following Gerald Ford’s death. The U.S. Postal Service: Some package services will still be …

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Bush Family Promised Trump No Criticism At Funeral

The Washington Post reports: The family of former president George H.W. Bush has planned a state funeral that will steer clear of the kind of anti-Trump sentiment evident at the recent funeral of Sen. John McCain, according to people familiar with the funeral planning. The Bush family contacted the White House this past summer to say that President Trump would …

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George W. Bush To Eulogize Father, Trump Won’t Speak

Reuters reports: Former President George H.W. Bush will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, along with a mix of family and friends on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral, the most high-profile event in a week of proceedings that will remember the remarkable life of the president who died on Friday at 94. Along with his …

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Air Force One Arrives To Transport Body Of GHWB

CNN reports: The late former president George H.W. Bush’s final flights on Air Force One will be called “Special Mission 41,” Bush’s spokesman said Sunday. By tradition, the plane is only called Air Force One when the president is on board. President Donald Trump will not be traveling on the aircraft, so the plane has been redesignated and renamed to …

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Jimmy Carter Hails “Grace And Civility” Of GHWB

Via press release from the Carter Center: Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened by the death of former President George H.W. Bush. His administration was marked by grace, civility, and social conscience. Through his Points of Light initiative and other projects, he espoused a uniquely American volunteer spirit, fostering bipartisan support for citizen service and inspiring millions to embrace community …

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White House: Trump Will Attend Funeral For GHWB

The Hill reports: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump plan to attend funeral services for former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday at the age of 94, the White House announced. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Saturday that a state funeral is being arranged with accompanying honors for Bush at the …

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Clinton Remembers Friendship With George H.W. Bush

Via press release from the Clinton Foundation: Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H.W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love, and friendship. I will be forever grateful for the friendship we formed. From the moment I met him as a young governor invited to his home in Kennebunkport, I was struck …

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Trump Hails “Authenticity” Of George H.W. Bush

Via White House press release: Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, “a thousand points …

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