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Obama to GOP: Tell us your ideas instead of trying to rig elections

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Obama to GOP: Tell us your ideas instead of trying to rig elections

Obama to GOP: Tell us your ideas instead of trying to rig elections

During a campaign speech for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, former President Barack Obama took the Republican Party to task for not supporting legislation that would increase access to voting.


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Biden, Obama and Others Pay Respects to Late Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [Video]

Biden, Obama and Others Pay Respects to Late Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Biden, Obama and Others Pay Respects, to Late Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The death of the former Democratic senator from Nevada was announced late on the night of Dec. 29. . He was 82 and had been battling pancreatic cancer for years. President Joe Biden referred to Reid as one of the all-time great U.S. senators. If Harry said he would do something, he did it. If he gave you his word, you could bank on it. That's how he got things done for the good of the country for decades, President Joe Biden, Statement, via Fox News. A boxer, he never gave up a fight—whether in politics or even against cancer, President Joe Biden, Statement, via Fox News. Harry looked at the challenges of the world and believed it was within our capacity to do good, to do right, and to do our part of perfecting the Union we all love, President Joe Biden, Statement, via Fox News. Former President Obama released a letter he had written to Reid when his health took a turn. You were a great leader in the Senate, and early on you were more generous to me than I had any right to expect, Former President Barack Obama, Released Letter, via Fox News. I wouldn’t have been president had it not been for your encouragement and support, and I wouldn’t have got most of what I got done without your skill and determination, Former President Barack Obama, Released Letter, via Fox News. Former President Bill Clinton described Reid as "one of the most effective Senate leaders our country has ever known.". He was a canny and tough negotiator who was never afraid to make an unpopular decision if it meant getting something done that was right for the country, Former President Bill Clinton, Statement, via Fox News. [I] will always be grateful for the opportunities I had to work with him as president, Former President Bill Clinton, Statement, via Fox News. Current Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated that Reid was "one of the most amazing individuals I've ever met.". [Reid] came from humble origins, but he never forgot where he came from and used those boxing instincts to fearlessly fight those who were hurting the poor and the middle class, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader, Statement, via Fox News

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South Africa Enters Week of Mourning After Death of Desmond Tutu [Video]

South Africa Enters Week of Mourning After Death of Desmond Tutu

South Africa Enters Week of Mourning , After Death of Desmond Tutu . The death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu was announced on Dec. 26. The anti-apartheid icon was 90. Tutu will lay in state for two days before his Jan. 1 funeral. World leaders reacted to the news of his death. [Tutu was a man of] extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, via 'The Guardian'. A universal spirit, Archbishop Tutu was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but also concerned with injustice everywhere, Barack Obama, Former U.S. President, via 'The Guardian'. Citizens of South Africa also expressed their grief in reaction to the news. We are liberated due to him. If it was not for him, probably we would have been lost as a country. He was just good, Miriam Mokwadi, Mourner, via 'The Guardian'. I was very emotional this morning when I heard that he’d passed away. I thank God that he has been there for us, Brent Goliath, Mourner, via 'The Guardian'. We looked up to him as the adviser to everyone in the country, especially our politicians, Daphney Ramakgopa, Mourner, via 'The Guardian'. Tutu worked tirelessly for decades in South Africa for justice and the dismantling of apartheid. [His death is] another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, via 'The Guardian'. Tutu's work intersected with a host of issues, including assisted dying, political integrity and church doctrine concerning homosexuality. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984

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This Day in History: First Nobel Prizes Awarded [Video]

This Day in History: First Nobel Prizes Awarded

This Day in History: First Nobel Prizes Awarded. December 10, 1901. Named after Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, the prizes were awarded in the fields of peace, literature, chemistry, physics and medicine. Having died five years earlier, Nobel had directed the creation of the prize to annually honor people who "have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.”. Along with other high explosives, Alfred Nobel was the inventor of dynamite. It is thought he created the Nobel Prize due to his regret over the uses of his inventions in war. Notable winners of the prize are Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mikhail Gorbachev and Barack Obama. . Today, the prize is regarded as one of the highest honors in the various fields. It is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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Republican Party (United States) Republican Party (United States) Major contemporary political party in the United States

Donald Trump Says He Received a COVID-19 Booster Shot [Video]

Donald Trump Says He Received a COVID-19 Booster Shot

Donald Trump Says He Received , a COVID-19 Booster Shot. The former president shared his vaccination status while speaking with Bill O'Reilly during a "History Tour" event. 'The New York Times' reports that only about 60% of Republicans are vaccinated against COVID-19 compared to about 90% of Democrats. Many in the crowd booed upon hearing that Trump had received a booster, . but he discouraged the critics while praising his administration's role in getting the vaccines to the public. but he discouraged the critics while praising his administration's role in getting the vaccines to the public. I think this would have been the Spanish Flu of 1917 ... This was going to ravage the country, far beyond what it is right now. Take credit for it, Donald Trump, via Politico. While still in opposition to vaccine mandates, Trump advised the crowd against "playing right into their hands" by doubting vaccine efficacy and safety. . What we've done is historic. Don't let them take it away, Donald Trump, via Politico. Currently, all adults age 18 and older are encouraged by the CDC to receive a booster shot

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This Day in History: Slavery Is Abolished in America (Saturday, December 18th) [Video]

This Day in History: Slavery Is Abolished in America (Saturday, December 18th)

This Day in History:, Slavery Is Abolished in America. December 18, 1865. The 13th Amendment was formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution. It ensures that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude … shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”. It had been approved in the Republican-led Senate in April of 1864. But the amendment had been bogged down in the Democratic-led House of Representatives for almost a year. On December 2, 1865, Alabama became the 27th state to ratify the 13th Amendment. The vote provided the requisite three-fourths majority of states’ approval needed to ratify the 13th amendment

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US Senate Votes To Block Biden’s Vaccine Mandate [Video]

US Senate Votes To Block Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

US Senate Votes To , Block Biden’s Vaccine Mandate. The Biden administration's proposed mandate seeks to make certain private employers require their workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subjected to regular testing. The Biden administration's proposed mandate seeks to make certain private employers require their workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subjected to regular testing. Those who don't comply risk losing their jobs. On Dec. 8, the Senate voted 52-48 to overturn that mandate. All of the Senate Republicans were in favor, joined by two Democrats, Joe Manchin and Jon Tester. All of the Senate Republicans were in favor, joined by two Democrats, Joe Manchin and Jon Tester. All of the Senate Republicans were in favor, joined by two Democrats, Joe Manchin and Jon Tester. Getting vaccinated should be a decision between an individual and his or her doctor. It shouldn't be up to any politician, especially in a mandate coming down from that highest authority, the president, Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., via statement. Still, it is unlikely that the House would get on board with such a measure, . and the Biden administration has said that the president would veto the bill if it made its way to him. Several lawsuits have already been filed regarding the mandate. Last month, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the mandate raises "serious constitutional concerns" and ordered the Biden administration to stop its implementation. On Dec. 7, a Georgia district court judge halted the requirement that federal contractors must be inoculated by Jan. 4. Last month, a federal judge blocked the mandate for health care workers in 10 states. NPR reports that White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the mandate will be "vigorously defend[ed]" against legal challenges.

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Counties Who Voted Trump Have Higher Chance of Dying From COVID-19, New Study Suggests [Video]

Counties Who Voted Trump Have Higher Chance of Dying From COVID-19, New Study Suggests

New Study Suggests , Citizens of Counties Who Voted for Trump, Have Higher Chances of Dying From COVID-19. The Guardian reports those residing in counties won by Donald Trump in the 2020 election are almost three times more likely to die from COVID-19. A study conducted by National Public Radio (NPR) analyzed data from deaths that occured in over 3,000 counties in the US since May 2021. Experts say these deaths are directly correlated with the low vaccination rates of Trump-led counties. White Republicans appear to be most hesitant to receive a coronavirus vaccine. Data from the Kaiser Family Fund shows 59% of Republicans have been vaccinated compared to 91% of Democrats. Republicans have also been found more susceptible to COVID-19 misinformation. According to the Kaiser Family Fund, 94% of Republicans believe one or more false statements about coronavirus and the vaccines. We’ve seen lower levels of personal worry among Republicans who remain unvaccinated. , Liz Hamel, VP public opinion and survey research Kaiser Family Fund, via NPR. That’s a real contrast with what we saw in communities of color, where there was a high level of worry about getting sick. , Liz Hamel, VP public opinion and survey research Kaiser Family Fund, via NPR. As the pandemic presses onward, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 788,000 Americans

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Devin Nunes Ducks Out [Video]

Devin Nunes Ducks Out

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is quitting Congress to run ex-President Donald Trump’s tech startup.

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Second Time Capsule Discovered at Former Site of Robert E Lee Statue [Video]

Second Time Capsule Discovered at Former Site of Robert E Lee Statue

Second Time Capsule Discovered, at Former Site of Robert E. Lee Statue. The discovery of the latest time capsule was announced on Dec. 27. According to a spokesperson from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. this time capsule was "below grade in a very wet area.". Julie Langan, the director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, also stated that it was "too soon to know whether water infiltrated the box.". The first time capsule was discovered once the controversial statue of the Confederate general had been removed. That capsule caused some confusion once it was opened because it did not contain the items that historians were expecting. This led to speculation that another capsule might still be discovered. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tweeted about the confusion once the second capsule had been announced. They found it! This is likely the time capsule everyone was looking for. Conservators studying it — stay tuned for next steps! , Gov. Ralph Northam, (VA-D), via CNN. X-rays give a first look inside the time capsule: Experts believe there may be coins, books, buttons, and even ammunition from the Civil War, Gov. Ralph Northam, (VA-D), via CNN. Langan also confirmed that this capsule contains the expected items. It is a second time capsule and likely the one that was known to have been placed in the pedestal, Julie Langan, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, via CNN. The one recovered last week was unexpected and likely left by men involved in the construction, Julie Langan, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, via CNN. The second capsule is expected to be opened on Dec. 28

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Robert E. Lee Statue To Be Melted Down and Turned Into Art [Video]

Robert E. Lee Statue To Be Melted Down and Turned Into Art

Robert E. Lee Statue To Be Melted Down , and Turned Into Art. Robert E. Lee Statue To Be Melted Down , and Turned Into Art. ABC News reports the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that once stood in Charlottesville, Virginia, will be melted and transformed into a piece of public art. ABC News reports the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that once stood in Charlottesville, Virginia, will be melted and transformed into a piece of public art. Charlottesville city council members motioned to remove the statue soon after the infamous Unite the Right rally that occurred in 2017. Charlottesville city council members motioned to remove the statue soon after the infamous Unite the Right rally that occurred in 2017. A separate statue of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was reportedly removed as well. A separate statue of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was reportedly removed as well. The Lee statue was donated to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. The Lee statue was donated to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. The Jefferson School's "Swords Into Plowshares" program endeavors to rid communities of the toxicity of the past. The Jefferson School's "Swords Into Plowshares" program endeavors to rid communities of the toxicity of the past. Our hope... is to create something that transforms what was once toxic in our public space into something beautiful that can be more reflective of our entire community’s social values. , Andrea Douglas, executive director, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, via statement. Our hope... is to create something that transforms what was once toxic in our public space into something beautiful that can be more reflective of our entire community’s social values. , Andrea Douglas, executive director, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, via statement. According to ABC News, $590,000 has already been raised for the heritage center's forthcoming public art piece. According to ABC News, $590,000 has already been raised for the heritage center's forthcoming public art piece. We’re giving people opportunities to engage with our own narratives and our own histories. , Andrea Douglas, executive director, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, via statement. We’re giving people opportunities to engage with our own narratives and our own histories. , Andrea Douglas, executive director, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, via statement. This project offers a road map for other communities to do the same. , Andrea Douglas, executive director, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, via statement. This project offers a road map for other communities to do the same. , Andrea Douglas, executive director, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, via statement

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Democratic Party (United States) Democratic Party (United States) Major contemporary political party in the United States

White House Officials Criticize Manchin for Withdrawing Support for Build Back Better Plan [Video]

White House Officials Criticize Manchin for Withdrawing Support for Build Back Better Plan

White House Officials Criticize , Manchin for Withdrawing Support, for Build Back Better Plan. White House Officials Criticize , Manchin for Withdrawing Support, for Build Back Better Plan. CBS News reports officials at the White House are displeased with the recent actions of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. CBS News reports officials at the White House are displeased with the recent actions of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Manchin, a Democrat, withdrew his support for the Biden Administration's Build Back Better Act. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Manchin, a Democrat, withdrew his support for the Biden Administration's Build Back Better Act. I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can't. , Joe Manchin, Senator West Virginia, via CBS News. I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can't. , Joe Manchin, Senator West Virginia, via CBS News. Press Secretary Jen Psaki says Manchin's comments contradict what he had said to President Biden in recent discussions. Press Secretary Jen Psaki says Manchin's comments contradict what he had said to President Biden in recent discussions. Senator Manchin's comments... are at odds with his discussions this week with the President.., Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News. Senator Manchin's comments... are at odds with his discussions this week with the President.., Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News. According to Psaki, Manchin proposed an outline of a plan on December 14th, which "was the same size and scope as the President's framework, and covered many of the same priorities.". According to Psaki, Manchin proposed an outline of a plan on December 14th, which "was the same size and scope as the President's framework, and covered many of the same priorities.". Officials reportedly "believed it could lead to a compromise acceptable to all.". Officials reportedly "believed it could lead to a compromise acceptable to all.". Before disavowing his support, Psaki says Manchin had "promised to continue conversations in the days ahead, and to work with us to reach that common ground.". Before disavowing his support, Psaki says Manchin had "promised to continue conversations in the days ahead, and to work with us to reach that common ground.". However grim the outlook, Psaki says Democrats must continue to support the Biden agenda. The fight for Build Back Better is too important to give up. , Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News. The fight for Build Back Better is too important to give up. , Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News

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New Poll Suggests Difficult Road Ahead for Biden and Democrats [Video]

New Poll Suggests Difficult Road Ahead for Biden and Democrats

New Poll Suggests , Difficult Road Ahead, for Biden and Democrats. NPR News reports a recent poll suggests Americans are beginning to lose faith in President Joe Biden and the Democratic party. NPR News reports a recent poll suggests Americans are beginning to lose faith in President Joe Biden and the Democratic party. According to the latest NPR/Marist poll, Americans are unpleased with the Biden administration's work thus far. According to the latest NPR/Marist poll, Americans are unpleased with the Biden administration's work thus far. By and large, citizens of the United States aren't optimistic about the country's future. By and large, citizens of the United States aren't optimistic about the country's future. Currently the majority in the House and Senate, Democrats face tough odds in retaining seats in the 2022 midterm elections. Currently the majority in the House and Senate, Democrats face tough odds in retaining seats in the 2022 midterm elections. They [Democrats] don't have a unified message for what they're doing, and that does not bode well for the party. , Barbara Carvahlo, director of Marist Poll, via NPR News. They [Democrats] don't have a unified message for what they're doing, and that does not bode well for the party. , Barbara Carvahlo, director of Marist Poll, via NPR News. Though some Democrats have lauded Biden's agenda as "transformative," many Americans don't see it that way. 4 out of 5 surveyed in the poll who had received the administration's one-time stimulus payment of $1,400 said it helped only a little. 4 out of 5 surveyed in the poll who had received the administration's one-time stimulus payment of $1,400 said it helped only a little. Many Americans don't give Biden credit for the stimulus payment at all. Only 17% of those surveyed believed the president was mostly responsible for the direct payments. It's an issue of the messaging out of the White House. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. It's an issue of the messaging out of the White House. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. It doesn't look like he's leading the charge even though it's his bill. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. It doesn't look like he's leading the charge even though it's his bill. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion

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