Juneteenth is a national holiday. Can it be taught after Texas limited teaching on race?
FORT WORTH, Texas — The history of Juneteenth, declared a federal holiday Thursday, could be taught under a new Texas law dealing with state social studies curriculum, the bill's author says, but some fear parts of the legislation that deal with the teaching of white supremacy and slavery could be struck during a special session. Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3979 on Tuesday, calling the legislation a “strong move to abolish critical race theory in Texas.” The bill, which goes into effect Sept. 1, deals with how educators teach current events, history and race. Abbott said in a statement ...
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Atlanta backs out of hosting Nobel Peace summitATLANTA — Dreams of Atlanta hosting the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in 2023 have been deferred. Citing financial pressures brought on by the pandemic, the national racial and political unrest that made its way down to Atlanta and the withdrawal of major backers, including Rotary International, organizers of the event have backed out of the summit that could have brought in scores of Nobel Prize winners and about 40,000 people. The event’s organizer, Bob Hope, chief executive of Atlanta Peace Inc., said he is now targeting future dates to...
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Orlando Sentinel to oppose ex-lawmaker’s request to shield evidence in ‘ghost’ candidate case
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Sentinel filed a motion in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on Friday opposing an effort by former state legislator Frank Artiles to shield evidence in a criminal case against him alleging he paid another man to run as an independent candidate in a South Florida state Senate election. It’sone of three key Senate races last year — including one in Central Florida won by Republican Sen. Jason Brodeur of Sanford — in which so-called “ghost” candidates appeared to runin order to siphon votes from Democrats. Attorneys for Artiles, a former state senatorwho was arrested in March ...
Pence blasts Biden, Democrats but is heckled as ‘traitor’ at Orlando evangelical event
ORLANDO, Fla. — A slate of more than a dozen prominent conservatives lambasted Democrats as pushing America toward socialism, blasted “The Squad,” and called on evangelical voters to deliver Republicans back into majorities in Congress in 2022. They found a mostly friendly audience at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference, a meeting of evangelicals and conservative activists, in hopes of beginning momentum toward electoral wins next year. But the rifts in the Republican Party following the tumultuous Trump era couldn’t entirely be papered over, with former Vice President ...
'A deep pool': Georgia's other 2022 races are already heating up
A history-making lineup is taking shape for down-ticket Georgia races that could bring even more energy and attention to marquee contests for governor and the U.S. Senate. In most election cycles, the expected rematch between Gov. Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams, combined with U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock's bid for a full six-year term, would overshadow the other contests on the ballot. But the lower-profile contests won't be afterthoughts next year, not with former President Donald Trump continuing to shape the Georgia GOP and a slate of precedent-setting contenders lining up to run. No lo...
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Fort Worth's Opal Lee joins President Biden as he makes Juneteenth a national holiday
FORT WORTH, Texas — President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday making Juneteenth a national holiday, delivering a victory to civil rights activists like Opal Lee of Fort Worth. For decades, the 94-year-old Lee has advocated to have the holiday recognized at the national level. In 2016, she walked 1,400 miles from Fort Worth to Washington to bring awareness to the celebration and initiated an online petition in hopes of gaining support from Congress to officially name Juneteenth a federal holiday. Now, five years after she launched her campaign, Juneteenth has become the first federal holiday s...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
South Florida lawmakers increase pressure on Ortega ahead of Nicaraguan elections
Republicans and Democrats in Congress, including most of South Florida’s representatives, are introducing new legislation in response to an ongoing crackdown on political dissent in Nicaragua by leftist President Daniel Ortega. On Thursday, Miami Republican Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar introduced a bill that would require the Biden administration to re-examine an existing free trade agreement between the U.S. and Nicaragua after Ortega arrested political opponents ahead of elections scheduled for November. Salazar, who previously worked as a journalist in Nicaragua and once interviewed Ortega, in...
Michigan GOP activists bring push for election audit to lawmakers' offices
LANSING, Mich. — The campaign for an audit of Michigan's 2020 presidential election rolled into the state Capitol on Thursday as demonstrators delivered thousands of affidavits calling for another review of the vote to lawmakers' offices. The event, which drew about 300 people, spotlighted the continued frustration some GOP activists feel about former President Donald Trump's loss to Democrat Joe Biden seven months ago and the direct pressure Republican legislators are facing from a segment of the party's base to do something about it. Organizers lined up boxes of the affidavits along the side...
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Pa. Gov. Wolf calls GOP’s election bill ‘driven by fringe conspiracy theories’ as Republican lawmakers crash event
PHILADELPHIA — The battle to shape public opinion over Pennsylvania Republicans’ proposed election overhaul intensified Thursday, as Gov. Tom Wolf called it an attack on voting rights and GOP lawmakers crashed a news conference in the Philadelphia suburbs to demand he negotiate. Democrats have blasted the proposal as the latest effort by GOP-controlled legislatures across the country to appease former President Donald Trump and effectively codify his lies about a stolen election into law. “Make no mistake, leaders of the [state] House Republican caucus are being driven by fringe conspiracy the...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
BBC heads say ‘trust was misplaced’ in Martin Bashir over Princess Diana interview
More than 25 years after Martin Bashir’s controversial interview with Princess Diana, the BBC is still reckoning with how it all fell apart. Appearing Tuesday before a U.K. parliament House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, former BBC director general Tony Hall admitted the bosses’ “trust was misplaced.” Hall, who led the inquiry after the interview, said Bashir appeared “contrite, inexperienced and out of his depth” during the interview. “The thing I remember most vividly was that he ended up in tears,” Hall said. “I, we, the team gave him a second chance and that was ab...
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