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    (CNN)The US Senate passed legislation this week to grant Congress' highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, to the first Black player to compete in the National Hockey League. The bipartisan measure to honor Willie O'Ree unanimously passed the chamber on Tuesday. It now must be approved by the US House of Representatives for O'Ree to be awarded the medal.Known as "the Jackie Robinson of hockey," O'Ree, 85, broke the NHL's color barrier in 1958 with the Boston Bruins, one of six teams at the time.Despite being blind in one eye from a previous hockey injury, O'Ree played in 45 games in the NHL with the Bruins, scoring four goals and recording 10 assists. He retired from the sport in 1979 at age 43. He has spent the past two decades as the NHL's diversity ambassador, working to expand the sport. In this June 22, 2017, photo, Willie O'Ree, known best for being the first black player in the National Hockey League, poses for a photo in the Willie O'Ree Place in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. O'Ree previously told CNN that...
    Rasmussen Reports conducted a favorability survey among congressional members on Friday in which Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at 29 percent beat out Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at 33 percent, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) at 34 percent, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at 37 percent for the lowest favorability rating in Congress. The survey indicated that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had a 43 percent favorability rating, a larger number than any congressional leader. Thirty-five percent had an unfavorable view of him. Rasmussen noted that McCarthy’s favorability rating might represent his unfamiliarity with voters. A question from the pollster to 1,000 likely voters was, “Should Democrats in Congress be more like Nancy Pelosi or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?” Only younger voters chose AOC over Pelosi, while many liberals stuck with the speaker from San Francisco. Among all the voters polled, Pelosi was the pick, 31-22 percent. A sizable 46 percent were not sure. However, among Democrats, Pelosi led with 44-30 percent.
    More than one-third of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, the highest mark measured in more than a decade. A new Gallup poll found that 35% of Americans approve of Congress, a 10-percentage point increase since the last poll in January and the highest approval rating in almost 12 years. Political Cartoons on CongressView All 113 ImagesThe latest survey was conducted from Feb. 3 to 18 as the Senate tried former President Donald Trump on a second impeachment charge related to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. The last time support of Congress was higher was in 2009, with an approval rating of 39% early during the Obama administration. Gallup began measuring congressional support in 1974 and it has historically averaged 30%. However, since 2005, it has averaged just 21%. The lawmaking body did garner approval ratings of 30% or higher twice last year after it passed the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief act. Support also rose significantly after Congress passed a second relief bill in late December, increasing from 15% to 25%. The increase...
    Congressional job approval ratings are the highest they have been in over a decade, according to a new poll released by Gallup. Just more than one-third of Americans surveyed -- 35 percent -- approve of job Congress is doing, a 10-point increase from January. Gallup noted this is the highest approval rating for Congress since early 2009 when it stood at 39 percent. The survey released on Tuesday was conducted from Feb. 3 to 18 as the second Senate impeachment trial of former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: U.S. political divide over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia bishop says state GOP's elections bill is an 'attempt to suppress the Black vote' Trump closer to legal jeopardy after court ruling on tax returns MORE took place and just a few weeks after the House voted to impeach him a second time. Trump was acquitted in the upper chamber. Congressional approval ratings have surged among Democrats in the past month, according to Gallup, with 61 percent giving positive reviews in the latest survey. This is a rise of 50 points since December. At the same time, approval ratings...
    (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced legislation on Thursday to grant the Congressional Gold Medal to US Capitol Police officers and law enforcement personnel who protected the Capitol during the violent insurrection on January 6, the highest honor that Congress can bestow."The outstanding heroism and patriotism of our heroes deserve and demand our deepest appreciation," Pelosi said in a news release introducing the legislation.The legislation comes at the same time members of the House are in the Senate, arguing in the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The former President was impeached by the House last month on one charge of inciting an insurrection for his comments and actions leading up to the insurrection.In bringing forth the legislation, Pelosi reflected on the officers whose lives were lost and the countless others who were injured in the riot. The speaker also singled out the heroism displayed by Officer Eugene Goodman, who not only directed the violent mob away from the Senate, but also specifically redirected Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney to safety, according to new video presented during the impeachment...
    President Trump speaking to his supporters at the "Save America Rally" before a mob broke into the Capitol building. Alan Chin for Insider Supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol, with some breaking their way inside, after the president declared, again, that he would not concede defeat to President-elect Joe Biden. As a mob broke into the legislative chambers and offices, lawmakers and staff went into lockdown and the certification of the election results was delayed.  Multiple lawmakers described the events as an "insurrection" incited by the president. Under the Constitution, the offense can be punished with banishment from public life. Lawmakers are exploring other constitutional remedies against the president, including impeachment.   Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. January 6, 2021, is a day that will live in infamy in American history.  Under the Constitution and laws of the United States, both houses of Congress, with Vice President Mike Pence presiding, were charged with a solemn yet largely ministerial duty: counting the electoral votes from among the several states and declaring Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the...
    More than 3.2 million people passed through security checkpoints at airports over the last three days, marking it the busiest weekend since the start of the coronavirus pandemic despite advisories to avoid travel during the holiday season, according to figures published by the Transportation Security Administration, reports Forbes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month issued guidance discouraging travel and urging those who need to travel to acquire coronavirus tests before and after their trip. “Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19,” the CDC said in updated guidance on Dec. 2. The 3.2 million passengers screened Friday, Saturday and Sunday mark the only time during the pandemic where over 1 million travelers came through checkpoints three days in a row. TSA spokesperson Daniel Velez told The Washington Post the next two busiest weekends were those before and after Thanksgiving. COVID-19 cases fell to 179,801 on Sunday from 193,947 on Saturday, according to data from The New York Times. The daily death...
    After 15 terms in Congress, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), a longstanding ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), is facing an aggressive challenge for her seat by real estate executive Margaret Streicker (R). “We have a representative in office who has fundamentally failed to reach across the aisle and has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi this cycle,” Streicker said during a debate Thursday hosted by WTNH-TV, the Hartford Courant reported. “It’s not OK that the voices of Connecticut are not being heard.” Streicker, a wealthy real estate developer, has invested a total of $1.6 million in her campaign to unseat DeLauro in the state’s 3rd district, reported the CT Mirror. Her campaign website states that, among her priorities, is the fact that Connecticut “pays the 4th highest property taxes and 2nd highest combined sales and income taxes in the nation.” “The national economy is booming yet we still don’t see the growth here at home,” the campaign adds. Streicker shares a similar view to David X. Sullivan, a Republican running to unseat Democrat U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes in...
    The US federal debt will balloon to a level never seen before in American history by the year 2050, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said this week in an ominous budget forecast. In its annual long-term budget outlook published Monday, the CBO warned that the federal debt would rise to 98 percent of the nation’s economic output by the end of this year. Over the next three decades, it will reach about 195 percent. In 2019, the country’s federal debt amounted for 79 percent of the GDP. Before the 2007 recession, it was only 35 percent. In a statement following the report’s release, House Budget Committee Ranking Member Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) called on Congress to act. “Today’s release of CBO’s Long-Term Budget Outlook shows the serious consequences of the federal government continuing on its fiscally unsustainable path,” the Arkansas Congressman said. “This is by far the highest level of debt recorded in American history. A burden of this magnitude increases the risk of a financial crisis brought on by Washington’s failure to budget. Congress has an obligation to the...
    WASHINGTON -- In October 1960, a young James Clyburn gathered with other students and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as frustrations mounted over civil rights protests in what was becoming a tumultuous, dangerous year.John Lewis was there. Marion Barry, too. The one-hour meeting at Atlanta's Morehouse College stretched to 4 a.m. Clyburn, who said he had not "bought into nonviolence," emerged to view it as a valuable tactic in the struggle, and a King "disciple."Clyburn is now the highest-ranking Black lawmaker in Congress, the House Democratic whip, and with so many of his contemporaries gone, one of the few leaders of the civil rights movement still in elective office today.He'll bring that connection to the Democratic National Convention on Monday, speaking to a country in a new, contentious chapter in its pursuit of racial justice and to a party on the verge of nominating the first Black woman for vice president."This country moves like a pendulum on the clock, Clyburn told The Associated Press in an interview. "It goes to the right for a while and it goes back...
    By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest honor, to surviving crew members of the USS Indianapolis, the ship that delivered key components of the first nuclear bomb and was later sunk by Japan during World War II. The ship, with 1,195 personnel aboard, delivered enriched uranium and other parts of the atomic bomb ‘‘Little Boy" that was later dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in August 1945. Four days after delivering its top secret cargo, the ship was sunk by Japanese torpedoes on July 30, 1945. Of nearly 900 men who went into the Philippine Sea, just 316 survived before being rescued nearly five days later. The death toll of 879 was the largest single disaster at sea in U.S. Navy history. Survivors were stranded in the open ocean with few lifeboats and almost no food or water, enduring severe burns, dehydration and shark attacks. "In an instant, her crew went from fighting the battles without to fighting the battles within,'' said Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, one of a host of congressional...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest honor, to surviving crew members of the USS Indianapolis, the ship that delivered key components of the first nuclear bomb and was later sunk by Japan during World War II. The ship, with 1,195 personnel aboard, delivered enriched uranium and other parts of the atomic bomb ‘‘Little Boy” that was later dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in August 1945. Four days after delivering its top secret cargo, the ship was sunk by Japanese torpedoes on July 30, 1945. Of nearly 900 men who went into the Philippine Sea, just 316 survived before being rescued nearly five days later. The death toll of 879 was the largest single disaster at sea in U.S. Navy history. Survivors were stranded in the open ocean with few lifeboats and almost no food or water, enduring severe burns, dehydration and shark attacks. “In an instant, her crew went from fighting the battles without to fighting the battles within,” said Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, one of a host of congressional and Navy leaders who spoke...
    Roger Stone, departs following a status hearing in the criminal case against him brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., March 14, 2019.Joshua Roberts | Reuters A prosecutor who quit the criminal case of President Donald Trump's ally Roger Stone in protest is set to tell Congress on Wednesday that the "highest levels" of the Department of Justice had pressured officials "to cut Stone a break." Aaron Zelinsky, one of four prosecutors who withdrew from the case after the department stepped in to lower Stone's recommended prison sentence, will testify before the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee in a hearing on politicization of the DOJ under Attorney General William Barr. The panel's 12 p.m. ET hearing comes as Barr has faced heavy criticism for his handling of high-profile cases involving matters directly related to Trump. Critics have accused Barr of undermining the independence of the Justice Department by acting in ways that benefit the president politically. A copy of his opening statement shows Zelinsky is set to tell the panel that he personally saw the...
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