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    (CNN)Switzerland voted yesterday by a commanding majority to legalize same-sex marriage, making it one of the last Western European countries to do so.Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CoronavirusPfizer/BioNTech will ask for authorization of its Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 in a matter of days, bringing the US one step closer to vaccinating an age group that has become increasingly vulnerable. Nearly 26% of all Covid-19 recent cases nationwide were reported in children. Meanwhile, Pfizer booster shots are a go for people 65 and older, those with a high risk of severe illness with Covid-19 and those at high risk of exposure at work. About 20 million Americans are eligible for a third shot of the Pfizer vaccine, the White House's Covid-19 coordinator said. Shots should be available at pharmacies, doctors' offices and sometimes at mass vaccination sites. One other thing to consider: The booster shot recommendation is...
    (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...
    The Senate has voted to give the Congressional Gold Medal to Eugene Goodman, a Capitol Police officer who led a violent mob away from the Senate doors on January 6 as they hunted for lawmakers during the presidential electoral count. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the vote at the end of the day's impeachment proceedings, noting Goodman's 'foresight in the midst of chaos, and his willingness to make himself a target of the mob's rage so that others might reach safety.' The Senate voted to award Goodman the medal - the highest honor Congress can bestow - by unanimous consent.  Goodman, 40, has also been promoted to Acting Deputy House Sergeant-at-Arms.  Senators and staff give a standing ovation to U.S. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman Goodman was awarded on Friday the highest Congressional honor for his bravery Goodman was in the Senate chamber as Schumer spoke, and the entire Senate stood and turned toward him, giving him a standing ovation.  He put his hand on his heart. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    WASHINTON -- The Senate has voted to give the Congressional Gold Medal to Eugene Goodman, a Capitol Police officer who led a violent mob away from the Senate doors on Jan. 6 as they hunted for lawmakers during the presidential electoral count.Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the vote at the end of the day's impeachment proceedings, noting Goodman's "foresight in the midst of chaos, and his willingness to make himself a target of the mob's rage so that others might reach safety."The Senate voted to award Goodman the medal -- the highest honor Congress can bestow -- by unanimous consent, meaning there were no objections. Goodman was in the Senate chamber as Schumer spoke, and the entire Senate stood and turned toward him, giving him a standing ovation. He put his hand on his heart.EMBED More News Videos U.S. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman warned Republican Sen. Mitt Romney that rioters were headed his way shortly after the building was breached by a mob of Donald Trump supporters. Video of their interaction was played during Donald Trump's impeachment trial....
    Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman was hailed as a hero after he put himself in harm's during the violent riots last week. While a pro-Trump mob breached security and stormed the Capitol, Goodman diverted a group of rioters away from the Senate chamber.  Now, several members of Congress want to recognize Goodman for his bravery. A bipartisan bill to award Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal has been introduced by U.S. Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL), Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) and Nancy Mace (R-SC).  In a press release, Crist called Goodman a hero. "The United States Capitol was under attack by armed, violent extremists, and Officer Eugene Goodman was the only thing standing between the mob and the United States Senate," Crist said. "I shudder to think what might have happened had it not been for Officer Goodman's fast thinking and commitment to his duty and his country." "While some will remember last Wednesday for the very worst in our country, the patriotism and heroics of Officer Eugene Goodman renew my faith and remind us all what truly makes the United...
    A panel of three federal judges in New York on Thursday prohibited the Trump administration from moving forward with plans to exclude undocumented immigrants from the count used to determine the number of seats states receive in the House of Representatives. The decision temporarily halts an unprecedented proposal with potentially seismic political ramifications. At the center of Thursday's ruling is a proclamation issued by Mr. Trump in July telling Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, to facilitate the collection of data that would allow him to remove immigrants without legal status from the count used for congressional apportionment. The constitutionally-mandated process to determine the number of House seats each state has occurs every 10 years after the census is taken.  The three-judge panel, which convened specifically to hear the case, said the proposal violates federal laws that govern the redrawing of congressional seats and the census count. The judges did not address whether Mr. Trump's directive is constitutional. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "By directing the Secretary to provide two sets of...
    Members of Congress pushed to have U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe receive the first Medal of Honor awarded to a Black man for services during the Iraq War. Cashe originally received the Silver Star Medal for his actions on Oct. 17, 2005, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, but Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D- Fla., Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, and Michael Waltz, R- Fla., petitioned the U.S. Defense Department to advance his award. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper officially approved the proposal earlier this week. TOP MILITARY APPEALS COURT REJECTS BOWE BERGDAHL'S CLAIM TRUMP PREVENTED HIM FROM GETTING FAIR TRIALThe law currently requires “that the Medal of Honor be awarded within five years after the date of the act justifying the award” – meaning that Congress would have to remove the time restraint in order for Cashe to receive the new award. Cashe died Nov. 8, 2005 after suffering second- and third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body after a roadside bomb exploded Oct. 17, 2005, in Samara, Iraq, hitting his vehicle. Though he was not hurt in the initial explosion, he reportedly returned to...
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