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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...
                        Staff at the Washington, D.C.-based Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) have named U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA-11) a “Taxpayer Super Hero.” The CAGW has evaluated every Congressional member’s voting record on how they voted on issues to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in government, and protecting hardworking taxpayers. This, according to an emailed newsletter that Loudermilk emailed late last week. “One of the biggest problems with Congress is the growing belief that government can fix most any problem if we just throw enough money at it. I believe Americans are capable of fixing their own problems, if we can just get government out of their way,” Loudermilk told his constituents in his newsletter. “Those of us in Congress have to remember that it is the hard-earned money of the American taxpayers we are spending, and every dollar that goes into a big government program is a dollar that was taken out of the wallet of a hardworking American. This is exactly how I approach every vote I make...
    NRSC Chairman Rick Scott presented President Donald J. Trump with the NRSC's inaugural Champion for Freedom Award.Courtesy: NRSC The leading Republican Senate fundraising group handed former President Donald Trump its inaugural "Champion for Freedom Award" — just a day before he blasted top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, as a "son of a b----" and a "stone cold loser." The National Republican Senatorial Committee's award also came after Trump threatened to endorse Republican challengers to GOP incumbents in Congress, and after his lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to three top Republican committees, including the NRSC, telling them to stop using his name for fundraising without his permission. NRSC chairman Sen. Rick Scott of Florida handed the small silver award to Trump — who was dressed as if he just walked off the golf course — on Friday at the ex-president's club in Mar-a-Lago in Florida. McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate minority leader, would likely resume his former role as majority leader if the NRSC and other groups manage to help elect enough Republicans during the midterms to overcome the Senate's current 50-50 split...
    Let's get this done! Another week down in the new world of government trying to work for the people. Here are some of today’s stories you might have missed while you didn’t have to worry about whether or not the current administration had set fire to a hospital. Buckle up, filibuster reform is on its way House passes path to citizenship for DACA recipients, temporary status holders, and farmworkers Ron DeSantis wants an award and he deserves one—for conducting the biggest cover-up of COVID-19 data Majority of Republicans say deadly attack on Capitol is getting 'too much' attention These are the people who died in the Atlanta spa shootings and the lives they left behind From the community: Indians 201: Cheyenne migrations Working while Black. Sheriff lies about newspaper carrier, more than 40 officers initiate response. Poll 1 votes Show Results Im thinking of a brain teaser Is it the one with the superman in the desert? Is it the one where you have to get the animals all safely from one side to the other? Is this the...
    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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