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‘Walk With The Wind’…And Vote

What a moment in America.

On Thursday, three former U.S. presidents — George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — walked into Atlanta's storied Ebenezer Baptist Church to deliver tributes to civil rights icon John Lewis, who died on July 17 at age 80.

Earlier this week, the current president of the United States refused to honor Lewis even in Washington, where Lewis' body lay in state in the Capitol rotunda on the Lincoln catafalque, a platform built in 1865 to hold the casket of Abraham Lincoln.

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#EndorseThis: Watch President Obama's Powerful Eulogy To John Lewis

Today's funeral for John Lewis featured many fluent and distinguished eulogists. Speaker Nancy Pelosi had difficulty with her composure as she talked about her longtime friend, whom she called her "mentor." Former President Bill Clinton. who knew Lewis for almost 50 years, spoke eloquently about what Lewis had taught him. And Rev. James Lawson, who instructed and encouraged so many young leaders in the civil rights movement, gave a remarkable speech on Lewis and his commitment to nonviolence.

And toward the end, former President Barack Obama stepped to the podium to deliver one of the most powerful eulogies of all -- demanding that we not only honor the memory of John Lewis with words, but with action -- on justice, on voting rights, and in every way that he fought to make his beloved country a more perfect union.

You will be spellbound by Obama's poignant remembrance of a good and gentle man he idolized -- and his inspiring call to fulfill that man's great legacy.




Trump Killed Obama Rules To Protect Medical Workers In Pandemic

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that his Democratic predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, left him ill-prepared to handle a major health crisis when, in fact, Obama's administration left behind a comprehensive pandemic game plan that included a 69-page playbook. But Trump's administration abandoned those Obama-era recommendations. On top of that, National Public Radio's Brian Mann is reporting that Trump's administration, in 2017, "stopped work on new federal regulations that would have forced the health care industry to prepare for an airborne infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19."

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Trump Picks A Fight With Obama That He Can Only Lose

It is a common, if not especially honorable, practice in American politics for a candidate and her campaign to prefer to run not against their actual opponent on the ballot but rather against the most unpopular caricature of the opponent's party. That explains why Democrats, for close to three decades after the election of 1932, when Franklin Roosevelt crushed Republican Herbert Hoover by 18 percent in the popular vote and carried 42 of the then 48 states, continued to run against "Herbert Hoover Republicans." Ignored was Hoover's humanitarian record during World War I, when through his leadership, 7 million Belgians were rescued from certain starvation.

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