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Politics: President Barack Obama Newsletter for Sunday December 09, 2018 ( 15 items )  

African Classic 'Things Fall Apart' Turns 60, CCNY & Achebes Celebrate
NEW YORK, Dec. 5 -- The City University of New York's City College of New York issued the following news: * * * - Former SA Pres. Kgalema Motlanthe to deliver Achebe lecture First published in 1958, Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" is hailed as the most widely read book in modern African literature. It's sold more than 20 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages. In celebration of the novel's 60th anniversary, The City College of New York and the Christie and Chinua A  more

Colorado State University: Fall Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 14-15
FORT COLLINS, Colorado, Dec. 3 -- Colorado State University issued the following news release: Colorado State University expects to confer degrees on more than 2,100 graduates during Fall 2018 commencement ceremonies Dec. 14-15. College ceremonies and the ROTC commissioning will recognize 1,508 undergraduate and 620 graduate students, and five Army ROTC commissionees. Fifteen undergraduates are candidates for distinction as summa cum laude, 33 magna cum laude and 59 cum laude. The ceremonies   more

Democratic Governors Elect Governor Raimondo as Democratic Governors Association Chair
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, Dec. 1 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news: * * * - Governor Phil Murphy to Serve as Chair-Elect for 2020 America's Democratic Governors voted today to elect Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to serve as the new Chair of the Democratic Governors Association for 2019. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will serve as Vice Chair and Chair-Elect for 2020. The vote came at the DGA's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Raimondo has served as DGA   more

Former Vice President Joe Biden Speaks to Law School Students About Violence Against Women Act
NEW YORK, Dec. 3 -- The Columbia Law School issued the following news release: * * * - Biden championed the 1994 legislation as a senator and continues to fight to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. As the deadline for reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) looms, former Vice President Joe Biden, who championed the landmark legislation, came to Columbia Law School to talk about the law's accomplishments - and the challenges that remain. "We need a gigantic cultural cha  more

Jayapal Announces Gautam Raghavan As Chief of Staff
SEATTLE, Washington, Dec. 3 -- Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) announced Gautam Raghavan as her new Chief of Staff. Raghavan currently serves as Executive Director of the Indian American Impact Project & Fund and as an advisor to the Biden Foundation. He previously served as Vice President of Policy for the Gill Foundation, the nation's oldest funder of LGBTQ Civil Rights Advocacy. From 2011 to 2014, Raghavan   more

Los Angeles County Supervisor Solis Sworn-in for Second Term as LA County Supervisor
LOS ANGELES, California, Dec. 3 -- Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, 1st District, issued the following news release: Hilda L. Solis, a lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley, was sworn-in for her second term as Supervisor for the First District of Los Angeles County today. She was re-elected to a second four-year term in June 2018. "When I was sworn-in four years ago, I said that the road ahead for Los Angeles County was a hopeful one. It still is, but there is much work to do,"  more

President Has Extraordinary Authority Under Emergency Declarations That Have Gone Unchecked
NEW YORK, Dec. 5 -- Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law issued the following news release: * * * - A Brennan Center analysis shows need for Congress to rein in powers that are ripe for abuse The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law today released a guide identifying more than 100 emergency powers - from the minor to the catastrophic - that the president can invoke with the stroke of a pen. The Center today is calling for a congressional review of existing emergen  more

Rep. Roe: Remembering President George H.W. Bush
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tennessee, issued the following column: Today, on this National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush, we reflect not only on what he has done for our country, but the extraordinary man he was. Although I did not personally know him, having been on this earth during his extraordinary lifetime has been a great honor. As our president, he was a very respectable man, but he did so much more. He served our country as our Vice President, Congressman fr  more

Sen. Duckworth: New Rule Requiring Airlines to Finally Report Number of Lost Bags, Broken Wheelchairs Will Help Ensure Travelers Are Treated With Dignity & Respect
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- The office of Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Duckworth amendment that became law in October required rule to take effect within 60 days As a result of legislation that was passed by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and double amputee, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is scheduled to finally implement a new rule tomorrow that will require air carriers to disclose for the first time how many chec  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Bicentennial of Illinois
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 4, on the bicentennial of Illinois: Mr. President, in 1830, a family of dirt-poor farmers moved to Illinois. In the previous 14 years, this family had moved from Kentucky to Indiana, always eking out a bare subsistence. In Illinois, they hoped their luck might finally improve. After helping his father establish a small farm, the family's 21- year-old  more

Sen. Kaine Announces New State Director
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- The office of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced that Keren Charles Dongo will assume the role of his office's State Director following the retirement of current State Director John Knapp at the end of this year. "I'm so proud of John's work over the past six years and am grateful to have Keren serve as my new State Director," Kaine said. "John has been a keen listener and advocate for Virginians, and hi  more

Sens. Cornyn, Cruz Introduce Resolution Honoring the Late President George H.W. Bush
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- The office of Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today introduced a Senate resolution honoring the late President George H.W. Bush. The full text of the resolution can be read here (https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/sites/default/files/GeorgeHWBushResolution.pdf). "President George H.W. Bush was a dedicated family man and husband of 73 years," reads the resolution. "[He] showed unwavering love and  more

Sens. Cruz, Cornyn Introduce Resolution Honoring the Late President George H.W. Bush
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- The office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following news release: U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today introduced a Senate resolution honoring the late President George H.W. Bush. The full text of the resolution can be read here (https://cruz.senate.gov/files/documents/Bills/20181204_bush.pdf). "President George H.W. Bush was a dedicated family man and husband of 73 years," reads the resolution. "[He] showed unwavering love and devotion to   more

Tributes Flow in As Nation Mourns Death of George H.W. Bush
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: President Donald J. Trump declared Dec. 5 as a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away Friday night at age 94. Trump joined countless others in paying tribute to Bush and his lifetime of service as a Navy pilot in World War II, congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, CIA director, vice president and president. "Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering com  more

WFU Awards and Recognitions Briefs
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Dec. 6 -- Wake Forest University issued the following news: The WFU Awards and Recognitions briefs celebrate milestones of faculty, staff and students at Wake Forest. Music composed by WFU's Dan Locklair performed at funeral of former President George H.W. Bush "The Peace May Be Exchanged," organ music composed by Dan Locklair, was performed Dec. 5 at the Washington, D.C. funeral for former President George H.W. Bush. Locklair is composer-in-residence and profes  more