Wednesday - September 30, 2020
Politics: President Barack Obama Newsletter for Sunday September 27, 2020 ( 17 items )  

2020 Consumer Excellence Awards Recognize Three Healthcare-related Champions
SAN FRANCISCO, California, Sept. 25 -- Consumer Action issued the following news release: Each year, Consumer Action presents three Consumer Excellence Awards as part of its annual anniversary celebration. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, with the 2020 theme of "Health Is Wealth," the consumer education and advocacy organization will honor three health-related champions from the regulatory, nonprofit and media worlds. This year, Consumer Action will host its 49th Anniversary Consumer Excellence Awards o  more

Aspen Institute Launches K12 Climate Action
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- The Aspen Institute issued the following news release: As the nation faces some of the most intense consequences of climate change and the disruption of traditional school as a result of COVID-19, the Aspen Institute launched K12 Climate Action to create a comprehensive action plan to address climate change in the United States by leveraging the power of the education sector. Public schools educate nearly one in every six Americans annually and are one of the largest ene  more

Center on Global Energy Policy, Global CCS Institute Release Key Net Zero Report as Part of NYC Climate Week
NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (TNSRes) -- The Global CCS Institute issued the following news release on Sept. 22: New research from the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA and the Global CCS Institute released during Climate Week NYC 2020 finds that - beyond reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released to generate power and produce industrial products like cement, steel, chemicals and hydrogen - greater investment in technology that removes existing carbon dioxide from the air and  more

Congressional Black Caucus Urges Senate Not to Consider Supreme Court Nominee Until Next President Inaugurated
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The Congressional Black Caucus issued the following joint statement on Sept. 25: * * * Congressional Black Caucus Chair Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and Congressional Black Caucus Judicial Nominations Task Force Chair Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today issued the following statement regarding the current Supreme Court vacancy: "Along with Americans throughout the country, we are devastated by the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg de  more

Congressional Research Service Report: 'Supreme Court Appointment Process: President's Selection of Nominee'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 -- The Congressional Research Service issued the following report (No. R44235) entitled "Supreme Court Appointment Process: President's Selection of a Nominee". Here are excerpts of the report issued on Sept. 21 and written by Barry J. McMillion, analyst in American National Government: The appointment of a Supreme Court Justice is an event of major significance in American politics. Each appointment is of consequence because of the enormous judicial power the Supreme Court  more

Cornell: Authors, Scholars Celebrate Morrison in 'Bluest Eye' Reading
ITHACA, New York, Sept. 24 (TNSEvA) -- Cornell University issued the following news: Authors Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tayari Jones and Edwidge Danticat, and U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, will join scholars from around the country to celebrate Toni Morrison, M.A. '55, as the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) hosts a livestreamed reading of her first novel, "The Bluest Eye." The Oct. 8 event - the first in a yearlong series, "Cornell Celebrates Toni Morrison" - will include 50 other participants in a   more

Del. Norton, CBC Urges Senate Not to Consider Supreme Court Nominee Until Next President Inaugurated
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., issued the following statement on Sept. 25: * * * Congressional Black Caucus Judicial Nominations Task Force Chair Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Congressional Black Caucus Chair Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and today issued the following statement regarding the current Supreme Court vacancy: "Along with Americans throughout the country, we are devastated by the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg dev  more

Educators Mourn Death of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, Tireless Warrior and Champion for Gender Equality
SACRAMENTO, California, Sept. 21 -- The California Teachers Association issued the following statement on Sept. 19 by President E. Toby Boyd on learning of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a tireless warrior for justice and equality for all. We mourn the loss of this giant of the Supreme Court, who inspires educators' crusade for real and enduring change that, in her words, 'happens one step at a time.' Her story is a testament to her perseverance  more

Harvard Law School: If Democrats Win in November, Should They Pack the Supreme Court?
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Sept. 25 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news on Sept. 23: With President Donald Trump and the Republican-dominated Senate poised to nominate and confirm a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg '56-'58, many Democrats are crying foul. When Justice Antonin Scalia '60 died in February 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell denied President Barack Obama's ['91] nominee, Merrick Garland '77, a confirmation vote, citing the elec  more

MALDEF Statement Urging Senate to Wait Until January 2021 to Vote on Scotus Confirmation
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund issued the following statement by President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz: * * * In 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow a vote to confirm a nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February of that year, arguing that the "American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice." This month, however, McConnell announced that Donald Tr  more

Nebraska Democratic Party: Love, Kleeb, Call Out Sens. Sasse and Fischer on Supreme Court Power Grab
LINCOLN, Nebraska, Sept. 23 -- The Nebraska Democratic Party issued the following news release: In a major flip-flop, power grab and classic case of Republican hypocrisy, President Trump and most Senate Republicans are pushing to rush through a nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- just 46 days before the Nov. 3 election. Democratic Senate write-in candidate Preston Love decried the GOP power grab: "We have not heard a peep from Sasse  more

Northeastern University: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Leaves Behind an Unmatched Legacy
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Sept. 22 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: If there were a Mt. Rushmore dedicated to influential scholars and leaders of American law, Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be one of a handful whose likeness would befit its grand stone face, says Dan Urman, who teaches a course at Northeastern on Constitutional law and the modern U.S. Supreme Court. This would remain true, he says, even if she never served on the nation's highest court. The 87-year-old, who die  more

Sens. Klobuchar, Smith, Rep. Maloney Introduce Legislation to Build Climate Change Preparedness
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman, House Committee on Oversight and Reform, introduced legislation that will build climate change preparedness, mitigation, and resilience into all aspects of federal government operations. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) joined as an original cosponsor. The Climate Planning, Resilience, and Enhanced Preparedness (Climate PRE  more

Sens. Menendez, Collins Bill Would Create Independent, 9/11-Style Commission to Assess, Improve Upon COVID-19 Response
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release on Sept. 23: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today introduced bipartisan legislation to create an independent, non-partisan commission, closely modeled after the 9/11 Commission that investigated the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, to assess the nation's preparedness and response to COVID-19 and provide recommendations to improve our country's readiness for future epi  more

Speaker Pelosi Appears on CBS This Morning With Gayle King
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, issued the following transcript of an interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning on Sept. 25: * * * Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Gayle King on CBS This Morning to discuss the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and other news of the day. Below are the Speaker's remarks: Gayle King. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is part of this morning's ceremony at the Capitol. She and Justice Ginsburg were friends. Madam Speaker Pelosi, than  more

Speaker Pelosi Issues Remarks at News Conference on Sept. 24
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, issued the following remarks during her weekly news conference on Sept. 24: It's the first time we've all been together since losing the notorious Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Such a sad passing for our country. My understanding from the Jewish faith is that when you leave on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, you are in a special category of the righteous. May she rest in peace. People ask me some stories about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and   more

Tennessee State University: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Remembered as a 'Giant' on the Nation's Highest Court
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Sept. 24 -- Tennessee State University issued the following news: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may have stood a little over five feet, but those remembering her say she was a giant on the nation's highest court, and her influence will be felt for generations. Tennessee State University joined the country in mourning her death. "If ever there was a crusader for justice, she was that, and more," said TSU President Glenda Glover. "Early on in her legal professi  more