Rights activists, political leaders mourn Rep. John Lewis
FILE - In this Sunday March 4, 2007, file photo, from left, Brown Chapel AME Church Pastor James Jackson, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, and Rev. Two years later, Lewis helped lead the Bloody Sunday voting rights march intended to go from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing, Trump tweeted. The measure would restore federal oversight of state elections, after the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated much of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in 2013. Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others urged McConnell to allow a vote, and several said it should be given a new name: the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
Remembering John Lewis, rights icon and `American hero'
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON People paid great heed to John Lewis for much of his life in the civil rights movement. A son of Alabama sharecroppers, the young Lewis first preached moral righteousness to his familys chickens. If that speech marked a turning point in the civil rights era or at least the most famous moment the struggle was far from over. The American public had already seen so much of this sort of thing, countless images of beatings and dogs and cursing and hoses, Lewis wrote in his memoirs. People just couldnt believe this was happening, not in America, Lewis wrote.
Texas leaders warn of hospital capacity, ask for lockdowns
DALLAS Leaders in two of Texas' biggest cities are calling on the governor to empower local governments to order residents to stay home as the state's continued surge in coronavirus cases tests hospital capacity. Austin Mayor Steve Adler told CNNs "State of the Union" Sunday that he wants Gov. Gregg Abbott, a Republican, to return control of his city to the local government as its hospitals face a potential crisis. If we dont change the trajectory, then I am within two weeks of having our hospitals overrun, Adler, a Democrat said. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.
Under Trump, 'You're fired!' even greets federal prosecutors
Bharara had a snickering response to news that his successor as top federal prosecutor was stepping down from the job. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)NEW YORK Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had a snickering response to news that his successor as top federal prosecutor was stepping down from the job. Doesn't sound like stepping down, Bharara tweeted soon after the announcement was made Friday night that Geoffrey S. Berman was out. He explained he was appointed by Manhattan federal judges and wouldn't budge until a successor was confirmed by Congress. A few months into his work, Manhattan judges appointed him permanently because Trump never formally nominated him.