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27

Feb

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers unveiled Tuesday a statue of civil rights legend Rosa Parks that will stand in National Statuary Hall.
Rosa Parks is famous for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on an Alabama public bus in 1955. She died in 2005 and became the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda.
"We celebrate a seamstress slight in stature but mighty in courage," President Barack Obama said. "She defied the odds. She defied injustice. In a single moment, with the simplest of gestures, she helped change America and change the world."
Obama was joined by House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, members of the Parks family and other top officials.
“May this statue long be at tribute to her strength and spirit, her legacy and her leadership,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. 
Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., a civil rights leader, said the rights Parks fought for could be rolled back, referring to the Supreme Court case being heard today that could invalidate parts of the Voting Rights Act.
Parks was a symbol of the civil rights movement that reached its climax in the 1960s, when she collaborated with the NAACP and other famous figures like Martin Luther King Jr.
—Marshall Cohen

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers unveiled Tuesday a statue of civil rights legend Rosa Parks that will stand in National Statuary Hall.

Rosa Parks is famous for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on an Alabama public bus in 1955. She died in 2005 and became the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda.

"We celebrate a seamstress slight in stature but mighty in courage," President Barack Obama said. "She defied the odds. She defied injustice. In a single moment, with the simplest of gestures, she helped change America and change the world."

Obama was joined by House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, members of the Parks family and other top officials.

“May this statue long be at tribute to her strength and spirit, her legacy and her leadership,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. 

Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., a civil rights leader, said the rights Parks fought for could be rolled back, referring to the Supreme Court case being heard today that could invalidate parts of the Voting Rights Act.

Parks was a symbol of the civil rights movement that reached its climax in the 1960s, when she collaborated with the NAACP and other famous figures like Martin Luther King Jr.

—Marshall Cohen

07

Jul

GOP leadership on debt talks

House Speaker John Boehner and other Congressional Republicans talked to reporters before heading to the White House for negotiations on raising the debt ceiling and cutting the deficit. Medill reporter Kaitlin Meehan’s video for MarketWatch.
 
Obama says debt talks ‘constructive’ but no deal

nationaljournal:

PHOTO OF THE DAY:: President Obama takes part in a meeting with congressional leaders including House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Thursday in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Obama on Thursday hosted his Republican foes for talks on an elusive deal to raise the U.S. debt limit and avert an early-August default that could unleash global economic shock waves. (PHOTO: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

nationaljournal:

PHOTO OF THE DAY:: President Obama takes part in a meeting with congressional leaders including House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Thursday in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Obama on Thursday hosted his Republican foes for talks on an elusive deal to raise the U.S. debt limit and avert an early-August default that could unleash global economic shock waves. (PHOTO: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)