1 Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Passes
Representative John Lewis died Friday at 80 years old. Lewis was the son of sharecroppers who survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, to become one of the most towering figures of the civil rights movement. He was first elected to Congress in 1986. He ended up serving 17 years as a member. Lewis died Friday after a long battle with cancer. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December of last year. Politicians, athletes, and people from around the world paid tribute to the representative over the weekend. At least 21 states are flying flags at half-staff in his memory. However, two Republican senators who attempted to pay tribute to him, instead used a photo of the late Elijah Cummings, a Black member of Congress who died in October last year. Florida Senator Marco Rubio posted a picture of Cummings and even made it his profile picture. Hours after Rubio's mistake, Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan posted on Facebook a statement about Lewis's death, and like Rubio, Sullivan included a photo of himself with Cummings.
2 President Trump Pushes For Schools To Reopen
President Donald Trump continued to push for schools to reopen this fall yesterday, despite the surging coronavirus numbers and push back from Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. He sat down for an interview with “Fox News Sunday” and covered a few topics, including his relationship with Dr. Fauci. Trump had cited New Jersey’s death rate for children to support his position and said, “Let the schools open. Do you ever see the statistics for young people below the age of 18? The state of New Jersey had thousands of deaths. Of all of these thousands, one person below the age of 18 — in the entire state." Not everyone is onboard with reopening schools as Congresswoman Pressley said yesterday that the nation should not be in a rush to reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic and called for Congress to "lead in the absence of this Trump administration." During the interview, Trump also talked about how the recent statistics regarding COVID-19 cases and deaths are misleading. He went on to say that one of the reasons cases are up is because "we have the best testing in the world."
3 Justice Ginsburg Says Cancer Has Returned, But Won’t Retire
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Friday she is receiving chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer but that she has no plans to retire from the Supreme Court. The 87-year-old Ginsburg, who has had four earlier bouts with cancer including pancreatic cancer last year, said her treatment so far has succeeded in reducing lesions on her liver and she will continue chemotherapy sessions every two weeks “to keep my cancer at bay.” Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and is the senior liberal justice on a court that leans conservative by a 5-4 margin. Ginsburg also noted that she is able to “maintain an active daily routine” and that throughout her treatment she has “kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work.”