Civil rights leader Julian Bond, who participated in the March on Washington 50 years ago and is a chairman emeritus of the NAACP, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that Republican-enacted voter- identification laws are rolling back voting rights for blacks and other minorities that the late Martin Luther King Jr. fought so hard to achieve.
In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt invited naturalist John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, to be his guide for his famous camping trip through Yosemite National Park. Muir was about to decline when a friend warned him that one must always accept the president’s invitation. Muir was offended by this notion, because it seemed to treat the president like a king. In the end, Muir decided to make the journey after all: “I suppose I shouldn’t refuse just because he happens to be president,” he said.
A New Jersey judge put off deciding whether to allow same-sex couples to marry or conclude the state’s civil-union law goes far enough to protect the legal rights of gay couples, as Governor Chris Christie claims.
Jim Yong Kim once slept in his office and drove dusty roads to help his patients in a slum near Lima. When he returned to Carabayllo in Peru two decades later as World Bank president, a motorcade whisked him from a luxury hotel past welcome signs on banners and brick walls.
Stephen Rakes, who allegedly was a victim of extortion by James “Whitey” Bulger and said in May he looked forward to testifying against the reputed crime boss at his murder trial, was found dead, prosecutors said.