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The late Senator Daniel Inouye received the Medal of Freedom on Wednesday, November 20, in a ceremony in the White House East Room.+ More details
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“The American public as a whole is not well educated on the role of judges or on the role of the US Supreme Court. I think there is a lack of understanding and appreciation of our system and how issues are resolved.” The first female US Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor joined the court in 1981. Her appointment followed a career in public service in Arizona. Since retiring, she has dedicated herself to creating a Web-based program, icivics.org, to teach children about American government. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.+ More details
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DemocracyNow.org - Last week, the White House apologized to Poland over language used by President Obama in honoring the late Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski. Obama referred to a "Polish death camp" when awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom without noting Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany. During World War II, Karski helped alert the world to the Nazi Holocaust. He visited the Warsaw Ghetto and traveled to the United States to give eyewitness testimony to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. We air excerpts of an interview with Karski conducted by Andrew Leslie Phillips in 1986 To watch the complete weekday independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, search our vast archive, or to find more information about Democracy Now! and Amy Goodman, visit http://www.democracynow.org/ FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/democracynow Listen on SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/democracy-now Daily Email News Digest: http://www.democracynow.org/subscribe Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit http://www.democracynow.org/donate/VM+ More details
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Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President honored Memorial Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, sign bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, and welcomed Former President Bush and Form First Lady Laura Bush for the official unveiling of their portraits. That's May 25th to May 31st, or "Each of them loved this country . . . more than life itself."+ More details
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President Barack Obama surprised outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Thursday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest-honor the President can bestow on a civilian.+ More details
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President Barack Obama bestowing the Presidental Medal of Freedom on Prof. Muhammad Yunus - the highest civilian honour in the USA. The official ceremony took place on 12 August 2009.+ More details
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President Obama honors this year’s recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest medal awarded to civilians, during a reception at the White House. Honorees include Nancy Goodman Brinker, Pedro José Greer, Jr., Jack Kemp, Sen. Ted Kennedy, Stephen Hawking, Billie Jean King, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, Harvey Milk, Sandra Day O’Connor, Sidney Poitier, Chita Rivera, Dr. Janet Davison Rowley, Mary Robinson, Desmond Tutu, and Muhammad Yunus. August 12, 2009. (Public Domain)+ More details
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