(Washington, DC-AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that there’s no need to pay anyone reparations for slavery.
At a press conference Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican said America has done much to make up for the original sin of slavery, including fighting the Civil War, passing civil rights legislation and electing an African American president, Barack Obama.
He went on to say no one alive now was responsible for slavery. A House subcommittee meets today to discuss reparations.
(Washington, DC) – Former President George W. Bush is warning about what he called the dangers of isolation. Bush spoke last night at an awards ceremony in Washington hosted by the nonpartisan think tank Atlantic Council. Bush told the gathering America is indispensable for the world and that the price of greatness is responsibility. Bush spoke two days after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement, which was signed by the U.S and five other world powers.
The Atlantic Council honored Bush with its Distinguished International Leadership Award for his work to end HIV/AIDS in Africa. Bush started the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief while he was in office and has continued to lead the effort since leaving the White House.
(Tehran) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country has plans in place if President Trump decides to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal. The deal, struck between Iran and six major powers, grants sanctions relief in exchange for Iran putting the brakes on nuclear development.
Trump has hinted he will pull out of the deal unless what he sees as flaws are fixed by May 12th. In a speech on state TV, Rouhani said that orders have been given to “confront America’s plots” against Iran and that America would regret leaving the deal.
Washington wants to put Iran’s ballistic missile program on the table but Rouhani says the country will continue making as many weapons as it needs to defend itself.
(The White House) – President Barack Obama reassures the nation from the Oval Office.
On Sunday, December 6, at 8:00 pm ET, President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office about the steps our government is taking to fulfill his highest priority: keeping the American people safe.
He provided an update on the ongoing investigation into the tragic attack in San Bernardino. He also discussed the broader threat of terrorism — including the nature of the threat, how it has evolved, and how we will defeat it.
The president reiterated his firm conviction that ISIL will be destroyed and that the United States must draw upon our values — our unwavering commitment to justice, equality, and freedom — to prevail over terrorist groups that use violence to advance a destructive ideology.