Biden's State of the Union speech will channel historian Jon Meacham's faith in the United States
It appears to be a similar thing between Biden and Meacham.”The relationship between Meacham and Biden has only deepened since then. During the first two years of the Biden presidency, Meacham has served as something of an in-house intellectual and a speechwriter called upon at high-stakes moments—like tonight’s State of the Union address. That was also the central theme of Meacham’s bestselling “The Soul of America,” published in the midst of the Trump presidency. Meacham crafted the president's speech on democracy , delivered from Philadelphia in early September, with the congressional midterms only weeks away. The president, Meacham writes, must always keep believing otherwise.wftv.com
Republicans Are Getting Really ‘Sick’ of Trump’s ‘Bitching’
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/GettyIs former President Donald Trump’s hold on his Republican base waning? Vice’s senior political reporter Cameron Joseph thinks so.“Trump is slipping. [He] doesn’t have the grip over the GOP that he once did,” Joseph tells Molly Jong-Fast in this episode of The New Abnormal. “A lot of Republicans, even really hardcore conservative MAGA-y type folks, are sick of his bitching.”Subscribe to The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Pnews.yahoo.com
Biden calls former VP Mondale 'giant' of political history
President Joe Biden has saluted his “friend of five decades” Walter Mondale, traveling to the University of Minnesota to remember the former vice president and Democratic Party elder whose memorial service was delayed for a year due to the pandemic.
College cancels Meacham talk over Planned Parenthood ties
(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe) (Gemunu Amarasinghe)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — (AP) — A conservative Christian university withdrew an invitation for historian Jon Meacham to speak during inaugural activities for its new president this week after critics complained the Pulitzer Prize-winning author has appeared at Planned Parenthood events. Samford University, located in suburban Birmingham, announced the cancellation of Meacham's appearance, which had been set for Wednesday, after an online petition cited his speeches to Planned Parenthood, which provides abortion and other medical care for women. “Unexpectedly, Mr. Meacham’s planned lecture has become a divisive issue, one that takes attention away from our opportunity to celebrate Samford. Meacham spoke at a luncheon held for Planned Parenthood of South Texas on Oct. 6, according to the organization's website. That mission calls us to invite speakers and artists to campus who challenge our perspectives and who share wisdom and insights,” Taylor said.wftv.com
California expands drought emergency to large swath of state
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday expanded a drought emergency to a large swath of the nation's most populous state while seeking more than $6 billion in multiyear water spending as one of the warmest, driest springs on record threatens another severe wildfire season across the American West. The Democratic governor said he is acting amid “acute water supply shortages" in northern and central parts of California as he called again for voluntary conservation. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows most of the state and the American West is in extensive drought just a few years after California emerged from the last punishing multiyear dry spell.news.yahoo.com
Hundreds of historians call for Trump's removal from office
This combination photo shows Pulitzer-Prize winning authors, from left, Ron Chernow, Garry Wills and Jon Meacham, who are among hundreds of historians who have signed an open letter calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office. The letter comes after last weeks siege of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – Pulitzer-Prize winners Garry Wills, Ron Chernow, Jon Meacham and Stacy Schiff are among hundreds of historians who have signed an open letter calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office after last week's siege of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. Others endorsing it include Douglas Brinkley, David Blight, Mary Beth Norton, Rick Atkinson, Diane McWhorter and Rick Perlstein. With days left in Trump’s presidency, the Democratic-led House of Representatives is preparing to impeach Trump this week.
Transcript: "Face the Nation" book panel, December 27, 2020
The following is a transcript of an interview with authors Jon Meacham, Peter Baker, Susan Glasser and Isabel Wilkerson that aired Sunday, December 27, 2020, on "Face the Nation." JON MEACHAM: Well, redemption is a complicated thing, and that's something that we have to work on every day. You might want a more normal world, right? We're not just going to wake up one day and it's all going to be some--MARGARET BRENNAN: Right. And if he doesn't, that's going to be a challenge for him, because, in fact you're right, the world has moved on to some extent.cbsnews.com
`The books that help her through': Winfrey suggests seven
NEW YORK – With Election Day approaching and the pandemic ongoing, Oprah Winfrey is setting aside her usual book club recommendations and instead citing seven personal favorites, ranging from James Baldwin's landmark essays in “The Fire Next Time” to Mary Oliver's poetry collection “Devotions.”Winfrey is calling her choices “The Books That Help Me Through," works she values for “their ability to comfort, inspire, and enlighten.”"It’s a mix of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and spirituality, books I know and trust and revisit time and again,” she said in a statement Monday. Winfrey had planned a new choice every two months; her previous selection, Isabel Wilkerson's “Caste,” was announced in early August. Winfrey spokesperson Chelsea Hettrick said the seven books announced Monday would serve as “a bridge between selections,” and that no firm timeline had been set for future choices. “This year has brought such unprecedented change overall. We will re-evaluate in the coming weeks the selection plan and timing for the remainder of 2020,” she said.
Chaotic first debate: Taunts overpower Trump, Biden visions
Over and over, Trump tried to control the conversation, interrupting Biden and repeatedly talking over the moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News. The president tried to deflect tough lines of questioning — whether on his taxes or the pandemic — to deliver broadsides against Biden. Give me a name,” Trump said, before Biden mentioned the far right, violent group known as the Proud Boys. Trump then pointedly did not condemn the group, instead saying, “Proud Boys, stand back, stand by. Trump snarled a response, declaring that “I'll tell you Joe, you could never have done the job that we did.
Trump, Biden prepare to debate at a time of mounting crises
Preparations take place for the first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Cleveland. The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Sept. 29. The health emergency has upended the usual trappings of a presidential campaign, lending heightened importance to the debate. “If Biden is unable to indict Trump for all that he has done, (that) would be profound failure. Despite the upheaval, the presidential race has remained largely unchanged since Biden seized control of the Democratic field in March.
Julia Reed, chronicler of Southern life and food, dies at 59
Julia Reed, who wrote about food and culture in the South and promoted her native Mississippi Delta, has died. Reed died Friday of cancer, the editors of Garden & Gun magazine said in a post on the magazine's website. She attended parties with the likes of former Secretary of State and Army Gen. Colin Powell and former Vice President Al Gore, but was a champion of her native Mississippi, according to Meacham. A chapter in her book, Julia Reeds South, eventually led her to dedicate an entire book on how to party and dine in New Orleans, The Times Picayune/New Orleans Advocate reported. She called it Julia Reeds New Orleans: Food, Fun and Field Trips for Letting the Good Times Roll.In addition, Reed served on the board of the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans, the newspaper said.
Four more years? Trump struggles to outline second term plan
NEW YORK President Donald Trump is adamant that he wants another four years in office. But he offered few clues about what he would do if he remains in the White House. He similarly stammered through an interview last month when pressed by a friendly TV host to talk about what a second term would look like. Trump is reshaping his campaign, announcing Wednesday that veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien will replace Brad Parscale as campaign manager. When asked for the presidents second-term agenda, the White House pointed to Trumps response to COVID-19 but offered little in the way of specifics.
Remembering the slave who joined Jefferson in Philadelphia
In this June 30, 2020, photo, a man walks in front of the Declaration House in Philadelphia. Countless words have been written about the Declaration of Independence and Thomas Jefferson, but few about Robert Hemings, the slave who was on hand as Jefferson famously declared that All men are created equal. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)NEW YORK In the early summer of 1776, Thomas Jefferson worked away in the second floor parlor of a boardinghouse in downtown Philadelphia. His father was the slave owner John Wayles, Thomas Jeffersons future father-in-law; his mother was a slave, Elizabeth Hemings. Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman with whom Jefferson fathered several children, was Robert Hemings sister, and Jeffersons future wife, Martha Wayles, was his half-sister.
Our annual Thanksgiving book panel
Authors Doris Kearns Goodwin, Karl Rove, Jon Meacham, and Edward Larson discuss their recently released books on historic presidents with lessons for modern-day politicians. The experts discuss how the actions of our former commanders in chief inform America’s largest challenges in the 21st century.cbsnews.com