US lawmakers Tuesday offered the federal government’s first formal apology for the “fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity” of slavery and the legal segregation of African-Americans.
The resolution, passed in the House of Representatives by voice vote, “apologizes to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery” formal segregation laws known as “Jim Crow.”
Lawmakers also said they were committed to rectifying “the lingering consequences” of slavery and segregation.
Well…that was quick!
“It is regrettable that it has become necessary to pursue this course, but Mr. Rove has left us no option,” Chairman John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, said in noting that the committee has been trying for months to get Rove to appear under oath.
Cool! Now all Nancy has to do is…….D’OH! Lucy, put that football back!
Ted Stevens’s indictment yesterday could not have occurred at a more politically inopportune time for the senator from Alaska or for his fellow Republicans.
Although a spokesman said yesterday that the senator’s reelection campaign “is continuing to move full steam ahead,”
Senate Republicans had planned to spend the week hammering Democrats for not pushing energy legislation allowing for more domestic oil drilling. Yesterday, as Republicans assembled at their political headquarters for a talk about the campaign season ahead, they learned that their most senior colleague had been indicted on corruption charges related to energy executives.
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Nothing like indictment to build steam in a campaign!