united states Recommended: 'Star Trek': How well do you know the Trek universe? Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Treks optimistic, inclusive vision of humanitys future. I loved Spock. In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for Live long and prosper. And after 83 years on this planet and on his visits to many others its clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today. From the start of his presidency, commentators have detected a certain Spockishness in Obama.
Obama Plans Trip to South Carolina, 48th State in Office - ABC News
The Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King once preached, said voting rights and criminal justice reform were the main topics of a private meeting Obama held with civil rights leaders shortly before his public remarks. "There was agreement in the room that voting rights is crucial, that it is urgent and it ought to be a nonpartisan issue," Warnock said. Warnock decried lawmakers for celebrating Selma's anniversary while failing to restore the Voting Rights Act. In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the section that determines which states and localities must get Washington's approval for proposed election changes. The requirement was an effort to stop voting discrimination, mostly in the South.
James Clyburn says Obama plans to visit Benedict College in Columbia Friday. The week also highlights the personal racial politics of the first black president's past and future as he plans Friday to make his first return to South Carolina since the 2008 primary campaign in which he and Hillary Rodham Clinton fiercely fought for the state's black voters. Obama's South Carolina event is tied to his 1-year-old My Brother's Keeper initiative aimed at improving the lives of young minority men, expected to be a continuing focus for the president after he leaves office. Clyburn released a statement about the visit to Columbia in The State newspaper Sunday. "I'm pleased to welcome President Barack Obama back to South Carolina," Clyburn said in a statement provided to the newspaper.
Obama Signs 1-Week Bill to Keep Homeland Security Funded - ABC News
Obama signed the bill late Friday, just minutes before the midnight deadline. Typically, when Obama signs important legislation, he issues a statement addressing its significance. But the White House issued only a sparse, one-sentence notice of Obama's signature. Obama and Democrats wanted full-year funding but clashed with Republicans over whether to include language repealing Obama's immigration actions. The White House had said Obama would only sign a short-term bill if the alternative were letting Homeland Security shut down. Obama's signature also starts the clock on the next deadline.