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WATCH: Joe Biden Stood Behind Coretta Scott King as She Spoke at MLK Holiday Bill Signing

3 days ago   |   By Mediaite

President Joe Biden - then a U.S. Senator - stood behind Coretta Scott King as she spoke in the White House Rose Garden at the 1983 signing of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day bill.
Biden invoked painful historical echoes during his voting rights speech this week, in ways that upset some people. The section of the speech that got the most attention was the one in which he asked how Republican opponents of voting rights bills want to be remembered: “Do you want to be the si- on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want...
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SHOCK POLL: Only 41 Percent of Republicans Say MLK Day Should be Federal Holiday - 7 Pts LESS Than When Law Was Signed in 1983

SHOCK POLL: Only 41 Percent of Republicans Say MLK Day Should be Federal Holiday - 7 Pts LESS Than When Law Was Signed in 1983

4 days ago   |   By Mediaite

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In the year 2021, only 41 percent of Republican voters believe that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday should be a federal holiday - a full seven points fewer than when the law establishing the holiday was signed in 1983.
This Monday marks the date on which Americans commemorate the life of the civil rights legend with a federal holiday - but not all Americans welcome the celebration.
Respondents to a new The Economist/YouGov poll were asked “Do you think that Martin Luther King's birthday should be a Federal Holiday?”
Overall, 58 percent of respondents...
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Here Are The 4 Current Members of Congress Who Voted Against Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Here Are The 4 Current Members of Congress Who Voted Against Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

4 days ago   |   By Mediaite

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is lauded near-universally by politicians every year, but there are still four members serving in the U.S. Congress who voted against the King holiday - 3 at the federal level and 1 as a state legislator.
Then-President Ronald Reagan reluctantly signed the federal Martin Luther King holiday into law in November of 1983 after the U.S. Senate passed the bill by a 78-22 margin, while the House of Representatives had voted in favor of it by a margin of 338-90. That's over 78 percent of those who voted, well above the two-thirds needed to override a veto.
The current...
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