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His daughter Adia quoted Eminem. Kweisi Mfume quoted Sartre and Frost. Staffer Harry Spikes quoted Bruce Lee and The Lion King. And, of course, many quoted Elijah Eugene Cummings, aka ‘Bobby.’  It was a celebratory sendoff for a true Lion of the House. The recessional was ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ as you have never heard it before. We will not see his like.

Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Representative Elijah Cummings

Elijah Cummings was a resounding voice of moral courage who fought the good fights for the people of Baltimore, and faithfully honored his oath to protect and defend the Constitution with a passion, skill, determination, and dignity rarely matched in our history.  He worked for affordable, quality health care, educational and economic opportunities, and environmental justice for all Americans.  And he led the House Committee on Oversight and Reform in finding facts, exposing fictions, and demanding that our government be accountable.  Hillary and I are grateful to have served with him and for his friendship.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Maya and the Cummings family.

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In case you missed it on Facebook, here is Hillary’s President’s Day post.

 

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These photos are not in a particular order. Most of them came from Twitter where the camera attention was almost fully upon the guest side where the presidential lineup was seated rather than on the family side.

Sully said his goodbyes at the Capitol. With the former president since last April when Barbara Bush passed away, he will go on to serve other veterans.

Hillary always has a fascination with church ceilings.

Brian Mulroney, James Baker, Alan Simpson

The day belonged to the Bush family, but understandably there were moments. Here is one.

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You may have heard by now of multiple devices, likely related/similar to that sent to George Soros, that were discovered near the Clintons’ house and Obama’s office. October surprise?

Here is the Secret Service statement.

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I agree with Philippe. It is also on all the morons who circulated Hillary’s home address online. I know that it is “findable,” however advertising it made it so much easier to access.

It is not clear what “in the vicinity” means. (Probably for the best.) According to the statement this was a routine screening.

CNN also targeted.

 

‘Potential Explosive Devices’ Sent to Obama, the Clintons, and CNN

Senior law-enforcement officials confirmed the bomb scares, including a ‘pipe with wires’ mailed to CNN‘s headquarters in New York.

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast

U.S Secret Service agents intercepted potential explosive devices on Wednesday that were addressed to president Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the agency confirmed.

As federal agents investigated the packages, authorities in New York dispatched bomb squads to the Time Warner Center in midtown Manhattan, home to CNN’s headquarters, where the building was being evacuated. Senior law-enforcement officials confirmed to The Daily Beast that a suspicious device—described as a “pipe with wires”—was found in the mailroom.

A suspicious package addressed to to the Clinton’s suburban home in New York late Tuesday night and a separate parcel addressed to the Obama’s residence in Washington, D.C., were both intercepted Wednesday morning at designated checkpoints, authorities confirmed.

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Everyone who counts was there. There was unity. There were tears. There was laughter. It was a sendoff befitting a president attended by past presidents, government officials past and present, and many, many others from every walk of life.

Cindy McCain stood with the grace, composure, and strength that we saw from Jackie Kennedy until a brief moment during Danny Boy.

Meghan McCain spoke like an American storm, and despite comments she has made about Hillary Clinton, Hillary appeared to be smiling in encouragement and pride in Meghan’s power.

All of the music was beautiful including a very unusual rendition of Amazing Grace partially accompanied by bagpipes.

It was a celebration of more than John McCain. It was a celebration of the country he fought for in many different roles in his life.

 

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I could be wrong, but that looks like Tricia Nixon behind Dick Cheney.

National Cathedral Hosts Memorial Service For Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

 

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Mourners, Including Former Presidents, Attend Funeral For Barbara Bush

Four former POTUSes in one tight shot.

Mourners, Including Former Presidents, Attend Funeral For Barbara Bush

It was solemn and joyful. There were tears, and there was laughter. The grandsons were pallbearers. The granddaughters read scripture with remarkable poise and composure though their grief was evident. There were three former first ladies along with Melania Trump. There were four former presidents, the eldest being her bereaved spouse who sported a special pair of socks in honor of her commitment to literacy promotion.

Jon Meacham, Jeb Bush, and Susan Garrett Baker, wife of former Secretary of State James Baker and Barbara’s good friend, all read eulogies.

Representatives of the Johnson and Nixon families were present. Media did not supply names but  Lynda Johnson Robb and Tricia Nixon Cox are my guesses as they are the usual representatives at formal occasions. Chelsea Clinton also attended.

It was a moment in history, non-partisan, unified, and respectful in honor of a former first lady with a quick wit, sharp tongue, and many friends and fans of every stripe.

It was a traditional Episcopal service with beautiful music chosen by Barbara Bush herself.

And thus Barbara Pierce Bush, originally of Rye, NY and a Texas transplant as were so many Navy wives after World War II, was sent to her eternal rest by those who loved her.

The Secret Service posted this. Her detail remained with her until her casket was in the ground.

Rest in peace, Barbara Bush.

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Our hearts go out to the Bush family, and particularly the former president, her spouse of 73 years, George H.W. Bush.

Here is a nice picture taken at the repast.

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What a week! Talk about men who crucified Hillary getting their #JustDesserts! #PoeticJustice! #Karma!

 

 

 

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Kushner Is Said to Have Ordered Flynn to Contact Russia

by Eli Lake @elilake More stories by Eli Lake

National Security

Now that the retired general has pleaded guilty, the president’s son-in-law could be one of the next dominoes to fall.

Jared Kushner back when he was willing to be photographed next to Mike Flynn.Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea Friday for lying to the FBI is alarming news for Donald Trump. But the first person it’s likely to jeopardize will be the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Two former officials with the Trump transition team who worked closely with Flynn say that during the last days of the Obama administration, the retired general was instructed to contact foreign ambassadors and foreign ministers of countries on the United Nations Security Council, ahead of a vote condemning Israeli settlements. Flynn was told to try to get them to delay that vote until after President Barack Obama had left office, or oppose the resolution altogether.

That is relevant now because one of Flynn’s lies to the FBI was when he said that he never asked Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, to delay the vote for the UN Security Council resolution. The indictment released today from the office of special prosecutor Robert Mueller describes this lie: “On or about December 22, 2016, Flynn did not ask the Russian Ambassador to delay the vote on or defeat a pending United Nations Security Council resolution.”

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