‘Poignant and Perfect’
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was heralded with a standing ovation as her five-plus hours of calm and patriotic testimony ended and House Republicans tried to commandeer the last whiffs of Friday’s impeachment proceedings.
Republicans demanded they be given extra time to speak as the hearing was gaveled to a close, claiming they had been disparaged and had the right to respond.
They did not.
As she stood and began to walk away, audience members in the gallery cheered, and gave Ambassador Yovanovitch a standing ovation.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 15, 2019
CNN’s S.E. Cupp summarized the situation perfectly:
Standing ovation for Amb. Yovanovitch drowning out and effectively answering the limp GOP objections at the end of her testimony was poignant and perfect.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) November 15, 2019
A few others:
As Marie Yovanovitch departs the audience in the gallery breaks into applause and some give her a standing ovation because she has more than earned it. pic.twitter.com/ks0elkcFDA
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) November 15, 2019
— Ben Riley-Smith (@benrileysmith) November 15, 2019
Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is an American hero.
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) November 15, 2019
At the conclusion of today’s impeachment hearing, members of the audience gave American hero Marie Yovanovitch a standing ovation. Hear hear!https://t.co/eUHHNPyq15
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) November 15, 2019
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Actor Geoffrey Rush wins ‘largest ever’ Australian defamation payout from Rupert Murdoch
Hollywood star Geoffrey Rush won a record multimillion-dollar payout Thursday after an appeal by a Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper against a defamation ruling was thrown out by an Australian court.
The Oscar-winner will receive US$2 million for lost earnings and compensation after a court rejected an appeal seeking reduced costs and a retrial of the case.
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75 years ago: When atomic scientist Leo Szilard tried to halt dropping bombs over Japan
As this troubled summer rolls along, and the world begins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation, and use, of the first atomic bombs, many special, or especially tragic, days will draw special attention. They will include July 16 (first test of the weapon in New Mexico), August 6 (bomb dropped over Hiroshima) and August 9 (over Nagasaki). Surely far fewer in the media and elsewhere will mark another key date: July 3.
On July 3, 1945, the great atomic scientist Leo Szilard finished a letter/petition that would become the strongest (virtually the only) real attempt at halting President Truman's march to using the atomic bomb--still almost two weeks from its first test at Trinity--against Japanese cities.