A 1942 classroom with old-style wooden desks, a chalkboard, and a large, blown-up grade-school class photo showing Charles L. Blockson, one of only a handful of Black children in a predominantly white group, greets you early in the exhibition. Blockson looks shy and pensive in the class photo. But it was a fourth-grade history class that fueled Blockson, then just 9 years old, with anger and lifelong determination. The reconstituted classroom is part of the “Charles L. Blockson Exhibition: an African and Afro-American Collection,” which opened Friday at the Centre Theater Gallery in Norristown...
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President Joe Biden spoke with the wife of women's basketball star Brittney Griner on Wednesday, telling her that he is working to secure her spouse's release from Russian detention, the White House said.
Two-time Olympic champion Griner -- who has been held in Russia since February -- faces up to 10 years in prison on charges of smuggling cannabis vape cartridges into the country.
"President Biden, joined by Vice President Harris, spoke today with Cherelle Griner, the wife of Brittney Griner who is wrongfully detained in Russia under intolerable circumstances," the White House said in a statement.
"The president called Cherelle to reassure her that he is working to secure Brittney's release as soon as possible," and read her a draft of a letter he is sending to the WNBA star, it added.
Griner, 31, was detained in the days before Russia began its full-on assault on Ukraine, after which the United States and its allies imposed unprecedented economic sanctions on Moscow.
Her case has become one of many sticking points in relations between the United States and Russia, with Washington putting its special envoy in charge of hostages on the case.
Griner had asked Biden to help free her from Russian prison in a hand-written letter presented to the White House on US Independence Day.
"I realize you are dealing with so much, but please don't forget about me and the other American Detainees," Griner wrote. "Please do all you can to bring us home."
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A Georgia prosecutor has said that she will not rule out calling former President Donald Trump before a special grand jury that is investigating his alleged attempt to overturn the 2020 election.
Fulton County D.A. Fani Willis spoke to NBC's Blayne Alexander about her plans to issue new subpoenas to Trump associates.
"Yes," Willis replied, affirming that new subpoenas would be issued. "We'll just have to see where the investigation leads us. But I think that people thought that we came into this as some kind of game. This is not a game at all. What I am doing is very serious, is very important work and we're going to our due diligence in making sure that we look at all aspects of the case."
According to Alexander, Willis would not rule out a subpoena for Trump.
\u201cNEWS: In her 1st interview since yesterday's subpoenas, Fulton Co. DA Fani Willis tells me to expect more subpoenas of Trump associates in the coming weeks.\n\nNotably - she does NOT rule out a of subpoena of Trump himself. \n\nHer response to me: "anything's possible"\u201d— Blayne Alexander (@Blayne Alexander) 1657123477
"Anything's possible," Willis reportedly said.
A group of Trump associates, including Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), received subpoenas from the grand jury this week.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
Right-wing activist boasted of 'praying' with SCOTUS justices after they cited her organization's brief to overturn Roe
A right-wing activist whose organization wrote a brief that was cited by the United States Supreme Court in its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade also posted a video in which she boasted of praying with the justices.
Rolling Stone is reporting that Peggy Nienaber, who serves as the executive director of a ministry that falls under Liberty Counsel's umbrella organization, boasted that she and her associates are "the only people" who get an opportunity to pray with sitting Supreme Court justices.
A video obtained by the publication shows that Nienaber made the admission to a live streamer who was filming outside the court during a celebration of its decision to overturn 50 years of precedent on abortion rights.
"You actually pray with the Supreme Court justices?” the live streamer asked her at one point.
“I do,” Nienaber replied. “They will pray with us, those that like us to pray with them.”
Rolling Stone notes that this could be a conflict of interest for the justices who chose to pray with Nienaber.
"Such an arrangement presents a problem for the Orlando-based Liberty Counsel, which not only weighed in on the Dobbs case as a friend of the court, but also litigated and won a 9-0 Supreme Court victory this May in a case centered on the public display of a religious flag," the publication writes.
The Supreme Court did not reply to Rolling Stone's request for comment.