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President Obama Awards Barbra Streisand & Steven Spielberg with Presidential Medal of Freedom!

President Obama presents Barbra Streisand with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday (November 24) in Washington, DC. The 54-year-old President presented the medal to thirteen living and four posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and arts including Barbra, Steven [...]

Inspiring Americans

Yesterday the White House hosted a star-studded cast of recipients of the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Included on the list were some of the biggest names in sports and...

Barbra Streisand Is A Ball Of Buttah Accepting Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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Barbra Streisand received the Presidential Medal of Freedom yesterday. We have highlights

Different View on America’s Highest Honor

Washington Post: “Few official acts reveal more about an individual president than the Presidential Medal of Freedom designations. While the general categories have remained fairly constant since President John F. Kennedy established the modern version of the honor in 1963 [...]

Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand Are Among President Obama’s Recipients of the Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest recognition the president can bestow upon a civilian — to a group of 17 "extraordinary" individuals, including many in the arts and entertainment industry, such as Barbra Streisand, Itzhak Perlman, James Taylor, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Stephen Sondheim,... More »

Baseball Great Willie Mays, 16 Others, Receive Honors From Obama

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Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays, sporting running shoes with his suit and tie, rose slowly from his chair and waved his baseball cap as President Barack Obama decorated him on Tuesday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Billy Frank, Jr., indigenous fighter for sovereign rights, to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Billy Frank, Jr., a Nisqually Indian who died last year, is one of two recipients being honored Tuesday with a Presidential Medal of Freedom because they were resisters. The other is Minoru Yasui (who you can read about here).  Frank is best known for his successful fight over Indian fishing rights in Washington state in the 1960s and ‘70s. Show More Summary

Gloria and Emilio celebrate their Presidential Medal of Freedom in Georgetown

Hey isn’t that… Power couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan pre-gaming on Monday before their big day at the White House? The Estefans, plus their family and friends, including Housing Secretary Julian Castro and his wife Erica, celebrated at Fiola Mare in Georgetown with specialty cocktails made from Emilio Estefan’s Botran rum and dinner. Their private room was decorated […]

Jailed and interned in World War II, Minoru Yasui receives a Presidential Medal of Freedom today

Today at the White House, President Obama will present a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to 17 individuals or their families. The list comprises Shirley Chisholm, Itzhak Perlman, Stephen Sondheim,Show More Summary

Obama recognizes 17 with nation's highest civilian award

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will recognize 17 people on Tuesday with the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Other honorees include veterans advocate Bonnie Carroll; NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson and former EPA chief and deputy attorney general William Ruckelshaus.

Reagan EPA Chief Mocks Republicans For Ignoring Climate Change

He says they’re “going through all the stages of denial.” William Ruckelshaus, who on Tuesday is to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the presidential medal of freedom, told the Guardian that leading Republicans are harming the US’s reputation by attempting to stymie efforts to tackle climate change. The criticism is particularly stinging as Ruckelshaus [...]

Midday open thread: Still no word on protests at climate talks; Nat Geo's T-Day film gets side-eye

Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is: How to tell the difference between ISIS and Muslims: Obama will award Senator Barbara Milkulski with Presidential Medal of Freedom. Money for bridge to nowhere spent on road to nowhere: The name "Bridge...Show More Summary

Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim Lead This Year's Presidential Medal of Freedom Honorees

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Singer Barbra Streisand speaks on stage during the Women in the World Summit held In New York on April 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images) Yesterday, the White House released the names of the seventeen men and women set to [...]

President Obama Names Stephen Sondheim as Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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President Barack Obama named 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, which is presented to individuals who have made "especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests...Show More Summary

Mays, Berra Named Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday named Major League Baseball Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Yogi Berra recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Obama to award Medal of Freedom to Barbra Streisand, Itzhak Perlman and Stephen Sondheim

Singer, actress and filmmaker Barbra Streisand and Itzhak Perlman, one of this era’s most honored classical musicians, are arts figures who will receive American’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in a Nov. 24 ceremony at the White House. Stephen Sondheim will get an encore...

Yogi Berra, Willie Mays to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Baseball Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Yogi Berra will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on Nov. 24. Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports' Hardball Talk reported the White House's announcement Monday. Berra's...Show More Summary

Medal of Freedom List: Barbra Streisand, Stephen Spielberg, Willie Mays, More

The White House announced this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. The honorees include politicians, activists, athletes and entertainers, among others.

Steven Spielberg & Barbra Streisand To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Some Hollywood and Broadway royalty are among the newest recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor. The government said today that Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim and 14 others will receive Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama during a November 24 ceremony at the White House. Show More Summary

A Saint from Staten Island?

  He died thousands of miles from his family’s home. Sixteen months after his death, he was awarded the United States’ highest honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Now, he is on track to become an American saint. Meet Fr. Vincent Capodanno, known to his comrades in arms as the ‘Grunt Padre’ or ‘Father Vince.’ […]

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