Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Biden Awards Medal of Freedom to Biles, 16 Others

Gymnast is youngest-ever recipient

(Newser) - President Biden on Thursday presented the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including gymnast Simone Biles, the late John McCain, and gun-control advocate Gabby Giffords. "Today, she adds to her medal count," Biden said as he introduced Biles, whose 32 Olympic...

Biden to Present 17 With Medal of Freedom

Recipients to be honored next week at White House

(Newser) - President Biden will present the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people next week, including actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles, and the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with whom Biden served in the US Senate. Biden will also recognize Sandra Lindsay , the...

Dolly Parton Declined Medal of Freedom From Trump. Twice

She's not sure about accepting one from Biden

(Newser) - Dolly Parton says she was twice offered the nation's highest civilian honor by Donald Trump—but she had to turn down the then-president both times. "I couldn't accept it because my husband was ill and then they asked me again about it and I wouldn't travel...

On Every Stage, Cicely Tyson Brought 'Convictions and Grace'
Cicely Tyson Played
Roles of 'Real Substance'

Cicely Tyson Played Roles of 'Real Substance'

Groundbreaking actor starred in 'Sounder' and 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman'

(Newser) - Cicely Tyson, the pioneering Black actor who received an Oscar nomination for her role as a sharecropper’s wife in Sounder, won a Tony Award in 2013 at age 88, and touched TV viewers’ hearts in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, died Thursday at age 96. Tyson's death...

Capitol Officer Who Thwarted Mob 'Was a Hero Long Before'

Bipartisan legislation in the works to award Congressional Gold Medal to Eugene Goodman

(Newser) - Amid disturbing new revelations and a growing list of individuals under arrest in the wake of the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, there's been a more positive development. NBC News reports a bipartisan bill is now in play to award the Congressional Gold Medal , that body's highest civilian...

Bill Belichick to Trump: Thanks but No Thanks

New England Patriots coach declines Presidential Medal of Freedom

(Newser) - So much for that: Bill Belichick won't be accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom this week , after all. Despite his longtime friendship with President Trump, the New England Patriots coach issued a statement Monday declining the honor, ESPN reports. "Recently I was offered the opportunity to receive the...

Trump Will Bestow High Honor on Bill Belichick

Patriots coach to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

(Newser) - President Trump may have lost his voice on social media, but he's aiming to maintain a high profile this week nonetheless. For one thing, he will present one of the nation's highest civilian honors—the Presidential Medal of Freedom—to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, reports Politico...

Trump to Give Prestigious Honor to 2 Political Allies

Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan will receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

(Newser) - President Trump is set to present one of the nation's highest civilian honors to two of his most outspoken congressional allies, California Rep. Devin Nunes and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, as he looks to reward loyalists with just over two weeks left in his term, per the AP . A...

He Slammed Biden at GOP Convention. Now, a Big Honor

President Trump announces ex-Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz to get Medal of Freedom

(Newser) - Lou Holtz gave an impassioned speech at the Republican National Convention last month praising President Trump. Now, the favor is being returned, with the nation's highest civilian honor thrown in for good measure. On Friday, Trump announced he'll bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the former Notre...

Limbaugh Awarded Medal During Trump Address
Trump Address Had Special
Moment for Rush Limbaugh

Trump Address Had Special Moment for Rush Limbaugh

Trump paused speech to honor radio host with Presidential Medal of Freedom

(Newser) - Before Tuesday night's State of the Union address, there were rumors that President Trump planned to announce that Rush Limbaugh would be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. But the president did more than that: In one of the most unusual moments in SOTU history, Trump paused the...

Roger Penske Receives Medal of Freedom

Racing icon has been a success in business, as well

(Newser) - President Trump has awarded one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Roger Penske, a businessman and founder of one of the world's most successful motorsports teams. Penske received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony Thursday. The president said Penske "built a team...

Medal of Freedom Goes to NBA Great Jerry West

Trump cites star's support for charities and veterans

(Newser) - Jerry West already had a logo. Now he has a medal. The former Lakers star was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on Thursday by President Trump. "He made plays that will be remembered forever," Trump said in the Oval Office ceremony,...

Trump Awards Highest Honor to 'True Legend' Tiger Woods

He's the youngest golfer to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

(Newser) - President Trump awarded golfer Tiger Woods the nation's highest civilian honor on Monday, describing the 43-year-old as a "true legend" who transformed golf and then fought through years of injury to return to the sport's summit. Trump awarded Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He's...

Look Who's Getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Babe Ruth, Sheldon Adelson, and Elvis are among them

(Newser) - President Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and they include the wife of a major Republican Party donor, the longest-serving Republican senator in US history, Elvis Presley, and Babe Ruth. Trump will also posthumously recognize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the...

Obama Surprises Biden With Country's Highest Civilian Honor

Presidential Medal of Freedom brings vice president to tears

(Newser) - President Obama brought Joe Biden to full-on tears Thursday when he presented his vice president with the country's highest civilian honor, Huffington Post reports. Obama was honoring Biden for his decades of political service when he surprised him with a special version of the Presidential Medal of Freedom that...

Obama Names 21 Recipients of Medal of Freedom

Michael Jordan, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and more

(Newser) - President Obama is honoring actors Robert DeNiro, Cicely Tyson, Tom Hanks, and Robert Redford with the nation's highest civilian honor, the AP reports. They are among 21 people Obama plans to recognize with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House next Tuesday. Honorees from the sports world...

Petition: Give Shooting Hero Highest Honor

Thousands want to see Chris Mintz get Medal of Freedom

(Newser) - Thousands of Americans say the hero of the Oregon school shooting should be awarded the highest possible honor for a civilian: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A petition on the White House's We the People site describes Chris Mintz as one who "continues to display the values of...

Obama: No Way to Yank Cosby's Medal of Freedom

There's no process because it's never been done, says president

(Newser) - President Obama doesn't sound like he's willing to try to revoke Bill Cosby's Medal of Freedom. When asked about it today at a news conference, Obama explained that there's no precedent for such a thing, reports NBC News . But while declining to address the specifics of...

Yogi Berra's Fans Clamor for New Honor

Yankees legend is about much more than baseball, they say

(Newser) - An online petition has been started by the family of Yogi Berra to convince President Obama to award the New York Yankees legend the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom, reports CBS St. Louis . Since going live on May 9, it's amassed 15,000 signatures; it needs 100,000 to...

Seagram Heir, Jewish Congress Prez Bronfman Dead at 84

Won Medal of Freedom for work with World Jewish Congress

(Newser) - Edgar M. Bronfman Sr., the billionaire businessman and longtime president of the World Jewish Congress, which lobbied the Soviets to allow Jews to emigrate and helped spearhead the search for hidden Nazi loot, died yesterday. He was 84. The Canadian-born Bronfman made his fortune with his family's Seagram's...

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