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(Policy Mic) Ronald Reagan was angry. It was October 1986, and his veto against the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act had just been overridden — and by a Republican-controlled Senate, at that.
He had appeared on TV a month earlier to warn Americans against the Anti-Apartheid Act, decrying it as "immoral" and "utterly repugnant." Congress disagreed, and one month later, it produced the two-thirds majority needed to override Reagan and pass tough new measures against South Africa's apartheid government. These measures included a ban on bank loans and new investments in South Africa, a sharp reduction of imports, and prevented most South African officials from traveling to the United States. The Act also called for the repeal of apartheid laws and the release of political prisoners like African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela, who had spent the last 23 years in prison.
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But the governor of McConnell's home state came to Capitol Hill on Thursday with a vastly different message: the health care law is working, and people in Kentucky can't get enough of it. "I have a U.S. senator who keeps saying Kentuckians don't want this. Well, the facts don't prove that out," Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) told reporters.
check out the comments on cruz's facebook page after he posted about the passing of mandela:
Link to Ted Cruz's facebook page
Full disclosure: I am American born, and I now live in the US. I lived in South Africa between the years of 1985 and 1994. I voted in the first election. I am a white person.
I lived as any South African white person would have lived during that time. I was not especially political. My reasons for moving to South Africa were personal, not political. In my unformed political consciousness, I had a vague understanding of how morally corrupt I was. In the spirit of cognitive dissonance, I snuffed it out. I was selfish and stupid...
(NBC News) Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.
Though he was in power for only five years, Mandela was a figure of enormous moral influence the world over – a symbol of revolution, resistance and triumph over racial segregation.
(HuffPo) Michigan lawmakers are considering a measure that would require women to purchase a separate insurance rider for abortion, even if she became pregnant as a result of rape or incest. Democratic lawmakers blasted the proposal this week because it would force women to anticipate being raped, ThinkProgress reported.
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