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Okay, let's jump into our usual Monday highlights, which we are calling The Maundy Monday Newsletter.
Since we are coming to the end of Women's history month, we wanted to touch upon two women and their pioneering careers that have helped us as a country be more reflective of who we are and what we want to be.
Madeleine Albright died last Wednesday after a battle with cancer. She was the first woman to become Secretary of State when Bill Clinton nominated her in 1997.
She was a respected voice in foreign policy, especially in conflicts in Europe (Albright was born in Czechoslovakia). We can't think of anyone who said anything negative about her.
We were reminded of her interview this past June when was spoke of Russia and President Putin, and it was, how shall we say, diplomatic.
This week also saw the worst of our citizens during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Jackson will become the first black woman to sit on the Court.
We won't get into how ridiculous a few white dudes looked when engaging in questions with her. We won't even talk about how complimentary one seemingly reasonable white senator was towards her, only to inform everyone that he couldn't vote for her because of something to do with not being original. Strange.
Judge Jackson is just impressive. And we will leave it at that.
Okay, let's highlight what else happened this week. Here's what we got:
The United States took over the Virgin Islands on March 31, 1917. Since we won the Spanish American War, Spain handed over many islands in 1898. The treaty with Denmark to secure the rest happened on this day. We have never been there, but wish we were there, right now.
The U.S. Mint was created on April 2, 1792. Created by the Coinage Act of 1792, four active mint-producing plants remain - San Francisco, Denver, West Point, and the original, Philadelphia.
Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany on April 2, 1917. The 28th president reversed his isolationist stance, and the measure passed by 82-6. Charles Thomas, a senator from Colorado who voted against the resolution, used to be a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. Awesome.
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