Nelson Mandela's death on Thursday, Dec. 5 shocked the entire world, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Poignantly, Kate Middleton and Prince William were guests of honor at the Royal premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" in London at the time that they learned of the remarkable leader's death.
"I just wanted to say, it's extremely sad and tragic news," William said after learning of Mandela's death, and directly after viewing the film about his life on Thursday night. "We are just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was." more >>
Newly elected Rep. Vance McAllister (R-Swartz), heavily backed by outspoken Christian family the Robertsons of "Duck Dynasty," said he prays every day for President Barack Obama, and even though he recognizes that they have differences, he maintains that the president deserves the respect of the office that he holds.
"I pray for him every day and hope he makes the right decisions and has the right convictions, but I know his convictions are true to himself, they're just not true to what we believe," McAllister said in an interview, according to "The Fine Print."
"I'll never be one that you'll see tear down or say blasphemous stuff about our president because he deserves the respect of the office that he holds, but we can agree to disagree all the time." more >>
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said in a recent interview that he was "surprised" over his daughters' recent social media spat regarding same-sex marriage, saying he would have preferred for the matter to stay within his family, instead of going public. Cheney's eldest daughter, Liz Cheney, is currently running for Wyoming's GOP Senate seat and opposes same-sex marriage, while his younger daughter, Mary, is a lesbian and outspoken proponent of gay marriage.
While appearing at the National Press Club on Monday, the former vice president said he regretted that Liz had been attacked by Mary and her partner, Heather Poe, on Facebook following Liz's comments on "Fox News Sunday" regarding her opposition to same-sex marriage back in November.
"We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn't happened," Cheney told ABC News. "It's always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that's our preference." more >>
Martin Bashir resigned from MSNBC Wednesday after making controversial and offensive comments about former Governor Sarah Palin several weeks ago. The host suggested that the former Vice Presidential candidate should be subjected to one of the most foul slave punishments- one slave would defecate in the other's mouth.
Martin Bashir resignation came after a two week vacation around Thanksgiving. Although the host apologized for his comments on-air in a following show, MSNBC took no immediate disciplinary action. As public pressure mounted, Bashir met with network president Phil Griffin, and shortly after decided to resign.
"Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the president of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself of my ill-judged comments," Bashir said in a statement. more >>
Barbara Walters released her annual list of most interesting people in the world for 2013 on Monday.
The "Most Fascinating People of 2013" includes a diverse list of names ranging from the new leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, to the four-month-old British royal baby Prince George.
Each year, Walters selects 10 personalities from pop culture, television trends, politics and sports while compiling her highly anticipated list, and 2013 is no exception. However, the tenth person on the list will not be revealed by Walters until Dec. 18 during a 90-minute special television program. more >>
Taxpayers should not be forced to give money to abortion practices, the Alliance Defending Freedom argues while urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate an Arizona law that limits funds for abortion.
"Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the work of abortionists. Arizona should be free to enforce its public policy against the taxpayer funding of abortion and in favor of the best health care for women," ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden, who argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in June, said on Wednesday.
In August, the 9th Circuit ruled that House Bill 2800, which limits allocation of public funds for elective abortion, violated federal law and held that individual plaintiffs can privately enforce the choice criterion provision – which under the Medicaid "contract" requires states to allow Medicaid beneficiaries to obtain medical assistance from any provider "qualified to perform the service or services required." more >>