Cummings laid to rest in Baltimore, Maryland; Doug McKelway reports. I was writing a rather stern column about the mess in Washington, but I got kind of swept Thursday by the beautiful bipartisan tribute to Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, in Congress's Statuary Hall, a ceremony held just before his burial back in Baltimore. I want to get beyond the merely sentimental. Everyone seems to have liked him a lot; I knew him slightly and liked him too. I would only add to his enumerated virtues the power of his warmth.
Three Democratic lawmakers are asking to have a statue of the late Nevada Sen. Patrick McCarran removed from the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall, alleging the senator stood for a "legacy of racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia." Dina Titus, Ruben Kihuen and Jacky Rosen raised their objections in a letter to Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval. The request amounts to the latest battle over artwork on Capitol grounds, amid an ongoing and separate dispute over a student painting that portrays police officers as pigs. McCarran served as a Democratic senator from 1933–1954 and was influential in promoting the advancement of aviation. Las Vegas's international airport is named after him.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has ramped up calls to remove "reprehensible" Confederate statues from the halls of Congress -- but left unsaid in her public denunciations is that her father helped dedicate such a statue decades ago while mayor of Baltimore. It was May 2, 1948, when, according to a Baltimore Sun article from that day, "3,000" looked on as then-Governor William Preston Lane Jr. and Pelosi's father, the late Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., spoke at the dedication of a monument to honor Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. The article said Lane delivered a speech, and Mayor D'Alesandro "accepted" the memorial. "Today, with our nation beset by subversive groups and propaganda which seeks to destroy our national unity, we can look for inspiration to the lives of Lee and Jackson to remind us to be resolute and determined in preserving our sacred institutions," D'Alesandro said in his dedication. "We must remain steadfast in our determination to preserve freedom, not only for ourselves, but for the other liberty-loving nations who are striving to preserve their national unity as free nations."
Fox News Flash top headlines for Jan. 2 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will push for a bill in the state legislature to replace the state's statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that is displayed in the United States Capitol building. The office of the Democratic governor will file a request for a bill that would outline the process for removing the statue and selecting a replacement. The figure of Lee is one of two statues from Virginia in the National Statuary Hall Collection.
WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Thursday for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol as the contentious debate over the appropriateness of such memorials moved to the halls of Congress. Pelosi asked Speaker Paul Ryan to join Democrats in supporting legislation to remove the Confederate statues. "If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately." Each state is allowed to place two statues in the Capitol's National Statuary Hall.