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    The Presidential Medal of Freedom was established by JFK in 1963. Although the medal is normally given to civilians, there have been a few given to people in the military.

    In view of Barack Obama's unique ability to take pains to make people feel appreciated, he has given more medals (123) than any other president, but "the great communicator", Ronald Reagan, came close with 102.

    Since Trump is quick to criticize, and slow to praise, he (so far) had not given out any. Yesterday, though, he finally got around to naming 7 people. If you read the criteria used to give the awards (listed in the link above) the 7 people mentioned actually deserve the reward, but Marian Adelson's award may have been helped by the fact that she and her husband have donated more than $100 million to the GOP in recent years. However, if the paragraph below (from CNN) is true, then I would admit that she probably qualifies:

    Adelson, the wife of billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, is cited by the White House for founding research centers committed to fighting substance abuse and, with her husband, establishing the Adelson Medical Research Foundation, which supports research on life-threatening illness. She has also supported Jewish schools, Holocaust memorial organizations, and Israeli military personnel and veterans, the White House noted.

    I've been to Las Vegas about 4 times in my entire life, and like it less every time to go. However, if you wind up going there yourself, be sure to visit the Venetian, which is a $1 billion edifice that is owned by Sheldon Adelson.

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    Obama was quick to praise, and slow to criticize, which is why he has given out more of these medals than anyone.


    Since he is slow to praise, and quick to criticize, he has given out a grand total of nine medals since his inauguration, including the one given to Rush Limbaugh last week. One of the recipients was Arthur Laffer in 2019. Laffer was an economic advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Laffer is best known for the Laffer curve, an illustration of the concept that there exists some tax rate between 0% and 100% that will result in maximum tax revenue for government. In certain circumstances, this would allow governments to cut taxes, and simultaneously increase revenue and economic growth

    Another recipient that I just became aware of is Fred Korematsu, who most of us are not familiar with - but he apparently has a connection to Trump.

    Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity.

    In 1983, Prof. Peter Irons, a legal historian, together with researcher Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, discovered key documents that government intelligence agencies had hidden from the Supreme Court in 1944. The documents consistently showed that Japanese Americans had committed no acts of treason to justify mass incarceration. With this new evidence, a pro-bono legal team that included the Asian Law Caucus re-opened Korematsu’s 40-year-old case on the basis of government misconduct. On November 10, 1983, Korematsu’s conviction was overturned in a federal court in San Francisco. It was a pivotal moment in civil rights history. In 1998, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton. In 2010, the state of California passed the Fred Korematsu Day bill, making January 30 the first day in the U.S. named after an Asian.

    What's the connection to Trump?

    Read this:

    After reading it, you will probably be confused as I was, which is why you should not use Wikipedia as your only source of information. When in doubt, use an academic database, which you can learn more about in the link below:

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    Arizona -- Thanks.

    See Koremtasu in Talk:

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    The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded by the president of the United States "for especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". Honorees are selected by the president or recommended to them by the Distinguished Civilian Service Awards Board.

    As of today, Trump has given out the awards 9 times:

    2018 - Elvis, Alan Page, Antonio Scalia, Miriam Adelson, Orin Hatch

    2019 - Arthur Laffer, Edwin Meese, Roger Penske

    2020 - Rush Limbaugh

    I guy that SHOULD get the Presidential Medal of Freedom (but won't) is Adam Schiff

    As Trump headed out to India, he tried to blame the leak about the Russians meddling in the 2020 election on the Democrats.

    This is what Schiff had to say:

    "Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one.

    You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in 2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020.

    Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it.

    You’ve betrayed America. Again.