“I have been shown in darkness, light and have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I am grateful. I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it.”
- 2009: Graduated from college in her home state of Arizona. Started traveling the world, from Israel to India, to help those in need.
- 2013: Kidnapped by ISIS in Syria. Held for about 18 months (about 547 days). Fellow captives say she was raped & tortured by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
- 2015: Reportedly killed at age 26. Her body was never recovered.
“I have come to a place in this experience, where in every sense of the word, I have surrendered to our creator, because literally there was no one else…and by God and by your prayers, I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall.”
“One of the things that (Gen.) Milley did was named the operation that took down al-Baghdadi after Kayla Mueller, after what she had suffered.”
After hearing of al-Baghdadi's death, Kayla's mother, Martha, said, "I still want to know, ‘Where is Kayla?’ and what truly happened to her and what aren’t we being told.”
“Children are the living messengers we send to the future we will never see.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings
- Son of SC sharecroppers
- Graduated Phi Beta Kappa (honors) from Howard University
- Practiced law for 19 years
- MD legislator for 14 yrs & first African American speaker pro tem
- U.S. Congressman since 1996
- House Oversight & Reform Cmte. Chairman (one of the cmtes investigating impeachment)
- Husband & father of three
What Happens When A Sitting Member Of Congress Dies?
- Maryland will hold a special election to fill Rep. Cummings’ vacant U.S. House seat to be held no sooner than February 2020.
- House Oversight & Reform Cmte. impeachment inquiry will continue with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) serving as acting chair until a new chair is selected.
The 68-year-old longtime Baltimore democrat congressman and civil rights activist will lie in state Thursday at the U.S. Capitol ahead of his funeral on Friday at the New Psalmist Baptist Church, where he worshiped for nearly 40 years.
“I love you. You are beautiful. And you can do anything.”
The 31-year-old singer, rapper, & classical flutist on the personal mantra she uses to begin most of her shows. Last month, her song "Truth Hurts" became the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 by a solo female rapper.
“I think faith ought to be looked on as a verb; it’s more than just a noun.”
The 39th and oldest living U.S. president turned 95 today. The Nobel Peace Prize recipient began teaching Sunday School in his hometown of Plains, Georgia after leaving the White House in 1981 and continues to do so today.
“Getting it first is not the most important thing. Getting it right is.”
The legendary journalist and author died Tuesday. Roberts, the daughter of U.S. Representatives, was among the first women to cover Capitol Hill. Her next book on women's suffrage will be released in 2020 to mark 100 years since U.S. women gained the right to vote.
“Our democratic experiment, even on its most imperfect day, is worth defending.”
Barrett and her younger sister Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi are the first sisters ever to become U.S. Army generals in the service’s 240+ year history. The Army first accepted women to serve as nurses in 1901.
“The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”
Coco Chanel, the maker of the iconic little black dress, is often credited for breaking with custom of not wearing white after Labor Day by sporting her equally iconic white suit year round. More:
“Never say never.”
World Cup champion Carli Lloyd on the possibility of winning a NFL championship. Video of the Olympic gold medalist kicking a 55-yard plus field goal went viral this week raising questions about her joining the National Football League. More on our source page!
“Your strength of mind and determination can help you to achieve whatever it is that you truly want from your life. Most of all, never give up!”
Glowacka set a Guinness World Record for holding an abdominal plank 4 hrs 19 mins 55 secs, breaking the previous women's record by more than 45 mins. She was inspired by her son Ralph, who read about the record and told her she could break it.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”
Democrat presidential candidate & author Marianne Williamson was the most searched candidate on Google during the first Democrat debate this week. She wrote this popular quote in her 1992 book "A Return To Love" though its often mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela.
“Don’t be afraid to say ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I don’t understand’ – no question is a dumb question.”
#OTD 50 years ago the Apollo 11 mission launched. Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton lead the team that wrote the software for the Apollo 11 mission, earning her the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to the first successful moon landing.
“I just tried to fight and find a way when it mattered the most.”
Tennis player Novak Djokovic beat crowd-favorite Roger Federer Sunday in the longest Wimbledon singles final in history - it lasted nearly 5 hours. Djokovic called it the "most demanding match" of his career.