Good morning — and happy Friday! Today is National Pie Day — you know what to do.
On this date in 1964, the 24th Amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibited the use of discriminatory poll taxes in elections, was ratified by Congress. In 1973, Richard Nixon announced that a peace agreement had been reached with North Vietnam, and in 1997, Madeleine Albright became the first woman ever sworn in as secretary of state.
Stat of the day: 94 percent — 15 of the 16 Republican House members who took to the Congress floor Wednesday night to urge passage of an abortion ban after 20 weeks were men, according to The Hill.
“The next ruler of the House of Saud has a full plate” –> Saudi Arabia’s monarch, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud, died on Thursday at age 90. At Foreign Policy, looks at the potential ramifications of his passing at a tumultuous time for the country and the region.
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