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Ray Rice Fast Facts

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Here’s a look at the life of former NFL running back Ray Rice.


Birth date: January 22, 1987

Birth place: New Rochelle, New York

Birth name: Raymell Maurice Rice

Father: Conrad Reed

Mother: Janet Rice, special education teacher

Marriage: Janay (Palmer) Rice (March 28, 2014-present)

Children: Jaylen, 2016; Rayven, 2012

Education: Attended Rutgers University 2005-2007

Other Facts

Rice’s father, Conrad Reed, was accidentally killed in a drive-by shooting when Rice was 1 year old.

Myshaun Rice-Nichols, a cousin and father figure to Rice, was killed in a car accident when Rice was 11 years old.

Selected three times for the Pro Bowl (seasons 2009, 2011 and 2012).

Founded the Ray Rice Charitable Fund to support underprivileged children in Baltimore and his hometown of New Rochelle, New York.

Key events in the Ray Rice story.

Post-football activities have included working with organizations such as A Call to Men and the Childhood Domestic Violence Association, and speaking to professional football teams about domestic violence.


April 26, 2008 – Selected in the second round, 55th overall, in the NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

July 2012 – Signs a five-year, $35 million contract with the Ravens.

February 3, 2013 – Rice earns a Super Bowl win when the Baltimore Ravens defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31.

February 15, 2014 – Rice and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, are involved in an early-morning fight on an elevator in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino. Atlantic City police say Rice and Palmer struck each other with their hands and refused medical treatment at the scene. The couple is arrested and taken to the Atlantic City Police Department holding facility. Each is charged with simple assault.

February 19, 2014 – TMZ releases video of Rice dragging Palmer out of the elevator in which the incident occurred.

March 27, 2014 – Rice is indicted by an Atlantic County grand jury on a charge of third-degree aggravated assault. The charge against Palmer is dropped. Rice and Palmer are married the next day.

May 1, 2014 – Rice pleads not guilty to aggravated assault and applies for a program for first-time offenders that could clear him of charges in one year.

May 20, 2014 – Rice is accepted into a diversionary program, or a pretrial intervention program.

May 23, 2014 – The Ravens hold a news conference with Rice and Palmer. Rice apologizes for “the situation my wife and I were in.”

July 24, 2014 – The NFL announces a two-game suspension for Rice.

July 31, 2014 – Rice tells reporters at a Ravens news conference that the violent incident is not representative of who he is. “You know that’s not me,” he says. “You know that’s something I have to live … with the rest of my life.” He calls his actions “inexcusable.”

August 1, 2014 – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media for the first time after Rice’s suspension while in Canton, Ohio, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies. He defends his decision: “I take into account all of the information before I make a decision on what the discipline will be. In this case, there was no discipline by the criminal justice system. They put him in that diversionary program.”

August 28, 2014 – Amid criticism for Rice’s punishment, the NFL announces a new, harsher policy for domestic violence and other violent conduct. In a letter, Goodell admits that he got the Rice punishment wrong, without mentioning him by name.

September 8, 2014 – TMZ releases surveillance footage from inside the elevator showing Rice punching Palmer. Hours later, the Ravens terminate Rice’s contract and Goodell announces Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL. The league claims it had not seen the video from the elevator’s interior until it was released by TMZ.

September 10, 2014 – The NFL announces that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will lead an independent inquiry into the league’s investigation and how it gathered evidence in the case. Two NFL owners who are attorneys — John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney II of the Pittsburgh Steelers — will oversee the independent investigation.

September 16, 2014 – The NFL players’ union announces it has filed an appeal of Rice’s indefinite suspension by NFL Commissioner Goodell.

October 21, 2014 – NBC Sports ProFootballTalk reports Rice has officially filed a wrongful termination grievance against the Baltimore Ravens.

November 5-6, 2014 – Former US District Judge Barbara Jones, a neutral arbitrator, presides over Rice’s indefinite suspension appeal hearing in New York.

November 28, 2014 – Rice wins an appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, and is reinstated effective immediately, according to the NFL players’ union.

January 9, 2015 – Mueller releases his “Report to The National Football League of an Independent Investigation into the Ray Rice Incident.” According to the report, investigators did not uncover evidence that anyone at the NFL received or viewed the interior video before it became public. He concludes that the NFL, “should have taken additional steps to obtain all available information about the February 15 incident.”

January 15, 2015 – Rice’s salary grievance filing against the NFL is settled.

May 21, 2015 – After Rice completes the terms of the pretrial intervention program, a judge dismisses the domestic violence charges against him.

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Loretta Lynch Fast Facts

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Here is a look at the life of former United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch.


Birth date: May 21, 1959

Birth place: Greensboro, North Carolina

Birth name: Loretta Elizabeth Lynch

Father: Lorenzo Lynch, Baptist minister

Mother: Lorine (Harris) Lynch, school librarian

Marriage: Stephen Hargrove (2007-present)

Education: Harvard College, A.B., 1981; Harvard Law School, J.D., 1984

Other Facts

Lynch is the first black female attorney general in US history.

Served as a board member for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.


1984-1990 – Litigation associate at New York law firm Cahill, Gordon & Reindel.

March 1990 – Becomes a trial prosecutor for the US attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York. The Eastern District includes Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

1994-1998 – Serves as chief of the Long Island office.

March 1998 – Becomes chief assistant to US Attorney Zachary W. Carter.

1999 – Lynch serves on the trial team that prosecutes and convicts New York City police officers for violating the civil rights of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.

1999-2001 – Appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as US attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

January 2002 – Joins Hogan & Hartson LLP as a partner.

2005 – Serves as special counsel to the prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

January 20, 2010 – Nominated by President Barack Obama to be the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the job she previously held from 1999 to 2001.

April 22, 2010 – Lynch is unanimously confirmed by the Senate. She takes office on May 3, 2010.

May 2010 – Is appointed to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of US Attorneys (AGAC).

September 7, 2011 – Becomes vice chair of AGAC.

January 2013 – US Attorney General Eric Holder appoints Lynch the chair of AGAC.

April 2014 – Lynch’s office indicts Congressman Michael Grimm (R-New York) for fraud.

November 8, 2014 – Obama nominates Lynch to be the next US attorney general.

December 3, 2014 – Holder announces that the Justice Department will lead a civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner in New York. Lynch will lead the investigation.

January 28-29, 2015 – Lynch’s confirmation hearing for the US attorney general position is held.

February 26, 2015 – The Senate Judiciary Committee approves Lynch as the next attorney general.

April 23, 2015 – Is confirmed by the Senate, 56-43, to be the new US attorney general.

May 9, 2015 – Lynch announces a lawsuit against North Carolina officials over a state law restricting bathroom access based on a person’s biological sex.

May 18, 2015 – In response to civil unrest and addressing one of her main priorities, Lynch announces the launch of a “Community Policing Tour,” to showcase collaborative programs that are “designed to advance public safety, strengthen police-community relations and foster mutual trust and respect.”

June 27, 2016 – Lynch and Clinton have a private meeting on an airport tarmac in Phoenix. Clinton boards Lynch’s plane and the two talk for half an hour. The encounter raises eyebrows because the FBI is investigating Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server to store government documents during her tenure as secretary of state. Although Lynch denies discussing anything substantive with the former president, she later says that she regrets the encounter. She adds that she will accept whatever recommendations the FBI makes once the agency concludes its Clinton probe. Some Republican lawmakers suggest that Lynch should recuse herself from the investigation.

July 5, 2016 – FBI Director James Comey holds a surprise press conference to announce that the Clinton email investigation has concluded and the agency has not found evidence of criminal conduct. He does, however, criticize Clinton for her “extremely careless” handling of sensitive information. It is an unusual move for an FBI director to publicly discuss an investigation and comment on the behavior of the person at the center of the probe. Officials say Comey felt he should make the announcement on his own rather than jointly with Lynch amid the controversy about her airport tarmac meeting with Clinton.

July 6, 2016 – Lynch says that she has met with Comey, and the Justice Department has accepted his recommendation not to press charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server.

January 13, 2017 – Lynch announces that the Chicago Police Department will work with the Justice Department on reforms after a 13-month investigation into excessive force. The fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, 17, prompted federal investigators to look into whether the use of deadly force was justified.

January 20, 2017 – Leaves office.

May 3, 2017 – During a Senate hearing, Comey says that he felt Lynch compromised the Clinton email investigation. Comey testifies that he held a surprise press conference to stress that the FBI reached its conclusions independently, and Lynch’s meeting with the former president did not impact the outcome of the case.

June 8, 2017 – Comey testifies on Capitol Hill that Lynch instructed him to refer to the Clinton email probe as a “matter” rather than an investigation. He says that the directive made him feel “queasy,” because there was a criminal investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified intelligence. He says ultimately, he decided not to argue the point with Lynch.

June 23, 2017 – The Senate Judiciary Committee sends a letter to Lynch asking her to disclose any conversations she had with the Clinton campaign or the Democratic National Committee regarding the Clinton email investigation. The judiciary committee is conducting a wide-ranging probe of political interference at the FBI.

April 15, 2018 – Lynch defends her handling of the Clinton email investigation, saying in a statement that she “never hesitated to make the hard decisions.” She further states: “At no time did I ever discuss any aspect of the investigation with anyone from the Clinton campaign or the DNC.”

November 22, 2018 – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte issues subpoenas for Lynch and Comey. Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who is retiring, is requesting private depositions from Comey and Lynch.

December 19, 2018 – Lynch testifies behind closed doors before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.

May 28, 2019 – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP announce that Lynch is joining the law firm as a litigation partner.

February 24, 2020 – Syracuse University’s chancellor announces that Lynch has been hired to review the university’s Department of Public Safety at the school’s request following student protests over incidents of racial bias.

June 10, 2020 – New York Attorney General Letitia James appoints Lynch as one of two special advisers in her investigation into recent NYPD interactions with the public.

February 22, 2021 – Lynch releases her final report into Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety, capping a nearly yearlong inquiry into the department. Among Lynch’s key conclusions in the nearly 100-page report is that campus public safety should streamline how it shares information to the campus community, better adhere to its standard operating procedures for bias-related incidents, and strengthen its “community policing ethos.”


Mitch McConnell Fast Facts

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Here is a look at the life of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky.


Birth date: February 20, 1942

Birth place: Colbert County, Alabama

Birth name: Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr.

Father: Addison Mitchell McConnell

Mother: Julia (Shockley) McConnell

Marriages: Elaine Chao (1993-present); Sherrill Redmon (1968-1980, divorced)

Children: with Sherrill Redmon: Porter; Claire; Eleanor

Education: University of Louisville, B.A., 1964; University of Kentucky, J.D., 1967

Religion: Baptist

Other Facts

Contracted polio at age 2 and was not allowed to walk for two years while completing physical therapy.

His wife, Elaine Chao, served as secretary of the Department of Labor under President George W. Bush and deputy secretary of the Department of Transportation under President George H.W. Bush. Chao served as the secretary of the Department of Transportation under President Donald Trump.


1968-1970 – Chief legislative assistant to Senator Marlow Cook.

1974-1975 – Deputy Assistant United States Attorney for Legislative Affairs.

1975 – Acting Assistant Attorney General.

1978-1985 – Judge-Executive of Jefferson County, Kentucky.

1984 – Elected to the US Senate to represent Kentucky.

1990 – Reelected to the US Senate.

1996 – Reelected to the US Senate.

2002 – Reelected to the US Senate.

2003-2007 – Senate Republican Whip.

November 16, 2006 – Elected Senate Republican leader. McConnell replaces Bill Frist.

2008 – Reelected to the US Senate.

October 23, 2010 – During an interview with the National Journal, McConnell says, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President [Barack] Obama to be a one-term president.”

November 4, 2014 – Reelected to the US Senate.

November 13, 2014 – McConnell is reelected leader of the Republican party in the Senate. When Congress reconvenes in January 2015, McConnell will take over as Senate majority leader from Harry Reid.

January 6, 2015January 20, 2021 Senate Majority Leader.

December 12, 2016 – Announces he supports a congressional investigation into findings that Russian hackers attempted to influence the election.

June 12, 2018 – Becomes the longest-serving Republican leader in the Senate’s history, surpassing former Sen. Robert Dole‘s record.

August 4, 2019 – McConnell fractures his shoulder after falling in his Kentucky home. “This morning, Leader McConnell tripped at home on his outside patio and suffered a fractured shoulder,” David Popp, McConnell’s communications director, says in a statement. “He has been treated, released, and is working from home in Louisville.”

August 15, 2019 – McConnell undergoes surgery to repair the fracture in his shoulder. “The surgery was performed without incident, and the Leader is grateful to the surgical team for their skill,” Popp says in a statement.

November 3, 2020 – Wins reelection to the US Senate, defeating Democratic opponent Amy McGrath and her massive fundraising efforts to unseat him.

November 10, 2020 – McConnell is reelected as a Senate party leader, but the party holding the Senate majority won’t be determined until two runoff elections in Georgia take place in January.

December 15, 2020 – Six weeks after Election Day McConnell finally acknowledges Joe Biden’s victory and refers to him as president-elect.

January 2, 2021 – Police report that McConnell’s home has been vandalized. The damage takes place after the Senate stalls on increasing stimulus checks to $2,000. The home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the other highest-ranking member of Congress, was vandalized the previous day.

February 13, 2021 – McConnell directly blames former President Donald Trump for instigating last month’s riot at the Capitol but votes to acquit him anyway of inciting an insurrection.