Videos of the Day: Elvis, Babe Ruth, Scalia Win Presidential Medal of Freedom Award

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November 16, 2018 Updated: November 17, 2018

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Donald Trump has revealed the latest winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom award on Nov. 16.

At a special White House ceremony on Friday afternoon Trump confirmed the winners include late baseball legend Babe Ruth, pop musician, and singer Elvis Presley, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The president also awarded a Medal of Freedom to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), NFL legend Roger Staubach, Miriam Adelson, and former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page.

The award is the highest civilian honor in the United States, and presented to people “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to The White House.

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White House to Develop Rules for Press After Acosta Incident

The Trump administration will develop a set of rules and processes for media coverage at the White House to ensure orderly conferences and decorum. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders made the announcement after a federal judge temporarily ordered the White House to restore the hard pass for CNN journalist Jim Acosta on Nov. 16.

District Court Judge Timothy Kelly ruled that the White House violated Acosta’s fifth amendment right to due process and granted CNN’s request to restore the reporter’s hard pass while the court case is pending.

“Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House. In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass,” Sanders said in a statement.

“We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future. There must be decorum at the White House.”

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Ron DeSantis Wins Florida Governor Race After Recount, Gillum Refuses to Concede

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) won the race for Florida governor after the machine recount results showed him up by more than 33,000 votes.

The second set of unofficial results showed DeSantis with 4,075,445 votes, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

Democrat Andrew Gillum, 39, the mayor of Tallahassee, ended with 4,041,762 votes.

The recount was triggered because the lead for DeSantis was below 0.5 percentage points after the first round of unofficial results. The results are now final; but the state’s Senate race heads to a hand recount because results after the machine recount were within 0.25 percentage points.

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Several Hundred Still Missing From California Wildfires

Officials are working around the clock to find any potential survivors from the deadly California wildfires.

Tens of thousands of residents are still displaced from their homes.

The deadly fire that nearly wiped out the city of Paradise is roughly 45 percent contained.

Winds are expected to die down over the weekend, and rain is forecast for next week.

President Trump is expected to visit the region on Saturday to meet with first responders and victims.

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Mickey Mouse Turns 90 This Weekend

Disney is celebrating Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday on Sunday.

The iconic character started life as the star of ‘Steamboat Willie,’ a short cartoon released in 1928.

Conceived by illustrator and entrepreneur Walt Disney, Mickey is the enduring symbol of the multi billion dollar brand.

Over the last 90 years, numerous Disney theme parks have popped up worldwide and the mouse became a world famous character, appearing on clothing, homewares, and even food.

Mickey Mouse has starred or had cameos in hundreds of movies, video games, and television shows, most notably ‘Fantasia’ and ‘Get a Horse’.

‘Mickey’s 90th Spectacular’ celebrated his birthday in a two-hour television event this month.

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