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Video: Barack Obama’s Powerful Eulogy for John Lewis

Former President Barack Obama on Thursday in a fiery eulogy of Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights movement hero who died July 17, highlighted the existential threat to democracy represented by the Republican Party as he called for expansion of voting rights, statehood for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, and the end of the filibuster to overcome legislative obstructionism in the U.S. Senate.

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“It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes.  And John Lewis is one of my heroes.” PRESIDENT OBAMA, 2015

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