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Tua Tagovailoa
Tuanigamanuolepola "Tua" Tagovailoa ( TUNG-goh-vai-LOA; born March 2, 1998 in ʻEwa Beach, Hawaii) is a Samoan-American football quarterback who last played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide. On January 6, 2020, he announced he would enter the 2020 NFL Draft.
Brian Kemp
Brian Porter Kemp (born November 2, 1963) is an American businessman and politician serving as the 83rd Governor of the U.S. state of Georgia. A member of the Republican Party, he previously was the 27th Secretary of State of Georgia from 2010 to 2018 and a member of the Georgia State Senate from 2003 until 2007. Born in Athens, Georgia, Kemp is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Prior to entering politics, Kemp owned several agribusiness, financial services and real estate companies. In 2002 he was elected to the Georgia State Senate. In 2010, Kemp was appointed Secretary of State of Georgia by Governor Sonny Perdue following the resignation of Karen Handel to run for the governorship. Kemp was subsequently elected to a full term as Georgia Secretary of State in 2010; he was reelected in 2014. During Kemp's tenure as secretary of state, his office was affected by several accusations and controversies. In 2015, a data breach within Kemp's office distributed the Social Security numbers and dates of birth of over 6.2 million Georgia voters. Kemp was the only secretary of state to reject help from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to guard against Russian interference in the 2016 election. He also implemented Georgia's controversial "exact match" system for voter registration. Critics have described Kemp's actions as secretary of state as an example of democratic backsliding, although Kemp denies that he actively engaged in voter suppression. In 2018, Kemp was a candidate for governor. After coming in second place in the Republican primary, he defeated Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle in the Republican runoff with 69% of the vote. In the general election, he faced Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams. Kemp notably refused to resign as secretary of state while campaigning for governor, a move that some critics claimed constituted a conflict of interest. Following the general election on November 6, Kemp was declared the winner with 50.2% of the vote. Abrams subsequently suspended her campaign on November 16.
William Barr
William Pelham Barr (born May 23, 1950) is an American lawyer and government official serving as the 85th United States Attorney General, in the Donald Trump administration since February 14, 2019. He also served as the 77th Attorney General from 1991 to 1993 during the George H. W. Bush administration. From 1973 to 1977, Barr was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency during his schooling years. He then served as a law clerk to judge Malcolm Richard Wilkey. In the 1980s, Barr worked for the law firm Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge, sandwiching a year's work in the White House of the Ronald Reagan administration dealing with legal policies. Before becoming Attorney General in 1991, Barr held numerous other posts within the Department of Justice, including leading the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) and serving as Deputy Attorney General. From 1994 to 2008, Barr did corporate legal work for GTE and its successor company Verizon Communications, which made him a multimillionaire. From 2009 to 2018, Barr served on the board of directors for Time Warner. Barr is a longtime proponent of the unitary executive theory of nearly unfettered presidential authority over the executive branch of the U.S. government. In 1989, Barr, as the head of the OLC, justified the U.S. invasion of Panama to arrest Manuel Noriega. As deputy attorney general, Barr authorized an FBI operation in 1991 which freed hostages at the Talladega federal prison. An influential advocate for tougher criminal justice policies, Barr as attorney general in 1992 authored the report The Case for More Incarceration, where he argued for an increase in the United States incarceration rate. Under Barr's advice, President George H. W. Bush in 1992 pardoned six officials involved in the Iran–Contra affair. Barr became attorney general for the second time in 2019. That year, under his leadership, the Justice Department has argued to nullify the Affordable Care Act and reinstated the death penalty for federal crimes. Also in 2019, Barr was held in criminal contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas; his Department declined to prosecute him. Having criticized the Mueller investigation before taking office, Barr did not recuse himself from overseeing the investigation as attorney general. After receiving Mueller's report he issued a four-page letter to Congress, describing what he said were its principal conclusions, and adding his opinion that the evidence presented did not establish obstruction of justice by Trump. Special counsel Mueller privately responded that Barr's letter had misrepresented the report. After a redacted version of the actual report was released, fact-checkers and news organizations also stated that Barr's letter mischaracterized the report. A December 9, 2019, report from the inspector general of the Justice Department found numerous mistakes, errors, and omissions in the handling of the Russia investigation, but found no testimonial or documentary evidence that political bias against Trump tainted the initiation of the investigation. Within hours of the IG report's release, Barr publicly announced his disagreement with the report's findings. The following day, Barr claimed in an interview with NBC News that the Russia investigation was "completely baseless" and said he believed the FBI's investigation may have been conducted in "bad faith".
Brad Raffensperger
Brad Raffensperger (born May 18, 1955) is an American politician and civil engineer from the state of Georgia. A Republican, he serves as Secretary of State of Georgia. He previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing District 50.
Joe Biden
Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. is an American politician who is the Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 election. He served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Before becoming the Vice President, he had represented Delaware as a United States Senator from 1973 to 2009. Born in a middle-class family in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden learned the value of hard word, determination and perseverance from his parents who always encouraged him to stand up for himself and bounce back after failures. As a child he used to stammer but he overcame this problem by memorizing and reciting long passages in front of the mirror. He went on to study law and also developed interest in politics. He joined the Democratic Party and became active in politics alongside managing his legal career. He won the 1972 U.S. Senate election in Delaware when he was just 29 and assumed office the next year. A devastating family tragedy threatened to end his career, but he persevered on bravely. He proved to be a popular senator and set his ambitions higher. He was selected as the running-mate for presidential nominee Barack Obama in 2008 and the Obama-Biden ticket went on to win the election. They won again in 2012. In 2019, Joe Biden announced his bid for the candidacy of the Democratic presidential nominee for 2020 election. In 2020, he was chosen as Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for the presidential election. Joe Biden has picked Kamala Harris as his vice presidential candidate and he is his running against the incumbent, Donald Trump.  
Geraldo Rivera
Gerald Michael Rivera is an American reporter, author, attorney and talk show host. He is known for hosting the television show ‘Geraldo’ from 1987 to 1998 and also the television newsmagazine program ‘Geraldo at Large’. He appears on the Fox news program ‘Five’ on a regular basis. Born to a working-class family, Rivera grew up in West Babylon and Brooklyn, New York. He was educated at State University of New York Maritime College and later graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. degree in business administration. He then went on to work in a series of positions ranging from that of a short-order cook to a clothing salesman before studying to be a lawyer. He began working as a lawyer and was involved with Manhattan-based Community Action for Legal Services for a while. He also frequently worked with the Puerto Rican activist group, the Young Lords. His legal career eventually led him to lucrative opportunities in journalism. A Republican and a friend of President Donald Trump, he once considered standing in the 2013 United States Senate special election in New Jersey. Rivera is also a successful author and has released a number of books including “HisPanic: Why America Fear Hispanics in the U.S."
Chris Christie
Chris Christie is the 55th Governor of New Jersey who is serving his second term in the office. A Republican, he first assumed the office of Governor in 2010 and implemented certain aggressive reforms in the fields of taxation, health benefits and education. New Jersey’s economy which had been on the decline over the past several years was revived under his leadership. Rising levels of unemployment, which had been one of the state’s major issues was tackled with the creation of over 143,100 private sector jobs. Christie is known for his argumentative and aggressive style of leadership which has been held responsible for his political successes. His interest in politics was apparent from an early age. Even as a student he actively participated in the gubernatorial campaign of Tom Kean. He studied to become a lawyer and practiced for some years before plunging head on into politics. It was during George Bush’s re-election campaign where he was volunteering that Christie decided to run for office himself. Thus began his political career which culminated in his becoming the Governor of New Jersey in 2010. He became immensely popular due to his educational and taxation policies. His administration was much appreciated for the quick and effective disaster management in the wake of the Superstorm Sandy.
Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson is a Canadian basketball player who currently plays for the ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’ of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also plays for Canada on the international level. Born in Toronto, Thompson started showing brilliance in basketball during his school days. He was sought by the top basketball programs of the nation due to his outstanding skills. He played college basketball for a season for the University of Texas before he was picked by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2011 NBA draft. He performed quite well in the first season, becoming the first Canadian ever to earn All-Rookie team honors in the NBA. He played brilliantly in the ensuing years as well and won several awards and honors. He was honored with the Wayman Tisdale Award in 2011 and was named the 2016 NBA champion. He is currently engaged to Khloe Kardashian, sister of the famous American TV personality Kim Kardashian.
Maria Bartiromo
The first person to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Maria Bartiromo is an acclaimed American television journalist who has several highly popular shows to her credit. A broadcasting veteran with over two decades of experience in reporting about business and economy, she played a pivotal role in establishing the television channel CNBC as one of the topmost in the business and economy segment. Her highly successful journalistic career makes one believe that the lady was destined for this field. Yet as a young woman Maria was very confused about which career path to choose. One day she would want to be a singer, the next day an interior designer. But when she discovered the excitement that journalism has to offer, there was no looking back. The feisty lady is not just an excellent journalist, but also an inspiration for the women who dream of making it big in a male dominated world. Named as one of the “50 Faces That Shaped the Decade”, she was also the first ever female journalist to be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. She is also an author and a columnist.
Emily Murphy
Emily Murphy was a Canadian women’s right activist and author who went on to become the first female magistrate in Canada and the British Empire. Well known for her contributions towards feminism in her nation, Emily Murphy was one among the “Valiant Five” or “Famous Five”—an activist group in Canada that included her along with other prominent activists as Henrietta Muir Edwards, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney and Nellie McClung. She is regarded as one of the few women who were at the forefront in repealing discriminatory legislation against women during her time. Emily Murphy was born into a liberal family which was largely connected to politics and law and her father encouraged the equal treatment of sons and daughters. She drew inspiration from her maternal grandfather who was a politician, and uncles who were Supreme Court justice and senators. This upbringing helped her later in life in understanding and speaking about issues against women and children in public. One of her famous quotes state “Nothing ever happens by chance, everything is pushed from behind”.
Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman was an American actor best known for playing Jackie Robinson in the flick 42 and the R&B singer James Brown in the movie Get on Up. He was also known for appearing as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise surrounding the character, including Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther. He was born as the only child of African-American parents, who encouraged him to pursue his passion for acting. After completing his studies, he began his acting career by doing a number of TV programs. Soon, he ventured into films as well. For his brilliant acting performances, the actor won many award nominations. Besides acting, he enjoyed playing basketball, the sport he played while growing up in South Carolina. The artiste had worked as a drama instructor as well. 
Drake
Drake is a Canadian rapper, singer and songwriter, who has emerged as one of the best rappers in recent times. He started his career as an actor in the Canadian TV series 'Degrassi: The Next Generation', but soon switched to music, which has been his passion since childhood. He began his musical journey with a number of self-released mixtapes. As he gained popularity, he released an EP titled 'So Far Gone'. He later went on to release four studio albums, 'Thank Me Later', 'Take Care', 'Nothing Was the Same' and 'Views'. His songs are marked by his egotistical lyrics, often dealing with his personal experiences and relationships with women. Drake, who had a different childhood than most other rappers of African-American origin, feels irritated at the notion that growing up in a neighborhood with guns and drugs makes his peers more "official". According to him, his struggles were no less daunting, but he would prefer that people know him by his music, and not his upbringing.
Donald Trump
Donald John Trump is the 45th President of the United States, in office since January 20, 2017. In addition to being a politician, he is a successful business magnate and television personality as well. The son of a wealthy real estate developer, Trump attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania before taking charge of his family’s business. An astute businessman and charismatic leader, he built and renovated numerous hotels, casinos, and office towers during his business career, accumulating a net worth of billions. He also owned several beauty pageants and ventured into reality television as well. Expanding the horizons of his ambitions, he entered national politics in the early 2000s and set his eyes on the presidential office. As a politician, his career was marred by allegations of sexual misconduct and he also earned much criticism for his extravagant lifestyle and controversial comments on immigrants from Islamic nations. Despite the controversies surrounding him, Trump ran for the 2016 presidential election as a Republican and defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in a surprise victory. Donald Trump is the first person to assume presidency without prior military or government service and at 70, he is also the oldest one to assume the office.
Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi is an influential American politician and the first woman to serve as the Speaker of the US House of Representatives. She was born in the 1940s into a politically active Italian-American family. Born and brought up in the Little Italian region of Baltimore, she was naturally inclined towards politics early in her life, learning the ropes from her father Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. He was an important Democrat leader from the city. However, she did not directly participate in politics in Baltimore. It was when she moved to San Francisco with her husband and children that she became a volunteer organizer for the Democratic Party, very soon earning a reputation as an effective fundraiser. Over the time, she rose through the ranks to become the Chairperson of California Democratic Party, also serving on the Democratic National Committee, before she was elected to the House of Representatives at the age of 47. She continues to hold her seat until now. In course of her tenure, she first became the House Minority Whip, then the House Minority Leader and finally, the Speaker of the House - all the while voting for issues like gun control and abortion rights. As the Speaker, she worked with Obama to pass the Health Care bill. Currently, she is serving as the House Minority Leader.