Charles B. Rangel

The long path to the Congressional Gold Medal

The long path to the Congressional Gold Medal

Pat Summitt may be on the way to receiving the Congressional Gold Medal, but Sally Ride has a way to go. Many are recommended for Congress' highest civilian honor, but only a handful receive it. Still, it's been awarded to a heart surgeon, a comedian, a pope, a queen and members of the 1980 Summer Olympics team who couldn't compete for the other kind of gold because the U.S. boycotted the Moscow games. President Obama recently signed legislation awarding the medal to the American Fighter Aces; members of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders; the Monuments Men, whose story was depicted in the George Clooney film; and members of the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the...