The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Actress Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria Rodriquez on 'Sesame Street,' is retiring.

    Neighbor Maria Bids ’Sesame Street’ Farewell

    She’s blocking out some time for herself. Sonia Manzano, 65 — better known as human Sesame Street resident Maria Rodriguez — is calling it a day after 44 years. Manzano, who shares 15 writing Emmys for her work, tweeted the news, telling fans “don’t be bummed.” Her character started as a teenager working in the library, eventually becoming a mother running her own business. Sesame Workshop has yet to reveal how they’ll address her departure, but they were quick to applaud Manzano as a role model for young girls.

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