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Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (7-4-10)
“When they signed that declaration, many of them did not even like one another,” Mr. Biden, making his fourth trip to Baghdad as vice president, told a group of Iraqi leaders at a Fourth of July reception at the residence of the United States ambassador, Christopher R. Hill. “My plea to you is to continue what you started,” he said.
Mr. Biden’s visit came amid grumbling by some Iraqi officials that American policy in Iraq has lately lacked focus, as the United States withdraws large numbers of troops at a time of political dysfunction and daily violence. There is no sign that the deadlocked coalitions that won seats in the March elections are any closer to forming a government....
SOURCE: NYT (7-5-10)
The “boys” were Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two brilliant teenagers from wealthy Chicago families who conspired to commit the perfect crime. They failed, with tragic consequences for their kidnapping victim, 14-year-old Bobby Franks, and for themselves.
Still, Darrow, a champion of unpopular causes (think Spencer Tracy facing off against Frederic March in “Inherit the Wind”), chose to be their attorney and invoked a novel legal defense in their murder trial. His passionate closing argument, which still resonates in debates over capital punishment, spared the defendants the death penalty.
Now, nearly a century later, the public is receiving new insights into Darrow’s concerns about the case, as well as into his personal and professional life — he also defended William (Big Bill) Haywood, the union radical, and he fought murder charges against a black family in Detroit who had defended their home against a white mob. The insights are contained in hundreds of letters that Darrow wrote and received, and that were donated by his granddaughters to the University of Minnesota Law School library. The law library released the first 473 letters last week....
SOURCE: NYT (7-2-10)
SOURCE: NYT (6-20-10)
Yet Updike was a private man, if not a recluse like J. D. Salinger or a phantom like Thomas Pynchon, then a one-man gated community, visible from afar but firmly sealed off, with a No Trespassing sign posted in front.
Updike cultivated his embowered solitude early. At 25, with no books yet published, he fled New York (and a writing job at The New Yorker) and moved to the Massachusetts shore, an hour north of Boston, where he remained for the next five decades, perching eventually on an 11-acre estate he shared with his second wife, Martha Updike, in Beverly Farms. There he assumed the remote aspect of a literary squire, ensconced in a nest of second-floor offices overlooking the Atlantic and descending twice a week for rounds of golf at the exclusive Myopia Hunt Club. He surfaced intermittently for interviews or readings, invariably presenting a mask of debonair geniality, only to retreat once more.
But all the while he was fending off the public, Updike was also leaving a trail of clues to his works and days: an enormous archive fashioned as meticulously as one of his lathe-turned sentences. "The archive was vitally important to him," Mrs. Updike said in a telephone interview, especially in his last days. “He saw it not just as a collection of his working materials, but as also a record of the time he lived in.” Today the material crowds an aisle and a half of metal shelving in the basement of Houghton Library, Harvard University’s rare book and manuscript repository that sits atop stone stairs in Harvard Yard, a short walk from Hollis Hall, the redbrick dormitory where Updike lived as a freshman 60 years ago....
SOURCE: NYT (6-30-10)
But when the members of the Harris Neck Land Trust talk about it, they speak of injustice, racism and a place they used to call home.
In 1942, Harris Neck, a thriving community of black landowners who hunted, farmed and gathered oysters, was taken by the federal government to build an airstrip. Now, the elders — who remember barefoot childhoods spent climbing trees and waking to watch the Canada geese depart in formation — want to know why they cannot have it back....
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (7-5-10)
"The rallies were a start, but the goal now is to get people to stop and really think about things," said Kerry Scott, an organizer of the Alexandria Tea Party, one of several hundred conservative activists who attended "An American Event," a Fourth of July festival for "God and country" staged by a local farmer on rolling farmland in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains this weekend.
Amid Civil War reenactors, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and booths selling Native American artwork, Scott handed out strips of white paper, each printed with quotations from such American luminaries as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington....
The view that the Constitution does not permit such federal actions as the passage of health reform, the regulation of the environment or the imposition of educational mandates on the states is, of course, a controversial one. Where the tea party sees an encroachment of states' rights, the left sees a valid interpretation of the mandate, described in Article 1, Section 8, to provide for the "general welfare."...
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (7-4-10)
Within 20 miles of the well, there are several significant shipwrecks — ironically, discovered by oil companies' underwater robots working the depths — and oil is most likely beginning to cascade on them.
The wrecks include two 19th-century wooden ships known as the "Mica Wreck" and the "Mardi Gras Wreck." The German submarine U-166 and ships sunk by other German submarines during World War II are within the spill's footprint....
SOURCE: AP (7-4-10)
Benedict praised his predecessor for his detachment from material things such as money and clothes.
Celestine V assumed the papacy in 1294 at age 85 and resigned five months later, saying he was not up to the task. He was later put under guard for fear he would become the rallying point for a schism....
SOURCE: AP (7-2-10)
The approximately 500 documents from the Landsberg prison were recently found by a Nuremberg man among the possessions of his late father, who had purchased them at a flea market in the 1970s, according to Werner Behringer, whose auction house put them up for sale.
The Bavarian State Archives in Munich examined photographs of the documents and said they appeared genuine, though the experts said the authenticity could not be guaranteed without the originals in hand....
Name of source: AOL News
SOURCE: AOL News (7-4-10)
A Vermont National Guard contingent and a color guard will gather at noon on the village green and walk down to the Plymouth Notch Cemetery, where Coolidge is buried, trailed by hundreds of people - Coolidge descendants, presidential history buffs and locals.
Next month, a new museum dedicated to Coolidge will opens its door at the historic site that bears his name, which is tucked away in the hills of southern Vermont.
The President Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center, a $2 million project jointly funded by the state of Vermont and the Coolidge Foundation, will open Aug. 7, offering archived Coolidge material under one roof, exhibition space, a learning lab for teachers and students, meeting space and a museum store. Coolidge's presidential library and museum are housed in the Forbes Library in Northampton, Mass....
SOURCE: AOL News (7-4-10)
In fact, while digging 8 feet beneath Leyden's Brighton, Tenn., backyard on June 30, contractors discovered the bones of a prehistoric mammal, possibly a trilophodon, part of the mastodon family. Mastodons are extinct relatives of today's elephants.
Leyden said he was shocked to learn that fossils, which one expert says could be anywhere from 30,000 years old to 2 million years old, were buried on his property.
David Mason of Affordable Pool Contractors unearthed the jawbone while installing a drain line for the Leydens' new pool....
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (7-4-10)
Evidence from the wrecks suggests many U-boats were sunk by mines rather than attacks by Allied air and naval forces, as had previously been believed. The findings show coastal minefields were around three times more effective than British naval intelligence gave them credit for. Experts believe their view was distorted, unintentionally, by reports from over-enthusiastic airmen and escort ship commanders who sometimes claimed they had sunk U-boats with depth charges or anti-submarine mortars....
Name of source: CS Monitor
SOURCE: CS Monitor (7-3-10)
But despite a preamble that became a paean to individual liberty that has rivaled the Magna Carta in the breadth of its global impact, Mr. Jefferson apparently committed a slip of the pen.
To usher in the Fourth of July weekend, the Library of Congress revealed hard evidence from high-resolution spectral imaging that Jefferson, on the third page of a "rough draught," wiped the word "subjects" off with his hand and meticulously etched the word "citizens" on top – perhaps the kind of brain-freeze that a modern writer quickly hits delete to send into the digital ether, but that Jefferson struggled mightily to erase in a section on British abuses of the Colonists....
The philosophical difference between "subjects" and "citizens" indeed defined the Declaration of Independence, making the correction that much more intriguing to historians.
"It's almost like we can see him write 'subjects' and then quickly decide that's not what he wanted to say at all, that he didn't even want a record of it," said Library of Congress preservation director Dianne van der Reyden on Friday. "Really, it sends chills down the spine."...
Name of source: BBC
It follows claims one cancer expert who gave Abdelbaset al-Megrahi a three-month prognosis last year has said he could survive for 10 years or more.
However, other newspaper reports said he was expected to die within weeks.
The newspaper reported Professor Sikora, dean of medicine at Buckingham University, had denied he came under any pressure from the Libyan authorities....
Mrs Clinton was on a visit to Poland, where she oversaw the signing of a key missile base agreement.
She warned of a "steel vice" of repression crushing democracy and civil liberties activists in countries such as Iran, Egypt and Zimbabwe.
She held up Poland, which elects a new leader on Sunday, as a model democracy....
SOURCE: BBC (7-2-10)
Several of the suspects are accused of using the method to conceal data being transmitted from the US to Russia.
That question mark over it dates from the text in which the word was coined, Steganographia, which was written in 1499 by Johannes Trithemius but not published until 1606.
The name of the book derives from the Greek for concealed writing and steganographic techniques involve hiding messages in otherwise innocent-looking media - be that text, images or video....
Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah was regarded as Hezbollah's spiritual guide after the group was founded in 1982, a charge both denied.
An implacable critic of the US, he had a wide following among Shias and backed the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.
But he was known among Shias for his moderate social views.
He held particularly progressive views on the role of women in Islamic society....
A ship called the Arandora Star was sunk off the coast of Ireland. It was carrying Italians and Germans who had been arrested after the outbreak of war.
The sinking of the Arandora Star touched virtually every Italian family living in south Wales, as it did so many other Italian families in London and Scotland....
The figures were obtained by the BBC via Freedom of Information requests.
Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary has spent nearly £250,000 on its operations since the Madonna of the Yarnwinder was stolen in 2003.
Prosecution costs of two extortion cases, which did not result in any convictions, have been estimated at a little more than £130,000.
The figure does not include defence costs for the accused during their trial....
SOURCE: BBC (7-2-10)
The so-called Letter from Bambarre was scribbled by the Scottish explorer on torn-out book pages in February 1871.
Livingstone's writing had faded so badly it was impossible to read but scientists used spectral imaging technology to recover the text.
It condemns slavery, relays details of Africa and reveals his ill health....
SOURCE: BBC (6-30-10)
The date 1666 is one burned on to the collective memory of a nation.
But a new Channel 4 documentary focuses on the lesser known story of the fire - it sparked a violent backlash against London's immigrant population, prompted by the widely-held belief at the time that it was an act of arson committed by a foreign power.
As the fire raged, and rumours spread that the French had invaded, angry mobs hunted anyone who appeared to be foreign, says Ms Horth. A Swedish diplomat was lynched. A French woman trying to escape to a refugee camp in Spitalfields had her breast cut off because people thought the baby chicks she carried in her apron were fireballs.
Until the 19th Century, the plaque at London's Monument stated that followers of the Pope were to blame, says Ms Horth, and named Hubert as the fire-starter. It was only after Catholic emancipation in the 19th Century that the government decided the plaque was inflammatory and had those inscriptions removed....
Eyewitnesses told the BBC that the president was dressed in military fatigues atop an African Union tank.
The president warned before the anniversary that Somalia was in danger of perishing as a nation.
Government troops, backed by African peacekeepers, are battling Islamist militants who control most of Somalia....
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (7-3-10)
On September 5 of that year, Palestinian terrorists killed 11 Israeli athletes who were taken hostage.
Daoud, also known as Mohammed Oudeh, died Friday night, the WAFA news agency reported Saturday. The former Palestinian politician and commander in the Fatah and Palestinian Liberation Organization movements was 73.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent his condolences to Daoud's family, WAFA reported....
Thomas Jefferson apparently thought so, and recent analysis of a rough draft of the Declaration has confirmed speculation that he considered both before settling on "citizens."
Recent hyperspectral imaging by scientists in the Library of Congress' Preservation Research and Testing Division performed on Jefferson’s rough draft shows he originally wrote the phrase "our fellow subjects." But he apparently changed his mind and heavily scrawled over the word "subjects" was the word "citizens."
Hyperspectral imaging is the process of taking digital photos of an object using distinct portions of the visible and non-visible light spectrum, revealing what previously could not be seen by the human eye, according to the Library of Congress.
The correction occurs in the portion of the declaration that deals with U.S. grievances against King George III's incitement of "treasonable insurrections," according to the Library of Congress. The specific sentence is is not in the final draft, but a similar phrase stuck, and the word "citizens" is used elsewhere in the final document....
On Friday -- as his body made a final return to the state he loved -- Sen. Robert C. Byrd was remembered as a political titan, champion of the poor, and defender of the Constitution.
Political leaders from both parties and every corner of the country came together at the start of the Independence Day weekend to pay homage to America's longest serving member of Congress, who died Monday at the age of 92.
President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were among the mourners who gathered at a memorial service in Charleston for the veteran legislator....
Hungary issued a warrant for Perth resident Charles Zentai, 88, in 2005. He is suspected of being a Nazi collaborator who killed Peter Balazs in Budapest in November 1944, the Australian Associated Press said.
Zentai is on the list of most wanted Nazis compiled by the Simon Weisenthal Center, which first discovered Zentai in Australia in 2004. The Jewish human rights organization accuses Zentai of participating in manhunts of Jews as well as persecution and murder.
But Australian Judge Neil McKerracher found several problems with the extradition order, AAP said....
A 2001 indictment from the U.N.-backed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda alleges that Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi, now 59, led a group that sought out and killed Tutsis in the genocide. Some 800,000 Rwandans were slaughtered in 100 days, many of them brutally bludgeoned or sliced open with machetes.
The indictment says that about 2,000 bodies were found near Uwinkindi's church after he fled the country in July 1994.
Ugandan police spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba said Uwinkindi is being extradited to Arusha, Tanzania, where the tribunal is located....
1. Robert Bork
In our time, the most famous rejected nominee is Robert H. Bork, a legal scholar and U.S. Court of Appeals judge with a long paper trail of conservative opinions. Nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, Bork could have tilted the Court decisively to the right. As a known quantity, he was an easy target for liberal opponents, who organized a campaign against him. He was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee after 12 days of hearings.
2. Alexander Wolcott
"Oh degraded Country! How humiliating to the friends of moral virtue -- of religion and of all that is dear to the lover of his Country!" the New-York Gazette Advertiser wailed in 1811 over President James Madison's nomination of customs inspector Alexander Wolcott.
Wolcott's strong enforcement of the controversial embargoes against Great Britain and France cost him support in the Senate and in the press. The Senate turned him down by a 9-24 vote, the widest rejection in Supreme Court history....
SOURCE: CNN (7-1-10)
On the final day of the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Kagan, a total of 24 witnesses were scheduled to testify for and against President Barack Obama's pick to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.
The 50-year old Kagan has come under criticism from Republican senators, who complained that she actively tried to block military recruiters from Harvard Law School when she was dean because of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay and lesbian service members....
SOURCE: CNN (7-1-10)
The teeth of "Leviathan Melvillei" were so large it was initially assumed they were elephant tusks.
They had been searching for other types of whale fossils in a remote area some 300 kilometers south of Lima. "The place where we found it was 20 kilometers from the nearest village," said Reumer, who is also director of Natural History Museum in Rotterdam.
Strong winds had shifted sand to expose a three-meter long fossilized skull. The skull of today's blue whale, still the largest animal ever known to have existed, is around six meters long....
Name of source: Politics Daily
SOURCE: Politics Daily (7-2-10)
But there's a shakeup at the number two position in the 2010 ranking. For the first time in 20 years, Abraham Lincoln has been supplanted as second-best by another Roosevelt: Teddy.
Rounding out the top five in the survey of 238 presidential scholars are Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
As for the five lowest-ranked presidents, that list is fairly consistent as well, with one new addition. George W. Bush came in at 39th out 44 presidents. He's ranked just ahead of Andrew Johnson (pictured), James Buchanan, Warren G. Harding, and Franklin Pierce, all perennial bottom-dwellers....
Name of source: Huffington Post
SOURCE: Huffington Post (7-2-10)
In the wake of the passing of Sen. Robert Byrd, the Ku Klux Klan, an organization Byrd briefly belonged to, is coming to the defense of the West Virginia Democrat who served in the Senate for 51 years.
The Daily Caller reports:
As politicians and columnists across the country debate the life and legacy of the late Sen. Robert Byrd, the West Virginian's membership in the Ku Klux Klan has been a sticking point for many. Today's KKK, though, says Byrd did nothing to warrant such ire.
"He wasn't a Klansman long enough to get his sheet broke in," said Travis Pierce, national membership director for the Ku Klux Klan, LLC, one of several groups that uses the KKK name."It's much ado about nothing."...
Name of source: CNN.com
SOURCE: CNN.com (7-2-10)
Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley said their comparison of the genomes of ethnic Tibetan and Han Chinese could help scientists understand how the body deals with decreased oxygen and diseases associated with oxygen deprivation in the womb, according to a news release on the university's website....
Name of source: LA Times
SOURCE: LA Times (7-3-10)
The 12-million-year-old skull, which measures nearly 10 feet across, belonged to a now-extinct genus and species of sperm whale that may have been as long as 57 feet. The fossil includes the longest documented sperm whale teeth, measuring more than 14 fearsome inches.
The whale, described in a paper published Thursday in the journal Nature, was christened Leviathan melvillei in honor of "Moby Dick" author Herman Melville.
Name of source: Canada.com
SOURCE: Canada.com (7-3-10)
Standing before an audience of more than 1,000 cheering onlookers in a packed Soviet-era concert hall in the capital Bishkek, Otunbayeva solemnly took her oath and promised a new political era for increasingly-unstable Kyrgyzstan.
"As president, I will spare no effort to create a new political culture for the country based on a strict adherence to the rule of law," she told the assembled crowd....
Name of source: Jacksonville Patriot
SOURCE: Jacksonville Patriot (7-2-10)
Both women said they joined their respective services up to two years after the entry of the U.S. into World War II, not because of the shock of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Each said they knew where Pearl Harbor was, but distance softened the impact. They did not become aware of what the attack signified until later.
Krause, who became a Navy WAVE, served from 1944-46. She first worked in a Rockford, Ill., defense plant before serving at the San Diego Naval Hospital.
Gardner was in nurse’s training in Chicago and was riding in a streetcar when she heard of the attack....
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (6-30-10)
In the Cretaceous period over a hundred million years ago, Argentina's Sanagasta Valley was alive with hydrothermal activity, much like Yellowstone National Park or Iceland are today. Tunnels of near-boiling, mineral-rich water crisscrossed the subsurface (figures below, from the paper), and explosive geysers pockmarked the landscape. Doesn't seem like a very inviting place to raise a family.
But researchers found some 80 clutches of fossilized eggs in the area, many of them containing a dozen or more eggs each. Even more strange, the nests were almost exclusively found within 10 feet of a geyser or hot spring. It seems that far from avoiding the hydrothermal features, dinosaurs were purposefully laying eggs near them as a way to keep them incubated during their 1-2 month long gestation.
Gerald Grellet-Tinner of the Field Museum in Chicago and Lucas Fiorelli of CRILAR in Argentina published their findings in the journal Nature Communications....
SOURCE: Discovery News (6-30-10)
Partially buried at the ocean bottom, the 75-pound bronze bell was recovered by two divers, Carl Bayer and Ernest Rookey. They were part of a private expedition run by Tech Diving Limited, a company specializing in dives to some of the world's most famous shipwrecks.
The bridge bell of the Andrea Doria, the Italian ocean liner that famously sank in the Atlantic in 1956, rang out this week for the first time since the ship disappeared in the waters off Nantucket, Mass.
Partially buried at the ocean bottom, the 75-pound bronze bell was recovered by two divers, Carl Bayer and Ernest Rookey. They were part of a private expedition run by Tech Diving Limited, a company specializing in dives to some of the world's most famous shipwrecks....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
As it was unveiled, the monument was lit up in green and yellow to honour the Brazilian football team as it played in the World Cup.
The renovation to the 125-foot Christ the Redeemer, which draws nearly two million visitors a year, was funded through public and private donations. In an effort to match the colour of the soapstone, the restorers used more than 60,000 pieces of rock from the same quarry used when the statue was erected in 1931....
Amedeo Guillet was born in Piacenza on February 7 1909 to a Savoyard-Piedmontese family of the minor aristocracy which for generations had served the dukes of Savoy, who later became the kings of Italy.
He spent most of his childhood in the south – he remembered the Austrian biplane bombing of Bari during the First World War – then followed family tradition and joined the army.
Guillet excelled as a horseman and was selected for the Italian eventing team to go to the Berlin Olympics in 1936. But Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 interrupted his career as a competition rider. Instead, using family connections, he had himself transferred to the Spahys di Libya cavalry with which he fought repeated actions.
He also witnessed aerial gas attacks on Emperor Haile Selassie's lightly armed warriors, which appalled world opinion. In Guillet's view, gas was largely ineffectual against an unentrenched enemy which could flee, and he himself was fighting with horse, sword and pistol....
The documents come from the archives of the Monte dei Paschi bank, which was founded in 1472 in the Tuscan city of Siena and ranks as the oldest surviving bank in the world.
They include the earliest known prototype of today's travellers' cheques – a prearranged credit note from 1650.
The letter from Garibaldi to the bank is dated Nov 26, 1875 – more than a decade after he had risked his life fighting for Italy's unification....
Yussuf Munyakazi, a father of 13, was found guilty of "genocide and extermination" involving Tutsis who had sought refuge in Catholic churches, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said in a statement.
In a summary of its judgement on Wednesday, the court said it accepted the accounts of witnesses, who said that Munyakazi led groups of Hutu militants to the churches in south-western Rwanda and participated in the killings that followed.
Munyakazi was, however, not convicted of involvement in a massacre of hundreds of civilians at another church because claims of his involvement could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, the summary said....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (6-30-10)
The hair was cut from his head after he died in exile in 1821 on St Helena by Denzil Ibbetson, commissionary officer on the during the French Emperor's incarceration on the island.
The lock was one of 40 lots of memorabilia from Napoleon up for auction in New Zealand which fetched a total of NZ$140,000 (£64,336).
Bidders from England, France, Lithuania, Hong Kong and the United States joined the auction by phone for items – sold by a New Zealand family, descendants of Mr Ibbetson.
The highest price, NZ$21,000 was paid for a lithograph and watercolour death bed sketch of Napoleon by Mr Ibbetson, Hamish Coney, Art and Object auction house managing director, said. The unnamed buyer bid by phone from London....
Name of source: Science Daily
SOURCE: Science Daily (6-30-10)
Nothing could be further from the truth, according to Lee, a research associate with CU-Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research who found the atlatl dart, a spear-like hunting weapon, melting out of an ice patch high in the Rocky Mountains close to Yellowstone National Park.
Lee, a specialist in the emerging field of ice patch archaeology, said the dart had been frozen in the ice patch for 10 millennia and that climate change has increased global temperatures and accelerated melting of permanent ice fields, exposing organic materials that have long been entombed in the ice.
Over the past decade, Lee has worked with other researchers to develop a geographic information system, or GIS, model to identify glaciers and ice fields in Alaska and elsewhere that are likely to hold artifacts. They pulled together biological and physical data to find ice fields that may have been used by prehistoric hunters to kill animals seeking refuge from heat and insect swarms in the summer months....
Name of source: Daily Times (Pakistan)
SOURCE: Daily Times (Pakistan) (6-21-10)
Forty-nine percent of respondents told the Levada polling agency that “the blunders of Stalin” were the “main reason” for massive Red Army losses in the first two years of the war, the Interfax news agency reported. Stalin erred by purging the military of top officials, failing to prepare for combat and abandoning millions of Soviet prisoners of war, respondents said.
While Stalin supporters stress the vital importance of his wartime leadership, only eight percent of respondents said that Stalin played the key role in winning the war....
Name of source: Newsweek
SOURCE: Newsweek (6-30-10)
...The state Republican Party has had a complicated history with race in recent years. Lee Atwater—the Republican strategist accused of pandering to racial fears with a commercial for George H.W. Bush's 1988 campaign focusing on Willie Horton, an African-American convict who committed murder while on furlough under Democratic candidate Mike Dukakis's policy in Massachusetts—cut his teeth in South Carolina's GOP....
Last year, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shocked official Washington by shouting "You lie!" at President Obama during an address to a joint session of Congress, the first such address to ever be delivered by an African-American president. Some pundits suggested that Wilson's animosity toward Obama might have something to do with the fact that Wilson had worked for former segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.).
Scott, for his part, has not appeared to resent Thurmond's infamous past: in 1996 he was co-chair of Thurmond's final reelection campaign. In a development laden with symbolism, it was Thurmond's son Paul whom Scott defeated in a runoff last Tuesday. "Paul Thurmond wasn't even necessarily the candidate of the Thurmond wing of the party," jokes Ed Kilgore, managing editor of The Democratic Strategist and a South Carolina native....
Name of source: Jewish Exponent
SOURCE: Jewish Exponent (7-1-10)
I was reminded of how cavalier an attitude I've adopted toward what we all dwell with on a daily basis after reading -- in anticipation of July 4 -- a new book titled The Liberty Bell. The author is Gary N. Nash and his skillful little volume is yet another in an obviously ongoing series of titles published by Yale University Press that attempts to re-examine some of America's most cherished icons. Nash, a professor of history and director of the National Center for History at UCLA, is the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Urban Crucible: Social Change, Political Consciousness, and the Origins of the American Revolution.
Name of source: Politico
SOURCE: Politico (7-1-10)
Water is leaking through pin holes in the Statue of Freedom. Lead-based paint chips are flaking off the Rotunda walls and collecting on the tour route to the Capitol dome, putting visitors at risk. Last summer, a U.S. Capitol Police officer was injured when he was struck by a falling ceiling tile in the Cannon House Office Building. And in the garage of the Rayburn House Office Building, parts of the parking deck require a full concrete-slab replacement — and without it, vehicles could be damaged, according to previously unreleased committee testimony.
The Architect of the Capitol has asked for at least $216 million to help repair some of the historic structures within the Capitol, but his wish list has crashed into political reality: Lawmakers don’t want to be seen spending taxpayer money to spruce up their own offices while deficits spiral out of control.
“I have no doubt that many of them are good and legitimate requests,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who sits on the House Appropriations subcommittee on the legislative branch. “However, in a time of severely constrained resources, tough decisions must be made.”...
Name of source: The Scotsman (UK)
SOURCE: The Scotsman (UK) (6-26-10)
The media expressed disdain, Jewish groups were horrified and his lead actor – though a bit baffled by the reaction – quit.
While such a response would seem, if anything, understated in much of the world, Singh had reason to believe his film would not generate even a ripple of scandal.
In India, Hitler is not viewed as the personification of evil, but with an attitude of morally ambiguous fascination. He is seen as a management guru – akin to Machiavelli or Sun Tzu – by business students, and an object of wonder by people craving order amid the chaos of India....
Name of source: WKRN (TN)
SOURCE: WKRN (TN) (6-25-10)
Dickinson was killed 204 years ago after losing a pistol duel with Andrew Jackson.
"This is the culmination of many, many years of searching, trying to prove where he was buried, finding his grave, exhuming his remains, bringing him here to Old Nashville Cemetery and re-interring him," said Charles Miller....