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13 @ 45 / Houston, We Have A Problem

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Change as an Accident Cause Friday last was the 45th anniversary of the splashdown of Odyssey, the Apollo 13 command module, after it survived a nearly disastrous explosion on the outbound journey to the moon. The enroute spaceship consisted of command, service, and lunar modules. Odyssey was equipped with two spherical liquid oxygen tanks for […]

Lincoln (and Liberty), Captive

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Abraham Lincoln died 150 years ago this morning here in Washington, D.C., as he lay propped sideways on a too small bed, unconscious and insensible. His costly triumph was the saving of the Union. In modern consciousness he not only freed the slaves but is a civil rights super hero, too. Busy man. Lincoln famously suspended the […]

NRA/GOP: Over the Cliff

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Why Unions Matter Billionaires like the Koch brothers and others despise unions simply because they are an organized voice seeking to protect the economic interests of regular working Americans. Workers band together so that they can have a say in elections and in government where economic policy affecting our well-being is made and enforced. Republican […]

Interview with the Devil

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2015 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation by allied troops of Nazi extermination camps at Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz and other locations. Many of the architects and perpetrators of the mass killing were eventually rounded up and imprisoned for trial and punishment. In 1946, American psychiatrist Leon Goldensohn (G) interviewed dozens of these prisoners at […]

Conflategate: Brain Williams’ Fish(y) Story

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The One That Got Away? TV personality Brian Williams is enduring some unwanted fame as the onion is peeled, partly by him, over his story of being aboard a US military helicopter under fire in the Iraq war in 2003. Williams has apparently said in the past, including on the Letterman show, that he was […]

To OM or Not to OM

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Drums in the Distance I live a stone’s throw from the “Hinkley Hilton” in Washington, DC, where the Jodie Foster obsessed assassin nearly murdered Ronald Reagan in 1981. This morning I awoke to the sound of beating drums and chanting; nearly as loud as when the Lubavitcher Jews are celebrating in the street on the […]

Todd, the Play: Team of Muses

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A Life Apart Perhaps it is the noted Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer who reminds us the Lincoln marriage was one lived largely apart. During the early years, Abraham Lincoln, a busy Springfield lawyer, rode the circuit, gone for weeks at a time,  with judges and other counsel. They would huddle around a campfire or sleep […]

Willkommen Nazis

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The Holocaust in a Whole New Light Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau lectured yesterday at the National Archives about his new book The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men. He became aware of the subject when a source told him that the US Justice Department had […]

Winning: Battle NOLA @ 200 Years

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Seesaw on the Mississippi War consists of two basic options: defense or offense. The middle ground is the perilous transition between the two, mastered only by the truly expert. Two hundred years ago today, the war of 1812 thundered to an effective close when two able leaders, Andrew Jackson and Edward Pakenham made history on […]

Selma

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Lyndon and Martin at the Movies In this 50th anniversary year of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a new film directed by Ava DuVernay tells a version of the story of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, which focused national attention on the plight of blacks in the south. I say “version” […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Mike Schwartz
Kathmandu, Undone
Eric, thank you for reminding me to do something to support the relief efforts. Mike
2015-04-27 21:45:24
Mark Sileikis
Kathmandu, Undone
Dr. Lawrence, I work for the State Dept. now has you did many years ago. Things have not changed for most of the world. Currently in Lome, Togo
2015-04-27 16:30:02
Eric Lamar
Kathmandu, Undone
C- Thanks for sharing your memories. Nepal is an extraordinary place. Eric
2015-04-27 12:35:39
cortez lawrence
Kathmandu, Undone
Eric: Nicely said. 30 years ago (or so) I spent a few years with the State Department and traveled to Nepal on one of my many sorties. This was before the quantum leap in population and urban sprawl, and I remember a very unsophisticated infrastructure and took almost the exact same photo in front of…
2015-04-27 12:28:44
Victoria Huckenpahler
Congressional Staffers: Pay Raise Needed!
All this while it was just revealed that one of the waiters in the Senate dining room is so poorly paid that he is homeless, meanwhile trying to support 5 kids! Heard this poor man speak on NPR yesterday.
2015-04-26 02:05:06
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