For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

July 4, 2017

Authors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to focus on Washingtons exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior, and man of manners, explaining how Georges performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. It isnt difficult to understand George Washingtons interest in…

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How Americas Aircraft Carriers Could Become Obsolete

July 3, 2017

President Donald Trump has been consistent in his argument that the U.S. Navy has shrunk to a woefully inadequate size. The Republican has repeatedly said he wants the service to expand, including a fleet of a dozen aircraft carriers. That plan isn’t in the Pentagon’s current budget, but on July 22 the Navy will formally commission precautionary signal to North Korean aggression. The is the first of four planned -class carriers,…

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The rise of the Facebook star

June 24, 2017

Image: Laura Clery Laura Clery lives the Hollywood dream. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 to be an actress. She slept on friends’ couches and ate their food as she worked to get an agent and learn the ins and out of the industry. She ended up landing the first commercial she auditioned for. “I was like, ‘Oh, this is easy,’” Clery said with a laugh. Thirteen years later,…

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The Solution To America’s Gun Violence Isn’t More Guns

June 16, 2017

WASHINGTON For a few hours after a gunman shot a member of Congress and four other people in the Northern Virginia suburbs on Wednesday, lawmakers were unified against the political vitriol that seemed to drive the attack. But when questions inevitably shifted to how lawmakers would respond to the bloodshed of yet another mass shooting, it became clear that the brief display of agreement was more symbolism than substance. Democrats…

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‘Trump’ children’s word of the year – BBC News

June 15, 2017

The young writers have certainly been creative with their use of President Trump in their stories. Although some include him as a regular protagonist in their tales, many others have just used his name to create a range of different characters – such as Boggle Trump, Snozzle Trump, Trumplestilskin and Trumpyness. The short stories, written by five- to 13-year-olds, also display a satirical ear for President Trump’s own use language….

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This ‘wizarding pub’ kickstarter will use tech to simulate magic

June 1, 2017

If you like 1) drinking in pubs and 2) the magical world of Harry Potter, you are most definitely in luck. Matthew Cortland, a designer and former reading teacher, is launching a Kickstarter for a “wizarding pub and inn” in London called The Cauldron a venue that would use technology and the internet of things to simulate sweet, sweet magic. SEE ALSO: Don’t ever tell me ‘Harry Potter’ is just…

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Rare cigarette paintings up for auction – BBC News

May 28, 2017

Image copyright Imperial Tobacco The rare paintings, which formed the basis of the company’s advertising campaigns, have never been on public display, the auctioneer said. The Horizon building, which was built in 1972 at a cost of 14m, was one of the most modern factories of the time. Image copyright Imperial Tobacco The oil and watercolour paintings depicting children playing with cigarettes and women gleefully smoking, were painted before awareness…

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Trump’s budget would allow for the slaughter of America’s wild horses

May 26, 2017

Wild horses fight in Wyoming.Image: john joyce/Solent News/REX/Shutterstock President Donald Trump’s budget proposal would save an estimated $10 million in 2018 by allowing the United States’s wild horses to wind up on someone’s plate. The U.S. has long rounded up and sold wild horses that roam through Nevada and other Western states, but buyers have always legally had to promise not to ship horses for slaughter. Horse slaughterhouses are outlawed…

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Bush, Obama Lawyers Slam Trump’s Possible Meddling In FBI Russia Probe

May 18, 2017

Asked at a Wednesday conference if he could hypothetically conceive of a similar conversation between former President George W. Bush and a top law enforcement official about an ongoing criminal investigation, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey was emphatic. Neil Eggleston, former President Barack Obamas White House counsel during the last years of his administration, responded similarly. Comey had been leading the FBI investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with…

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