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The Top of America
Time Magazine, by Josh Sanborn

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 3/17/2014 4:51:58 AM

For years after the 9/11 attacks, nearly all the activity at Ground Zero was downward—digging through the piles of debris, excavating a vast pit to restore the ruined transit lines, preparing the foundations for the new buildings that would emerge there. Even the memorial that opened in 2011 was an exercise in the poetics of descent—two vast cubic voids, each with water cascading down all four sides, carrying grief to some underground resting place. The memorial has turned out to be a lovely thing, but what the site still needed was something that climbed, something that spoke to the idea that

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Panoramic and interactive views that I thought were pretty interesting even for non-New Yorkers.

      


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Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 6:03:35 PM     Post Reply
For a vice president’s daughter, Sarah Gore had a low-key wedding on Sunday in Carpinteria, Calif. But second weddings tend to be more modest affairs, and Sarah, 35, like her parents and her big sisters Kristin and Karenna, is a veteran of a failed marriage. She married Santa Barbara real-estate agent Patrick Maiani this weekend under a pine near a coffee shop, having previously wed tech investor Bill Lee, in 2007. Here are some other daughters of presidents and vice presidents who had splashy weddings.

   

 

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Paul on vote fraud: ‘I think Republicans
may have overemphasized this’
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 5:56:27 PM     Post Reply
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said voter fraud should stop, but suggested that Republicans have overemphasized the problem in an interview with David Axelrod Tuesday. “Dead people do still vote in some elections. There still is some fraud. And so we should stop that, and one way of doing it is (driver’s licenses).” Paul said, according to a Washington Post transcript. “Although the incidence of fraud is relatively small,” Axelrod responded. “It probably is, and I think Republicans may have overemphasized this. I don’t know,” Paul responded. According to the Post, Paul noted that he does support voter ID but unlike some Republicans, who

Illinois woman sues condo where
husband died from swan attack
New York Daily News, by Lee Moran    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 5:51:26 PM     Post Reply
The wife of an Illinois man who drowned after a brutal swan attack is suing the condo complex where he tended the birds. Amy Hensley claims the vicious April 2012 assault in Des Plaines "caused or contributed to" the death of her husband Anthony. And she blames the Bay Colony Drive complex, where it occurred, Hillcrest Property Management and his bosses at Knox Swan and Dog for not realizing the danger he was in. In a lawsuit filed against the trio last week, she said: "The presence of the mute swans on the premises rendered it unreasonably dangerous." And she claimed “(The defendants) knew

It’s Time to Eliminate ‘Hate Crimes’
From the American Legal System
PJ Media, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 5:48:19 PM     Post Reply
It is unfortunate that events generally require the commission of a crime of unspeakable magnitude in some unsuspecting community before the media is prodded to, yet again, take up the long overdue reexamination of the various “hate crime” laws peppering the legal code of the federal government and most of the states. Such was the unfortunate case yet again in April of 2014 when Fraizer Glenn Miller, a former grand wizard of the Klan, opened fire at a Jewish community center and an adult care facility in Kansas. Whether Miller “succeeded” in his desire to kill Jews or not (he didn’t,

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Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 9:49:13 AM     Post Reply
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Washington Times, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 6:06:43 AM     Post Reply
In these selfie times when freedom, joy and posterity are just a head-tilt, grin and finger-click away, it is only fitting that the United States of America would have as commander-in-chief the undisputed King of Selfies. The Selfie Presidency for the Selfie Generation in a Selfie World. President Obama is that rightful king. There he is with the greatest baseball players of our day. The president mugging for a selfie outside the White House. Later he feigned outrage when it became public that the picture of him with Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and a “44” jersey was just part of

   

 

  


 
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Reason Magazine, by Gene Healy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 6:00:37 AM     Post Reply
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How Lindsey Graham
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Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 5:57:13 AM     Post Reply
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — Sen. Lindsey Graham recognized the threat years before it had a chance to form — and knew immediately what he had to do. After the tea party wave in the 2010 election, right-wing groups were itching to get one of South Carolina’s newly elected conservative congressmen to challenge Graham, the blunt-spoken, deal-making congressional veteran of two decades. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a favorite of the grass roots, was high on their list. So when Graham got wind in 2012 that Mulvaney wanted a seat on the House Financial Services Committee, he quietly lobbied his longtime friend, Speaker John Boehner, to

The Problem With Student-Loan Forgiveness
National Journal, by Sophie Quinton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 5:51:46 AM     Post Reply
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BOOM: The Left’s Favorite Talking
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Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
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The Democratic Party’s obsession with income inequality and “the one percent” is factually misguided, science has found. Over the weekend, leading academic professor Mark R. Rank discussed the findings of a recent scientific study on income inequality in the New York Times. It turns out that, according to scientific data, the Left’s horror stories about a rigid class structure in the United States fueled by nefarious, wealth-hoarding one-percenters is false. “The picture drawn of the 1 percent has been that of a static population, just as the 99 percent is often portrayed as unchanging,” Rank writes. “There is a line drawn between

Raced-Based Preferences Forever
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 5:32:21 AM     Post Reply
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Mozilla, Duck Dynasty, Chick-fil-A,
and the politicization of everything
Daily Caller, by Casey Given    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/23/2014 5:24:53 AM     Post Reply
Would you boycott a family dinner because your grandfather holds some politically incorrect views about welfare recipients? Or, would you uninvite a neighboring family from attending a block party after learning that they attend an evangelical church that upholds a traditional definition of marriage? Most reasonable people would say “no,” adhering to the old adage that it’s rude to talk politics in polite company. Unfortunately, this rule of etiquette that has governed civil society for ages seems to be quickly evaporating in the world of commerce, as highlighted by the now notorious case of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. This impolite seed



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