All eyes are on London this summer. The Olympic Games begin next month; earlier this month, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee provided glorious pictures and joyous sounds to the watching world.
As my companion and I passed through security on a gorgeous Washington afternoon Friday, invited by President Barack Obama to join hundreds of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks at the White House for a reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month, I couldn't help but reflect back.
It never fails, put out a list of favorite whatevers and it will ignite a firestorm of flaming opinions. What sparked the frenzy this time? A list of five cool destinations for airplane geeks and roto heads -- um, I mean aviation enthusiasts.
An American pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union will be posthumously awarded the Silver Star next week, 50 years after he was released from prison and returned to the United States.
The family of the late President Dwight Eisenhower continued to express disapproval Wednesday for the design of a memorial commissioned to honor the 34th U.S. president in Washington
The wars over campaign spots have begun.
Each spring, I monitor the list of commencement speakers at our nation's leading colleges and universities. Who is chosen, and who is not, tells us a lot about academia's perception of the most important voices in America.
Visiting the Jefferson Memorial in Washington never gets old to me.
The controversy over the design of a planned memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower made its way to Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
With just months to go before the presidential campaign ends all meaningful activity on Capitol Hill, members of Congress are struggling to move a few must-pass pieces of legislation. One of the most pressing is the highway bill, which Congress is considering this week. Not only does all federal funding for transportation depend on passing a bill by March 31; the highway trust fund itself is scheduled to go broke in 2013 and the deal in the making pays for only two years.
As John Avlon has recently calculated, there is a real possibility that the Republican primary process could fail to yield a majority winner.
Mitt Romney returns to his native Michigan to rally Republican voters for the upcoming state primary.
Mitt Romney has made much of President Barack Obama playing what he considers an inordinate amount of golf. I've even read blogs likening it to Nero fiddling while Rome burned.
President Dwight David Eisenhower's family wants to put the brakes on the development of a memorial honoring the 34th U.S. president along the National Mall in Washington. The groundbreaking is scheduled for late 2012.
In the last two days we learned again what we learned two weeks ago - and before that two months ago - and before that a little over two years ago. We'll learn it again in another two months. People are sexual deviants. Damn near all people.
Elizabeth Taylor died Wednesday at 79. But suppose she had died in 1960? She could have. You could look it up. She was suffering from pneumonia that year after starting filming on "Cleopatra." It was serious enough for her to have been declared dead.
Since the late 1940s, it has been an American custom for pollsters and publications to release a ranking of U.S. presidents.
Republicans are divided over what to do about the defense budget. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wants to reduce it by $78 billion over the next five years.
Politics is history in the present tense. And this week has been crowded with historic anniversaries that should adjust our expectations upward when it comes to the dark carnival of contemporary politics.
Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, reverend clergy, fellow citizens:
John Fitzgerald Kennedy becomes the 35th president of the United States of America on January 20, 1961.
A friend of mine used to be an investor in a football team. Among the reasons he eventually sold out: He was tired of hearing everybody he met, from his kid's math teacher to the guy at the car wash, tell him how to improve the team's performance.
Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs clarifies recent comments about Democrats' chances in November midterm elections.
Two leaders have been called on to resign this week by critics and media analysts. Both men damaged their credibility by their own actions and no one else's.
The Pentagon must hold down its spending and make choices that will anger "powerful people" in an era of economic strain, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a weekend speech in Kansas.
Three choices, and you only get to pick one:
Most Republicans have opposed President Obama's health care bill from the first day he proposed reform. If the House passes the Senate bill in the next few days, it will probably do so without any Republican support.
Republicans have accelerated their attacks on President Obama's performance on national security. A few weeks ago, House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner accused the White House of having a "pre-September 11" mentality.
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the 11th day of the month as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.
The U.S. State Department has sold its London embassy building to a Qatari real estate company, the embassy announced Tuesday.
Harvard University, one of America's premiere academic institutions, is coming under fire for running an advertisement in its campus newspaper questioning the reality of the Holocaust.
Perhaps we got too used to living in a nation where the president inevitably becomes persona non grata.
You seemed a little bit interested in last Sunday's column: the one about the prospect of Saturday mail delivery being eliminated by the U.S. Postal Service.
On this sultry weekend in the middle of August, take a look at what's on your kitchen counter.
Decorated D-Day veteran Lenny Lisovicz says the whispers are true.
CNN's Susan Lisovicz sits down with her 'Uncle Lenny'...a war hero who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day.
It seems as if Republican opponents of President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court are now coalescing around the issue of affirmative action as their main point of attack.
The Constitution gives the president the exclusive power to nominate members of the Supreme Court. But it does not guarantee the political process will run smoothly for him or his nominee.
How does President Obama compare with his predecessors after nearly 100 days in office?
CNN's Paul Steinhauser previews the president's next prime time address and talks about Sen. John McCain.
The phrases have become part of the national lexicon:
As the budget debate heats up, Republicans are warning of socialism in the White House and claiming that Democrats are rushing back to their dangerous tonic of big government.
President-Elect Obama's mother-in-law will be moving to Washington with the first family, at least temporarily, his transition team has confirmed. Marian Robinson will be the latest in a line of presidential in-laws who, for good or ill, lived under the same roof as the president.
President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain will meet for the first time on Monday since the election.
The ten weeks from a President's election to his inauguration are arguably more crucial a period than any during his time in office. And one that history has shown can easily be mishandled
March 30, 1981. Arguably the most powerful man in the world is shot.
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a registered independent, talked with CNN's Campbell Brown about America's infrastructure, what scares them most and what can be done about the billion-dollar problem.
Analysis: Why is the Democratic nominee considering former generals and officers to be his running mate?
A form guide to the former military officers under consideration to be Barack Obama's running mate
Hillary Clinton and John McCain are arguing that Barack Obama is too green for the job. But history shows that when it comes to the presidency, experience doesn't guarantee success
As that "great determinator" Super Tuesday quickly draws near, some new high-powered celebrity endorsements – as well as additional bolstering by loyal top-name supporters – are adding further rhetoric to the race.
Excerpted from CARLISLE VS. ARMY by Lars Anderson. Copyright ©2007 by Lars Anderson. Reprinted by arrangement with The Random House Publishing Group.
A new documentary revisits Central High School in Little Rock, 50 years after desegregation. Affiliate KTHV has more.
Fifty years after federal troops escorted Terrence Roberts and eight fellow black students into an all-white high school, he says the struggles over race and segregation still are unresolved.
What a spectacle, what a mess. What a day for thousands and thousands of illegal aliens and their supporters to march through the streets of many of our biggest cities demanding amnesty for illegally entering the country.
Along the left side of the 17th fairway sits a massive loblolly pine tree that former President Dwight D. Eisenhower tried to have removed -- until he ran into the club's chairman and founder, Clifford Roberts. The tree is now a symbol of how ruthless Roberts could be, and another piece of what makes Augusta so special.
When Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president in 1952, golf's first golden age was a distant memory, but the conditions in postwar America were ripe for the game's resurgence, and Ike was just the commander in chief to lead the charge. During his two terms in office Eisenhower played nearly 800 rounds. He befriended the game's most beloved players, including Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer, and was the subject of hundreds of golf jokes and cartoons. All an enterprising satirist needed in the 1950s was a pencil and a respectable rendering of a golf ball.
Augusta National's image as an exclusive (and exclusionary) institution is a reflection of the club's co-founders, Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. As the most famous glam-ateur in the game's history, Jones was the face of the club, the front man who hung out with Hollywood stars and heads of state. Roberts was an enigma -- a man with an eye for detail and innovation both as the club and Masters tournament chairman for 45 years, he was also myopic in his world view, once infamously muttering, "As long as I'm alive, golfers will be white, and caddies will be black." Thirty years ago, Roberts, in declining health, wandered out onto the world's most famous course and blew his own brains out. The legacy he left is one of intrigue, with fact and fiction intertwined like coffee and fresh cream before the spoon gives them a stir. Here's the truth, half-truths and downright fairy tales about the man behind the curtain for so many years at the Masters.
Here, some of the greats recall the two days that could satisfy you for a lifetime: the first time you set foot on Augusta, and the first time you win the Masters (ifyou're lucky enough).
Below is the text of the Democratic response to President Bush's speech, delivered by Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia:
The past three years have given American parents many reasons not to send their precious progeny overseas: terrorist bombings, bird flu, and a tsunami, for starters. But Ambassadors Group (EPAX), N...
Long before Cuban President Fidel Castro's intestinal surgery, his latest foe in the White House was already preparing for the aftermath of his eventual death in the hemisphere's only communist state.
The past three years have given American parents many reasons not to send their precious progeny overseas: terrorist bombings, bird flu, and a tsunami, for starters. But Ambassadors Group, No. 78 on the FSB 100, shows that small firms can overcome a world of obstacles.
Albert Brooks used to be a master at making his audience squirm with laughter. In his early, funny films, like "Real Life" (1979), "Modern Romance" (1981), and the classic yuppie burlesque "Lost in America" (1985), he could spend whole scenes talking his way out of the trouble he'd just talked his way into.
If the results of a recent poll pan out, voters will see two big names from New York on the ballot in November 2008.
Americans are, by actual measurement, the most optimistic people on the planet. It's deep in our genes. With the exception of those whose ancestors were here when Columbus arrived or those whose ancestors were brought here against their will in chains, every American is either an immigrant or the direct descendant of immigrants.
On November 11, Americans pay tribute to everyone who has served in the U.S. military. But why was this particular date chosen, and how does this holiday differ from Memorial Day?
A new book on gaining influence at work offers a crash course in how to manage a bad boss, outfox your enemies, and impress the powerful. Plus, take our quiz to test your political savvy.
Twenty cars that have transported heads of state and other world leaders will be on display starting June 18 as part of the "Presidents, Popes and Potentates" exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Following is a transcript of a speech on fighting terrorism President Bush delivered Tuesday at the National Defense University.
Years ago, before I began writing a column, one of the nation's great columnists gave me some wise advice.
As you might have noticed, and been too kind to mention, my confident prediction of last week -- that on Jan. 20 John Kerry would give his first presidential inaugural address -- turned out to be 100 percent wrong.
Whether the president is overseas, on the campaign trail or aboard Air Force One, a White House doctor is close at hand in case of a minor mishap -- or a catastrophic event.
Warning: Being U.S. president may be harmful to your health.
Sen. Zell Miller, of Georgia, was the keynote speaker Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention. Miller, a Democrat, has broken with his party and sided with President Bush on such issues his handling of the war against terror. Here is a transcript of his remarks:
When public speaking scholars were asked to list the 100 greatest American speeches of the 20th century, only three nomination acceptance speeches made the cut: William Jennings Bryan accepting the 1900 Democratic nomination, Adlai Stevenson accepting the 1952 Democratic nomination, and Barry Goldwater accepting the 1964 Republican nomination.
Former President Jimmy Carter addressed the Democratic National Convention Monday night. This is a transcript of his speech.
Gentlemen, start your hair dryers.
One was a well-to-do Scandinavian royal, the other an unassuming American athlete born in a one-room cabin in rural, destitute Indian territory. On July 15, 1912, in Stockholm, few could question who ruled the day.
The story is told of how well and, yes, brilliantly, Lyndon B. Johnson understood the political importance of a politician's relationship with his parents.
When Saddam Hussein was rousted from his spider hole in Dawr, a town near Tikrit, by U.S. soldiers last December, Iraq's fallen dictator was clutching a pistol.
Republicans have long claimed to be fiscal tightwads and railed against deficit spending. But this year big-spending George W. Bush and the GOP Congress turned a budget surplus into a $477 billion...
When histories of the interstate highway system are written, they usually begin with the Futurama exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. The exhibit, sponsored by General Motors and giv...
You can always count on Peter Drucker to provide a new way of looking at things. After all, he is the man who first recognized that management is a discipline worthy of deep and formal study. Long ...
It's time for the U.S. government to subsidize broadband connections to the home. I never thought I'd say that, but I've gotten over my free-market puritanism. The Bush administration should write ...
It's late afternoon, and Hilly Thompson of Boston is sitting on the back porch of the main house at Gillionville Plantation, chewing on the remains of an ice water. Behind him massive live oaks yaw...
On the opposite side of the sun from Earth is a planet just like ours--except for some differences. There, the inhabitants eat McLean Deluxes, washed down with Crystal Pepsi. They glide across lake...
The presidency isn't the all-powerful institution most people think it is, and given what's happening these days, that's a good thing. A President, for instance, doesn't govern anything. The Framer...
In a year with so many candidates, choosing which campaign buttons to store in the attic can be even more difficult than predicting the next President. The election will be decided in November, but...