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Retrotechtacular: The Construction of Wooden Propellers

During World War I, the United States felt they were lagging behind Europe in terms of airplane technology. Not to be outdone, Congress created the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics [NACA]. They needed to have some very large propellers built for wind tunnel testing. Show More Summary

Congress has time to ‘pass a bill’ before bulk of Obama’s immigration actions starts

If this were a perfect world and congressional Republicans were rational (I know, LOL), they would see that what President Obama laid out on immigration reform on Thursday and Friday provides a window for them to stop his plans before they start, solve a legitimate national issue and curry favor with a needed constituency. It […]

Valuing the Priceless: Greenland and the World Parks Congress

At the just-ended World Parks Congress, UNU's Robert Blasiak was struck by the story of how, with the melting of permafrost, archaeologists and the people of Greenland are faced with an impossible challenge — prioritizing what artefacts to save when every item is beyond valuation.

A Republican Congress might actually be the end of the world

A Keystone XL pipeline is only one of several measures to exploit the country's oil, coal and natural gas reserves

Saving the World One Park at a Time

Five thousand people have gathered in Sydney, Australia to save the world. Not in some metaphorical or whimsical way but in the real sense. The secret weapon being discussed at the IUCN 2014 World Parks Congress: protected areas. Currently, there are about 200,000 terrestrial and marine protected areas. Show More Summary

Gutierrez Takes Shot at Axelrod, 'Unhelpful' Dems on Amnesty

In a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) took aim at his congressional colleagues and others outside the world of Congress that have expressed their disapproval of President Barack Obama's proposed executive amnesty action. Show More Summary

Purple For A Purpose

November 13 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Purple is the color of pancreatic cancer awareness. The Pancreatic Cancer Network is encouraging people to wear purple tomorrow, and to contact members of Congress asking them to wear Purple...Show More Summary

Startups by and for veterans, World War I online and 8 other stories to inspire and inform

S pend some time on this Veterans Day perusing this new online exhibit from the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project: World I Remembered. It includes photographs, letters and other manuscripts of the Great War. Fascinating....Show More Summary

A Primer for the New Congress

Welcome to Washington, new members of Congress. It is a city of museums, statues, self-importance and arcane ways. After a post-campaign vacation, you will be ready to take on the world -- or at least this city -- and begin to make things right. Show More Summary

A Matter of 'National Security' (and Beer)

Congress approved the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act in response to world financial calamity. Though delayed and diluted, the reform legislation has led to substantial improvements in consumer protections such as new requirements for regulation of swaps contracts. Show More Summary

A Matter of "National Security" (and Beer)

Congress approved the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act in response to world financial calamity. Though delayed and diluted, the reform legislation has led to substantial improvements in consumer protections such as new requirements for regulation of swaps contracts. Show More Summary

Why Obama won't start to veto lots of new bills

A strange amnesia has settled over much of the political world. I can't count the number of articles I've read saying that the new Republican Congress is going to pass all sorts of legislation that President Barack Obama will veto. The latest example: George Will's syndicated column urging...

President Obama Can Safely Keep His Veto Pen in Mothballs

Ramesh Ponnuru is completely correct about this: A strange amnesia has settled over much of the political world. I can't count the number of articles I've read saying that the new Republican Congress is going to pass all sorts of legislation that President Barack Obama will veto. Show More Summary

Clay Aiken concedes Congressional campaign defeat into a turned-off mic on a cut-off video

American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice runner-up and Clay Aiken won’t join Real World cast member Sean Duffy in Congress: Clay was defeated in his bid to become a representative, while Sean, a Republican, won a third term. Clay only got 84,826 votes, 41.1 percent, while his opponent, Renee Ellmers, received 121,337 votes for 58.9 percent. Show More Summary

3 deals Obama and the GOP should make in the post-midterm world

How well will President Obama and the new GOP-controlled Congress get along? The smart bet, of course, is to have low expectations. After all, past dismal performance is likely indicative of future disheartening results. A Pew Research survey finds that 60 percent of each party's hardcore base thinks "compromise" means getting more of what it wants. Show More Summary

Head of the World Jewish Congress warns Swiss museum not to accept gift of Nazi art

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A top Jewish leader Saturday warned a Swiss museum against accepting a priceless set of art works including Nazi-looted paintings from the estate of reclusive German collector Cornelius Gurlitt. Such a move "would open a Pandora's Box...Show More Summary

Veterans in Congress Could Hit Lowest Level Since World War II

The number of veterans serving in Congress could fall to the lowest level since World War II. Currently, 106 members of Congress have a military service record. That number could drop depending on the results of multiple races in the mid-term elections.

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