Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Tuscon, Arizona: A Moment of Silence

Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Tuscon, Arizona: A Moment of Silence

At 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time on Monday, Americans are called upon to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless acts of violence in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives.  It will be a time to come together as a nation in prayer or thoughtful reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.

Further, as a mark of respect for the victims of the tragic violence perpetrated on Saturday, January 8, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona, President Obama has ordered that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, January 14, 2011.

President Obama Leads Moment of Silence for Arizona Shooting Victims

Photo-Gallery: A Moment of Silence to Honor the Victims of the Tragedy in Arizona

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The Vitriol of Sarah Palin and Her Tea Party Followers: For Shame!!

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with Senior Citizens

Sarah Palin’s PAC: “Targeting” Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot today outside a Tucson Safeway supermarket; fourteen other people were wounded and six killed, including federal judge John Roll, during the assassination attempt on Giffords.  Representative Giffords was featured on Sarah Palin’s infamous “crosshairs” map, which targeted legislators who voted for President Obama’s health care bill.  This was the map that was roundly criticized as an incitement to violence.

Giffords, a third-term legislator, supported President Obama’s health care reform bill. This earned her a place on the map, posted by Sarah Palin’s Political Action Committe, that literally put Democrats in the cross-hairs of guns last spring after the bill passed.  “Don’t retreat, instead-RELOAD!” was how Palin introduced the map to her Tea Party followers on Twitter.  Days later, a vandal smashed the glass door of Rep. Giffords’ Tucson office.  Giffords’ father stated that members of the Tea Party “always threatened” his daughter.

Giffords’ Tea Party opponent in the 2010 election, Jesse Kelly, went even further with the violent rhetoric.  Kelly’s campaign held an event called “Get on Target for Victory in November.”  Description of the event: “Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office.  Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”

President Obama has called for a nationwide moment of silence at 11 a.m. on Monday, the White House announced Sunday.  “Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time, I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives,” the president said in a statement.  “It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.”

President Obama: The Arizona Shooting Attack and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Breaking News: Piecing Together the Giffords Shooting

Keith Olbermann Special Commentary: “Violence Has No Place in Democracy”

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Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, 1932-2009

Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, 1932-2009

Senator Edward M. Kennedy died on Tuesday night at the age of 77. Senator Kennedy was a member of one of the country’s most influential political families and one of the most effective senators in American history. The death of Senator Kennedy, who had been battling brain cancer, was announced Wednesday morning in a statement by the Kennedy family, which was already mourning the death of the Senator’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver just two weeks ago.

Ted Kennedy’s Senate Web Page today is emblazoned with the quote from his address to the Democratic National Convention in 1980, after his presidential campaign had come to an end:

For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

You can read more in The New York Times here.

2008 Democratic National Convention Tribute to Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s Funeral: Eulogy by President Obama

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Slide Show: A Ted Kennedy Retrospective

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Myron Rolle Wins Rhodes Scholarship: A Star Football Player and Scholar

Myron Rolle Wins The Rhodes Scholarship: A Star Football Player and Scholar

Florida State safety Myron Rolle was awarded a Rhodes scholarship Saturday. He is the first major-college football player of his generation to win what is considered the world’s most prestigious postgraduate academic scholarship.

He became the most prominent student-athlete to win the award since Bill Bradley at Princeton in 1965. Bradley was later a Knicks basketball star, U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate. Other winners have included Pat Haden (U.S.C. and the Rams) and Tom McMillen (The Univ. of Maryland, the N.B.A. and Congress).

Rolle’s quest to the win the Rhodes had received heavy attention from the news media, because he chose to risk missing all or part of Florida State’s pivotal game at The University of Maryland on Saturday night to have the interview, which took place in Birmingham, Alabama.

Rolle received the news about 5 p.m. Saturay afternoon; he then received a police escort to a local airport, where a private plane waited to take him to the game. He entered the game late in the second quarter of a 37-3 Florida State victory. “He is flying high,” Sally Karioth, a Florida State nursing professor who accompanied Rolle to his interview, said before the game. “He was hopping. He’s usually real sedate.”

Rolle was one of two winners selected from 13 finalists interviewed on Saturday in Birmingham. Parker Goyer, a former player on the women’s tennis team at Duke, was the other winner.

You can read more about Myron Rolle here.

Myron Rolle as a Student-Athlete at Florida State University

Flying with Rolle on the Plane to the Game

Florida State Beats Maryland, and Rolle Wins the Rhodes

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will.i.am: It’s a New Day

will.i.am: It’s a New Day

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Housing and Foreclosures: The Devastation of American Dreams

Housing and Foreclosures: The Devastation of American Dreams

The number of homeowners ensnared in the foreclosure crisis grew by more than 70 percent in the third quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2007. Across the nation, nearly 766,000 homes received at least one foreclosure-related notice from July through September. By the end of this year, more than a million bank-owned properties will have piled up on the housing market, representing around a third of all properties for sale in the U.S.

But looking beneath the financial experts’ surveys and statistical projections, one finds that in many foreclosed properties there is often furniture still sitting in the rooms, food left out on the table and clothes hanging in the closet. These are but some of the remains that tell of the many sad stories that were lived out during the last days of these homes. Every foreclosed home tells a story about somebody’s dreams having been destroyed.

Foreclosures: The Devastation of American Dreams

Housing in Times of Financial Crisis

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A Souvenir: Inside Obama’s Victory Rally in Chicago’s Grant Park

Inside Obama’s Victory Rally in Chicago’s Grant Park

Senator Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States of America. In an amazing moment in American history, the ultimate color line has been broken. The last few days had challenged Obama’s sense of calm like never before, his election-day stress amplified by the fatigue of an 18-month campaign and the death of his grandmother just yesterday. A sense of history stalked Obama everywhere during election day. A huge crowd of more than a hundred thousand people celebrated Obama’s victory in Chicago’s Grant Park, where President-elect Obama appeared to make his victory speech.

Inside Obama’s Chicago Rally

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Journey: Don’t Stop Believing

Audio Music: Yes We Can:

Inside Obama’s Victory Rally in Chicago’s Grant Park

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