Remembering the Heroes: The Flight 93 National Memorial

Remembering the Heroes: The Flight 93 National Memorial

On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Three of the planes hijacked by al-Qaeda on that day hit their high-profile targets: the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard Flight 93, who fought back against their hijackers, an intended attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Vice-President Biden, state officials, bereaved relatives, artists and members of the public gathered Saturday to open a 1,500-acre national park on the outskirts of Shanksville (PA) that includes the partially completed Flight 93 National Memorial, in honor of the 40 passengers and crew members who died on United Airlines Flight 93.

The dedication of the memorial on Saturday, provided an opportunity for the two former presidents to appeal for unity. Neither George W. Bush nor Bill Clinton specifically mentioned the fractured state of relations in Washington. But their sharing of a stage and their comments here in the field where Flight 93 slammed into the ground stood in sharp contrast to the current state of divisive political discord.

Dedication of the New Shanksville Memorial

Former President Bill Clinton: Dedication of The Flight 93 National Memorial

The Flight 93 National Memorial in The Making

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Obama Loses in Pennsylvania: Still Almost Impossible to Defeat

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania voters chose between two bruised candidates after a grueling and nasty election fight. Hillary Clinton won the Pennsylvania primary vote as expected, claiming a 10-point victory over Barack Obama. With more than 80 percent of the electoral precincts reporting, Hillary had 55 percent of the vote to Obama’s 45 percent.

Nevertheless, Clinton still faces major challenges going forward: her campaign is essentially out of money, with unpaid bills piling up, and she faces growing frustration among some Democratic officials who would prefer her to end her campaign in recognition of Mr. Obama’s lead in the overall popular vote of the primaries and caucuses so far, as well as his continuing edge toward amassing the 2,025 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

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Obama Campaigns in Pennsylvania on the Final Day

In Evansville, after his Pennsylvania concession to Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner told supporters that he was able to narrow the gap in Pennsylvania, register a record number of voters and rally people of all backgrounds to his campaign. After the bruising Pennsylvania contest, Obama said bickering and tit-for-tat politics obscured the great issues of the day: two wars, a recession and a planet in peril. Watch the speech:

Obama’s Speech in Evansville, Indiana

NBC’s Chuck Todd pointed out last night that Clinton’s chances of winning the nomination based on pledged delegates is effectively over. If Obama keeps his pledged delegate lead to around 150, Clinton needs to win 70% of them on May 6 and, if not, 80% of them after May 6. That’s more than next to impossible.

NBC Report: Clinton’s Winning is Next to Impossible

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