The Patriot-News admitted this week that it was wrong to write off the Gettysburg Address 150 years ago. Here are 10 more retractions that are long overdue.
On Thursday, a Pennsylvania newspaper retracted its panning of President Abraham Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address in 1863. His “silly remarks” deserve “a veil of oblivion,” the Patriot-News’s predecessor wrote 150 years ago, of what’s now considered one of the greatest speeches in American history. In its mea culpa, the paper said it regretted ignoring the “momentous importance, timeless eloquence and lasting significance” of Lincoln’s words.
How prohibitionists and nanny staters are trying to keep marijuana illegal—or at least inconvenient.
In 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed full-on, no-hemming-or-hawing pot legalization by large majorities. Lawmakers in each state have spent the better part of the past year figuring out how to tax and regulate their nascent commercial pot industries, which will open for business in 2014 (until then, recreational pot is only supposed to be cultivated for personal use). The spirit behind the legalization efforts in both states was that marijuana should be treated in a “manner similar to alcohol.
Kennedy was one of the sickliest American presidents, wracked with chronic back pain—but his metaphorical spine in standing up to the war hawks was unparalleled.
The … [hawks] … always give you their bullshit about their instant reaction and their split-second timing, but it never works out. No wonder it’s so hard to win a war.John F. Kennedy (October 1962)For the first quarter-century or so after JFK’s murder in Dallas, insensitive cynics sometimes remarked that having been assassinated was a great posthumous career move for Kennedy. They were wrong. The bizarre, still incompletely solved, assassination has focused succeeding generations on the Kennedy fluff factor—all the hearsay and gossip involved in establishing JFK and his relatives as the unofficial American “royal family.
In three separate cases, a New Mexico citizen says a false alert by a drug-sniffing dog led to hours of invasive and humiliating anal probing. Can the police really blame the pooch?
Trained police dogs have proven highly effective in detecting the odor of drugs. But is their sniff strong enough for an entire legal system to rest on?Late last year, a New Mexico woman described as a homemaker in her mid-50s was crossing from Juarez, Mexico into El Paso, Texas when a detector dog on the scene, according to the ACLU, signaled that drugs were present near her. For the wife and mother—a U.S. citizen who had not a single drug use or possession charge—the dog’s alert set off a living nightmare.
Ali Mohamed Ali faces life in prison on piracy-related charges. But is he a criminal mastermind or a Good Samaritan? The truth is likely something in between.
Ali Mohamed Ali never considered himself a criminal, let alone a pirate. He was well-educated. He spoke English. He may have asked his friends in America to send the occasional loan while he lived in Somalia, but he didn’t need to steal or hold innocent people hostage to earn money.Yet, there he stood in the D.C. District Court on November 4, 2013, a 51-year-old father of one dressed in a blue sport coat and blue-green sweater, a sky blue collar peeking out from underneath.
Obama believes he’s near a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program—and is willing to offer up to $10 billion in sanctions relief. But Israel and Congress think he’s giving away much more.
The United States is prepared to allow Iran to recoup up to $10 billion in revenues lost to sanctions, according to a U.S. government estimate of sanctions relief proposed this weekend at Geneva. Three sources briefed by the Obama administration this week on the talks between Iran, the United States and five other great powers, say that U.S. estimates on the value of special exemptions to allow Iran to sell and ship some of its oil and other exports would result in no more than $10 billion worth of sanctions relief.
Lara Logan has been leading the apologies but CBS need to do more than that if they are to salvage the reputation of 60 Minutes.
We saw the mistake, we’ve heard the apology--so now what will CBS News be telling us next?“Admitting the mistake is no small thing, and rare enough in broadcasting,” said media ethicist Thomas Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute--one of several journalists along with a crisis communications expert who weighed in on the Tiffany Network’s latest ordeal. “It was an acknowledgement of error, but this didn’t create clarity.
In reaction to our article on the rise of digital memorials for stillborn babies, nearly 50 readers shared their personal experiences. Here are a few of the emotional letters.
The Daily Beast published a story last week about the trend of grieving parents posting memorials to stillborn children on YouTube—and it struck a nerve. Dozens of parents responded with their own stories of stillbirth and details on how they manage their grief.The letters that follow have been edited for clarity and grammar.Through my tears, I applaud you for the courage to talk about this topic. The silent grief is the worst of all. My beautiful son Dhillon was stillborn at 36 weeks and holding him and memorializing him is the only way I know how to legitimize his short but meaningful life.
Plans for a new hotel in New York have been halted by the discovery that the building site may be the original location of the famed Bull’s Head Tavern, a bar Washington visited.
Pity the poor developers. Chu and Associates were planning to build a 20-story, 220 room hotel at 50-52 Bowery near the Manhattan Bridge. But there’s a problem: Apparently the old Bull’s Head Tavern, New York City’s oldest pre-Revolutionary structure and the site of a visit by Gen. George Washington, is still in the basement. The developers knew the existing buildings were old. They just may be older than they thought.In mid-October 2013, photographer/preservationist Adam Woodward, who knew something of the building’s history, went downstairs.
Pundits on the left and right agree that millennials don’t share the same American dreams that inspired their parents. Could this diagnosis be wrong?
In his classic 1893 essay, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” historian Frederick Jackson Turner spoke of “the expansive character of American life.” Even though the frontier was closing, Turner argued, the fundamental nature of Americans was still defined by their incessant probing for “a new field of opportunity.” Turner’s claim held true for at least a century—during that time, the American spirit generated relentless technological improvement, the gradual creation of a mass middle class, and the integration of ever more diverse immigrants into the national narrative.
Who let the dogs out? That’s what they’re asking in the White House, after new puppy Sunny got a little too rowdy at a recent event and knocked over a little girl.
Rising party stars like Ted Cruz might be trying to pay tribute to the South African leader, but their conservative elders hated him as a dangerous ideologue—and their base still does.