Saturday, January 31, 2009
Posted by taku at 4:50 PM
Based on their latest estimates, congressional officials organizing next week's presidential inaugural expect 2 million people to brave extra-long security lines in the bitter cold to witness Barack Obama being sworn in as the first African-American U.S. president.
Posted by taku at 12:51 AM
Friday, January 30, 2009
Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution grants the president "power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States." With a stroke of his pen, the man in charge can make legal trouble disappear. As one might expect, this practice can be a bit controversial.
Posted by taku at 4:56 PM
When they walk into the office, they tend to be a bit hesitant, a little shy. They really don't know what to expect, and for some, it's hard to believe there's really someone out there who wants to give them free business suits and other interview essentials.
Posted by taku at 9:48 AM
Enter the "Devil's Cave" by pulling aside the wooden grate beneath the porch of the abandoned suburban New Jersey home. Crawl inside to see the filthy, mismatched blankets and the garbage and empty soda and alcohol bottles strewn about. Catch your breath against the smell.
Posted by taku at 12:32 AM
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Cars are such a deal right now that you might feel you are stealing when you buy one. Dealers have no customers, regardless of the price point, brand, style or size. Americans are afraid to buy because of the scary headlines and the times we are in right now.
Posted by taku at 4:34 PM
It was one of the most surreal images in American history: A river, so fouled with industrial waste that it caught fire and burned. In June 1969, Cleveland's Cuyahoga River become the poster child for the birth of the modern American environmental movement.
Posted by taku at 8:38 AM