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Washington Monument to re-open after three year closure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Washington Monument, long a landmark on the U.S. capital’s skyline, will reopen on Monday after being closed for repairs for almost three years after it was damaged in an earthquake. The 555-foot-high (170-metre) marble and granite obelisk sustained cracks, loosened stones and lost mortar during a…

Pastor Jeffress to lawmakers: God already decided LGBT issues, no need to debate them

Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress spoke yesterday at the “Washington: A Man of Prayer” convention celebrating the 225th anniversary of President George Washington’s inaugural address. Jeffress began by citing a passage from George Washington’s first inaugural address: “We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can…

Police grab suicidal man from George Washington Bridge ledge, Port Authority says

Police pulled a suicidal man to safety after he climbed over a walkway railing at the George Washington Bridge and was balanced on a narrow ledge Friday night, officials said. The 29-year-old man told officers he would jump and tossed what……

Founding Father enthusiast Allen West’s book filled with fake Founding Father quotes

A review of former congressman and Founding Father enthusiast Allen West’s new book has turned up a wide assortment of fake quotes attributed to Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other famous historical figures. According to the Palm Beach Post, West’s “Guardian of the Republic,” which outlines his political…

Chris Christie’s lawyer blames ousted staffers for George Washington Bridge closings

Lawyer hired by Christie blames bridge scandal on Bridget Kelly and David Wildstein (via NJ.com) NEW YORK — At a packed news conference, Randy Mastro, the high-powered litigator hired by Gov. Chris Christie’s office, repeatedly declared that his investigation found Christie “had no knowledge beforehand” of the lane closings at…

Chris Christie dealt serious blow by a plot too far-fetched for ‘The Sopranos’

A petty act of vengeance has left the governor of the state made famous by the fictional mob family woefully short of political allies From The Sopranos to Boardwalk Empire, Frank Sinatra to TV personality Snooki, it is often difficult to separate fact from fiction in New Jersey. Not least in…

After 200 years, George Washington gets his own library

George Washington, the first president of the United States, was finally honored with a library Friday, more than 200 years after the end of his tenure. The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington was inaugurated in a ceremony at his Mount Vernon estate some 15…

Gingrich: Founding fathers would have ‘violent’ reaction to pot growers

Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that the founders of the United States would have dealt violently with marijuana growers, despite the fact that they grew the plant for commercial purposes themselves. He said at an town hall event in New Hampshire that decriminalizing drugs like marijuana would increase the rate of…

Assimilate to which America?

Damn you, Hendrik Hertzberg. I was going to link George Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island in reply to the continued screeching about how we shouldn’t brook any mosques within (fill in your number of steps, blocks, miles, or planets) near the World Trade Center, but…

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