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Unhappy 9th Anniversary for Afghan War

No end in sight for quagmire

(Newser) - When the Afghan war launched nine years ago today, 88% of the public supported it. Now, nearly two-thirds of the public oppose it, according to Mother Jones . Why? Here’s what pundits are saying as the war enters its 10th year:
  • The war “started as a violent, feel-good strike
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Obama: At Our Best, We Are One

President urges a split nation to remember sense of unity

(Newser) - At the dawn of the ninth 9/11 anniversary, President Obama looked out over a divided country and urged it to remember that shared sense of horror and unity it felt as it watched towers collapse. "If there is a lesson to be drawn on this anniversary, it is this:... More »

New Orleans Buries Katrina —Literally

The message: 'Goodbye bitch!'

(Newser) - Five years after Hurricane Katrina changed the face of New Orleans forever, residents of St. Bernard Parish yesterday put her to rest with a mock funeral. Parishioners filed past an empty casket, dropping in notes, reports the Times-Picayune . "Goodbye bitch," read the note from the former parish president.... More »

A Look Back at Katrina, in Photos

New Orleans marks another anniversary since the hurricane

(Newser) - Tomorrow marks five years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, and the Times-Picayune looks back with a series of photographs that begins here . (The photos in the above gallery are from AP.) Click here to read about the new levee system nearly in place to prevent another Katrina. More »

Happy 50th, Etch A Sketch!

(Newser) - Yesterday marked the 50th birthday of one of America's classic toys: the Etch A Sketch. Okay, so it was invented by a French guy—Andre Cassagnes, who named it L’Ecran Magique, or “the Magic Screen.” But the Americans at Ohio Art bought it, came up with the... More »

1 Year In, Stimulus Has Saved 2M Jobs

Critics who say it's failed are off base: David Leonhardt

(Newser) - It may not “yet feel like much of a recovery” to jobless Americans, President Obama concedes, but it’s thanks to the massive economic stimulus package passed a year ago “that a second depression is no longer a possibility.” Obama celebrated the anniversary of the recovery act... More »

Frail Nelson Mandela Won't Recreate Walk From Prison

91-year-old taking limited role in South Africa events

(Newser) - Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from a South African prison, but the 91-year-old won’t return to the site of his 27-year incarceration to join in a retracing of his steps to freedom over concerns that he’s too frail for the task. The abrupt... More »

Happy 50th, Bubble Wrap

Iconic packing material-slash-plaything celebrates a half-century

(Newser) - A beloved product originally intended as a funky wallcovering celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with the popping not of champagne corks but of bubbles—the bubbles in Bubble Wrap. Bubble Wrap (yes, it's a trademark) brings in more than $4 billion a year for its New Jersey-based manufacturer and... More »

Mumbai Marks First Anniversary of Terror Rampage

Candlelight vigils held throughout city in memory of 166 dead

(Newser) - Candlelight vigils and other memorial remembrances are underway in India to mark the first anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks. The three-day rampage left 166 dead, plus nine Islamic militant gunmen. Particularly poignant was a ceremony at the city’s Jewish center, where a rabbi and his pregnant wife were... More »

Obamas Have Dinner, Racists Erupt

Response shows ugly nature of American mood: Silva

(Newser) - This weekend Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Silva wrote up a pool report about Barack and Michelle Obama's quiet anniversary dinner—and quickly found it flooded, on a Sunday, with hundreds of angry comments. Many focused on the first couple's use of a motorcade, which every president has used, but several... More »

Obamas Celebrate 17th Anniversary

First couple has low-key dinner out in DC for first anniversary in White House

(Newser) - There was no trip to New York and no fancy outing as the Obamas celebrated their first wedding anniversary since they moved to the White House. Instead they kept it simple, with a dinner out last night at an elegant, American-fare restaurant near Georgetown. President Obama stayed in all... More »

Communist China Turns 60, Really Just Celebrates Past 30

Communists used people as 'cannon fodder' before making it OK to get rich

(Newser) - A blowout party is hours away in Beijing, where the People’s Republic of China will celebrate its 60th anniversary with an unprecedented display in Tiananmen Square. But it’s worth noting that only the second 30 of those years are worth applauding, Isabel Hilton writes—not the first 30... More »

Obama: 'We Will Never Falter' in Terror Fight

(Newser) - Eight years after the 9/11 attacks, President Obama said the nation "will never falter" in its pursuit of al-Qaeda and its allies. Obama placed a wreath under rainy skies at the Pentagon today in memory of those who died there on Sept. 11, 2001. The president said the nation... More »

Galileo's World-Changing Telescope Turns 400

(Newser) - On August 25, 1609—400 years ago today—Galileo Galilei introduced Venice to the telescope, and the discoveries it enabled were every bit as revolutionary as Darwinism, writes Peter Walker of the Guardian. With his telescope, a brown stick weaker than today's store-bought models, Galileo detected moon-like phases of Venus,... More »

SF Remakes Crookedest Street as Candy Land Board

(Newser) - San Francisco’s Lombard Street, “the crookedest street in the world,” will tomorrow be shut to traffic and set up as a giant Candy Land game board for sick kids, the Appeal reports. The event, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the kids’ board game, is being hailed... More »

Celebs: What I'd Have Said on the Moon

(Newser) - With Monday marking the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, Esquire digs up celebs’ takes on what they’d have said if it had been them instead of Neil “One Giant Leap” Armstrong:
  • Muhammad Ali: Bring me back a challenger, ‘cause I’ve defeated everyone here on
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Clock Strikes 150 for Big Ben

(Newser) - London’s Big Ben will celebrate three 150th birthdays this year, starting with today’s anniversary of the first movement of the huge clock, the Evening Standard reports. July 11 marks the first ringing of “Big Ben,” the Great Bell that eventually gave its name to the tower,... More »

Oprah Cans Columbine Episode

10th anniversary show set for today 'focused too much on the killers'

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey canceled an episode of her show commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Columbine shootings, set to air today, the New York Post reports. “After reviewing it, I thought it focused too much on the killers,” Winfrey said of the scrapped show in a Facebook posting. “... More »

Guinness Readies New Stout

Beer is first new Guinness since the 1960s

(Newser) - Guinness will sell a new beer in honor of its 250th anniversary, the AP reports. The Guinness 250 Anniversary Stout, due in US stores April 24, will be the first new stout Guinness has exported to America since the famous Guinness Draught debuted in 1960. The anniversary brew is carbonated,... More »

Dalai Lama Marks 50 Years: China Made Tibet 'Hell on Earth'

Spiritual leader throws down gloves in anniversary speech

(Newser) - In an unusually stark speech, the Dalai Lama slammed China today, saying it had made Tibet “a hell on Earth,” the New York Times reports. Chinese officials see Tibetans as “criminals deserving to be put to death,” he said in an address marking the 50th anniversary... More »

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