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April 16, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Thousands of conservatives rallied on street corners and at statehouses across the nation Thursday to criticize a tax system they deem out of control and an administration they say has allowed socialism to creep into American life. In Sacramento, a 12-year-old girl carried a sign estimating her share of the national debt at more than $160,000. "Socialism is spendy!" declared Emma Ormesen's hand-lettered placard. On the National Mall in Washington, thousands sang "God Bless America" and cheered calls for tax reform.
December 16, 2009
Dear Amy: For five years my partner and I have hosted Christmas Eve gatherings for his family. While I think we do a knockout job with decorations, food and gifts, I am always left disappointed with the way my in-laws behave. They are a bunch of Debbie Downers and Negative Neds who mope through the evening eating, complaining, borrowing our computer to check their MySpace pages and engaging my partner in a violent war game on the Xbox. My partner doesn't have a problem with this type of evening because this is how his family "celebrates."
October 11, 2009 | Andrew Bender
Some things about our nation's capital are eternal: stately monuments, infighting, wilting summer humidity, confounding street grid and, mysteriously, hotels by and large unbecoming of the most powerful capital city on Earth. The monuments are as grand as ever, the politicians are still politicizing and the grid hasn't changed, but this fall travelers have something to celebrate besides the end to mugginess: a host of new lodgings that add allure to a D.C. stay. Hype and hoopla envelop the W Washington D.C., which opened in June with mod rooms and a swank bar overlooking the White House and the National Mall.
September 28, 2009 | Carolyn Kellogg
Despite a midday deluge, book lovers turned out in record numbers for the ninth annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. The gray morning couldn't dissuade 130,000 people from attending readings and signings on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Capitol. Author appearances took place under large white tents -- big enough to seat hundreds -- that filled to overflowing once the rain started in earnest around 2 p.m. Junot Díaz, who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," stood in a muddy field after his appearance, chatting in English and Spanish with a scrum of persistent, umbrella-carrying fans.
January 23, 2009 | Robin Abcarian
You wouldn't think a presidential inauguration would require a survivors group. But shortly after thousands of ticket holders were trapped in an underground tunnel beneath the National Mall on Tuesday, a new Facebook group was born: Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom. Membership as of Thursday evening: 3,950. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.
Change has come to America, and if you don't believe it, you weren't watching the last five days' worth of inauguration coverage. Oh, some things remain the same: Tom Hanks is still our favorite Everyman, soulfully quoting Lincoln during Sunday's "We Are One" inaugural concert on HBO, and Miley Cyrus can still make little girls scream, as she did Monday night on Disney's kid-friendly version. Tuesday certainly had more than a few hallmarks of a standard American media fest -- CNN's irritating fast facts, the Spielberg sightings, the repeated use of the term "historic event."
January 19, 2009 | Robin Abcarian and Jill Zuckman
It was a day that combined inspiring political rhetoric with the very best of pop culture. Tens of thousands of citizens, a throng more than a mile long on the National Mall, braved frigid weather and long security lines to attend a historic concert celebrating the country's first black president -- held at the feet of the monument honoring the country's great emancipator, Abraham Lincoln.
The cascade of extraordinary scenes will officially begin Tuesday, with the nation's first inauguration of an African American president on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, in a city south of the Mason-Dixon Line, as the oath of office is sworn on Abraham Lincoln's bible. It will pick up speed with the first family taking up residence in the White House, a home rebuilt by slave labor after being torched in the War of 1812.
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