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Ulysses S. Grant

On March 10, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln promoted Major General Ulysses S. Grant to the rank of lieutenant general, placing him in command of the entire Union army as the war entered its fourth bloody year. Here’s a look back at Grant through photos and illustrations from the Library of Congress.
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Political Footwear
Jan. 26, 2015
Politicians are sometimes criticized for not “walking a mile in my shoes” when it comes to understanding the concerns of average citizens. But that doesn’t mean that the shoes (or boots) don’t sometimes tell the tale of the man or woman. Here’s a look at some noteworthy political footwear.
Newly-elected Iowa Senator Joni Ernst delivered this year’s Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union speech last week. But what the news cameras didn’t catch (and Des Moines Register reporter Jennifer Jacobs did) were the camo-themed shoes Ernst wore during her delivery.
On a less fashion-conscious, more cost-conscious, note, in her rebuttal Ernst also related how she had worn plastic bread bags over over her one good pair of shoes as a child growing up in the Hawkeye state.
Texas state senator Wendy Davis gained notoriety for the bright pink Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider sneakers she wore in June 2013 during an eleven-hour filibuster of an abortion bill. Customers flocked to buy the shoes at Amazon, where one reviewer wrote they were “Guaranteed to outrun patriarchy.”
Fashionable footwear arrived in the White House with Camelot and Jacqueline Kennedy, who favored Italian shoes and, according to About Style, helped make flats trendy and popular. In a letter to her personal shopper in 1960, Kennedy sought shoes that avoided “tricky vamp business” and were “elegant & timeless.”
Ever since Nancy Reagan bought high-fashion back onto the White House social circuit, first ladies have often drawn attention for their outfits, including their shoes, at state functions.
Former first lady Hillary Clinton was also known to indulge in top-flight designer outifts during her White House years. What she plans to do with this running shoe — a gift during a paid $225,000 visit to UNLV — remains unclear.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s fashion choices have been intensively scrutinized by the Washington press corps.
Everyone expects the First Lady to dress to the nines for state functions and inaugural balls. But Michelle’s taste in high-end footwear seemed more than a little discordant during a visit to a Washington, D.C., food bank in 2009, where she was caught wearing Lanvin cap-toe sneakers that retail for $540 and up.
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin wears everything from fashion pumps to knee0-highs to running sneakers during public appearances. Pictured here, a snakeskin pair she wore to the 2012 CPAC conference.
In May 2013 the Washington Post took note of the sartorial reputation of White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, who had graduated from the “stunning 4-inch bright pink stiletto spikes” she wore as a Justice Department prosecutor to Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin. WaPo reported a White House in-joke that Ruemmler’s shoe shopping “can move markets.”
Even bad shoes can make history. Photographer Bill Gallagher won a Pulitzer for this image of Illinois governor Adlai’s Stevenson’s well-worn shoe, caught on the presidential campaign trail in 1952. The Stevenson campaign embraced the picture as a symbol of Stevenson’s everyman frugality, but it failed to win them the White House.
Ronald Reagan reportedly learned a lesson about shoes from his father, a shoe salesman. Speechwriter Peggy Noonan relates the tale of how Reagan always kept a second pair of shoes on hand to change into midway through the day. Reagan was also known to don cowboy boots while at the “Western White House.”
President George W. Bush got a first-hand look at a Middle Eastern custom in 2008 when an irate Iraqi journalist hurled a shoe at him during a press conference in Baghdad. Bush ducked the shoe and seemed unfazed, joking with reporters: “If you want the facts, it’s a size 10 shoe that he threw.”
The shoe thrown at Bush on display at the Museum in TriBeCa in New York City.
Another angry shoe moment may be an urban legend. While Soviet premiere Nikita Kruschev was clearly angry during a heated speech during a United Nations general assembly in the fall of 1960 and energetically pounded the podium, it’s not clear he did so with shoe in hand, as no (undoctored) photo exist.
When he first hit the national stage, Texas governor Rick Perry was known for proudly wearing Texas-sized boots. So it came as somewhat of a shock to fellow Texans in July of last year when he announced he was hanging up the boots because of ongoing back problems.
For his part, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has not yet hung up his boots.
Texas politicians, it should be noted, have a long tradition of taking their boots seriously.
Very seriously.
Very, very seriously.
Did we say seriously?
Back in the Lone Star state it’s never too early to start wearing them.
The 2016 presidential race promises to be a boot-heavy affair on the Republican side, as this image from the 2013 Young Americans for Liberty national convention attests. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (left) frequently appears wearing jeans and cowboy boots
Cowboy boots may not be popular with all Kentucky politicians, however.
Then-Illinois senator Barack Obama wore down the shoe leather during his 2008 run for the White House.
While governing as president, not so much.
President Obama ties his own shoes. But he did not build them…
While in office — or rather, outside of the office — President Obama has shown a marked preference for a certain kind of shoe.
For his part, president Bill Clinton was not known for wearing notable shoes so much as for admiring them on others.
Half a world away, the massive shoe collection of Imelda Marcos because emblematic of the excesses of Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos’s administration. Imelda’s collection reportedly included more than 1,000 pairs of designer shoes, many of which now reside in several museum collections.
Today in History: Australia Day
Jan. 26, 2015
JANUARY 26, 1788: Captain Arthur Phillip raises the British flag on the first European settlement at New South Wales. Phillip’s fleet had come bearing some 700 British convicts bound for a proposed penal colony. Though it struggled mightily in its early years, the colony eventually flourished, and the date of Phillip’s arrival would later celebrate the nation’s founding as Australia Day.
1979: The Dukes of Hazzard debuts on CBS. Following the misadventures of two cousins (John Schneider and Tom Wopat) in the rural South, the show becomes famous for its frequent car chases — featuring the “General Lee,” an orange 1969 Dodge Charger with a large Confederate flag and welded-shut doors that required acrobatic entry — and the tight outfits of co-star Catherine Bach.
1957: The Wham-O company begins manufacturing the flying-disc toy that will evolve into the world-famous Frisbee. Originating with the empty tins thrown by customers of the Frisbie Pie Company in Bridgeport, Conn., inventor Walter Morrison sells an improved plastic version to Wham-O dubbed the “Pluto Platter” (pictured). Wham-O changes the name to Frisbee in 1958.
2005: Longtime Tonight Show host Johnny Carson dies at age 79. Taking the host seat in 1962, Carson’s casual and witty style helps define the late-night talk format for all who came after. His influence only grows when he moved the show to Burbank in 1972, and the network maneuvering after his retirement in 1992 changes the landscape of late-night television.
1983: The action series The A-Team premieres on NBC. The tale of former Army special-forces soldiers turned mercenaries, the show becomes a pop-culture phenomenon with its over-the top, cartoonish action scenes and colorful characters such as team leader Hannibal Smith (George Peppard) and B.A. Baracus (breakout star Mr. T).
1977: The television miniseries Roots debuts on ABC. Based on the novel by Alex Haley and charting a harrowing family saga from 1750 through the Civil War, the show dramatizes the era of black slavery for a mainstream primetime audience for the first time. Across eight episodes, the show draws historic ratings and wins nine Emmy Awards.
1968: North Korean forces capture the intelligence boat USS Pueblo after alleging it was discovered in their territorial waters. Pueblo’s capture markedly increases tensions on the Korea peninsula and resulted in the loss of a large amount of classified materiel. The ship’s crew are sent to prison camps and in some cases tortured, and are finally released nearly a year later.
JANUARY 22, 1973: The Supreme Court hands down the landmark Roe v Wade decision. Finding a right to privacy within the 14th Amendment’s due-process clause, the 7-2 decision strikes down the Texas statutes at issue in the case and clears the way for legalized abortions nationwide. The decision permanently reshapes the national political debate on abortion and other cultural issues.
1973: George Foreman scores an upset win over Joe Frazier to take the heavyweight boxing title. Critics had scoffed at “Big George’s” Olympic career, thinking he had never faced an opponent as strong as Frazier, who had bested Muhammed Ali two years earlier. But Foreman’s second-round punch elicited Howard Cosell’s famous cry: “Down goes Frazier!”
1973: Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president of the United States from 1963 to 1968, dies at his Texas ranch. During his tenure in the White House Johnson pushed through the Civil Rights Act and a range of federal programs under his “War on Poverty” campaign. But the conflict in Vietnam weighed on his administration, and he declined to run for reelection in 1968.
1968: The television comedy show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In premieres on NBC. The sketch program featured a rotating cast of current and future comedy luminaries, and was famous for its rapid-fire jokes on politics and sexual mores. Presidential candidate Richard Nixon appeared in an early episode uttering the famous line: “Sock it to me?”
1905: Russian Imperial troops fire on protesting workers at Czar Nicholas II’s Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Hundreds are killed and wounded in what becomes known as the Bloody Sunday Massacre, and strikes and riots break out across the country in response, planting the seeds of the Bolshevik revolution a decade later.
JANUARY 21, 1954: The USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, launches at Groton, Conn. Carrying 105 officers and crew, Nautilus goes on to break many speed and endurance records, and in 1958 becomes the first vessel to transit the North Pole submerged, an important achievement for the U.S. in the post-Sputnik era. She was decommissioned in 1980.
1977: On his second day in office, President Jimmy Carter issues a pardon for all Vietnam War draft dodgers, wiping the slate for civilian violators of the controversial conflict — but not those who had deserted from active duty. The move enrages veterans groups as an affront to those who had served honorably.
1968: U.S. Marines at the Khe Sahn Combat Base come under heavy bombardment by North Vietnamese army forces, marking the beginning of a grueling 77-day siege. A massive air operation was marshaled to resupplying the remote base and strike back against enemy forces, allowing the Marines to hold out against relentless attacks until being relieved on April 8.
1959: Carl Dean Switzer, the actor who portrayed the freckled-face, cowlick-coiffed Alfalfa in the Our Gang film-shorts series, dies in a fight in Mission Hills, Calif., at age 31. Switzer appeared in the children’s comedy series from the mid-1930s to the early 1940s, but received no royalties when the shorts were syndicated to television in the mid-1950s as The Little Rascals.
1950: Former state department official Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury. Accused of being a Communist prior to WWII, Hiss appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where his case galvanized supporters and critics of HUAC’s methods. Evading a charge of treason (because of the statute of limitations), Hiss would serve nearly four years.
1793: King Louis XVI is executed at the Place de la Revolution in Paris. Louis had resisted calls to reform the monarchy in the face of revolutionary fervor, and was forced to leave the royal palace in 1789 with his unpopular queen, Marie Antoinette. After the monarchy was abolished in 1792, evidence of his conspiracy with foreign powers sealed his doom.
JANUARY 20, 1981: Iran releases 52 American hostages held in the U.S. embassy in Tehran, ending a 444-day international standoff. The long-running crisis — punctuated by a disastrous attempted rescue mission — crippled President Carter’s reelection bid, and the hostages were released just minutes after President Ronald Reagan was inaugurated.
1987: Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite is taken hostage by Hezbollah militants in Lebanon while on a mission to negotiate the release of other Western hostages. Hezbollah accused Waite of being a CIA spy and kept him imprisoned for nearly five years, where he was beaten and kept in seclusion. Waite was released in November 1991 (pictured).
1942: Top Nazi officials gather in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to discuss a “final solution” for the Jewish population of occupied Europe. Led by SS General Reinhard Heydrich (pictured) and Adolf Eichmann, the conference attendees planned various relocation and execution methods. Notes of the meeting were later used at the Nuremberg war crimes trials.
1841: China signs the Chuenpi Convention ceding the island of Hong Kong to the British during the First Opium War. The colony flourished under British rule as a commercial gateway to southern China and eventually a world commercial center. In 1898 Britain secured an additional 99-year lease, and finally handed control back to China in 1997.
JANUARY 16, 1991: With the passing of a United Nations deadline for withdrawal from Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm begins with a massive six-week air campaign by allied nations led by the United States that devastates Saddam Hussein’s military from Kuwait to Baghdad. The air war paves the way for a February 24 ground invasion that expels Iraq from Kuwait, and just four days.
1973: The primetime western drama Bonanza signs off after 14 seasons and 430 episodes, second only to Gunsmoke in duration. The saga of the Cartwright family of ranchers in mid-1800s Virginia City, Nev., was a male-heavy affair led by patriarch Ben (Lorne Greene) and his three grown sons that struck a chord with storylines that avoided the classic trope of the wandering gunslinger.
1919: The 18th Amendment prohibiting the manufacture and sale of “intoxicating liquors” is ratified, culminating a decades-long push by anti-alcohol organizers across the country. Nine months later Congress passes the Volstead Act to put prohibition into effect, but a massive law-enforcement effort fails to stop the practice. In 1933 the 21st Amendment repeals prohibition.
JANUARY 15, 1559: Elizabeth Tudor is crowned Queen Elizabeth I at Westminster Abbey. The daughter of Henry VIII, Elizabeth endured imprisonment by her Catholic half-sister Mary, and as queen established a permanent Protestant Church of England. The “Virgin Queen” would guide England to its place as a major world power, and is renowned as one of England’s greatest monarchs.
2009: US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger lands a stricken Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a birdstrike incapacitates both the plane’s engines shortly after takeoff from La Guardia Airport. The so-called “Miracle on the Hudson” results in a handful of injuries but no deaths among the 150 passengers and five crew. Sullenberger retired the following year.
1967: The Green Bay Packers face off against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first-ever Super Bowl game at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Pitting the champions of the rival National Football Leage and American Football League, Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr led his team to a 35-10 victory. The leagues merged three years later.
1919: A massive tank of molasses collapses in the heart of Boston, plunging more than two million gallons of fiery hot liquid in an eight-foot wave that kills 12 people and dozens of horses, and damages numerous buildings and structures. The incident leads to more than 100 lawsuits against the United States Industrial Alcohol Company.
JANUARY 14, 1973: The Miami Dolphins cap the first and and so far only undefeated season in NFL history by besting the Washington Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl VII. Despite their perfect regular-season and playoff record, coach Don Shula’s team was a three-point underdog going in, having lost the previous year, but quarterback Bob Griese prevails in a low-scoring match.
1969: An explosion rips through the the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise on station off the coast of Vietnam. The explosion and resulting fire kills 27 sailors and injures another 314; 15 aircraft are also lost on the heavily-damaged flight deck. The cause was determined to be a MK-32 Zuni rocket on a parked F-4 Phantom fighter which became heated by nearby equipment.
1954: Yankees baseball legend Joe DiMaggio marries movie star Marilyn Monroe in San Francisco, Calif., where, despite their efforts at privacy, they are mobbed by press. The pair seemed to struggle from the start as DiMaggio grew uncomfortable with Monroe’s sexpot image, even enduring the filming of her famous blown skirt scene on the set of The Seven Year Itch. They divorced in October.
JANUARY 13, 1968: Singer Johnny Cash records two performances at Folsom State Prison in California. The resulting album, released in May, becomes a major commercial success led by a live version of one of his first hit singles “Folsom Prison Blues” and revitalizes Cash’s career.
1962: Television producer Ernie Kovacs dies in a car crash in Los Angeles. Kovacs brought an off-beat approach to his eponymous comedy program, staging skits with surreal plots and colorful, at times bizarre characters including the mincing Percy Dovetonsils and the masked Nairobi Trio. The show also featured experiments with the emerging technology of television.
1929: Legendary frontier lawman Wyatt Earp dies in Los Angeles. Born in Illinois, Earp had worn may hats as a lawman and private citizen before arriving in Tombstone, Ariz., where he joined his brothers Virgil and Morgan — and longtime friend John “Doc” Holliday — in the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral in October 1881.
1898: Émile Zola publishes “J’accuse…!” (“I Accuse”) in defense of Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French Army convicted of treason. The letter blasted the Army for covering up the details of its illegitimate conviction — known as the “Dreyfus Affair” — and though it brought Zola a libel sentence, it was instrumental in obtaining a new trial that eventually exonerated Dreyfus.
1971: Producer Norman Lear’s All in the Family debuts on CBS. An adaption of the British series Till Death Us Do Part, the show focused on the angry working-class patriarch Archie Bunker and broke new ground in addressing topics including race and women’s liberation. The show ranks as the top-rated show for its first five years and goes on to win numerous Emmy Awards.
1969: The British music group Led Zeppelin releases their self-titled first album, a fusion of blues and rock that receives initially poor reviews but strikes a chord with music fans. Songs such as “Dazed and Confused” and “Communication Breakdown” would become concert staples performed throughout their long run atop the music business.
1879: British forces under Lord Chelmsford cross into Zululand after Zulu King Cetshwayo refuses an ultimatum to dismantle his large army. Within two weeks British forces would stumble into two historic battles against Cetshwayo’s primitive military, losing some 800 soldiers in a surprise attack by Zulu warriors at Islandwana, and killing more than 500 Zulu in a desperate defense at Rorke’s Drift.
JANUARY 9, 2007: Apple Steve Jobs CEO unveils the iPhone, the first device to combine a phone, music player, camera, and Internet access with a touch-screen interface. During his keynote address, considered among his best, Jobs first demonstrated many of the features that would become common on smartphones, and that solidified Apple’s dominance in the sector.
1776: Thomas Paine publishes the influential pamphlet Common Sense, setting out his arguments in favor of independence for the American colonies. Paine’s plain language brought average citizens and politicians together in the idea of independence and an identity apart from England, and helped catalyze the nascent revolution.
JANUARY 8, 1964: President Lyndon Johnson declares a “War on Poverty” during his State of the Union address, and the legislation that followed created the Medicare and Medicaid, established the national food-stamp program and Job Corps, and greatly expanded the federal government’s role in education.
1982: AT&T settles an anti-trust lawsuit with the Justice Department by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell Systems companies, the local exchanges that made up the company’s national phone network, while retaining the long-distance operation. The era of the so-called “Baby Bells” would see a surge in competition in phone services and technology, leading to the wireless revolution.
1918: President Woodrow Wilson delivers his "Fourteen Points" in a speech before Congress, outlining his proposal for a postwar peace settlement involving free trade, freedom of the sea, and an international forum of governments in which to settle disputes. The latter idea would later take the form of the League of Nations, but failed to prevent the outbreak of another world war.
JANUARY 7, 1953: President Harry Truman announces the development of a hydrogen bomb during his final State of the Union address in a move to counter the Soviet nuclear program. With a destructive force measured in megatons, the hydrogen bomb was a far more powerful weapon than the earlier atomic bomb, and was small enough to fit inside a ballistic missile.
1955: Singer Marian Anderson makes her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in a performance of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, becoming the first black singer to perform there, one of numerous times she would break the color barrier during her career. Anderson’s contralto voice was widely celebrated, and her 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial was heard by millions on radio.
1927: The New York Globetrotters play their first game in Hinckley, Ill. Organized by sports promoter Abe Saperstein (at left), the team was initially named the Savoy Big Five, and in 1930 adopted the hometown of Harlem. The team began adding comedy elements to their game in the late 1930s, and those became a focus of their exhibitions after the NBA became racially integrated in the 1950s.
1911: Silent film actress Mary Pickford marries actor Owen Moore. Known as “America’s Sweetheart,” Pickford rose from an anonymous extra to become one of the cinema’s first true movie stars and one of the richest and most famous women in the country. Pickford later married Douglas Fairbanks, with whom she founded the United Artists studio in 1919 alongside filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.
JANUARY 6, 1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his “Four Freedoms” goals during the State of the Union address to rally support for a more interventionist role in international affairs. The four freedoms — freedom of speech and of worship, and freedom from want and fear — were later embraced by Eleanor Roosevelt in the campaign for the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
1994: A soap-opera drama overtakes the world of Olympic figure skating when Nancy Kerrigan (right) is attacked by a man hired by the the ex-husband of Tonya Harding (left), Kerrigan’s chief rival for a spot on the U.S. Figure Skating Team. Both skaters went on the Olympic Games in Lillehammer, where Harding falters badly and Kerrigan won a silver medal.
1759: George Washington, then a young officer in the colonial British Army, resigns his commission to marry Martha Dandridge Custis, and the couple move into Washington’s family estate at Mount Vernon, with the future first President adopting Martha’s two children, Jack and Patsy. They remained married for four decades until his death in 1799.
JANUARY 5, 1972: President Richard Nixon signs a $5.5 million funding plan for the space shuttle, NASA’s proposed reusable low-Earth orbit vehicle. Columbia is the first to fly in 1981, and over the next two decades five shuttles fly 135 missions — suffering two catastrophic losses — and play a vital role for the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station. The fleet is retired in 2011.
1973: Bruce Springsteen’s first album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., is released, drawing strong reviews for the singer-songwriter’s distinctive sound. Columbia Records head Clive Davis thought the album lacked a big single, so Springsteen added “Blinded by the Light” and “Spirit in the Night”; neither song proved a hit, but Manfred Mann’s recording of “Blinded” would top the charts in 1977.
1933: Construction begins on the the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Real-estate speculators had dreamed of connecting the San Francisco peninsula with southern Marin County for decades, but a workable and affordable plan to span the 3,000-foot wide strait with a suspension bridge did not emerge until the 1920s. The completed bridge was opened on May 27, 1937.
JANUARY 2, 1811: Massachusetts’s Timothy Pickering becomes the first U.S. senator to be formally censured after a scandal over the disclosure of secret presidential documents. Pickering had been General George Washington’s adjutant during the Revolutionary War, but was dismissed from his post as secretary of state by President Adams because of his ties to Alexander Hamilton.
1974: President Richard Nixon signs the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act, setting a uniform national speed limit of 55 miles per hour. Enacted in the aftermath of the Arab oil embargo, the act was intended to enforce more fuel-efficient travel and thus lessen demand for petroleum. Unpopular in Western states with long rural highways, the act was finally repealed in 1995.
1965: University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath signs with the New York Jets for a three-year contract worth an unprecedented $400,000. A brash new kind of sports celebrity, Namath quickly began racking up impressive passing stats, and in 1969 cemented his legendary status by guaranteeing — and delivering — a Jets victory in the Super Bowl.
1935: Bruno Hauptmann goes on trial for the kidnapping and murder of the the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindberg. Hauptmann, an immigrant German carpenter, was found with part of the large ransom payment, and other circumstantial evidence linked him to what the media had sensationalized into “The Crime of the Century." He was convicted and executed the following year.
1492: King Boabdil of Granada surrenders to the forces of Spanish King Ferdinand V and Queen Isabella, making the fall of the last Arab stronghold in the Iberian peninsula more than 700 years after Muslim armies had first invaded Europe.
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March for Life 2015
Jan. 25, 2015
Tens of thousands of marchers gathered in Washington, D.C. on January 22 for the annual March for Life, billed as the largest pro-life event in the world. Here’s a look at the march and some of the images captured throughout the day by National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez.
March for Life brings together pro-life and religious groups from across the country for a peaceful demonstration against abortion and in defense of life. The marchers filled the mall and spilled out on the nearby streets.
The march takes place each year in the nation’s capitol on the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the ruling.
As in previous years, many young faces were seen marching and holding signs expressing their pro-life beliefs.
Members of Congress were among the speakers who addressed the crowd, including representatives Chris Smith, Daniel Lipinski, and Tim Scott.
Also in the crowd was former senator Rick Santorum, who posed for photos with some young marchers.
MARCHERS FOR LIFE: National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez attended this year’s March for Life and took the following images of some of the thousands of attendees on the National Mall, along the march route, and outside the Supreme Court.
The Youth Rally and Mass for Life was held at the Verizon Center on the morning of the march.
Some of the thousands of faces at the Verizon Center that morning.
A view of the marchers gathered for the rally on the National Mall.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers spoke onstage joined by some Congressional colleagues. She spoke of the joy her son with Down Syndrome brings.
"The rally before the march was resplendent with smiling faces exuding joy, a love for life."
Joy was evident.
A grateful generation
Many families took part in this year's rally and march.
There were women of all ages.
Mother and child
Defending life
THEY CAME FROM...: This year's marchers came from across the nation, representing churches, schools, and many other pro-life organizations.
They came from Brooklyn.
They came from Maryland.
They came from Nashville.
They came from Ohio.
They came from North Dakota.
They came from North Dakota.
They came from Massachusetts.
They came from Massachusetts.
They came from Notre Dame.
They came from Virginia.
They came from Connecticut.
They came from Franciscan University in Ohio.
They came from Long Island.
They came from Louisiana.
They’re Chinese.
They’re Polish.
Many love Mary.
“My good friends the Dominicans at the Dominican House of Studies in D.C.”
“My New York crew.”
“My college classmate Msgr. Jim Shea is in this crowd from his University of Maryland in Bismarck”
“My friends the LifeRunners park outside the Court with a message.”
SIGNS ALONG THE ROUTE: Marchers carried many banners and signs to the National Mall, along the march route, and to hold in front of the Supreme Court.
"First sign I saw was my alma mater, the Catholic University of America. To which a friend, a Catholic journalist, responded 'I certainly hope so!'"
Got life?
“With upwards of 90 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down Syndrome aborted, this is alternative thinking.”
Pro-peace, pro-life
“With help from Mother Teresa”
Bikers are pro-life, too.
Jan. 22, 2015
The “Deflate-Gate” scandal surrounding the New England Patriots has galvanized sports fans and exploded on social media, where fans are out for blood while others are jumping in on the latest comedic kerfuffle. Here’s a look at the Twitter snark at #DeflateGate and #Bellicheat.
Deflate-Gate erupted shortly after the Patriots handily defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 last Sunday. After a Colt player reported a seemingly under-inflated ball, league officials investigated, and according to several news reports 11 of the 12 game balls were found to have been deflated below regulation levels. Under-inflated balls are thought to be easier to throw accurately and to catch.
This isn’t the first time the Patriots have faced charges of cheating. Earlier this month Baltimore Ravens players and coaches accused the team of using an illegal formation. And back in 2007, the Pats were fined for illegally videotaping opponents over a five-year span to garner play-call signals.
Amid all the mockery of flat footballs is the very serious debate over how to sanction the Patriots if the allegations prove true. (The league has yet to make a formal ruling.) Commentators have suggested everything from barring coach Bill Bellichick from the Super Bowl to disqualifying the whole team.
SOCIAL-MEDIA SNARK: “I guess we will have to put a star next to this year’s @AFChampionship winner.” (SmokyHillBound, @SmokyHillBound)
“This is what the Patriots are playing for. Allegedly.” (Jim Rome, @jimrome)
“Bill Bleichick as a youngster deflating footballs.” (BLACK ADAM SCHEFTER, @B1ackSchegter)
“Belichick be like ‘Cold and rainy? No problem.’” (Gregg Moore, @thephelon)
Significant shrinkage! (Image via Todd Schools, @HoboClaus)
“Uncle Rico knows the truth.” (Jeff Grant, @JeffreyMGrant)
Don’t hate the deflater hate the game. (Image via Josh Jordan, @NumbersMuncher)
One for the record books. (Image via Charles K. Byrne, @CHarlesKByrne)
Ball boy and bat boy (Image via Neil Turnbull, @NeilATurnbull)
“Hey, @Patriots. I know something your football could use…” (Diane N. Sevenay)
“I can’t think of a more beautiful way to wake up and enjoy my coffee and breakfast!” (@JoeSteelerFan)
“Balls are gonna deflate, deflate, deflate, deflate, deflate…” (Kimmie, @kimmiexj)
Clash of the Titans? (Image via Marc2k6, @Marc2k6)
Coach’s request (Image via SUH to Raiders RM, @Raiderfan_559)
“Its not unprecedented for an authority figure to inspect whether proper inflation occurred.” (Jimmy Tramel, @JimmyTramel)
“The Patriots 12th ball holds a news conference.” (Heavens, @HeavensHawkeye)
“#DeflateGate had nothing to do with last night’s game, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t find this funny.” (Tyler Brooke, @TylerDBrooke)
Do the Pats always pay their debts? (Image via Will Brinson, @WillBrinson)
Surreal sideline (Image via
“From the school of Mr Whipple ‘I’m not squeezing the balls. That’s not my practice.’” (Thomas Roberts, @ThomasARoberts)
Beauty is in the eye of the holder. (Image via, @milestatdotcom)
“NFL should hire these guys. Mystery would be solved in less than 30 mins.” (Ducks Rodgers, @duciswild)
The pin is mightier than the sword. (Image via GHart4Blues, @ghart84)
“The Patriots have a new logo.” (Eli Langer, @EliLanger)
“The #NFL has found that 11 of the 12 balls used by the @Patriots were in fact Nerf Turbo Screamers.” (Steve Gorman SPORTS!, @SGSFOX)
What’s in a name? (Image via BMS Football, @FootballBMS)
“True!” (Israel Valenzuela, @elcobarde)
“We found the culprit.” (Unleashed by Petco, @UnleashedPetco)
“Gaze upon the furry face behind #DeflateGate!” (Late Night, @LateNightSeth)
“If deflating sports balls is considered cheating, then I’m in big trouble!” (Butler Blue III, @ButlerBlue3)
Dog gone. (Image via Drew McGee, @MrAviator92)
“Damn … it was Suh all along!!” (Said No Lions Fan, @saidnolionsfan)
“What’s this #DeflateGate thing all about???” (Anton’s Dad, @TheKidsGotHands)
The thrill of "victory"? (Image via Rob Gronkowski, @RobGronkowski)
“Meanwhile in New England…” (Relojo Asenime, @THeL1T1G4T0R)
“#BillBellicheat photographed shortly before the AFC Championship Game…” (Pin Head, @TomAdelsbach)
Hall of infamy? (Image via Isabel Santamaria, @Isabel1170)
A weighty problem. (Image via Daniel Roberts, @readDanwrite)
“For those always trying to find fault with the NEP” (James, @Chafitz)
Goodness gracious! (Image via #Omaha#HurryHurry, @Broncos4Life74)
“Deflated balls? Ha! You should have seen what we did when the Patriots played Alderaan!” (Richard Bingham, @bingham_humber)
Tricky Bill. (Image via Smokey, @Southpawd1213)
“Well this proves everything” (GK Durant, @theVOICE_BEARD)
“Just when you thought it was going to be about the play on the field.” (Jennifer Land, @jenn9772)
“The only thing dumber than the #DeflateGate accusations is watching anchors squeezing footballs on air.” (Laura Rose Montorio, @lauramontorio)
“This guy.” (Michael Swiatolowski, @MIkeySwit)
“@VP Biden likes a deflated football” (The Hill, @thehill)
“‘Having been a receiver I like a softer ball. That’s all I can tell ya.’ — VP” (CBS This Morning, @CBSThisMorning)
“When asked about #DeflateGate, Eli Manning used Obama logic” (Not Bill Walton, @NotBillWalton)
CORPORATE COMEDY: Not to be outdone, some companies have weighed in on #DeflateGate on their official Twitter feeds, if only in a humorous vein. Pictured, Michelin's entry: “Inflation matters!” (Michelin USA, @MichelinUSA)
“It seems like softness is really catching on.” (Downy, @Downy)
“Fully filled” (krispykreme, @krispykreme)
“You know you don’t have to deflate us to be more squeezable.” (Chairman, @Charmin)
“Are you a victim of #DeflateGate? Re-inflate at Family Express!” (Family Express, @Family Express)
“After further inspection, these balls are never deflated and always perfect. Martorano’s Meatballs, that is.” (Paris Las Vegas, @ParisVegas)
“Avoid your own #DeflateGate with 34 game-day snacks guaranteed to keep your guests filled up.” (Cooking Channel, @CookingChannel)
“#DeflateGate down under??” (ESPNTennis, @ESPNTennis)
“We power Seattle, including all types of electrical equipment. Especially air compressors.” (Seattle City Light, @SEACityLight)
“#DeflateGate has a different meaning in #NASCAR.” (NASCAR, @NASCAR)
Pope Francis in the Philippines
Jan. 22, 2015
Pope Francis recently concluded a trip through Asia, including stops in Sri Lanka and the Philippines, where he met with Catholic leaders and thousands of the faithful. NRO has assembled some messages the pontiff delivered during his time in the Philippines. Here’s a look, with images from his visit.
When he arrived on January 16, Pope Francis noted that the island nation, the most populous Catholic nation in Asia, is just a few years away from celebrating the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity.
At a mass in Manila’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Francis noted: “Filipino culture has, in fact, been shaped by the imagination of faith. Filipinos everywhere are known for their love of God, their fervent piety, and their warm devotion to Our Lady and her rosary.”
An estimated six million worshippers gathered in a rainy Rizal Park in Manila to watch Pope Francis lead Sunday mass ceremonies. Said Francis: “In Christ, we have become God’s adopted children, brothers and sisters in Christ. This is who we are. This is our identity.”
Pope Francis also visited residents of Tacloban, who suffered so greatly when super typhoon Haiyan struck in December 2013. Said Francis: "Today let us commend to God’s mercy all those who have died, and invoke his consolation and peace upon all who still grieve."
Francis spoke to the faithful at Tacloban: “So many of you have lost everything. I do not know what to tell you. But surely he knows what to tell you! So many of you have lost members of your family. I can only be silent; I accompany you silently, with my heart…” (Pictured, Catholic devotees in Tacloban.)
Prayer: “You may say to me: … I want to pray, but there is so much work to do! I must care for my children; I have chores in the home; I am too tired even to sleep well. I know. This may be true, but if we do not pray, we will not know the most important thing of all: God’s will for us. And for all our activity, our busy-ness, without prayer we will accomplish very little.”
Faith: “Let us look to Christ: he is the Lord, and he understands us, for he experienced all the troubles we experience.”
Jesus Christ: “He is like us in everything. In everything but sin, for he was not a sinner. But to be even more like us, he took upon himself our sins. He became sin! This is what Paul tells us, and it was something that he knew well. Jesus goes before us always; when we experience any kind of cross, he was already there before us.”
Jesus Christ: “Jesus does not disappoint.… I see him there, nailed to the cross, and from there he does not disappoint us. He was consecrated Lord on that throne, and there he experienced all the disasters we experience. Jesus is Lord! And he is Lord from the cross, from there he reigned.” (Pictured, nuns give communion at Manila Cathedral.)
Happiness: “I hope that you will always realize that true happiness comes from helping others, giving ourselves to them in self-sacrifice, mercy and compassion. In this way you will be a powerful force for the renewal of society, not only in the work of restoring buildings but more importantly, in building up God’s kingdom of holiness, justice and peace in your native land.”
Human Life: “We too need to protect, guide and encourage our young people, helping them to build a society worthy of their great spiritual and cultural heritage.  Specifically, we need to see each child as a gift to be welcomed, cherished and protected.”
Marriage: “How many difficulties in married life are resolved when we leave room for dreaming, when we stop a moment to think of our spouse, and we dream about the goodness present in the good things all around us. So it is very important to reclaim love by what we do each day. Do not ever stop being newlyweds!”
Family: “I ask you each evening, when you make your examination of conscience, to also ask yourselves this question: Today did I dream about my children’s future? Today did I dream about the love of my husband, my wife? Did I dream about my parents and grandparents who have gone before me? Dreaming is very important. Especially dreaming in families. Do not lose this ability to dream!”
Family: “We know how difficult it is for our democracies today to preserve and defend such basic human values as respect for the inviolable dignity of each human person, respect for the rights of conscience and religious freedom, and respect for the inalienable right to life, beginning with that of the unborn and extending to that of the elderly and infirm.”
Family: “Sadly, in our day, the family all too often needs to be protected against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture.” (Pictured, Francis greets children at the University of Santo Tomas.)
Remaking the Family: “Let us be on guard against colonization by new ideologies. There are forms of ideological colonization which are out to destroy the family. They are not born of dreams, of prayers, of closeness to God or the mission which God gave us; they come from without, and for that reason I am saying that they are forms of colonization.”
Faith: “This cathedral stands as an eloquent sign of the immense effort of rebuilding which you and your neighbors have undertaken in the wake of the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda. It is also a concrete reminder to all of us that, even amid disaster and suffering, our God is constantly at work, making all things new.”
Witness: “Let us thank the Lord for all those who have labored in these months to clear away the rubble, to visit the sick and dying, to comfort the grieving and to bury the dead. Their goodness, and the generous aid which came from so many people throughout the world, are a real sign that God never abandons us!” (Pictured, children in Tacloban.)
Judgment Day: “Our treatment of the poor is the criterion on which each of us will be judged (cf. Mt 25:40, 45). I ask all of you, and all responsible for the good of society, to renew your commitment to social justice and the betterment of the poor, both here and in the Philippines as a whole.”
Avoiding Distraction: “The devil is the father of lies.  Often he hides his snares behind the appearance of sophistication, the allure of being “modern”, “like everyone else”.  He distracts us with the promise of ephemeral pleasures, superficial pastimes.  And so we squander our God-given gifts … We forget to remain focused on the things that really matter.  We forget to remain, at heart, children of God.”
Fog-Shrouded Dubai
Jan. 21, 2015
You might not think a desert city such as Dubai would get much fog. But the capitol city of the United Arab Emirates regularly sees some stunning meteorological events envelop its eye-popping, towering skyline. Here’s a look.
Photographer Daniel Cheong has chronicled the ethereal weather systems that occasionally blanket Dubai for more than six years. He estimates he has taken more than 300 photos of the city’s fogscapes.
Situated on the Persian Gulf, Dubai is largest city in the U.A.E., with some 2.1 million residents. The city has become a global business hub and a key transportation hub for the Middle East.
Rising even above the highest fog is the Burj Khalifa, the highest structure in the world, stretching 163 floors and 828 meters over the desert.
Another new tower climbs into the sky in this view from the nearby Princess Tower.
The view from the 99th floor of the Burj Khalifa.
Whisps of fog move through the streets while Dubai harbor remains clear.
Looking out an 80th floor window in the Index Tower
Another view from the same vantage point during the day.
More views of the Burj Khalifa.
Photographer Daniel Cheong — who is also a project manager for Microsoft — in his element, high above the streets of Dubai.
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