David McCullough, Pulitzer-winning historian, dies at 89
Obit David McCullough FILE - Writer and historian David McCullough appears at his Martha's Vineyard home in West Tisbury, Mass., on May 12, 2001. “David McCullough was a national treasure. A joyous and tireless student of the past, McCullough dedicated himself to sharing his own passion for history with the general public. Upon his 80th birthday, his native Pittsburgh renamed the 16th Street Bridge the “David McCullough Bridge.”McCullough also was a favorite in Washington, D.C. “To replace what we have with plastic, contrived history, mechanical history is almost sacrilege.”Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
David McCullough, Pulitzer-winning historian, dies at 89
David McCullough, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose lovingly crafted narratives on subjects ranging from the Brooklyn Bridge to Presidents John Adams and Harry Truman made him among the most popular and influential historians of his time, has died.
Open: This is "Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan," July 17
This week on “Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan,” with inflation now hitting over 9%, we have a string of guests to talk about the state of the American economy as experts fear a recession is coming. Plus, more on the subpoena to the U.S. Secret Service sent by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol with member Rep. Adam Kinzinger.news.yahoo.com
Live updates | Whaley wins Democratic nod for Ohio governor
Election 2022 Indiana A voter casts her ballot at the City-County Building in the final hours of early voting in the primary election in Indianapolis, Monday, May 2, 2022. DeWine faces test of far right's swayIndiana GOP lawmakers resisting many hard-right challengersIn Ohio, US House rematch again tests progressive clout2022 midterms: What to know about Ohio, Indiana primariesTrump's bid to shape GOP faces test with voters in May races___COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Republican Gov. DeWine on Tuesday topped three far-right opponents, including former U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, who painted the governor as a moderate not aligned with former President Donald Trump. ___COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has won the state’s Republican primary over a conservative challenger who questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election results. Two candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump are favored to secure GOP nominations for open House seats elsewhere in Ohio.wftv.com
Ohio's GOP elections chief faces conservative foe in primary
LaRose also brings the strength of incumbency to his campaign and adopted some of Trump's talking points about voter fraud ahead of Trump's endorsement. Lawmakers ultimately set a new, almost exclusively mail-in primary election for April 28, 2020, over LaRose's wishes. In the weeks after the 2020 presidential election, LaRose said, “Elections are run better and more honestly than really I think they ever have been." Months later, he said in an interview what has proved true in state after state — that voter fraud is rare. No way.’”Adams also criticized LaRose for his role in postponing the March 2020 primary.wftv.com
Ohio's elections chief beats conservative foe in GOP primary
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose won the Republican nomination for his second term in office on Tuesday, defeating conservative challenger John Adams, who had questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election. LaRose will face Democrat Chelsea Clark, a suburban Cincinnati City Council member and businesswoman, in November’s general election. Despite Adams' open questioning of the 2020 results, former President Donald Trump had endorsed LaRose in the race.news.yahoo.com
Renée Fleming to portray Pat Nixon at Paris Opera in 2023
NEW YORK — (AP) — American soprano Renée Fleming is to make rare operatic appearances as Pat Nixon in a new production of John Adams' “Nixon in China” at the Paris Opera next season. The opera is to be given eight performances at the Bastille from March 25 to April 16, 2023, the company said Wednesday. Music director Gustavo Dudamel will conduct a cast that includes baritone Thomas Hampson as Nixon and soprano Kathleen Kim as Madame Mao. Fleming returns to New York's Metropolitan Opera for the staged premiere of Kevin Puts' "The Hours," which opens Nov. 22 in the first of eight performances through Dec. 15. Soprano Anna Netrebko, dropped by the Metropolitan Opera for failing to repudiate Russian President Vladimir Putin, is to sing Leonora in a revival of Verdi's “La Forza del Destino” on Dec. 12 and 21 at the Bastille.wftv.com
San Francisco Opera will debut Adams' 'Antony and Cleopatra'
SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — John Adams’ version of “Antony and Cleopatra” will have its world premiere on Sept. 10 on the opening weekend of the San Francisco Opera’s 100th season. The opera will travel to Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily, and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The new Met at Lincoln Center opened in September 1966 with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s version of “Antony and Cleopatra” with a libretto by Franco Zeffirelli, an opera greeted with negative reviews. San Francisco presented the premieres of Adams' “Doctor Atomic" in 2005 and “Girls of the Golden West" in 2017. Adams' most well-known operas are “Nixon in China" from 1987 and “The Death of Klinghoffer" from 1991.wftv.com
Perfect tranquility: Some resonating words from the first inauguration
The inauguration of George Washington as the first President of the United States. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)Things have changed quite a bit since the first presidential inauguration in 1789. Illustration of American general and politician George Washington (1732 - 1799) receiving the news of his election as the first American president, 1789. While emphasizing the public good, Washington addressed the need for a strong Constitution and Bill of Rights. He also said he would be declining pay beyond what the public good thought was required.
Trump joins a select few in skipping Biden's inauguration
John Adams and John Quincy Adams also opted not to participate in a tradition that began with George Washington. The White House Historical Association points out that John Adams was never formally invited by his successor, Thomas Jefferson, to the event and perhaps didn’t want to impose. He did not call on Adams, nor did Adams invite Jackson to the White House. Some four decades later, President-elect Ulysses S. Grant refused to ride with President Andrew Johnson from the White House to the Capitol for the ceremony. Rather, Ford was administered the oath of office in the White House East Room shortly after Nixon had tendered his resignation to avoid impeachment.
Candidate concessions have been colorful, funny — or absent
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 1992, file photo, President George H.W. Bill Clinton won the 1992 president election. Most concessions are gracious — less about the loser and more about closure for the country. “Just moments ago I spoke with George W. Bush and congratulated him on becoming the 43rd president of the United States. President John Adams was glum, too.
The Bigotry Behind Judge Barrett’s Judicial Hijab
Barrett’s dogmatism should not be, though conveniently for her choreographers, the election-year politics of her appointment have obscured her subservience to regression. Except that when Thomas was appointed the court was still fairly balanced and not yet a vassal to the religious right. It was not a flattering association–not if the last 60 years’ advances in women’s rights, civil rights, marriage and gender equality mean anything. We don’t have to imagine what Barrett’s jurisprudence will look like regarding gay rights, abortion, women’s rights, sex discrimination, even human rights and the separation of church and state. What a happy day that will be.” The ground around his oval Hades in Lynchburg must’ve raptured when news of Barrett’s nomination sank in.flaglerlive.com
Florida man floods jail cell by repeatedly flushing toilet, police say
MELBOURNE, Fla. A man who was apparently upset about being arrested repeatedly flushed the toilet in his cell until it flooded the area then made a death threat toward the officer who took him into custody, according to the Melbourne Police Department. Police said a man flagged them down Wednesday on Longwood Boulevard to let them know that a man later identified as John Adams, 40, had just stolen his Schwinn bicycle from his garage. Police said they located Adams nearby and took him into custody. Once placed in a cell in the booking area, Adams became extremely irate, started banging on the cell doors and then flushed the cell toilet repeatedly until the booking room flooded, according to the affidavit. As Adams was being taken to the Brevard County Jail, he berated the officer with racial and homophobic slurs.
Shuttered Almost Two Months, Vacation Rentals May Reopen, With County and State Approval
Ron DeSantis banned vacation rentals on March 27 in an executive order aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. On Friday, DeSantis announced that vacation rentals could soon roll out the welcome mats again if county and state officials give the go-ahead. Vacation rentals account for 87 percent of South Waltons total lodging inventory, Chapman wrote to the governor on Tuesday. State Rep. Jayer Williamson, R-Pace, was among the many officials who pressed DeSantis to allow vacation rentals to start doing business again. For us to be micromanaging vacation rentals, I am not sure that is the right thing to do, DeSantis said in February.flaglerlive.com
DeSantis opens the door to reopening Florida's vacation rentals
Ron DeSantis banned vacation rentals on March 27 in an executive order aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. The move, kept in place in subsequent edicts, sparked intense pushback from property owners, management companies and some local government officials, especially in the Panhandle. While the request for a temporary restraining order was denied, Merryday allowed the lawsuit to proceed.At least part of the outcry over the vacation-rental ban came from Republican strongholds. A proposed deal was scrapped after DeSantis appeared skeptical.We have 22 million people almost. For us to be micromanaging vacation rentals, I am not sure that is the right thing to do, DeSantis said in February.orlandoweekly.com