After more than a decade and a half of planning and controversy, work began Thursday on the long-stalled, $150 million memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower with a groundbreaking at the four-acre site in Washington DC.
The memorial to the former president and World War II general will be built on Independence Avenue at the base of Capitol Hill in front of the Department of Education Building and close to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Construction is expected to last about three years.
Members of three generations of the Eisenhower family took part in the groundbreaking... Susan Eisenhower, a granddaughter who had once been a fierce critic of the Gehry design, was among the speakers.
The controversy had centered on certain aspects of the design, including the size and scope of the structure's large-scale metal tapestries. But family members lifted their objection last year, giving the project final impetus. read more
National Sardines Day is observed annually on November 24.
The sardine canning industry peaked in the United States in the 1950s. After the industry's peak, it has been on the decline. The Stinson Seafood plant in Prospect Harbor, Maine, which was the last large sardine cannery in the United States, closed its doors on April 15, 2010, after 135 years in operation.
Sardines are several types of small, oily fish, related to herrings. Most commonly served in cans, fresh sardines are also often grilled, pickled or smoked. When canned, they can be packed in water, olive, sunflower or soybean oil or tomato, chili or mustard sauce.
The term sardine was first used in English during the beginning of the 15th century, possibly coming from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia where there was an abundance of sardines. read more
The House Republican tax overhaul ... would eliminate the 20 percent federal investment tax credit for historic preservation projects, a tax break Congress approved about 40 years ago to spur investment in historic properties that has helped revitalize many of the nation's downtowns. "With that one initiative, we hope to send your tax dollars back to your communities," said former President Ronald Reagan, who championed the tax break. "Our tax credits have made the renovation of our older buildings not only a matter of respect for beauty and history, but of economic good sense." The nation's historians, and developers, have been lobbying frantically for the GOP to restore the credit. But as of now, it is gone in the House bill and cut in half -- to 10 percent -- in the Senate bill. read more
Michael Grothaus, Fast Company: One of the worst feelings I can think of is knowing that you've let someone --- you. ... We've all been there: talking to a boss or client or salesperson who is espousing information that you know is patently false, but you keep your mouth shut. I asked Carl Bergstrom, professor of biology at the University of Washington and owner of the website Calling---.org, why this is. "This varies tremendously across cultural settings, but in many settings, it is hard to call someone out on their B.S. Calling someone out on B.S. is a forceful act and is often seen as disrespectful," Bergstrom says. In other words, calling --- when you see it can make you more productive. So that's exactly what I decided to do for a week: Call out anyone and everyone as soon as I realized they were --- me. read more
Mike Pence, the corporate right's inside man, poses his own risks. Pence's odds of becoming President are long but not prohibitive.
Of his forty-seven predecessors, nine eventually assumed the Presidency, because of a death or a resignation... Pence has taken care to appear extraordinarily loyal to Trump, so much so that Joel K. Goldstein, a historian and an expert on Vice-Presidents who teaches law at St. Louis University, refers to him as the "Sycophant-in-Chief."
But Pence has the political experience, the connections, the discipline, and the ideological mooring that Trump lacks. He also has a close relationship with the conservative billionaire donors who have captured the Republican Party's agenda in recent years.
Pence served twelve years in Congress, but never authored a single successful bill... Pence has lunches with the President. He's in the national-security briefings." Moreover, and crucially, Pence is the only official in the White House who can't be fired. read more