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Tuesday
Dec282010

Who Are This Year's 'Most Admired' People?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton again top a poll ranking the "most admired" living persons, a list dominated by national politicians.

In the USA Today/Gallup poll, President Obama was the most admired man for the third year in a row, followed by former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton was the most admired woman for the ninth year in a row, edging out Sarah Palin and Oprah Winfrey.

The rankings also included other figures in business, media and popular culture, including Bill Gates, Nelson Mandella, Glenn Beck, Queen Elizabeth, Angelina Jolie and Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Wednesday
Oct202010

President Bill Clinton Lost Nuclear Codes While in Office, New Book Claims

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When you're president of the United States, you can lose a vote, you can lose popular support, and you can lose a round of golf. But you're never, ever supposed to lose the biscuit.

That's what they call the card the president is meant to keep close at hand, bearing the codes that he has to have in order to launch a nuclear attack.  For several months during the Clinton administration, a former top military officer says they lost the biscuit.

Gen. Hugh Shelton, who served under Clinton as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells the story in his just-published memoir, Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior.

"At one point during the Clinton administration," Shelton writes, "the codes were actually missing for months. [...] That's a big deal -- a gargantuan deal."

Shelton claims the story has never been released before, but Ret. Air Force Lt. Col Robert Patterson told a very similar account in his own book, published seven years ago.

Patterson was one of the men who carried the football, and he says it was literally the morning after the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke that he made a routine request of the president to present the card so that he could swap it out for an updated version.

"He thought he just placed them upstairs," Patterson recalled.  "We called upstairs, we started a search around the White House for the codes, and he finally confessed that he in fact misplaced them.  He couldn't recall when he had last seen them."

In Patterson's telling of the story, the president lost the biscuit in 1998, but according to Shelton, the card went missing in 2000.

If the facts seem murky, that's not unusual when national security matters are involved.  Consider the old story that Jimmy Carter left his biscuit in a suit that got sent to the dry cleaners.  Today, no one will confirm the story, but no one will deny it either.

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Friday
Sep242010

Only Living African-American WWII Medal Of Honor Recipient Buried In Arlington National Cemetery

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images.(ARLINGTON COUNTY, Va.) -- ABC News reports that the only living African-American veteran to receive the Medal of Honor for valor in World War II was laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery Friday.  Vernon Baker, 90, died of complications of brain cancer in July.  Baker was buried among the nation's fallen heroes, in the same section as the only other African American Medal of Honor recipient and World War II veteran buried at Arlington.  President Clinton presented Vernon Joseph Baker with the Medal of Honor in 1997, after an investigation revealed that the high climate of racism during World War II had prevented recognition of heroic deeds of black soldiers.

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