James Grady - Politics Daily
This year marks the 100th "birthday" of one of America's most successful and culturally impactive political tools: the 1911 .45 semi-automatic pistol.
Yet this is not just a story about a gun.
Though, of course, this story stars and starts with that gun.
Or rather, our need for it that emerged when U.S. armed forces fought Muslim insurgents on Asian turf that most Americans have trouble finding on a map.
As most of us remember -- especially fans of Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling -- from 1899-1913, the United States fought the Philippine-American War for control of those Pacific islands. In...
David Moye - AOL News
The phrase "do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life" seems completely apropos for porn actor Dave Cummings.
Although Cummings (born David Connors) turns 71 in a few weeks, an age when many of his contemporaries have retired, he is still working hard at his craft, almost 17 years after entering what insiders refer to simply as "the industry."
The efforts have paid off: Cummings is one of this year's inductees in the X-Rated Critics
Organization's Hall of Fame Class of 2011, an honor handed out to, as the press release says, "only the best and brightest in the world of...
Suzi Parker - Politics Daily
Lara Logan appeared fearless and intrepid when she reported from war zones -- exactly what you want in a foreign correspondent.
The reporter "suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating" while covering the celebration in Tahrir Square on Feb. 11, according to CBS News, Logan's employer. Egyptian women and soldiers rescued her from a hostile mob that had separated her from her film crew, and she is now in an American hospital recovering.
Logan's assault is a reminder that reporting is a dangerous business. According to Reporters Without Borders, five reporters have already been...
not in system - AOL News
PARIS - It was a love token worn through the blood-drenched rice paddies and jungles of the Vietnam War.
For Henri Huet, the Virgin Mary medallion was his one constant link to Cecile, the woman he loved. The celebrated Associated Press photographer carried it in his pocket or hung it around his neck. It was engraved for her baptism and when he left for the war, she gave it to him.
Michel Euler, AP
Cecile Blumental, born Schrouben, poses at the "Henri Huet, Vietnam" exhibition in Paris. The exhibition commemorates AP photographer Huet's work during the Vietnam War before he...
Sarah Wildman - Politics Daily
You might not know his name, but you've seen his work. Haunting images of men up to their waists in mud, wading through South East Asian jungles. Maybe you've seen the series of medic Thomas Cole, himself bloodied and half-blinded, covered in a sagging, once-white bandage, tending to men strewn about a makeshift hospital, a clearing really, filled with the dead, the dying, the wounded.
Forty years ago today, four photojournalists died when they were shot down over the Laos sky: Larry Burrows of Life magazine, Kent Potter of United Press International, Keizaburo Shimamoto of Newsweek and the...
Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
Rummy and Mac are still having a spat over Iraq. Sen. John McCain says history has proven him correct in his insistence that the United States needed more boots on the ground in its battle against a bloody insurgency in Iraq.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resisted the call for more troops -- arguing that a leaner, more efficient Army could get the job done -- and he largely defends his prosecution of the war in a new memoir, "Known and Unkown."
Obama White House Meeting with McCain Signals Thaw in Frosty Relations
Rumsfeld "didn't believe we...
not in system - AOL News
When I was a prisoner of war, the Vietnamese went to great lengths to restrict the news from home to only prominent opponents of the war. They wanted us to believe America had forgotten us. They never mentioned Ronald Reagan. No matter. We knew about him. New additions to our ranks told us how the then governor and Mrs. Reagan were committed to our liberation and our cause.
When we came home, we were eager to meet the Reagans to thank them. But more than gratitude drew us to them. We were drawn to them because they were among the few prominent Americans who didn't subscribe to the then...
Chris Epting - AOL News
He sits on a couch thumbing through a photo album.
"Here's Dwight Eisenhower," he says. "And LBJ, Gerald Ford, Leonid Brezhnev and Walter Cronkite."
Famed Army One helicopter pilot, Retired Master Army Aviator Lt. Col. Gene Boyer, is glancing over the images that defined his life. He stops and recalls, wistfully, what it was like to get to know John Steinbeck during the Vietnam War. He was amazing, Boyer told AOL News during a recent interview. "The great Steinbeck. And just look what he wrote about us helicopter pilots."
Helicopter pilot Lt. Col. Gene Boyer -- who...
Torie Bosch - AOL News
Robert Bentley had barely started his tenure as Alabama governor when he got himself into hot water.
Hours after his swearing-in, Bentley spoke at a Baptist church, where he said that fellow Christians are his "brothers and sisters," but "anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother."
Never heard of Bentley before? Surge Desk gives you five facts about the Alabama governor.
1. He's quite religious
As you may have gathered from his remarks, Bentley takes religion...
Laura Parker - AOL News
WASHINGTON -- As presidential commissions go, the Oil Spill Commission's moment in the sun may have lasted longer than most.
It convened its first session when the oil was still gushing in the Gulf of Mexico, then staged a series of hearings, enlivened by its sharp-spoken co-chairmen, that held the spotlight on its work.
But with the release of the panel's final report, the show is over. In 60 days, the commission officially goes out of business. Its records will be trucked off to the National Archives in College Park, Md., where they will join the records of hundreds of other presidential...