In 2012, politics made strange foes, friends

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Update: White House downplays notion that Biden was going to be jettisoned from 2012 ticket.

The rumors were true.

As the president geared up for reelection, his senior staffers wanted Hillary Clinton on the ticket and Joe Biden off, according to a new book that’s brimming with good gossip on both Dems and Republicans, including who supplied Harry Reid with info on Mitt Romney. Continue reading

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If Anne Frank had lived

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Left to right: Hanneli Goslar (referred to as Lies Goosens in early editions of the Diary), Anne Frank, Dolly Citroen, Hannah Toby, Barbara Ledermann and Susanne Ledermann (standing), Amsterdam, 1937. Photo courtesy of Anne Frank House | Getty Images (Click on the photo to see a larger image).

Life magazine tracked down Anne Frank’s playmates in 1959 as the film based on her diary was opening in movie theaters, and for the first time Life.com has posted photographs that never made it into print. The images bring into bittersweet focus what Anne missed because she did not survive the Holocaust. Continue reading

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W.Pa. woman believes in ‘for better, for worse’

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The story of a Christian couple who married despite seemingly insurmountable setbacks is going viral.

It wasn’t just Ian Murphy’s car that crashed not far from the Armstrong-Indiana county line in 2006, Larissa Murphy writes on desiringgod.org. “Our future (crashed) with him in that white station wagon,” she says. Continue reading

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Toy story: Mystery of Ouija board solved

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Danziger's ad in the Pisttsburgh DispatchDanziger’s at Sixth and Penn — “always the first to introduce any new novelty” — called it The Wonderful Talking Board in an advertisement in the Feb. 1, 1891, Pittsburg Dispatch.

“For the scientific or thoughtful,” the department store said, the Ouija board’s “mysterious movements invite the most careful research and investigation.”

You don’t suppose the copywriter got help from the spirit world? Because more than a century after the board game became popular in American households, Smithsonian.com reports, scientists are examining what makes Ouija boards work. That is, what (or W-H-O) makes the pointer move? Continue reading

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In wargame, China wins

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A writer on defense issues found a “harrowing lesson to be cautious about how we equip the U.S. military” when he played a new game that simulated a battle in the South China Sea and we lost.

Command: Modern Naval/Air Operations included an admiral and Naval War College staffers in beta testing in an attempt to simulate modern sea and air warfare. Continue reading

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