Let us now praise a famous man

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Recognize his face? Most of us don’t know his name. 

Even 77 years on, the picture retains its immediacy. We feel as if we know him, although he usually isn’t given a name: In photography collections, on museum walls or online, the caption too often reads, “Tenant Farmer.” So let’s remember who he is, and not forget the life he — and so many others — led during the Great Depression.

He’s Floyd Burroughs, and he’s a family man from Alabama. Continue reading

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Benghazi suspect talks; CIA agents polygraphed

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A month after the attacks in Benghazi, a key suspect was smirking at the United States and sipping a strawberry frappe on a hotel patio with a New York Times reporter. This week, he’s b-a-a-a-ck.

Abu Khattala — who told NYT in October that he was not a member of al-Qaida but admired the terrorists’ “puritanical zeal for Islamic law” — is talking to CNN. “He’s really not that difficult to find,” says Arwa Damon, the CNN reporter. “This is not a man who is in hiding.” Continue reading

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