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Band plays at D.C.'s Fort Reno park

Washington City Paper immortalizes legendary park and music venue

08/04/11 02:08PM

Taking a few minutes out of today's bad economic news, FAA news, and scary campus news to share this with you.Summer is a season for outdoor events, and some of us here on the Mo' Joe blog are fans of outdoor events.The Washington City Paper undertook the mammoth task of creating an oral history of D.C.'s Fort Reno Park in Tenleytown.Specifically, the paper interviewed a whole lotta musicians and music fanatics about a long-standing outdoor concert series that stretches all the way back to the summer of 1968.And it's as thorough as it should be.As a music town, D.C. has a very proud history. read more

Rachel Weisz talks extraordinary circumstances of 'The Whistleblower'

08/04/11 10:46AM

In her new film, The Whistleblower, Rachel Weisz plays the smart, tough, and compassionate Kathy Bolkovac -- a former Nebraska cop who takes on the U.N. when she see atrocities against women as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. In the film Weisz's character is the woman who acted when others wouldn't. In a key scene she finds out her peers are engaging in human trafficking of women and girls. She goes on to confront the men, eventually forcing them out of their jobs in Bosnia. I sat down with Rachel before the film was released. read more

President Barack Obama left, talks with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel right, after arriving at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011.

Top Talker: Happy 50th Birthday, Mr. President

08/04/11 09:47AM

With the debt deal out of the way, President Obama is now shifting some of his focus to getting re-elected.   In his hometown of Chicago last night, the President celebrated his 50th birthday, which is today, with an elaborate campaign fundraiser.  The crowd sang "Happy Birthday" with the help of Jennifer Hudson and Herbie Hancock.   Speaking to the crowd, the President expressed his frustration with the debt ceiling stalemate and vowed to focus on job growth. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for August 4, 2011

08/04/11 09:27AM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.IT'S STILL OBAMA'S PARTY  BY HAROLD MEYERSONWASHINGTON POSTThe Democratic threat to Obama won’t come in the primaries. It will come in the general election, when millions of voters who surged for Obama in 2008 — disproportionately young and minority — may stay home in silent referendum on Obama’s failure to fix a dysfunctional economy. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, August 4th

08/04/11 05:51AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?The president turns 50, and he celebrates with Chicago fundraisersRahm blasts Romney over new adWhat to do about the FAA?Millions of pounds of ground turkey is being recalledGOP rivals struggle to woo Bush's donorsLobbyists gear up after debt dealUN condemns Syrian attacks on civiliansSome good news: U.S. stocks rebounded WednesdayDavid Wu is resigningItaly's woes weigh on EuropeGeithner is expected to stay put for nowCould it be? Woman claims to be related to D.B. read more

Should President Obama show he can play hardball?

08/03/11 12:51PM

Joe Scarborough: “If Bill Clinton were president, he would have never extended the Bush tax cuts – certainly not for millionaires and billionaires. He would have used that to crush the Republicans. And, you remember back in December…he wouldn’t have cut that deal. He would have said ‘I’ll give you tax cuts for everybody up to a million. Republicans would have fought for the millionaires and the billionaires, and Bill Clinton would have had it…The president should have stared down the Republicans and said ‘We’ve got 9.2 percent unemployment. read more

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