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American Royalty
"JFK" exhibit chronicles Kennedy's glamorous life and tragic death
July 24th, 2013
04:18 PM ET

American Royalty

By Jamie Gray

If the wall-to-wall media coverage of the birth of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge proves anything, it is the American people’s unending fascination with royalty. On this side of the pond, no family has come closer to attaining regal status in the eyes of the public than the Kennedys.

For those interested in an afternoon of immersion in the Kennedy mystique, Washington’s Newseum has put together an exhibit that captures the highs and lows of John F Kennedy’s public and private life, his presidency and his untimely death in Dallas.

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Poker presidential politics
May 29th, 2013
02:49 PM ET

Poker presidential politics

The 2013 World Series of Poker kicks off today in Las Vegas. The month-long carnival of cards features 62 different tournaments, culminating with the 10-day Main Event. 6,598 players put up the $10,000 entry fee for last year's Main Event; the champion walked away with a coveted World Series gold bracelet and a cool $8.53 million.

Over the years, poker and the presidency have been inextricably linked. President Truman played poker with reporters for twelve hours a day on the ship returning from the Potsdam Conference and President Nixon is said to have used his winnings from the poker table to help fund one of his early political campaigns. In his seminal poker book, “Positively Fifth Street” author James McManus quotes one of Nixon’s college professors as saying “A man who couldn’t hold a hand in a first-class poker game is not fit to be President of the United States.” Indeed, many of the skills needed for success in a poker room can also be useful in the Oval Office.

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Senate candidates trade jabs over defense cuts, taxes in Virginia debate
July 22nd, 2012
12:43 AM ET

Senate candidates trade jabs over defense cuts, taxes in Virginia debate

(CNN) – At a luxury resort where visitors usually come for rest and relaxation, former Virginia governors George Allen and Tim Kaine, who hope to represent the Commonwealth in the U.S. Senate, squared off Saturday morning in a debate moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

Both candidates noted Friday's mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado in their opening remarks. Republican Allen praised Democrat Kaine’s handling of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre while he was governor.

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