Obama's Letter To The NY Times Shows Him Playing to His Strengths
President Barack Obama, charismatic as he is, has stumbled in the past when taking to new media to engage American citizens. He's much better at writing letters than answering questions on Reddit.
President Barack Obama wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times this week in response to Jim Rutenberg's recent tour-de-force piece ‘‘A Dream Undone: Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act.’’ In the letter, Obama muses on the now-gutted Voting Rights Act and systematic attempts to deny certain groups the right to vote. He focuses mostly on 94-year-old Rosanell Eaton, a key character in Rutenberg's piece and someone who is now — just as she was 70 years ago — fighting to maintain her voting rights:
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The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Research by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory helps explain how the brain regulates arousal.
The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
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