An unlikely confluence of events made Mr. Smith a senator in Frank Capra's film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. When Sen. Sam Foley dies in office, the state's governor names a replacement based on a coin flip and his children's recommendation: Jefferson Smith, their Boy Ranger troop leader.
The following MSNBC special report is brought to you by the Democratic National Committee. Rachel: Last week, commentators on Fox News, the world's only biased media outlet, were all atwitter over supporters of President Obama who couldn't answer this simple question: Is the country better off now than it was four years ago?
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Francis G. Brown remembered a conversation in the late 1940s or early ’50s with his father, who feared that their Quaker meeting, Downingtown Friends, would soon die out for lack of members. "We never really zeroed out," Fran recalled, "but we reached pretty low status."
Valley Forge is no stranger to heroes. The area is steeped in tales of valor and sacrifice. Look for more next weekend. The occasion is the updating of the Medal of Honor Grove, the Freedoms Foundation’s 52-acre memorial park about a mile west of Valley Forge National Historical Park. The site pays tribute to the 3,457 men and one woman who have, according to the 1862 act that President Abraham Lincoln signed creating the medal, distinguished “themselves by their gallantry in action.”
It may be the most successful public-service training ground you've never heard of. It being the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series. The program, now in its 10th year, is for Republican women in Pennsylvania who want to become more involved in public life, whether as party leaders, elected officials, or community activists.
Last week's agreement to cut the business-privilege tax by about $70 million a year isn't just a win for the business community. It's a sign of the growing effectiveness of freshman Councilman Bill Green, who, along with colleagues such as Maria Quinones