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Top Wounded Warrior Project Execs Fired by Board

 

Photo by Thursday Review staff

Photo by Thursday Review staff

The two top executives with Wounded Warrior Project have been fired by the organization’s board, with word that the non-profit’s founding member may return to take over management soon; Wounded Warrior Project raised millions for veterans, but spent lavishly and on an epic scale: parties, events, travel, posh hotels, high-end training, expensive publications, food and alcohol. Read the full story by Earl Perkins here.

A New Record for Time in Space

Photo courtesy NASA

Photo courtesy NASA

Thursday Review celebrates the achievements of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who recently broke Mike Fincke’s record of 382 cumulative days spent in space by a U.S. astronaut; Kelly will soon break another record: the most continuous time spent in space. Read our complete article about Kelly’s mission aboard the International Space Station.

The Agent Who Saved a President

Photo Ron Edmunds/Associated Press

Photo Ron Edmunds/Associated Press

Thursday Review looks at the life of U.S. Secret Service agent Jerry Parr, one of the men who saved President Ronald Reagan’s life on March 30, 1981 in Washington, D.C. when John Hinckley opened fire with a .22 handgun.  As a kid, Parr dreamed of becoming an agent.  Read the full story on our Front Page.

Seattle’s Dig: Bertha is Still Stuck, for Now

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Seattle’s massive tunnel project, featuring as its star the boring machine Bertha, is at a standstill while engineers complete repairs. With the project two years behind schedule, is it possible for this mega project to be completed within its budget?  Read the full Thursday Review article here.

After Walker: Will the GOP Reclaim its Core Message?

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R. Alan Clanton, Thursday Review editor, looks into the recent casualties of the crowded, noisy Republican contest for President for 2016; will Scott Walker’s exit be a harbinger of a more orderly process? Read the full article by going to our Politics Page, or by clicking here.

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Is There A Gipper in the House?: The CNN Debate

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Image courtesy of CNN

Thursday Review’s Alan Clanton examines the CNN Republican Debate–raucous, freewheeling, out-of-control.  Is this any way to choose a political candidate?  And what happens to Donald Trump when everyone starts talking policy?  Read the complete Politics Page article by clicking here.

Why Joe Biden’s Stock Keeps Rising

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Image courtesy of Draft Biden 2016

Thursday Review examines why so many Democrats want Vice-President Joe Biden to enter the 2016 race for President; part of it can be explained by Hillary Clinton’s troubles, but is there more to it, and does Biden gain support even in a year when voters are anti-Washington? Read the full article on our Politics Page.

Twin Cities USA: ISIS Recruiting Center

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Image courtesy of Google

Thursday Review‘s Alan Clanton looks at Minneapolis-Saint Paul’s ongoing problem of ISIS recruiting and jihadist growth; why are the Twin Cities the U.S. capital for young people seeking to join ISIS, al Qaeda, and other terror groups?  What has Minnesota done to push back against the problem?  Read the full article by clicking here.

Lawrence Lessig Announces Presidential Bid 2016

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Author and Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig managed to raise more than $1 million by the date of his own deadline of Labor Day; now Lessig says he is running full bore for President of the United States. What does Lessig offer to voters that the others (Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley) do not? Read the full article on our Thursday Review Politics Page.

Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee

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Thursday Review’s Karen Franklin examines Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman, the prequel/sequel to her classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Franklin explains why the themes of the two novels make it difficult to call the new work a prequel to its famous predecessor. Read the article by clicking here!

 

Bananas: Kings of Potassium

Photo by Lisa Whitten, Thursday Review

Photo by Lisa Whitten, Thursday Review

Thursday Review’s Maggie Nichols examines the health benefits of the banana, and explains why almost everyone should include one in their diet, especially if you want a tasty and easy way to load up on potassium. Click here to read more!

Breaking Their Silence: Sisters & Family Talk About Two Unsolved Murders

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Thursday Review features writer Jennifer Walker-James interviews the sisters and a cousin of J.B. Beasley, who, along with friend Tracie Hawlett, were brutally murdered in small town Alabama in 1999. The case has never been solved, but the family still seeks justice for the killer or killers. Click here to read the full story of J.B. and Tracie.

Emails Were “Born Classified” According to Policy

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Some Federal officials and security analysts say that many of Hillary Clinton’s emails were classified by default, to be “un” classified only later; as the email and server scandal widens, how will it impact the Clinton campaign and its message to voters?  Read more: Emails Were Born Classified According to Report.  Or read more on our Front Page.

Will Biden Receive Obama’s Blessing?

Joe Biden with President Obama, State of the Union 2014

Joe Biden with President Obama, State of the Union 2014

Thursday Review looks at the distinct possibility that vice-President Joe Biden will run for President, and that he might receive at least a tacit nod from his current boss, Barack Obama.  With the Clinton campaign in defensive mode, is this Biden’s opportunity at last? Read more on our Politics Page by following this link.

Baseball Parks: Risk Vs Reward for Fans

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Photo courtesy of Reuters

Thursday Review’s Kevin Robbie looks at the issue of fan safety in the sport of baseball, a game where proximity to the field and intimacy with each play may be putting fans at greater risk of injury.  Are the risks worth the rewards in the classic American game?  See more at: http://www.thursdayreview.com/BaseballFanSafety.html

Despite Spending Increase, VA Blames Budget Shortfalls

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Earl Perkins, Thursday Review features editor, examines the Veterans Administration in Alabama, which recently instituted a hiring freeze and staff cuts for it calls a budget shortfall–this despite Congress providing an increase in funds for the VA in the wake of long waiting lists and patient neglect. rvice. – See more at: http://www.thursdayreview.com/VAalabamaBudgetShortfall.html

WWII Bomber Wreckage Found

Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy

Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy

Wreckage from a WWII era bomber has been found scattered in the woods of a rural area of Florida; officials and volunteers are combing the densely wooded area in an attempt to match up the plane with one that might have gone missing more than 70 years ago. Features Page article; WWII Bomber Wreckage Found in Florida; Thursday Review; March 2, 2015.

Bush Emails Accidentally Disclose Data

 

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Thursday Review examines the issue of the Jeb Bush campaign’s quest for accountability, and its recent release of emails–some of which inadvertently included the names and Social Security numbers of thousands of people in Florida: the dangers of full disclosure in a digital age; Politics Page article: Jeb Bush Emails; February 14, 2015

Target Withdraws From Canada

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Photo: Thursday Review

Thursday Review looks at Target’s losses in Canada; its failed experiment north of the border has cost the retailer millions, and now it plans a tactical retreat. Can Target’s new CEO turn things around?  Business article here: Target Withdraws From Canada; Thursday Review.

U.S. May Slow Withdrawal From Afghanistan

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Thursday Review’s Alan Clanton examines Ashton Carter’s recent decision to ask that the planned withdrawal of U.S. military personnel from Afghanistan be delayed to allow for better training of Afghan security forces; Thursday Review Front Page article: U.S. May Slow Withdrawal From Afghanistan; February 22, 2015.