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Charles Dudley Warner (September 12, 1829 – October 20, 1900) was an American essayist, novelist, and friend of Mark Twain, with whom he co-authored the novel The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. Charles Dudley WarnerWarner was born of Puritan descent in Plainfield, Massachusetts. From the ages of six to fourteen he lived in Charlemont, Massachusetts, the scene of the experiences pictured in his study of childhood, Being a Boy (1877). He then moved to Cazenovia, New York, and in 1851 graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. [1]

He worked with a surveying party in Missouri; studied law at the University of Pennsylvania; practiced in Chicago (1856–1860); was assistant editor (1860) and editor (1861–1867) of The Hartford Press, and after The Press was merged into The Hartford Courant, was co-editor with Joseph R Hawley; in 1884 he joined the editorial staff of Harper's Magazine, for which he conducted The Editors Drawer until 1892, when he took charge of The Editor's Study. [1] He died in Hartford on October 20, 1900, and was interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery, with Mark Twain as a pall bearer and Joseph Twichell officiating.[2]

Warner travelled widely, lectured frequently, and was actively interested in prison reform, city park supervision, and other movements for the public good. He was the first president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and, at the time of his death, was president of the American Social Science Association. He first attracted attention by the reflective sketches entitled My Summer in a Garden (1870; first published in The Hartford Courant), popular for their abounding and refined humour and mellow personal charm, their wholesome love of outdoor things, their suggestive comment on life and affairs, and their delicately finished style, qualities that suggest the work of Washington Irving. Charles Dudley Warner is known for making the famous remark,

    Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. [3]

This was quoted by Mark Twain in a lecture, and is still commonly misattributed to Twain.[4]

The citizens of San Diego so appreciated his flattering description of their city in his book, Our Italy, that they named three consecutive streets in the Point Loma neighborhood after him: Charles Street, Dudley Street, and Warner Street.[5]

Pittsbugrh City Paper, Don’t call them conspiracy theorists: JFK assassination experts come to Pittsburgh, Rebecca Nuttall, Oct. 18, 2013.  This week, experts from around the world are in Pittsburgh for “Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” at Duquesne University. The group of scientific, legal and investigative, scholars, journalists and authors were brought together to discuss what are often referred to as “conspiracy theories.” During a panel discussion at the Senator John Heinz History Center on Oct. 17, examining how the JFK assassination has played out in the media, authors joined director Oliver Stone in indicting the mainstream media for what they believe was a failure to investigate legitimate facts surrounding JFK’s death. “There were leaks all over the place from the beginning of the Kennedy assassination," said David Talbot, founder and former CEO and editor-in-chief of “And yet, the whispers behind closed doors in Washington weren’t getting to the press or weren’t getting reported.” While Stone is well known for his controversial biopic on JFK, the other noted authors, several of whom have worked in the media, have all published work related to the assassination and unpopular theories like those claiming the CIA was involved in Kennedy’s death. Despite reports in the mainstream media, several of the panelists said the CIA’s involvement in Kennedy’s assassination has been proven. “The media has never addressed the idea that operatives in the CIA carried out the assassination of the president,” said Lisa Pease, chief archivist of “If the press had looked seriously at the JFK assassination they would have found conspiracy.” Instead the panelists said the media perpetuated the idea of Lee Harvey Oswald as JFK’s killer in order to help American citizens recover quickly from a devastating tragedy. “The idea is that evil comes out of the murkiness and kills the good,” said Stone. “It’s easy.” And according to the panelists, the media’s negligence continues today. “This case is a microcosm of everything that’s wrong with the media,” said Jerry Policoff, a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times and the Village Voice.  “In almost all cases, (journalists) stay with the pack,” said Russ Baker, founder of, an investigative reporting website. “This is not just about the JFK assassination. These stories are happening all the time.”

CNN, One JFK conspiracy theory that could be true, Thom Patterson, Nov. 17, 2013. Watch "The Assassination of President Kennedy" on CNN TV Sunday, November 17 at 9p and 11p ET. During the half century since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, you may have heard about a few conspiracy theories. Decades of investigations, hearings, documents, records, books and interviews have failed to satisfy conspiracy theorists with a definitive answer to The Question: Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone when he shot the President? At one time or another, doubters of the lone gunman theory "have accused 42 groups, 82 assassins and 214 people of being involved in the assassination," said author Vincent Bugliosi. That's a lot of paranoia.



The fifth annual Washington Ideas Forum, co-hosted by The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the Newseum, streamed live from Nov. 13 to 14 in Washington, DC.

   Wednesday, November 14
    Lawrence Summers in conversation with Al Hunt
    Lindsey Graham and John McCain
    in conversation with Jonathan Karl
    Joel Klein and Jack Markell
    in conversation with Michele Norris
    Michael Bennet
    in conversation with Martha Raddatz
    José Andrés and Sam Kass
    in conversation with Corby Kummer
    Kevin Madden and Jennifer Psaki
    in conversation with John Dickerson
    Bill Burton and Trevor Potter
    in conversation with James Bennet
    Barney Frank
    in conversation with Andrew Ross Sorkin
    Amy Klobuchar
    in conversation with Katty Kay
    Jonathan Alter, David Maraniss, and Ron Suskind
    in conversation with Walter Isaacson
    Julius Genachowski
    in conversation with Walt Mossberg
    Henry Crumpton
    Bill Gates
    in conversation with David Leonhardt
    Steve Case, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Michael Porter, and Robert Kimmitt
    in conversation with Steve Clemons
    David Drummond
    in conversation with Katty Kay
    Thursday, November 15
    Chris Matthews
    Marco Rubio
    in conversation with Major Garrett
    Madeleine Albright
    in conversation with James Bennet
    Sheila Bair
    in conversation with Steve Clemons
    David Rubenstein
    in conversation with James Fallows
    Gene Sperling
    in conversation with Jonathan Karl
    Nancy Pelosi
    in conversation with Margaret Carlson
    Ed Rendell and Michael Steele
    in conversation with Jonathan Alter
    Ezekiel Emanuel
    in conversation with Corby Kummer
    Grover Norquist
    in conversation with Steve Clemons
    David Corn, Anne Gearan, Michael Hastings, and Chuck Todd in conversation with Richard Wolffe

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    The World's Fifth-Largest Economy: U.S. Health Care Flickr
    The World's Fifth-Largest Economy: U.S. Health Care

    Zeke Emanuel thinks the Affordable Care Act will shrink the $2.8 trillion system to something more sustainable -- and give doctors incentive to speed up that process.

    Corby Kummer Nov 16, 2012 11
    End-of-Life Care Should Be Universally Provided and Need-Based AhmadMasoo/Reuters
    End-of-Life Care Should Be Universally Provided and Need-Based

    Three proposals as we shift our approach to caring for those closest to death

    James Hamblin Nov 15, 2012 1
    Photos: Thursday Morning at the Washington Ideas Forum Max Taylor
    Photos: Thursday Morning at the Washington Ideas Forum

    A roundup of the most memorable moments from today's speakers, who included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Grover Norquist, and Senator Marco Rubio.

    The Editors Nov 15, 2012 0
    Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates

    How the world's richest college dropout sees the problems facing higher ed today.

    Jordan Weissmann Nov 15, 2012 73
    David Rubenstein on the 'Panda Sex' Principle of Politics
    David Rubenstein on the 'Panda Sex' Principle of Politics

    "Not this year, honey," as Mrs. Panda said to her mate.

    James Fallows Nov 15, 2012
    Could a Sex Scandal Become a Story About Intelligence Failures? Reuters
    Could a Sex Scandal Become a Story About Intelligence Failures?

    The Petraeus affair, say leading journalists, may wind up exposing a culture of conflict between intelligence agencies in Washington.

    Sophie Quinton Nov 15, 2012 1
    Norquist at a Loss Over Democratic Win but Will Keep Up Fight on Taxes Reuters
    Norquist at a Loss Over Democratic Win but Will Keep Up Fight on Taxes

    The small-government maven may face revanchism from some House Republicans.

    Garance Franke-Ruta Nov 15, 2012 20
    Sheila Bair Says We're Headed for Another Crisis Reuters
    Sheila Bair Says We're Headed for Another Crisis

    The former head of the FDIC thinks we're in the middle of a "bond bubble."

    Jordan Weissmann Nov 15, 2012 10
    China's Power Transition: Forces of Liberalization > Conservative Ideology Jason Lee/Reuters
    China's Power Transition: Forces of Liberalization > Conservative Ideology

    The view from the head of the world's biggest private-equity investor in the People's Republic

    J.J. Gould Nov 15, 2012 10
    Ex-RNC Chair Michael Steele: GOP Backing of Voter ID Laws Was 'Stupid' Reuters
    Ex-RNC Chair Michael Steele: GOP Backing of Voter ID Laws Was 'Stupid'

    The Maryland Republican -- along with former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell -- had some harsh words for the party as he considered the 2012 election.

    Sophie Quinton Nov 15, 2012 10
    Sorry, Tax Wonks, Obama Adviser Says: Capping Deductions Isn't Going to Do It Reuters
    Sorry, Tax Wonks, Obama Adviser Says: Capping Deductions Isn't Going to Do It

    Obama economic advisor Gene Sperling echoes Larry Summers on deficit reduction.

    Jordan Weissmann Nov 15, 2012 5
    Madeleine Albright Praises Susan Rice, Talks Multilateralism Reuters
    Madeleine Albright Praises Susan Rice, Talks Multilateralism

    The former secretary of state on our complex and unsettled world

    Sophie Quinton Nov 15, 2012 2
    Live Coverage of the Washington Ideas Forum, Day I
    Live Coverage of the Washington Ideas Forum, Day I

    News and analysis of the annual discussion with America's top thinkers and policymakers, taking place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

    David A. Graham Nov 14, 2012 17
    Photos: Wednesday Afternoon at the Washington Ideas Forum Max Taylor
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    From Bill Gates and Julius Genachowski to Jennifer Psaki and David Maraniss, influential figures weigh in on President Obama's re-election and the…

    The Editors Nov 14, 2012 0
    How Textbook Economics Is Helping You Play Temple Run Reuters
    How Textbook Economics Is Helping You Play Temple Run

    How Julius Genachowski is trying to save our smartphones

    Matthew O'Brien Nov 14, 2012 0
    A New First for Women Senators: Bathroom Lines Reuters
    A New First for Women Senators: Bathroom Lines

    Senator Amy Klobuchar described the scene as a record-high number of women senators gets ready to be seated in 2013.

    Garance Franke-Ruta Nov 14, 2012 12
    The World's Richest College Dropout Urges Colleges to Stop Dropouts Reuters
    The World's Richest College Dropout Urges Colleges to Stop Dropouts

    Bill Gates points toward the real college crisis.

    Jordan Weissmann Nov 14, 2012 35
    Obama Biographers: The President Thinks Like a Writer Reuters
    Obama Biographers: The President Thinks Like a Writer

    That's not always a good thing.

    Sophie Quinton Nov 14, 2012 3

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ABC News, U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba, David Ruppe, May 1, 2001. In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro. America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation." Details of the plans are described in Body of Secrets (Doubleday), a new book by investigative reporter James Bamford about the history of America's largest spy agency, the National Security Agency. However, the plans were not connected to the agency, he notes.

Atlantic.Live, Washington Ideas Forum, Staff video, Published Nov. 26, 2013 regarding two-day event Nov. 13-14.  In a partnership between the Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the Newseum, the fifth annual Washington Ideas Forum gathered an audience of over 1,400 across two and half days of distinctive social events, main stage plenary sessions, and curated breakout meetings, further cementing its distinct reputation as DC's destination for fostering creative thinking about critical issues by some of the most newsworthy figures of our day. To watch highlights of the event and read coverage of the program's conversations, please visit's dedicated Special Report to read more and see photos on our Facebook page.

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Washington Post, Five myths about John F. Kennedy, Larry J. Sabato, Nov. 13, 2013. Larry J. Sabato is director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. His latest book is “The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy.”  Myth: Fifty years later, we know everything we’ll ever know about Kennedy’s assassination. Even a half-century later, we don’t have the complete story. This is because many government documents remain classified and hidden. Reputable groups and individuals have estimated that there are 1,171 unreleased CIA documents concerning Nov. 22, 1963. The Center for Effective Government has even claimed that there may be more than 1 million unseen CIA records related to Kennedy’s assassination. No one can close the book on this subject without examining them. The Assassination Records Collection Act, signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, requires that all remaining documents about the Kennedy assassination be released by Oct. 26, 2017. The next president will rule on any requests from the CIA and other agencies that materials be withheld or redacted after 2017. Under the law, the president can do so only if there is “identifiable harm to military, defense, intelligence operations, or conduct of foreign relations, and the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.”
AP via Huffington Post, Whitey Bulger Sentenced To Pair Of Life Terms Plus Five Years In Prison, Denise Lavoie, Nov. 12, 2013. Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for his murderous reign of terror in the 1970s and '80s, bringing to a close a case that exposed FBI corruption so deep that many people across the city thought he would never be brought to justice. Bulger, 84, was defiant to the end, calling his trial on racketeering charges a sham and refusing to testify or provide information to probation officials preparing a sentencing report for the judge. A jury convicted Bulger in August in a broad racketeering indictment that included murder, extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. The jury convicted Bulger in 11 of the 19 killings he was charged with participating in but acquitted him of seven and could not reach a conclusion on an eighth.