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Richard Valeriani was an NBC News correspondent for 28 years, covering the White House, the State Department and such major stories as the assassination of JFK, the Civil Rights Revolution in the South and the War in the Falkland Islands. He was also the Washington correspondent for the Today show when news was news.

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50th Anniversary of Assassination of President Kennedy

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 6:54 PM

Most people who were alive on Nov. 22, 1963, remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas.

My memories are still vivid.

I was working in Washington on temporary duty as a junior NBC News correspondent. I...

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TWA Flight 800

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 12:00 PM

At 8:19 PM EDT on the night of July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800 took off from JFK bound for Paris. It never got beyond Long Island Sound. At 8:31, it blew up, killing all 230 people aboard.

Not far away, Fred Meyer, a Vietnam veteran, was flying a New...

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"Honor Flight" on Memorial Day, 2013

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:33 PM

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those men and women who have died in our nation's service. It was originally known as Decoration Day and was perhaps our most solemn holiday. Memorial Day was established by a General Order issued by the national commander of the Grand Army...

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World Water Day 2013

(5) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 3:36 PM

Tomorrow, March 22, is World Water Day, 2013. World Water Day is not nearly as well known as Earth Day. But it should be.

In this country, we take clean drinking water for granted. That's not the case for hundreds of millions of people elsewhere in the world -- the...

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Jan. 9, 2012 News Update

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 11:23 AM

President Obama nominates former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. Republicans are still ticked off at Hagel because he supported Obama in 2008. But they'll use pretext of his being anti-Israel and anti-gay and not anti-Iran enough to oppose him. Lively confirmation hearings likely.

Sen. Lindsey...

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Dec. 26, 2011, News Update

(1) Comments | Posted December 26, 2011 | 3:42 PM

House Republicans come to their census, vote to pass payroll tax cut for two months. Perhaps they were visited by ghosts of Republicans past? Or simply heard from angry constituents? Or simply tired of late night jokes about playing Scrooge? They still deserve bags of rotten tea in their stockings......

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Aug. 16, 2011, News Update

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 6:28 PM

AUG. 15, 2011, NEWS UPDATE

Michele Bachmann wins Iowa straw vote in what would be meaningless event except for breathless media coverage.

Over-blown! If you thought media coverage of vote by a few thousand people whose $30 entrance fee was usually paid by the candidates' campaigns...

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Aug. 8, 2011, News Update

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 11:05 AM


U.S. credit rating downgraded from AAA to AA+ by Standard and Poor's, a ratings agency with low Standards and a Poor performance rating.

S & P said "political brinksmanship" during debt ceiling debate made America's ability to manage its finances "less...

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July 4, 2011, News Update

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 1:11 PM


July 4th Observed. Happy Birthday America! Congratulations! You're 235 years old. Too bad You're broke!

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cancels Senate's 4th of July recess so it can spend more time in Washington deadlocked over raising debt ceiling.

Montana Sen....

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June 20, 2011: News Update

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 1:13 PM


Bipartisan group of Congressmen sues President Obama over Libya, accusing him of violating War Powers Act by not seeking Congressional authorization for use of military force. White House responds by pointing out US involved in "humanitarian bombing" in Libya, not war. Besides, White...

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June 6, 2011, News Update

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 2:15 PM

Republican Congressman Dave Camp introduces legislation to raise national debt ceiling but votes against it because it doesn't include drastic spending cuts....Huh? Just when you thought Congress couldn't get any wackier, it gets wackier...

Isn't this like Goldman Sachs securitizing a bunch of bad mortgages and then selling...

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May 23, 2011, News Update

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 4:48 PM


If you're reading this, then you know the world did not come to an end last Saturday as predicted by some wack job radio host named Harold Camping. But were you nervously checking your watch at the designated hour of 6PM?


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May 16, 2011, News Update

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 4:43 PM


President goes to El Paso near Mexican border to call for immigration reform. Wonder how many illegals snuck in while he was speaking.

Republicans complain speech contained nothing new and was nothing more than campaign ploy. You saying he doesn't have the...

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April 25, 2011, News Update

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 11:31 PM


President Obama plans to attend launch of space shuttle Endeavor this coming Friday. Apparently he's weary of watching Billions of dollars being wasted in Washington and wants to get a close-up view of Billions of dollars being wasted elsewhere.

Prince William and...

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April 18, 2011, News Update

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 4:17 PM


IRS designates April 18 as deadline for paying federal income taxes, giving you three more days to procrastinate.

Wanna know why? On April 16, 1862, Washington DC became first US territory to free slaves. That date now an official public holiday known...

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April 11, 2011, News Update

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 1:37 PM


President Obama and Congress cut eleventh-hour deal to avert government shutdown. C-Span finally gets exciting.

Tea Party disappointed government not shut down, vows to keep trying.

Budget deal cuts this year's federal deficit from $1,633 Billion to $1,595 Billion. So we're...

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April 4, 2-11, News Update

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 4:17 PM


*****BULLETIN !....... Republicans in Congress agree to President Obama's budget, endorse his actions in Libya and declare end to efforts to repeal health care reform. And you thought this day would never come...*****

In nationally televised speech, President Obama explains that it's...

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March 28, 2011, News Update

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 3:06 PM


President Obama returns to Washington after five-day trip to... to... uh... Where WAS he anyway? Oh yeah... Brazil, Chile and El Salvador. Media were more interested in his views on Libya than in anything going on in those countries.

In Brazil, Bam...

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March 21, 2011, News Update

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 2:57 PM


Congress passes 6th stop-gap spending measure to avert government shutdown. We can now amend the Pledge of Allegiance to read, "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Banana Republic for which it stands....."

Newsweek Magazine...

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March 14, 2011, News Update

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 1:00 PM

Libyan dictator Gaddafi repulsing rebels with air power. Why does NATO keep saying NayTo no-fly zone over Libya?
Great Britain, France and Arab League endorse no-fly zone... You paying attention, President Obama?
Where's the UN in all this, you...

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