Rudy Giuliani is out. Out of the Senate race, and for all practical purposes out of politics. He has been with us for more than a quarter century. He had his moments. Too bad there weren't very many of them.
By abandoning the "war on terrorism" paradigm, President Obama has helped us understand that acts of terrorism will continue in parts of the world, and that we must continue to make such acts as difficult as possible here in the United States.
We still haven't quite acknowledged that our leaders never adequately warned the men and women working around the smoldering site that the place where they were flinging themselves into duty was a toxic landmine.
This year, after ninety six months of starts and stops, re-designs and security modifications, court battles and other miscellaneous delays, a few steel columns of the new World Trade Center tower are finally visible.