Author and Veteran Kevin Powers, 40 Years Later: The Watergate Hearings, "Arrested Development" Returns

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Monday, May 27, 2013

40 Years Later: The Watergate Hearings | The Return of "Arrested Development" | The Post-Sandy Recovery of New York and New Jersey's Coastlines | Author and Veteran Kevin Powers Reflects on Memorial Day | Have the Boy Scouts Gone Far Enough? | Intense Rioting and Unrest in Sweden | A Plaza Towers Elementary School Teacher on Moving Forward

A Plaza Towers Elementary School Teacher on Moving Forward

One week ago today, a massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, killing 24 people, including seven children who died at Plaza Towers Elementary School. The tornado produced winds of more than 200 M.P.H. that leveled whole blocks of homes and businesses. Lindsie Harms, a fifth grade teacher at Plaza Towers Elementary School, explains how the community is coping.

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The Post-Sandy Recovery of New York and New Jersey's Coastlines

Memorial Day is the official start of summer for most Americans, the time when people on the coasts and inland start heading to the beach for a break. But this year the usual New York and New Jersey beach-goers will have to be resilient and ready to deal with the uncertainty of coastal communities still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Reporter Janet Babin of WNYC has been reporting on the recovery of the coastlines.

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40 Years Later: The Watergate Hearings

Republicans kept up the pressure on the Obama administration this weekend by calling for a special independent counsel to investigate the Justice Department's monitoring of journalists' records and the I.R.S.'s targeting of right-wing groups. Talk of overreach and possible criminality has led some in the G.O.P. to make perhaps tenuous comparisons to events 40 years ago. 

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Intense Rioting and Unrest in Sweden

The usually peaceful Swedish capital of Stockholm has seen a week of intense rioting and unrest. Over the past week, rioters have set cars and schools on fire. Marcus Brixskiöld, an expert on social unrest based in Stockholm, provides a sense of what's causing the unrest.

 

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The Return of 'Arrested Development'

It’s been seven long years - seven of the longest - for fans of the TV series with the ultimate cult following: Arrested Development. Yesterday, 15 new episodes were released exclusively on Netflix, and no doubt, fans around the country didn’t leave their houses for roughly seven hours straight. Will Leitch is contributing editor for New York Magazine. Earlier this month, he wrote a piece called “The Persistent Cult of Arrested Development.”

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Have the Boy Scouts Gone Far Enough?

Last week, the Boy Scouts of America voted to lift the ban on gay members, but not gay adult leaders. New York State Senator Brad Hoylman is an openly gay former Eagle Scout and parent. He doesn't think the Boy Scouts' new policy goes far enough, so he has introduced legislation that would prohibit youth organizations that discriminate on the basis of sexuality, gender, or other identifying characteristics like nationality, race, or religion from claiming tax-exempt status.

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Author and Veteran Kevin Powers Reflects on Memorial Day

From Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" to Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried," the combat novel takes its readers right into the action, into the horrors of war. With his recent novel "The Yellow Birds," author and veteran Kevin Powers does for Iraq what Remarque did for World War I and O'Brien did for Vietnam. On this Memorial Day, Powers reflects on his fellow veterans, and the military personnel still serving today.

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