Over the last several decades, the reasons used to justify acquiring a university education has morphed from the academic to the applied, to the sublime and the ridiculous.
In 1945, not long after attending a historic meeting with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin and mere weeks before dying, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed Congress.
Sixty years ago Monday, a 25-year-old woman visiting a remote part of Kenya got a message that her father had died.
He steered Great Britain through the perils of World War II and is recognized as one of the most important statesmen of the 20th century.
Winston Churchill, glaring, resolute, combative, left hand on hip, stares straight off the page -- a moment, and an image, like no other.
What do Bruce Willis, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe and King George VI have in common besides being public figures? They all suffered from stuttering at some point in their lives.
America's defense budget is headed for a big reduction, as a result of the congressional super committee's failure to reach a debt reduction compromise. The automatic 10-year budget cut of more than half a trillion dollars now facing the military is reminiscent of a strategic decision Britain confronted nearly a century ago. When the empire had to address the profound debts it accrued during World War I, the answer was the Ten Year Rule.
Before returning to the States this weekend, I and others in my family spent enthralled hours at the Churchill War Rooms in London, along with the new museum in his honor next door. Now, there was a leader! There was a man whose example shouts out to us now in our hour of trouble.
The illicit trade in antiquities is a worldwide epidemic on the list with drugs, weapons and human trafficking but is rarely talked about.
My Lord Chancellor, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Prime Minister, my Lords, and Members of the House of Commons:
In the president's speech on Thursday, there were two surprises that could shape its impact for a long time to come.
In an age when computers seem to be present in every aspect our life, it is maybe reassuring there are some professions where a pencil and piece of paper still suffice.
We knew the threat was real when little pieces of Tuscaloosa began to drop on Birmingham. For such a violent storm, there was very little rain. Instead, paper receipts from businesses 50 miles away and strangers' family photos flitted through the air.
Our nation faces the most predictable economic crisis in its history. Spending is rising rapidly, and revenues are failing to keep pace. As a result, the federal government is forced to borrow huge sums each year to make up the difference. If not addressed, burgeoning deficits will eventually lead to a fiscal crisis, at which point the world's financial markets will force decisions upon us.
The University of Delaware's football team recently wrapped up its season with 103 players on its roster. That includes four quarterbacks, 10 running backs, 14 wide receivers, 16 defensive backs and four kickers. As a proud graduate of the school, this makes me immensely happy. It was, after all, Winston Churchill who once said, "Life without a 16th defensive back is no life at all."
Sen. Hatfield, Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. President, Vice President Bush, Vice President Mondale, Senator Baker, Speaker O'Neill, Reverend Moomaw, and my fellow citizens:
Commentary: Maya MacGuineas is the director of the fiscal policy program at the New America Foundation.
Thirteen people aboard a skiff drowned Monday in the Gulf of Aden as the crew of the U.S. destroyer Winston S. Churchill attempted to assist the disabled vessel, a military statement said.
Body language that's harmless at home may be outright insulting abroad. Here are five gestures to avoid.
Last week, nearly 40 billionaires announced their intention to give half their wealth to charity at the encouragement of bridge-playing buddies Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.
A pair of false teeth worn by Winston Churchill have sold at auction for more than $23,000 -- on the same day that plans were announced to put the British wartime leader's archive papers online for the first time.
The days of discussions have ended, demands issued, concesssions made and a decision finally reached -- but even before they formed a government, the UK's political parties must wait for approval from one more person: The queen.
CNN's Richard Quest looks at Queen Elizabeth II's role in resolving who becomes the next British prime minister.
Question: I just don't understand annuities. There seems to be a lot of buzz about their guaranteed income as a crucial piece of any retirement portfolio. But if I have $100,000, then I already have guaranteed cash to pull from that is not subject to fees or penalties. And I may benefit from higher interest rates in the future. So why would I buy a $100,000 annuity? What am I missing? -- Dave, Denver, Colorado
Gregg Fairbrothers wasn't born to business. He grew up in an academic household. "I didn't know a debit from a credit," he admits. Fairbrothers studied earth sciences at Dartmouth in the '70s, got his master's at Rutgers, and eventually moved to Tulsa, where he joined Samson, a gas driller, and earned his chops at the right hand of the company's "hard-nosed founder." He picked up an MBA, but that was "just to get the toolkit," he says. "I learned my business on the job."
1. Nole Contendere: Novak Djokovic's ranking in the court of public opinion tends to waver like no other player's. He's a threat to win majors. No wait, he's out of shape and deprived of fortitude. He's a colorful performer. No wait, he's a self-absorbed clown. Whatever, Djokovic's image got an nice uptick last weekend. Playing in Belgrade -- where he's always beloved -- the only player in the top five to compete in Davis Cup led Serbia to a victory over a game American team with pair of well-played wins. Good for him. Good for them. For all the results, check DavisCup.com.
Last week's attempted terror attack on an airplane heading from Amsterdam to Detroit has given rise to a bunch of familiar questions.
The woman's Halloween costume featured a Third Reich motif.
Just a two-hour detour from Paris, the Loire was once a playground to Renaissance royals. Now its vaunted châteaux are attracting enterprising young couples and artists who have remade them into captivating -- and surprisingly affordable -- inns.
Debbie Dusenberry is the founder of Curious Sofa, a home-furnishings business in Kansas City, Kans. I had heard that she had an interesting take on business and the economy, so one day I checked out her Web site.
Texas Tech has spent millions this decade to make its football program one of the nation's best. The Red Raiders have expanded their stadium, entered into lucrative licensing agreements and enjoyed the bounty that comes from being a competitive member of the Big 12. So why, when they are so close to reaching their goal of making the team nationally relevant on an annual basis, have athletic director Gerald Myers and school administrators decided now is the time to torpedo the program?
The classic English bulldog, a symbol of defiance and pugnacity often likened to wartime leader Winston Churchill, is set to breathe a little easier under revised breed standards issued in Britain.
Britain's bulldog undergoes a makeover for its health. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.
When Americans go to the polls this November, there will be many factors that influence where they eventually decide to cast their vote:
Turn up the music, crack the window -- falling gas prices have flipped on the road-trip ignition switch.
Ah, sibling rivalry. Relentless competitions, name-calling, hair pulling and blame shifting plague households with two or more children everywhere. Can't we all just get along?
It doesn't have the brutality of rugby or the physical intimidation of a boxing match, yet sailing is still one of the most dangerous sports in the world.
Call it reflexes in a crisis. Or instincts under pressure. The qualities that a President needs to succeed are both essential and elusive
The latest version of the bank bailout plan may be getting more support than others but even those who think it's a good idea say it won't lead to a quick economic turnaround.
Conservative leader David Cameron's rise is proof of his political prowess -- and of how much the country has changed
Bravo to the parents of the leaders of the Youth Baseball League of New Haven, Conn. By banning 9-year-old Jericho Scott from pitching because his wicked 40-mph fastball strikes out too many batters, they've taught their children a valuable lesson: When the going gets tough, quit. When you face a seemingly unbeatable obstacle, walk away.
There is a quick-acting miracle cure for weariness that won't cost you a dime. It's called a nap.
Viewpoint: McCain ridicules Obama as "the One," even as he compares himself to Churchill. But there's nothing wrong with candidates aspiring to greatness
The world's most renowned Arabic filmmaker is dead at 82. But his films live on, if you can find them
"Difficulties mastered are opportunities won." -- Winston Churchill
Universities are always looking for cash from their alumni (or anyone else with a big enough checkbook). But sometimes colleges are offered donations of another variety. Here are stories of six rather unusual gifts given to universities across the world.
In a recent British survey, one in four respondents said Winston Churchill never existed, assuming him to be a fictitious character along with Florence Nightingale and Sir Walter Raleigh. And yet many of those surveyed believe that Sherlock Holmes, Eleanor Rigby and the Three Musketeers were real historical figures.
Queen Elizabeth II became Britain's oldest reigning monarch Thursday, surpassing the record set by her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria.
When Bob Iger became Disney's CEO in 2005, he quickly established himself as the anti-Michael Eisner. He made peace with his feisty predecessor's adversaries. He acted swiftly to make ABC hits like Desperate Housewives available online. And he oversaw the release of Disney's High School Musical movies, which have contributed to operating income growth of 20 percent during Iger's tenure.
Not all hotshot money managers are based on Wall Street and its suburban outposts. Take Bowen Hanes & Co., for example. Headquartered in Atlanta, far from the ticker tape of the NYSE, it has establ...
Dear Annie: Please settle an argument. My daughter is bright, articulate, and ambitious. She is 26 and has worked her way up from an administrative-assistant job to loan officer at a large bank in Miami, and I really believe (okay, maybe I'm biased) that her talents and excellent people skills could take her all the way to the top. Just one problem: She dresses like a streetwalker. I have told her that wearing spike heels, ultra-short skirts, and low-cut blouses to the office will hurt her chances for advancement, but she says this is her style and she is sticking with it. Do you agree that she's making a mistake? If so, will you say so in your column? Maybe she'll listen to you. -Dade County Dad
What does Google have to do with failure? Leading a panel called Understanding the Internet's Future at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit in early October, Arianna Huffington flogged her new book, On Becoming Fearless, and tossed out an intriguing fact about Google's culture of fearlessness: "Whatever products Google is developing, they are incorporating a 60 to 70 percent failure rate," the Huffington Post founder/editor noted to Google VP Marissa Mayer, who shared the stage with Morgan Stanley Internet analyst Mary Meeker and Motorola chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior.
For many people, going to a business school conjures up images of classrooms full of students poring over figures, or dry management theory. But how about a visit to an art gallery or a museum?
(Time.com) -- An American businessman, traveling in India when the planes struck the towers, made his way back to the U.S. the following week as quickly as he could. That meant hopscotching across the Middle East, stopping in Athens, Greece, overnight to change planes.
This week in his speech before the national convention of the American Legion, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made an unconscionable faux pas. He defended our present policy in Iraq and our war on terror by citing historic events and quoting Winston Churchill and Georges Clemenceau. That is a rude way to discuss policy with one's Democratic opponents. The historical record is a particularly sore subject with the likes of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who inveighed against Rumsfeld's speech as "reckless." History has not been going his way for a while. Reid's equivalent in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, spoke of the secretary's impairment ... and she was not referring to his golf swing. Sen. Jack Reed, a Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, accused Rumsfeld of questioning the critics' patriotism.
To the grizzled and disheveled stalwarts of Hezbollah and Hamas, may I say you did it to yourselves. Kapow! As another Israeli bomb lands nearby, as a shell whizzes overhead, may I remind you that you are hunkering down either on Gaza or on Lebanese soil that was evacuated by the Israelis so that you could live in peace. And what did you donkeys do? You tunneled under the Israeli borders to infiltrate Israel and kill innocent civilians. You established an infrastructure of missiles to rain down destruction on Israeli cities that were at peace, providing security and prosperity for both Jews and Arabs. You captured Israeli soldiers in an unprovoked attack. Kapow! You are getting just what you deserve.
You might think London a curious locale from which to celebrate July 4th, or Independence Day as we say. But the city abounds with British citizens who admire our country. I spent the evening of July 4th in the vast and glorious edifice that is the English-Speaking Union, observing the 90th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of all time and certainly of World War I, the Battle of the Somme.
Through heavy oak doors, the butler emerges from the drawing room.
Awash as we are in the cranky appraisals of our war in Iraq and the congressional projects to end it summarily, we have every reason to conclude that for some Americans a real war is not nearly as amusing as one produced in Hollywood. A real war is a lot more difficult to script than a war headed for the silver screen. Inopportune events take place. Even uncovenanted happenings occur. During World War II more than 14,000 American POWs died in German and Japanese hands. President Franklin Roosevelt had not anticipated such brutal treatment. Other unanticipated enormities took place, for instance, the dithering in the hedgerows of France after the D-Day landings. Still, no congressional investigations were convened to distract our leaders from bringing the war to a diplomatically viable conclusion.
Darn, I missed the Oscars again. I adore gory spectacles. If cockfights were legal I would be there. Even bear-baiting would not be too gruesome for me. Yet somehow I always miss Oscar night.
In the months after our invasion of Iraq -- our liberation of Iraq -- there was a neat little peace movement. It was composed of the likes of linguist Noam Chomsky, Ramsey Clark and various lesser patheticoes who all looked like they belonged on the streets of Berkeley, California, some with begging pots in their hands.
Delving into a well-stocked drinks cabinet can unearth all kinds of treasures, from the kind of exquisite French brandies favored by doomed aristocrats, to vodkas strong enough to fuel industrial lawnmowers.
Timekeeping has been an obsession for mankind ever since the era when our Ice Age ancestors would pop out of their caves to check if the sun was up and they weren't late for the morning mammoth hunt.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has visited the Channel Islands to mark the 60th anniversary of their liberation from Nazi rule at the end of World War II.
Concerned that the prestige of the congressional gold medal is being diluted because Congress is doling out too many of them too often, the House voted Wednesday to cap the number of medals approved each year at two and placed other restrictions on who can receive it.
Amid the death and destruction of the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City, one man in particular emerged from the horror with his status bolstered.
British leader Tony Blair is the first head of government to meet with President Bush since his re-election, a reaffirmation of the long-acknowledged "special relationship" between the United States and Britain.
Winston Churchill was fond of using the old saw that "democracy is the worst form of government ? except for everything else." Many would say the same for the Electoral College. Get ready for its quirks and foibles to dominate the airwaves Tuesday if the election stays as close as the polls indicate. Here's a look at how it works, whom it favors and how it could influence the presidential outcome:
Dating back to the reign of Elizabeth I, London's Harrow School is one of Britain's elite private educational establishments.
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Britain should stop awarding knighthoods and damehoods within five years and scrap the Order of the British Empire, a committee of lawmakers has recommended.
When Saddam Hussein was rousted from his spider hole in Dawr, a town near Tikrit, by U.S. soldiers last December, Iraq's fallen dictator was clutching a pistol.
As Dick Cheney did earlier this week, John Kerry on Friday will take a crack at reaching the heights of oratory when he heads to Fulton, Missouri, for a speech at Westminster College, where Winston Churchill warned of an "Iron Curtain" descending across Europe near 60 years ago.
The European Central Bank has left its key interest rate on hold, despite signs that borrowing costs may have to come down soon to spark consumer spending and kick-start the economy.
Christie's will auction over 3,000 personal documents, including letters and hand-written manuscripts, left behind by Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The sale of the once-lost papers is expected to garner about Â£2 million or $3.6 million.
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At a ceremony Wednesday marking the addition of a Sir Winston Churchill collection to the Library of Congress, President Bush echoed the words of the famous British prime minister, saying the United States is snaring terrorists in a "closing net of doom."
Winston Churchill once rejected an unappetizing dessert by declaring, "This pudding has no theme." You could say the same thing about today's stock market. Given all the uncertainties, it's impossi...
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