Flag Day, June 14, commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes in 1777, and is celebrated by citizens across the nation. But it's not a full-blown federal holiday.
While it doesn't happen every year, it's not exactly rare for a foreign head of state or of government to be awarded the US Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian award.
Answer: Anybody who's accomplished anything the president of the United States likes. Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to Bob Dylan, John Glenn, and 11 other recipients Tuesday.
Marco Rubio? Nikki Haley? Chris Christie? Mitt Romney's VP choice is not just about ticket-balancing, which the evidence does not show as affecting election outcomes. Historical patterns show that with his pick for 'veep,' Romney will anoint a future presidential front-runner.
Critics of Obama's move to politicize his bold decision to kill Osama bin Laden miss a deeper point about leadership.