Why did Bob Dylan look so strained during the Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House Tuesday? Perhaps because his musical insurgency was being memorialized.
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.
Vaclav Havel went from being a playwright to a symbol of the new Czech state and democracy in Eastern Europe. Along the way he became Czech's first democratically elected president, nominee and winner of prestigious peace prizes, and one of the world's preeminent anti-communist revolutionaries.
Poet Maya Angelou says a truncated quote on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial makes the civil rights icon seem like an 'arrogant twit.' Public art is always controversial, and this is no exception.
The House of Representatives voted recently to eliminate all funding for the US Institute of Peace, which plays a vital role in mediating international conflicts that no other group can. So what's behind this jaw-dropping, backward step?
Christopher served as Secretary of State during Bill Clinton's first term and was an architect of the 1995 Bosnian peace accords.
Maya Angelou and George H. W. Bush were among those to receive the highest civilian honor in the US. President Obama awarded George H. W. Bush, athletes, civil rights activists, humanitarians, and artists such as Maya Angelou the Medal of Freedom.
Among the 15 Presidential Medal of Freedom winners presented with the highest US civilian award at the White House Tuesday are two sports greats, Bill Russell and Stan Musial. Russell led the Boston Celtics to 11 NBA championships and became the first black head coach of a major US sport when he replaced Red Auerbach in 1966. Musial, known as “Stan the Man” to his legion of fans, was a first-ballot Baseball Hall of Famer after compiling 3,630 hits and 475 home runs during 22 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. Russell and Musial join 11 other former sports stars in this exclusive company. Take this quiz to see if you can identify the others.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has moved from a Tucson, Ariz., hospital to the next phase of her recovery: rehabilitation. The Arizona Democrat has already shown signs of affection, determination, and appreciation for public support as she embarks on the comeback trail after being shot in the head two weeks ago. It's a difficult road, but one that others in the public eye have also walked. Here's a look at Giffords and five other profiles in perseverance. It can't claim to be a "Top 5" list, but the people exemplify grace and courage in the face of extreme adversity.