Topic: Presidential Medal of Freedom

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  • Decoder Buzz Bob Dylan awarded Medal of Freedom. What does that say about US? (+video)

    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.

  • Decoder Buzz Obama honors Presidential Medal of Freedom winners: Who's eligible? (+video)

    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.

  • Warren Buffett ends rocky week by announcing heir apparent

    As Warren Buffett's public profile took some rare hits, the 'Oracle of Omaha' moved Saturday to shore up Berkshire Hathaway's future by locating a successor.

  • Vaclav Havel: remembering the Czech president, playwright, and peacenik

    Vaclav Havel: remembering the Czech president, playwright, and peacenik

    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.

  • Does memorial quote make Martin Luther King Jr. seem like an 'arrogant twit?'

    Does memorial quote make Martin Luther King Jr. seem like an 'arrogant twit?'

    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.

  • Opinion Why did Congress cut funds for peace in a time of war?

    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?

  • Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher passes at 85

    Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher passes at 85

    Christopher served as Secretary of State during Bill Clinton's first term and was an architect of the 1995 Bosnian peace accords.

  • Maya Angelou, George H. W. Bush among those who received Medal of Freedom

    Maya Angelou, George H. W. Bush among those who received Medal of Freedom

    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.

  • Medal of Freedom: A pair of sports stars honored too

    Medal of Freedom: A pair of sports stars honored too

    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.

  • Gabrielle Giffords and 5 others who persevered

    Gabrielle Giffords and 5 others who persevered

    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.