At the time, an estimated 3,000 Somalis were dying each day from the combined effects of drought and civil war. The Western media were beginning to pick up the story. Relief workers were insisting on more and better security. My on line Twitter poll swings 70% in favor of Leon so far. Darnell is 2nd at 22% (1,395 votes). Russell is 3rd (5%)..

America is facing its biggest problems since World War II. We’re fighting wars in two countries, the economy’s sour and Congress is wrestling with a health care bill that may turn out to be one of the most massive federal programs in the nation’s history. Our two senators will play a key role in shaping the nation’s future.

Biden machine revs up in IowaMonths before launching his 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden acknowledged that he is a “gaffe machine,” prone to misstatements and embarrassing mistakes. He lived up to that reputation this past weekend on a campaign swing in Iowa, renewing fears among some Democrats that the 76 year old former vice president and current frontrunner in the race for the Democratic nomination may not have the stamina for what would likely be a brutal campaign against President Trump. “There will be accountability,” Barr said at the Fraternal Order of Police 64th biennial conference.

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Tergesen Sons is 120 years old this year. Tergesen General Store, the rectangular wooden structure with a flat roof was clad in pressed tin to resemble brick. Despite its old exterior, the eclectic corner shop has a collection of new clothes, shoes, books, gifts, toys and candy curated by the fourth generation owners.

He now lives in Australia and reports for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. JOHN KINSELLA is a poet and essayist. His Divine Comedy: Journeys Through a Regional Geography will be published by UQP in September. An investigation by Kaiser Health News that NPR published and aired in January found that many drugs that now have orphan status aren’t entirely new. Of about 450 drugs that have won orphan approval since 1983, more than 70 were drugs first approved by the FDA for mass market use. Those include the cholesterol blockbuster Crestor, Abilify for psychiatric disorders, and the rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira, the world’s best selling drug..