Pull out a US $20 bill.
Take a look at the picture of the White House. See that tree peeking in from the right, the 140 year old elm that's been there since Andrew Johnson? Well, it's gone
. Yup. Fallen over
, thanks to the soaker summer storms
which have been hammering the Mid-Atlantic in recent days. Cleanup has started
, but no word on whether the $20 bill will be needing another update.
"The most intriguing story in Washington these days
is a subterranean conflict that reporters cannot cover because some of them are involved. A potent guerrilla insurgency has formed in and around the Bush presidency - a revolt of old pros in government who strike from the shadows with devastating effect. They tell the truth. They explode big lies. They provide documentary evidence..." - William Greider, on what could prove to be one of the defining power struggles of our time. Through a lens darkly, yes. But deniable ? - not plausibly. As gossip
, growing louder now, the shadow-war advances. Unstoppably? No
White house open to tours again
to the public on September 16th-only by reservation that is. How do you get a reservation? Submit your full name
, date of birth
, social security number
and a copy of a photo ID
-to your member of Congress for a security "screening". Visit the house paid for by you