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Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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The video of George W. Bush sitting blankly in a Florida elementary school classroom after learning that a hijacked airplane had crashed into the Twin Towers is an indelible part of Americans’ collective memory of Sept. 11, 2001. But newly released photographs taken throughout that day paint a fuller picture of how senior Bush administration officials handled the catastrophic news.

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Two veterans tackled an elderly protester and tore a sign reading “The Emperor Benghazi Has No Clothes” from his hands during President Obama’s Tuesday speech on veterans’ issues in Pittsburgh. Video footage by NBC captured the brief scuffle, which occurred as Obama was addressing the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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