His Restoring Honor celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., tomorrow has managed to draw protest from civil rights supporters, Christians and, of all people, members of the Tea Party. The Fox News host has been planning this event for months, yet Beck says divine intervention led to the booking of the gathering on August 28, the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. That speech also took place in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
Civil rights advocates, including a Washington, D.C., City Council member and the Rev. Al Sharpton, are organizing counter-events to "Take the Dream Back," officials said. Meanwhile, a religious concert at the Kennedy Center organized by Beck, which will include former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, has drawn ire from Christian conservatives. Beck is a Mormon, part of a religion not considered by some evangelicals as true Christianity.
Finally, Tea Party advocates think that Beck is knocking the wind out of events they have scheduled for September. "I hope they have a wonderful time, but I just don't get why he's having this and why now," Andrew Ian Dodge, Maine coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, told NPR yesterday. He called the event "Beckapalooza."
The supreme leader of North Korea's Assembly reportedly told former U.S. President Jimmy Carter that his country wants to resume nuclear negotiations. Kim Yong Nam has been the de facto leader of North Korea since the mid-1990s - No. 2 to Kim Jong-Il.
"Kim Yong Nam expressed the will of the DPRK government for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the resumption of the six-party talks," the Korean News Agency said after Carter's departure. This has perplexed critics, because Kim Jong-Il was not present during Carter's visit to free an American sentenced to hard labor for crossing the border earlier this year.
While the son of Kim Jong-Il has been rumored to be his successor, Kim Yong Nam remains the diplomatic face of North Korea. News agencies report he has held meetings with various leaders from Africa, Syria, the Palestinians, and has been to Indonesia. He also attended the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander has served in two areas of the U.S. that have been obliterated by flooding. From 2006 to 2009, Sinkler commanded the Corps' Rock Island District, a $3.9 billion expansion/restoration of the locks and ecosystem along the Mississippi River. States protected by this project include Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri.
Last year, he assumed command of the Corps' Hurricane Protection Office in New Orleans, Louisiana, whose mission is to rebuild levees and improve flood response. He is the third commander for the Corps there since 2005. The Corps has been targeted historically for making the levees vulnerable. Critics, however, admit to progress under Sinkler's watch. Meanwhile, he's trying hard to bolster the area. "We're doing about 15 to 20 years of construction work in about 36 months," he told CNN earlier this week.
Sinkler has been in the Corps since the early 1980s, serving in Bosnia, Iraq and the U.S Central Command in Florida. He is also an instructor at the Army War College.
This Sunday, NBC will broadcast the annual Emmy awards telecast, and O'Brien is nominated for hosting "The Tonight Show." The Emmys will take place just three days before an agreement with NBC expires that prohibits O'Brien from "disparaging" his colleagues at the former network. This includes comments that are untrue, which leaves NBC vulnerable to O'Brien noting some truths: Ratings at the network are down, and a controversial acquisition of the network by Comcast has already been fodder at the O'Brien-friendly "30 Rock." Incidentally, "The Jay Leno Show" was not nominated for an Emmy. O'Brien's new late-night talk show on TBS will debut in November.