Library association awards Carnegie medals to McBride, Giggs
This combination image shows "Deacon King Kong" by James McBride, left, and "Fathoms: The World in the Whale" by Rebecca Giggs. The American Library Association has announced its winners of the Carnegie medals for literary excellence, awarding McBride in the fiction category and Giggs in nonfiction. (Riverhead Books, left, and Simon & Schuster via AP)NEW YORK – This year's winners of the Carnegie medals for fiction and nonfiction, presented by the American Library Association, have each checked out a few books in their time. But in Philly, you can,” explained McBride, whose novel last year was chosen by Oprah Winfrey for her book club. With a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the library association established the award in 2012, with winners in each category receiving $5,000.
Biden takes the helm as president: ‘Democracy has prevailed’
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch fireworks light up the sky from the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. We’ve learned again that democracy is precious and democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed," Biden declared in his speech. Both he, Harris and their spouses walked the last short part of the route to the White House after an abridged parade. Biden then strode into the Oval Office, a room he knew well as vice president, for the first time as commander in chief.
Biden's inauguration will be unlike any before, past inaugurals offer lessons
Biden's inauguration will be unlike any before, past inaugurals offer lessons Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says President-Elect Biden's inauguration may be unlike any other, but past presidents offer lessons on how to address the nation at a time of crisis. Chip Reid reports.cbsnews.com
"Lame ducks" and the tradition of presidential transitions
It's a harmless, almost funny-sounding term to describe the two-and-a-half-month stretch between the general election and an outgoing president's departure: "Lame duck." "Lame duck, I gather, goes back to a time when they were British businessmen who had become bankrupt," said presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The lame duck label migrated to American politics; it was used to describe outgoing President Calvin Coolidge. But as Goodwin points out, a lame duck still has wings. Kevin Lamarque/ReutersThis presidential transition period has been bereft of all these rituals.cbsnews.com
Batter Up! Baseball, soundtrack of summer, is back - sort of
The Los Angeles Dodgers play the Los Angeles Angels at sunset during the fifth inning of a preseason baseball game, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Los Angeles. Rather than keeping players and club personnel sealed in a bubble environment, baseball teams will fly around the country, raising more health concerns. Fans won't be permitted at Nationals Park or at Dodger Stadium when Los Angeles plays San Francisco - or at any field. Going to be 2020 coronavirus baseball, Yankees star pitcher Gerrit Cole said. Its that sound, its the summer sound.___AP Baseball Writers Ronald Blum and Janie McCauley and AP Sports Writers Howard Fendrich and Joe Reedy contributed to this report.
Our annual Thanksgiving book panel
Authors Doris Kearns Goodwin, Karl Rove, Jon Meacham, and Edward Larson discuss their recently released books on historic presidents with lessons for modern-day politicians. The experts discuss how the actions of our former commanders in chief inform America’s largest challenges in the 21st century.cbsnews.com