It's Veterans Day weekend. Amid an anxious and historic year, it's a worthy moment to pause and unplug — to give thanks to our heroes, mourn our victims, lament the predators and liars, and contemplate our future.
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Too often, we cover news from 50,000 feet — a safe remove that can bring clarity, but also abets haziness. News — good and bad — is people, one by one. For your contemplation ...
These women and men have lost their lives in three wars without end that few follow and fewer understand: Iraq, Afghanistan and the broader hunt for terrorists everywhere.
Here are the Defense Department's casualty releases from 2017:
Our nation has never lost so many in such a short time in mass shootings. Their ages range from 1 to 77, all killed while enjoying friends, family and freedom:
Las Vegas country music festival ... 58 killed by shots from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Oct. 1:
First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs ... 26 killed during Sunday service on Nov. 5:
An uprising of women wronged everywhere is exposing the abuse of the powerful in movies, music, media, politics and business. Workplaces will never be the same. Among those exposed or accused:
Russia infiltrated our elections. And an astonishing number of Trump associates turned out to have possible connections, providing a feast for special counsel Bob Mueller:
Questioned by FBI:
Omissions from disclosure forms:
Interviewed by Mueller team:
Russia exploited our favorite toys and tools, exposing an acute vulnerability at the heart of the technologies that dominate our time and minds. Social media will never again be seen the same:
For all the tears, all the stress, all the controversy, give thanks for this:
Most Americans do the right thing — defend our nation, rescue the injured, stand for neighbors, lead with humility and honor. Take today to savor this.
... from yesterday's Veterans Day parade in New York City. What a country!