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A Bradley Fighting Vehicle, with the Lincoln Memorial in the background. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images
Throwback Thursday: For the first time since the U.S. defeated Iraq in the original Iraq War of 1991, two M1 Abrams tanks will roll through D.C. tomorrow as part of a military parade requested by President Trump.
Why it matters: "Pentagon officials have long been reluctant to parade tanks, missiles and other weapons through the nation’s capital like the authoritarian leaders of North Korea and China," NYT notes.
Driving the news: Local officials are concerned that the heavy vehicles (Abrams tanks can reach 70 tons) could damage local roads — especially around the National Mall.
Another point of concern: "The National Park Service is diverting nearly $2.5 million in entrance and recreation fees primarily intended to improve parks across the country to cover costs" of the parade, the Washington Post reports.
Photo: Cheryl Chan/Getting Images
Typewriter comeback: "[A]t the few remaining typewriter repair shops in the country, business is booming as a younger generation discovers the joy of the feel and sound of the typewriter — and older generations admit they never fell out of love with it," AP reports.
The bottom line: “There’s an irresistible tactility to typing on a typewriter, a satisfying sound, a feeling of authentic authorship. No one can spy on you and there are no distractions,” Ellen Lupton, curator of the Cooper Hewitt, tells AP.