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“Since her election, the Harvard-educated economist, who spent 12 years  in exile after criticizing her predecessors, has used her impressive  negotiating skills and credibility to persuade the World Bank and the  International Monetary Fund to forgive $4.6 billion in debt. At home,  she has cajoled former enemies to work together to rebuild the economy.”
In September, we selected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, as one of our 2011 Trailblazers. Now she’s a Nobel Peace Prize winner! This shot was taken on April 30, in a helicopter, on her way to launch her re-election campaign. Read her interview.
Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe
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    “Since her election, the Harvard-educated economist, who spent 12 years in exile after criticizing her predecessors, has used her impressive negotiating skills and credibility to persuade the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to forgive $4.6 billion in debt. At home, she has cajoled former enemies to work together to rebuild the economy.”

    In September, we selected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, as one of our 2011 Trailblazers. Now she’s a Nobel Peace Prize winner! This shot was taken on April 30, in a helicopter, on her way to launch her re-election campaign. Read her interview.

    Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe

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    Today in history - the Senate confirms the nomination of Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Justice Marshall becomes the first African American to sit on the Court. 

    President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall earlier that summer on June 13, 1967.  Despite the dissent that was sparked by Marshall’s appointment, the Senate confirmed him on August 30, 1967.  

    Marshall was a noted civil rights lawyer and had argued for the plaintiffs before the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the landmark case ending racial segregation in public schools.  Marshall remained on the Supreme Court until 1991.

    Here are pictures from LBJ and Marshall’s Oval Office meeting regarding the announcement of the nomination. 

    -read more at The Presidential Timeline

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A vendor ate a watermelon Tuesday at a market in Huaibei, in China’s Anhui Province.

This is just about what my vacation looked like. We at watermelon every day, often more than once a day. —Wright View in High-Res

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    A vendor ate a watermelon Tuesday at a market in Huaibei, in China’s Anhui Province.

    This is just about what my vacation looked like. We at watermelon every day, often more than once a day. —Wright

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