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Laura Ingraham: The left better find a new political Messiah — It’s not Pete Buttigieg

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On Palm Sunday, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg threw himself a presidential unveiling party, formally announcing his candidacy for the White House in 2020.

“That’s why I’m here today —  to tell a different story than “Make America Great Again” because there is a myth being sold to industrial and rural communities: the myth that we can stop the clock and turn it back,” he said.

Nevermind that President Trump has sparked a manufacturing job renaissance unseen in decades. Since Trump took office, more than 450,000 manufacturing jobs have been added to the economy. But when you’ve got fancy magazine cover spreads and media acolytes, who needs facts?

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And all the right media types, still dejected after the Russian collusion flop, have found themselves a brand-new political Messiah. Some were comparing Tiger Woods — one of the greatest athleres of all time, who wins the Masters after an 11-year drought that included huge personal struggle — to Mayor Pete, mayor of a mid-sized city, who announced he’s running for president.

By the way, Tiger is an original. Buttigieg sounds a lot like he’s channeling the last Democratic president. But beneath the Obama cadence and the boy scout demeanor, Mayor Pete’s rap doesn’t quite add up.

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Here’s the first principle of his campaign, Mayor Pete’s words:

“First comes freedom: something that our conservative friends have come to think of as their own,” he said Sunday. “Let me tell you: Freedom doesn’t belong to one political party.”

That’s just silly — and patently false. But when you have little to run on in a race with 17 other Democratic primary challengers, if it sounds good, say it.

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“Our conservative friends care about freedom, but only make it part of the journey,” Buttigieg added. “They only see ‘freedom from,’ as though government were the only thing that can make you unfree. But that’s not true. Your neighbor can make you unfree.”

Now, he didn’t quite explain what that meant, but could your neighbor take away your freedom? A neighbor can disagree with you and be annoying and even commit a crime against you. But how can a neighbor “make you unfree”?

Mayor Pete seems to see federal government as a crusading force for good that should be used to protect us from our neighbors. Now understand this: That view itself is radical. In Federalist No. 45, James Madison explained that, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite.”

Mayor Pete is academically very accomplished and deserves real respect for serving in the Navy Reserves … But he is a run-of-the mill liberal running against an economy that is on fire because of the policies of a president who has largely kept us out of more foreign entanglements.

This sentiment was repeated by numerous state delegations during the constitutional ratification process, including New York’s. They understood that freedom contracts with a central government ever-expanding into more areas of our lives.

But again, for a supposedly trailblazing candidate, Buttigieg is just another conventional liberal. On reproductive rights, he has said the following: “Women’s equality is freedom, because you’re not free if your reproductive health choices are dictated by male politicians or bosses.”

OK, we’ve all heard this before. Abortion is freedom? Certainly not for the unborn child in the womb, or the child born after a botched abortion in this new Democratic Party.

Again, push past the carefully studied, meticulously measured rhetoric, and what Mayor Pete really has a beef with is our Constitution, specifically the Electoral College.

“We can’t say it’s much of a democracy when, twice in my lifetime, the Electoral College has overruled the American people,” he has told supporters. “Why should our vote in Indiana count just once or twice a century? Or your vote in Wyoming or New York?”

They probably left this out of the American government lectures at Harvard College, but the Electoral College protects the votes of people in states like Indiana. Otherwise, this is government of, by and for the people of California and New York.

Oh, and this “revolutionary” candidate is basically a carbon copy of the most radical House freshman on the issue of climate change, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and saying that every building in America will have to be retrofitted and carbon-free by 2030. Translation: A massive wealth confiscation, forced and overseen by the government — a government whose elites under a President Pete would decide which cars need to be sent to the trash heap and which buildings are up to code.

Mayor Pete is academically very accomplished and deserves real respect for serving in the Navy Reserves, including seven months in Afghanistan. But he is a run-of-the mill liberal running against an economy that is on fire because of the policies of a president who has largely kept us out of more foreign entanglements.

If this were George W. Bush presiding over a cratering economy and an unpopular war abroad, maybe a guy like Buttigieg would stand a strong chance. But given the prosperity at home and America’s place in the world, the left had better find another Messiah. There will be no resurrection for this one.

Adapted from Laura Ingraham’s monologue from “The Ingraham Angle” on April 15, 2019.

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Lori Loughlin felt ‘manipulated’ in college admissions scandal, didn’t think she broke laws: report

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Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli didn’t think they broke any laws in the college admissions bribery scam, a new report claims.

The couple pleaded not guilty to charges related to alleged $500,000 bribes paid to scam mastermind and cooperating witness William “Rick” Singer get their daughters, YouTube star Olivia Jade and aspiring actress Isabella, into the University of Southern California (USC). The girls reportedly posed as crew team recruits despite not being coxswains. Insiders told Entertainment Tonight that Loughlin, 54, felt deceived by Singer about the severity of what she and Giannulli, 55, were doing.

“[Lori and her husband] claim they were under the impression they might be breaking rules, but not laws.They feel they were manipulated by those involved and are planning that as part of their defense,” a source told the outlet. “They realize how serious the charges are, but feel that once the judge hears their story he will see they had no bad intentions.”

LORI LOUGHLIN FEARS IMPACT OF GUILTY PLEA ON HER DAUGHTERS

After the couple rejected a plea agreement that “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and several others implicated in the scheme accepted, prosecutors slapped Loughlin and Giannulli with additional charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit fraud. If convicted of all charges against them, Giannulli and Loughlin may face up to 40 years behind bars.

LORI LOUGHLIN REPORTEDLY HAVING TROUBLE ACCEPTING CHARGES IN COLLEGE SCAM

“When Lori heard the number of years she could spend in prison she broke down crying. The thought of being separated from her loved ones for years brought her to her knees. She has watched as the other families cut deals but her husband feels they are not guilty and should plead not guilty,” the source said.

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The source denies the former “When Calls the Heart” star and the fashion designer are truly guilty of the charges based on their own ignorance, but admits that a judge and jury may not see it that way.

“They in no way felt they were money laundering,” the source claimed. “They thought the money would be used for a donation and to benefit the school. Even so, this has been one of the toughest decisions of Lori‘s life.”

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The insider added, “[Their friends] have explained to them that they cannot just plead ignorance. In the end, she trusts those who are advising her and somehow believes there is a chance she will go free.” Another source said Loughlin initially assumed she’d just get “a slap on the wrist.”

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Loughlin’s attorneys and rep did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

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Leaked clips of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ circulate on social media

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Those who were planning on seeing the latest Marvel film “Avengers: Endgame” were told to be careful when on social media after leaked footage of the movie was found circulating online.

The highly anticipated film is slated to be released on Friday, April 26, 2019. Walt Disney Co. has gone through good lengths to keep key moments of the film from being released. CNBC reported the studio has barred film critics and journalists from seeing the movie before its premiere date.

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However, major moments from the film were discovered on sites such as Reddit and Twitter. It was not immediately clear who leaked the footage. CNBC reported it was likely a person who had access to the clips.

“Avengers: Endgame” is the 22nd Marvel film and is expected to wrap up the story for some main characters.

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Ticket pre-sales for the movie shattered records on Fandango, Atom and AMC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. IMDBPro named “Avengers: Endgame” its most highly anticipated of April.

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Toronto Blue Jays players’ confusion leads to strange play against Minnesota Twins

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Confusion about balls and strikes during a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins on Monday night led to a strange out at first base.

On a 2-2 count, Blue Jays batter Brandon Drury took a pitch outside for Ball 3 — but then began to walk to first base, thinking he had drawn the fourth ball and earned a walk.

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Twins pitcher Martin Perez recognized Drury was making a mistake and soon noticed Teoscar Hernandez, who was on first base at the time, had started to walk to second base. Perez threw the ball to first baseman C.J. Cron, who tagged the perplexed Hernandez out for the second out of the sixth inning.

Perez later explained to MLB.com he was just as confused as everyone else was.

“I was surprised,” Perez said. “I saw the count and when I saw him walk to first, [Willians] Astudillo told me ‘hey throw to first’ and we get the out. Big out right there. Astudillo did a great job in telling me to throw to first. I was confused at that time but we had a chance to get out of the inning quick.”

Drury eventually did walk — but there was no one to advance to second and the inning was over after Alen Henson flied out to left field.

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Hernandez would later redeem himself, hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning that helped the Blue Jays defeat the Twins, 5-3.

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Microsoft’s web-based email services breached

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Some users of Microsoft’s web-based email services including @msn.com, @hotmail.com, and @outlook.com have had their accounts breached, with the accounts remaining in a compromised state for more than two months.

As TechCrunch and Motherboard report, an email sent out by Microsoft late last week explains that access to its system was gained through compromised Microsoft support agent credentials. Email accounts were then accessed and information including each account’s email address, folder names, subject lines, and the other email addresses communicated with could be viewed.

That was the extent of the breach for most compromised accounts, but around six percent of affected users didn’t get so lucky. The information accessed in their accounts extended to the body of emails, their date of birth, calendar activity, admin center, and their logon history.

The compromise lasted from Jan 1. to March 28., with Microsoft disabling the compromised credentials as soon as it became aware of the situation. Even though email account login details were not accessed in any way, “out of caution” Microsoft is advising those affected to reset their account password. The same advice will be conveyed to anyone who receives this warning email from Microsoft.

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The biggest threat posed to users caught up in this compromise is the threat of phishing attacks and email spam. It’s likely the email addresses were taken and sold as a list or added to an existing one of valid email addresses. After that, they are likely to be sent some form of spam, or worse, have compromised files attached to an email that allows for a PC infection or ransomware to take control if opened.

As ever, ensure you are running a good security suite to protect yourself against infection, protect your identity online, and use common sense when reviewing emails, especially if they have attachments you don’t recognize or expect.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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Andrew McCarthy: Behind the Obama administration’s shady plan to spy on the Trump campaign

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In Senate testimony last week, Attorney General William Barr used the word “spying” to refer to the Obama administration, um, spying on the Trump campaign. Of course, fainting spells ensued, with the media-Democrat complex in meltdown. Former FBI Director Jim Comey tut-tutted that he was confused by Barr’s comments, since the FBI’s “surveillance” had been authorized by a court.

(Needless to say, the former director neglected to mention that the court was not informed that the bureau’s “evidence” for the warrants was unverified hearsay paid for by the Clinton campaign.)

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The pearl-clutching was predictable. Less than a year ago, we learned the Obama administration had used a confidential informant — a spy — to approach at least three Trump campaign officials in the months leading up to the 2016 election, straining to find proof that the campaign was complicit in the Kremlin’s hacking of Democratic e-mails.

As night follows day, we were treated to the same Beltway hysteria we got this week: Silly semantic carping over the word “spying” — which, regardless of whether a judge authorizes it, is merely the covert gathering of intelligence about a suspected wrongdoer, organization, or foreign power.

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Marine killed, 2 others injured in Camp Pendleton tactical vehicle accident

A Marine was killed and two others were injured in a tactical vehicle accident at Camp Pendleton in California during the weekend, officials said.

The Marine Corps announced Monday the serviceman was one of three members of the elite Marine Raiders unit involved in the accident during a unit training exercise.

The Marine Raider suffered critical injuries and was medically evacuated to a hospital, but died Sunday night.

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“Our thoughts are with his family and teammates,” Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command said on Twitter.

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A Marine was killed and two others were injured in a tactical vehicle accident over the weekend at Camp Pendleton in California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nathaniel Q. Hamilton)

The Marine’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, according to base officials. The two other Marine Raiders received minor injuries.

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An investigation into the deadly incident is underway.

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The death was the second tragedy at Camp Pendleton in less than a week.

Last week, the Marine Corps announced a missing Marine from Camp Pendleton, who failed to return from a ski trip through California’s rugged Sierra Nevada, likely died of exposure from severe winter weather.

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Electric Aston Martin Rapide E lives up to its name

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Mr. Bond, your car is here.

Aston Martin has revealed its first electric model, the Rapide E.

The sedan making its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show reportedly will be featured in next year’s installment of the “007” film franchise starring Daniel Craig.

The limited-edition model was created with the assistance of Williams Advanced Engineering, which is heavily involved in the Formula E racing series along with Formula 1.

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It’s not a ground-up car, but a retrofit of a conventional V12-powered model, and features a carbon fiber and kevlar-protected power control unit and batteries taking up the space where the engine, transmission and gas tank usually is.

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Twin electric motors driving the rear wheels draw their power from it and are rated at a combined 604 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque, which are both more than the gasoline-fueled version boasts.

The battery pack is a relatively small 65 kilowatt-hours and has a range of under 200 miles per charge on the U.S. scale, while Tesla’s top models feature 100 kilowatt-hour packs and over 300 miles of range. The Rapide E is compatible with 800v fast-charging systems, however, which can refill the packs at a rate as high as 310 miles of range per hour.

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Aston Martin says the Rapide E will be able to accelerate to 60 mph in under 4 seconds, has an electronically restricted 155 mph top speed and will be able to lap the 13-mile long Nurburgring race track at peak performance without overheating, which has been a bugaboo for high performance electric cars.

Exact pricing is only being revealed to legitimate customers interested in purchasing one of the 155 examples that will be built, but is rumored to be around $300,000.

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Looking at billboards can make you a safer driver, study suggests

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The fleeting seconds where you glance at a billboard while driving down a road can have a significant impact on the way you drive, even if you don’t notice the change.

A new study commissioned by the Outdoor Media Association [Australia] has revealed that roadside advertising can play a big role in improving motorists’ driving skills.

Research shows 88 percent of driver distraction occurs inside the car, whether it is looking at a mobile phone, eating or passing an item to a passenger. As often as every minute and a half, drivers perform a “secondary task” that takes their attention away from the road.

The aim of the study was to see how a factor outside of the vehicle, such as a billboard, would impact driver behavior.

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Digital billboards were used at two different complex intersections in Queensland, one on the Gold Coast and one in Gladstone. Data was captured over four weeks, before and after the billboards were installed, looking at specific times of day including morning and afternoon peak-hour and night-time.

Researchers looked for two key indicators of distraction that often lead to crashes: drifting within a lane and stopping over the line. Together, these bad driving practices are responsible for 75 percent of serious accidents.

When the digital billboards were switched on, researchers found that lane drifting either improved or was unaffected. Stopping over the line significantly improved and no crashes or red light runners were recorded while the billboards were on — apparently because drivers were encouraged to look up from in-car distractions.

These results suggest the “presence of digital billboards may focus lateral attention, reduce visual distraction and improve driving performance”, researchers reported.

Dr. Paul Roberts, principal researcher for the Australian Road Research Board, said that his team initially theorized the presence of a digital sign might have a negative impact on driving.

“This study showed that it is sometimes possible for a digital sign at an intersection to operate with no negative impact on driver performance, and even, in some cases, to improve it,” Dr. Roberts said.

Past driver safety campaigns using billboards have had great success in reducing road accidents and deaths.

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The 2007 “Pinky” campaign, created in partnership with the NSW Roads & Traffic Authority, won global recognition for the message it sent to young male drivers.

Billboards showed the image of a young woman holding up her pinky finger with the message: “Speeding. No one thinks big of you”. Within two years of the campaign, there were 56 fewer road deaths in 17- to 25-year-old males.

Several successful signs were displayed in Victoria in 2008 targeting speeding, motorcyclists and drink driving.

In 2016, the “Time with Mum” campaign ran across Western Australia. Its aim was to show young men how much their lives would change if they lost their license. The billboards listed all the things they would miss out on without a license.

There were 30,000 less speeding incidences across the state and 70 percent of the young men surveyed said the campaign worked because it made them think about the embarrassment of losing their license.

Outdoor Media Association CEO Charmaine Moldrich said it was great to hear their signs could help reduce driver distraction.

“We were already confident that well-designed digital Out of Home signs were safe, but we were surprised to learn that our signs can actually help improve driver performance, probably because they encourage people to look up from in-car distractions,” Ms. Moldrich said.

This story originally appeared on News.Com.Au

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From the flames, Notre Dame will rebuild

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Terrible things happen to wonderful places.

St. Rule’s Tower looms over what was once the enormous Cathedral of St. Andrew in St. Andrews, Scotland. John Knox stoked a Protestant mob to ransack the cathedral in 1559. The building fell into disrepair. Today, a concrete line delineates an abstract of the cathedral, outlining ruins. The nave and apse still stand, casting a shadow of a church that once was.

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The Allies hit the cathedral in Cologne, Germany 14 times during World War II. But much of the structure remained, along with its twin, signature spires which pierce the sky. That’s what made the cathedral so easy for pilots to find during the war. The building still stands and remains the tallest Roman Catholic church on the planet.

During The War of 1812’s “Battle of Bladensburg,” the British burned both the White House and the U.S. Capitol. Much like the cathedral in Cologne, the new Capitol was easy to spy, resting atop what was known as Jenkins’ Hill. Lacking enough wood to burn the building to the ground, the British ignited books from the Library of Congress as fuel. In those days, the Library of Congress was located inside the Capitol – the same space now occupied by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Wooden ceilings and floors burned quickly amid the heat. But much of the stone and masonry survived, although singed. To this day, tour guides note that the columns festooned with corn-cobs remain near the old Senate entrance to the Capitol, surviving the fire.

Ironically, a massive thunderstorm, spinning off a tornado along what is now Constitution Avenue, may have salvaged the rest of Washington. The storm prevented the British from razing the rest of the city.

They will rebuild Notre Dame, which suffered its own terrible blaze on Monday.

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Notre Dame withstood war – The French Revolution and Napoleon. What we know today as “Notre Dame” is not the same Notre Dame when it was constructed in the 13th Century; the spire that fell in the fire isn’t the original, for instance.

But when terrible things happen to old, historic places … those places evolve.

The Capitol was divided into the House and Senate wings when the British tore through. The Capitol Dome, as we know it today, was decades away. The contemporary House and Senate wings weren’t even fully conceived.

The U.S. Capitol is in a perpetual state of evolution. The original Senate and House wings the British torched more than two centuries ago were but a sliver of what they are today. Scaffolding encircled the Capitol Dome from 2013 through 2016 for the first major overhaul since the late 1950s. A superstructure covered the Senate wing not long after that. Now it’s the turn for the House wing.

The Cannon House Office Building across the street is now two years into a decade-long renovation. Workers have already refurbished parts of the building. Other corridors remain closed. There is an obvious, startling difference between the revamped sections of Cannon and those still in need of repair. The Cannon Rotunda, home to many a TV news standup and interview, is brighter and warmer. Other halls shine with modern fixtures. Cannon used to suffer from a lack of elevators. Workers have added sleek, new elevators to transport tourists, aides and lawmakers.

Of course, it wasn’t always like this. There wasn’t even a Cannon House Office Building – let alone Longworth and Rayburn House Office Buildings – until 1908. And Cannon was originally the House Office Building – because it was the only one. Congress named the building after House Speaker Joe Cannon, R-Ill., in 1962.

The Capitol complex is an organic, living, breathing place. The same can be said for Notre Dame and dozens of other historic sites around the world. The places we see today often withstand weather, fire, war – to say nothing of political turmoil.

Despite the massive fire, Notre Dame remains. The main belfry towers remain. The interior of the main sanctuary remains relatively intact considering the severity of the blaze.

But like so many historic structures around the globe, they change and evolve. The Notre Dame today was not the Notre Dame of Victor Hugo. It wasn’t even the Notre Dame of World War II or the funeral of Charles de Gaulle of 1970.

The U.S. Capitol isn’t the same as when the British tore through the building during the Battle of Bladensburg. There was no Rotunda. No Statuary Hall. No Ohio Clock Corridor. Trams didn’t whisk people underground between the Capitol and the Senate Office Buildings. The Statue of Freedom didn’t puncture the sky atop the original, wooden, “Bullfinch Dome.” After the 1812 fire, there was even a move by the incipient federal government to ditch Washington and head north to Philadelphia. The House of Representatives voted down a plan 83-54 to decamp from Washington. And in 1815, they decided to permanently maintain the government in Washington. It took until 1819 for the original parts of the half-built Capitol to re-open.

The Capitol absorbed these changes and transformed into what it is today. But early inhabitants of Washington, D.C., would barely recognize the congressional edifice now. The new House and Senate Office Buildings, the Capitol Visitor’s Center, even the Dome and Rotunda themselves are grafted onto the complex. Who knows what the Capitol will look like in 50 or 100 years – let alone 800.

The same with Notre Dame. It will change. And Paris will change with it. Today’s manifestation of Notre Dame is not what it will be.

But these buildings are testaments – not to themselves, but of what goes on between the walls and what they inspire. The salvation of spirit through the celebration of faith at Notre Dame. The formation of the most robust, vibrant democracy in the history of the world in the Capitol.

The U.S. Capitol is not just what was. But what it will yet become.

And the same is true for Notre Dame.

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