With rioting in Ferguson, Mo., U.S. troops going to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State group and nuclear negotiations in Iran not going as well as he hoped for, how did the president justify taking time to “pardon” a turkey Wednesday?
With rioting in Ferguson, Mo., U.S. troops going to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State group and nuclear negotiations in Iran not going as well as he hoped for, how did the president justify taking time to “pardon” a turkey Wednesday?
Thousands of people joined a second night of protests Tuesday in response to the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the August shooting death of Mike Brown.
Angry about the decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, college students and activists stormed District streets and converged in front of the White House on Monday night to protest.
 
 
 

Matt Nelson - Multimedia Fellow 2012-2013

Matt Nelson was recently hired as the third multimedia fellow at the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. Nelson originally hails from Hibbing, Minn., a city that is well known across the world as being the hometown of music legend Bob Dylan.

A Midwestern boy at heart, Nelson has worked at media outlets in both Minnesota and Iowa. He got his start on the small-town beat when he interviewed World War II veterans for the local newspaper. One of those veterans was Veda Ponikvar, who was a Navy WAVE during World War II. It was while interviewing Ponikvar that Nelson first heard about Drake University, from which he graduated in 2012. Nelson majored in Drake's News/Internet program, and received a minor in physics.

During his college career, Nelson interned at the Hibbing Daily Tribune, the Des Moines Register, Patch.com and ABC News. He also attended the Online News Association's conference as part of the Google student newsroom in 2011.

Nelson is excited to be multimedia fellow for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, and he is eager to apply his multimedia skills in a dynamic setting like Washington.

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Round 3 of White House treatment for UConn Huskies

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama snapped – but only about his basketball choices – Wednesday during a ceremony honoring the University of Connecticut Huskies for their eighth NCAA title.

 

Click on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama accepts a team jacket monogrammed with "President Obama" and a signed basketball from University of Connecticut women’s basketball team as part of a celebration of the Huskies eighth NCAA championship. SHFWire photo by Matt NelsonClick on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama accepts a team jacket monogrammed with "President Obama" and a signed basketball from University of Connecticut women’s basketball team as part of a celebration of the Huskies eighth NCAA championship. SHFWire photo by Matt NelsonWASHINGTON - President Barack Obama snapped – but only about his basketball choices – Wednesday during a ceremony honoring the University of Connecticut Huskies for their eighth NCAA title.

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Ceremony welcomes 30 new citizens at Treasury Dept.

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WASHINGTON — If it hadn't been for his 9-year-old son, Paras Saxena, 37, might never have made it to his American naturalization ceremony Wednesday.

 

WASHINGTON — If it hadn't been for his 9-year-old son, Paras Saxena, 37, might never have made it to his American naturalization ceremony Wednesday.

Stuart, Fla., speller misses out on Bee semifinals, vows to return

 

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Tarun Neelavannan, 12, of Stuart, Fla., and his father Neelavannan Radha wait for Round 3 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee to begin Wednesday afternoon. Tarun later spelled “fomentation” correctly, but did not have enough points to advance to the semifinals. SHNS photo by Matt NelsonClick on photo to enlarge or download: Tarun Neelavannan, 12, of Stuart, Fla., and his father Neelavannan Radha wait for Round 3 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee to begin Wednesday afternoon. Tarun later spelled “fomentation” correctly, but did not have enough points to advance to the semifinals. SHNS photo by Matt NelsonNATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Tarun Neelavannan's bid for the Scripps National Spelling Bee championship came to an end when the semifinalists were announced Wednesday afternoon.

Stuart, Fla., speller is confident after first round

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Tarun Neelavannan, 12, of Stuart, Fla., is interviewed by Scripps TV reporter Tanya O’Rourke, Tuesday after completing Round 1 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday. He advanced to Round 3 on Wednesday. SHFWire photo by Matt NelsonClick on photo to enlarge or download: Tarun Neelavannan, 12, of Stuart, Fla., is interviewed by Scripps TV reporter Tanya O’Rourke, Tuesday after completing Round 1 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday. He advanced to Round 3 on Wednesday. SHFWire photo by Matt Nelson

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Late in the afternoon on the first day of the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee, first-time competitor Tarun Neelavannan was handling the pressure like a pro.

Elite runner rebounds after a tough year

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Jennifer and Michael Wardian are the parents of Pierce, 6, and Grant, 4. SHFWire photo by Matt NelsonClick on photo to enlarge or download: Jennifer and Michael Wardian are the parents of Pierce, 6, and Grant, 4. SHFWire photo by Matt NelsonWASHINGTON - Michael Wardian doesn't run as much as he used to.

Catching cyber criminals not easy, House committee is told

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Christopher Painter, the U.S. coordinator for cyber issues, on Thursday describes efforts the White House is making to combat the threat of cyber attacks. SHFWire photo by Matt NelsonClick on photo to enlarge or download: Christopher Painter, the U.S. coordinator for cyber issues, on Thursday describes efforts the White House is making to combat the threat of cyber attacks. SHFWire photo by Matt NelsonWASHINGTON - House members tried to find out Thursday why it’s so hard to prosecute cyber criminals, but like the international perpetrators, answers remained elusive.

Report says cyber-espionage group sponsored by Chinese


Click on photo to enlarge or download: Kevin Mandia, CEO of Mandiant, says Tuesday that the amount of data stolen by a Chinese government-backed data hacking scheme is more than any one person could read in a lifetime. He briefed Senators on the report. SHFWire photo by Matt NelsonClick on photo to enlarge or download: Kevin Mandia, CEO of Mandiant, says Tuesday that the amount of data stolen by a Chinese government-backed data hacking scheme is more than any one person could read in a lifetime. He briefed Senators on the report. SHFWire photo by Matt NelsonWASHINGTON – The Chinese government may be sanctioning a cyber-espionage group based in Shanghai, according to a recent report from information security company Mandiant.

Isiserettes ready to rock and roll at inaugural parade

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Grayson Smith, 15, demonstrates how he wears the set of quad drums. Grayson, a member of the Isiserettes, will be one of the performers in Monday’s inaugural parade. SHFWire photo by Matt NelsonClick on photo to enlarge or download: Grayson Smith, 15, demonstrates how he wears the set of quad drums. Grayson, a member of the Isiserettes, will be one of the performers in Monday’s inaugural parade. SHFWire photo by Matt NelsonWASHINGTON - After Monday, Zion Freeman will have marched in two inaugural parades.

He is 11 years old.

INTERACTIVE: Inauguration Firsts

WASHINGTON — Some presidents are edgier than others when it comes to their inauguration ceremonies. Every four years, they get the chance to break with tradition — or maybe begin some of their own.

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