- - Monday, January 21, 2013

A Texas congressman has revived his effort to build a National World War I Memorial on the Mall, an effort that did not come to fruition last year amid concerns about new construction on the heavily trafficked strip of federal land.

Rep. Ted Poe, a Republican, refiled the “Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act” in the new Congress. The bill calls for a memorial site no larger than a half-acre that may cost up to $10 million in privately raised funds.

The legislation asked for an exemption to a 2003 law that prohibits new commemorative works on the Mall. Proponents of his efforts say those who fought and died in the Great War of 1914-1918 deserve to be honored alongside those who went overseas to serve in the other major conflicts of the 20th century.

Buckles was the last surviving American veteran of the war. He died in 2011.


Former Secretary of State Rice joins CBS News

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor.

CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager and President David Rhodes say Ms. Rice “will use her insight and vast experience to explore issues facing America at home and abroad.”

Ms. Rice served as secretary of state during President George W. Bush’s second term. She was the first black woman to hold the post.

Ms. Rice was Mr. Bush’s national security adviser during his first term and worked on the National Security Council under President George H.W. Bush.


Perry adds $3.5 million to coffers; mum on plans

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Rick Perry raised a bit more than $3.5 million in the last six months of 2012, pushing his campaign cash-on-hand to more than $6 million.

The Republican took office in December 2000 and is the longest-serving governor in state history.

But Mr. Perry says he won’t announce until this summer whether he will seek a fourth full term.

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