Thursday is the 69th anniversary of D-Day, when 160,000 Allied soldiers landed upon French shores on June 6, 1944, supported by 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft.
“Soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force,” U.S. Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower told them. “You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you.”
THE UNKNOWN REAGAN
Now in the works: “Last Act,” the first book to offer a extensive, exclusive look at the post-presidential years of Ronald Reagan, this from historian Craig Shirley, author of two other books about the 40th president.
The upcoming book “will tell the important final chapter in the life of Reagan, widening our understanding of American history and of the presidency and one of the most singular men to occupy the office,” says Joel Miller, vice president for nonfiction acquisitions at publisher Thomas Nelson.
“Reagan’s legacy, his views, and his philosophy have become so crucial in the political sphere that they may very well mean the difference between winning or losing elections,” Mr. Miller adds.
There’s a wait, though. The book will be published in about a year to mark the 10th anniversary of Reagan’s passing. In the meantime, Mr. Shirley has wrapped up a political biography of Newt Gingrich, billed as “Citizen Newt,” and destined for booksellers later this year.
POLL DU JOUR
• 66 percent of Americans favor use of drones to kill suspected members of al Qaeda and other terrorists; 16 percent oppose it.
• 43 percent favor targeting and killing Americans who are suspected of being terrorists who live in other countries; 25 percent disagree and 29 percent are undecided.
• 42 percent say the U.S. only should provide humanitarian assistance to civilians involved in civil unrest in Syria; 24 percent say the U.S. should take no action; 15 percent say the U.S. should take military action.
• 11 percent say the U.S. should arm the opposition forces who are against the Syrian government.
Source: An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted May 30 to June 2.
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