- The Washington Times - Friday, October 4, 2013

World War II veterans stormed past the gates holding them back from their own memorial during the government shutdown, and a U.S. Capitol car chase ended with 34-year-old suspect Miriam Carey, of Stamford, Conn., dead.

On the international stage, Russian President Vladimir Putin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Here’s a recap, or wrap, of the week that was from The Washington Times.

Hillary Clinton film is scrubbed as sources go mum


PHOTOS: U.S. Capitol Hill chase


You can scrap the CNN documentary on Hillary Rodham Clinton: Nobody — absolutely nobody — would agree to speak on record about the former secretary of state and potential 2016 White House candidate, the film director said.

Film director Charles Ferguson said in The Guardian that he pulled the plug on his planned documentary after receiving a solid wall of silence from the 100 or so he approached to interview for the film.

Atheist students use federal law to pursue same rights as Christians for ‘secular safe zones’

A 30-year-old federal law created to protect the right of Christian students to gather now is being used to protect the rights of students with opposite beliefs.


PHOTOS: Famous quitters: Those who bailed rather than face scandal, scrutiny or stress


This school year, the Secular Student Alliance, a national organization advocating the rights of nonreligious students, has created “secular safe zones” on 26 college and high school campuses throughout the country.

“Christianity is so prevalent in society that it’s taken as the norm and to many atheists it’s off-putting,” said the alliance’s spokesman Jesse Galef. Mr. Galef said the safe zones — rooms or areas set aside specifically for nonreligious students — can help build community, foster service projects and educate individuals about atheism. The safe zones are overseen primarily by student leaders and faculty member allies.

Obama now says Obamacare will bring months of ‘glitches’

President Obama said in comments broadcast Tuesday, on the cusp of enrollment in Obamacare’s exchanges, that of course there will be “glitches” in the implementation of the health reform — months of glitches, he added.

He made the remarks to NPR, while expressing confidence that his signature law will provide “the prospect that any American out there who does not currently have health insurance can get high-quality health insurance.”

Russia’s Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Russian President Vladimir Putin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by an advocacy group that credits him with bringing about a peaceful resolution to the Syrian-U.S. dispute over chemical weapons.

The Russian advocacy group International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World nominated Mr. Putin, characterizing his forged agreement with Syrian President Bashar Assad — to turn over admitted chemical weapons cache to international authorities — a world-class and prize-worthy piece of diplomacy, United Press International reported.

World War II veterans make one more victory raid — push way into Mall memorial

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