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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - John Stanwich
National Park Service officials faced a planting predicament: Leave the soon-to-be National Christmas Tree in its shipping crate to ride out superstorm Sandy, or plant the 30-foot Colorado blue spruce and risk having it blow over like its predecessor last year.
"We felt that was the best option: To get it here as quickly as possible and get it in the ground and stabilized," said John Stanwich, the Park Service's deputy liaison to the White House. "We knew we would have that system in place, and as much as possible, keeping in mind the safety of the staff, we would do our very best to monitor it as much as possible during the storm. Obviously we're very happy it's doing very well."
The Park Service has used a brace on past trees, Mr. Stanwich said.