John F. Kennedy ’s call to send a man to the moon symbolized the soaring ambition associated with his presidency. In private, he was more a cold-eyed realist, concerned that the mission would be dismissed as a costly “stunt” and might be better recast as a military venture.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said he will run for the U.S. Senate in Virginia in next year’s election, bolstering his party’s chances of keeping the open seat by having a proven fundraiser and former governor of the state in the race.
The Senate rejected a measure that would overturn a U.S. regulation to cut mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants, a rule that is among the most expensive issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Critics of President George W. Bush’s anti-terrorism efforts, mainly Democrats and some Republicans, rejoiced when Barack Obama was elected. They were convinced that what they considered the post-Sept. 11 trampling of constitutional rights and civil liberties would end.