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Live: President Obama on the Situation in Ukraine

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Situation in Ukraine

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Overnight: Rick Steves: San Marino

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San Marino

I love Italy and have been there often but I have never stopped by to see the Republic of San Marino. Rick Steves has been there and this is his short film about the mini-country.

Here's the wiki if you'd like to know more: San Marino.

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Afternoon-Evening Links

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CREDIT: AP PHOTO/ALAN DIAZ

Leaving Homeless Person On The Streets: $31,065. Giving Them Housing: $10,051.

Chuck Hagel Accuses China Of 'Destabilizing' Asia Over South China Sea Claims

Matthew Hagee Says it’s Not Climate Change You’re Feeling – It’s Jesus’ Return

Turkey in heavy security clampdown on Taksim anniversary

Meet The Far-Right Groups Who’ll Decide Europe’s Future

Why Europe's Progressives Shouldn't Mourn the Latest EU Election

What's Behind the 'Drought' in Drone Strikes in Pakistan

Just Four Out Of 80 Candidates Endorsed By The Tea Party Are Women

Man Threatens to Shoot People in Democratic Senator's Office

Montana Congressional Candidate Says Speed Limits Are A ‘Federal Overreach’

Indianapolis Will Give All Students Free Breakfast And Lunch

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Overnight: The Trans-Siberian Railway

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Overnight Trans Siberian Railway

I've read about the Trans-Siberian Railway a number of times, most notably in The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux. Before this documentary, I had never seen aerial footage of the route nor understood what a monumental undertaking it was.

From the 'About' information on YouTube:

For those who travel for the pleasure of the journey, those who believe that getting there is as much fun as being there, Russia's Trans-Siberian Railway has long been an almost mythic experience. It is the longest continuous rail line on earth, each run clattering along in an epic journey of almost six thousand miles (or about ten thousand kilometers) over one third of the globe. For most of its history, the Trans-Siberian journey has been an experience of almost continuous movement, seven days or more of unabated train travel through the vast expanse of Russia. A great part of the pleasure of such a trip is simply sitting back and watching the land go by. However, most travelers on the Trans-Siberian find that interaction with other passengers, both Russians and tourists, is what makes the trip an unforgettable experience. Today, with far fewer travel restrictions, it is possible to use the rail journey as the core of a more varied tour. Travelers can enjoy stopovers in many of the Russian cities and towns along the route, from the historic Volga port of Yaroslavl to Irkutsk and the scenic Lake Baikal region.

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The Book Booth: Mothers Day Edition

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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

A Happy Mothers Day to all our fine readers. Either you are a mother or you have a mother, (or both) and fine reasons for celebration. And, remember, books make great gifts for moms everywhere.

We are still observing the 450th birthday of the Bard of Avon and recently The Millions asked five Shakespeare experts what they thought was his greatest play. The scholars came up with some interesting answers and make compelling arguments for their choices. They are all wrong, of course. Not one picked The Tempest, Shakespeare's most mature and poetic play. You can find the expert choices here.

It is May and while the Derby has already been run, the Preakness and Belmont are coming up. Mothers Day is Sunday. Memorial Day isn't too far ahead. So you might want to start making your Summer vacation travel plans. With the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath, you may want to consider Steinbeck country. Monterey is a beautiful locale and there is much to see there. (HT to Lucian for finding this one).

If travel sparks the imagination, perhaps you may want to read about some adventurous travelers. Mary Miller at Publishers Weekly listed her favorite road novels and, oddly, Kerouac doesn't make the list. L. Frank Baum does.

Visiting foreign lands has its intrigue as well and perhaps there is no more intriguing city in Europe than Berlin. Rory MacLean recently offered his top ten Berliners in literature over at the Guardian.

Of course London can be quite lovely this time of year and Buzzfeed has twelve literary locales book lovers will enjoy.

If armchair travels into the past is your cup of tea, you wont need Wells' time machine to do so. Here are some suggestions from the Telegraph and its top 15 great works of Classical literature.

If you've been thinking of venturing into the realm of graphic novels, Brie Hiramine at Flavorwire believes these 25 titles to be essential. I haven't read all these myself, but I do highly recommend Persepolis, V for Vendetta and Maus, all richly imagined and well worth your time.

Ah, the aroma of old books! Here are some great quotes about being surrounded by musty volumes of lore and wisdom.

The New York Times Book Review recently took on the question of whether literary critics could make good novelists as well. It is an interesting question and I have no firm opinion myself. Susan Sontag's name comes up in both responses and while I admire her fiction, I do tend to remember her criticism with more admiration.

Sadly the news came this week of the passing of the splendid Canadian author Farley Mowat at age 92. His Never Cry Wolf had a profound influence on my attitudes about nature (and nature writing). The CBC has this remembrance.

A Happy Mothers Day to everyone. I will remember my mother who was a voracious reader and nurtured my love of books and reading this weekend. Please let us know what books you've got piled up and are enjoying!

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Overnight: Eurovision 1957 Full Contest

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Overnight: Eurovision 1963 Recap of all 16 Songs

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Eurovision (Wiki) has been around since 1957.

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