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The first two Americans to die in the Vietnam conflict. The first of 58,000 more to come.
Retired generals, veterans, mothers, daughters, sons and widows began reading each of the 58,256 names etched on the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, part of the memorial’s 25th-anniversary celebration.
“The names have become the memorial,” said Jan Scruggs, the veteran who in 1979 started pushing for the creation of the Wall. He is the president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
The US Senate late Thursday confirmed Michael Mukasey as the country’s new attorney general, despite criticism of his refusal to say whether an interrogation method called “waterboarding” was legal.
Mukasey was confirmed on a 53 to 40 vote in the Democrat-controlled senate.
President George W. Bush’s pick for the country’s top law enforcement officer had appeared to be in jeopardy until this week because Mukasey had declined to declare that waterboarding was torture and therefore illegal.
The US Congress on Thursday overturned a veto by President George W. Bush for the first time in his presidency, giving approval to a bill on river and waterway projects.
“In overriding President Bush’s veto today, the Senate stood up for America’s waterways and water infrastructure,” said the influential Michigan Senator Carl Levin.
The Senate voted by 79 to 14 in favor of overturning Bush’s veto of the ambitious 23-billion dollar bill which the US leader believed was too costly.