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South Dakota's Kristi Noem Is in a Ben & Jerry's Feud

Ice cream makers say Mount Rushmore should go back to Indigenous people, but governor disagrees

(Newser) - One political fight emerged over the July 4th holiday, and it's still percolating. After ice cream makers Ben & Jerry's called for the return of Mount Rushmore to Indigenous people, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem fired back on Fox News . "I'm not going to listen to...

SD Governor to Sue Feds Over Rushmore Fireworks

National Parks Service rejected Rushmore request

(Newser) - Last year, then-President Trump was the guest of honor at the first Independence Day fireworks display at Mount Rushmore since 2009. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem wants the display to happen again this year—and she's planning to sue the Biden administration to get it. The Republican governor told...

The Nominations Are In for Trump's Garden of Heroes

Suggestions from outside the administration are much more diverse

(Newser) - George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Sacagawea. The guy who invented air conditioning. Americans' suggestions of statues for President Trump's planned National Garden of American Heroes are in, the AP reports, and they're considerably different from the names the administration has locked in for many of the pedestals. The outside...

Trump: I Didn't Ask About Rushmore, Love the Idea

President rejects suggestion that an aide asked about the logistics of adding his face

(Newser) - President Trump is denying a report that an aide asked about adding his face to Mount Rushmore—but he added that he loves the idea. In a Sunday night tweet , Trump rejected a report in the New York Times over the weekend that an unnamed aide reached out to the...

WH Aide: How Do We Add Trump to Mt. Rushmore?

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem knew Trump wanted to be up there

(Newser) - Little question: How exactly does one get a face added to Mount Rushmore? That was a White House aide's query to the office of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem last year, a Republican official tells the New York Times . The question wasn't new—Trump had asked Noem about...

Trump at Rushmore: Protests, Few Masks, a Miffed Neil Young

President's 'divisive' address in SD went after 'far-left fascism,' protesters for racial justice

(Newser) - On the eve of the Fourth, President Trump gave a speech in South Dakota, at the foot of Mount Rushmore, and it wasn't a staid one. Fox News called it "fiery," the Guardian went with a similar take of "incendiary," while the New York Times...

Governor: 'We Will Not Be Social Distancing' at Mt. Rushmore

Masks will be optional at July 3 event

(Newser) - Masks and other measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus will be completely optional at the July 3 Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore, and those who have concerns have the option of staying home, South Dakota's Republican governor says. "Those who want to come and join...

Sioux Leader Wants Mount Rushmore Removed

Criticism comes ahead of Trump's holiday visit

(Newser) - After South Dakota's governor vowed to protect Mount Rushmore , at least one Native American leader is calling for it to be taken down. Oglala Sioux President Julian Bear Runner says the monument in the Black Hills not only depicts four white men who led the founding and expansion of...

Trump's Fireworks Display Is a Bad Idea, Expert Says

Conditions are especially dry this year, but Interior Department sees no problem

(Newser) - A fireworks display at Mount Rushmore often is dangerous, one fire expert who knows the place says. But the ponderosa pine forest around the monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota is especially dry this year, the Argus Leader reports, making it "extremely flammable," said Bill Gabbert,...

SD Governor Vows to Protect Mount Rushmore

It won't be blown up 'on my watch,' Noem says

(Newser) - South Dakota's Republican governor has, unsurprisingly, confirmed that she won't allow Mount Rushmore to be dynamited. "Not on my watch," Gov. Kristi Noem said when conservative commentator Ben Shapiro asked in a tweet : "So, when is our woke historical revisionist priesthood going to insist on...

Woman's Family Trip to Mount Rushmore Takes Illegal Turn

Alexandria Incontro of Omaha arrested after getting within 15 feet of the top

(Newser) - She did it barefoot, without a rope, and illegally. A Nebraska woman was arrested on Friday after scaling Mount Rushmore nearly to the top. The Rapid City Journal cites federal court records in reporting Alexandria Incontro of Omaha bypassed orange warning signs and hopped a railing, then began scaling the...

Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon to Reopen

Mount Rushmore, too, as states work around shutdown

(Newser) - Even as Congress and the White House are still dickering over the shutdown, some of the nation's most high-profile tourist locales will reopen for business. The Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore will welcome tourists again because their respective states have agreed to pay for the...

Climber Busted on Mount Rushmore

Man spotted directly below the carvings of four presidents

(Newser) - Authorities have arrested a man for climbing Mount Rushmore National Memorial in western South Dakota. A Mount Rushmore rep says the climber was arrested about 2:15pm yesterday on federal charges that include trespassing and climbing the memorial. She did not identify the man, who has yet to appear in...

101 Places You Don't Need to Visit
 101 Places You 
 Don't Need to Visit 

101 Places You Don't Need to Visit

Disneyland Paris is just too obvious

(Newser) - Had enough of all those lists of places to see before you die? Then check out 101 Places Not to See Before You Die, which focuses on “overhyped tourist sites" and the like. A sampling, courtesy of USA Today :
  • Ibiza: The Spanish party isle is a great place—"

Americans Want JFK on Mt. Rushmore
Want JFK on
Mt. Rushmore

Americans Want JFK on Mt. Rushmore

And they don't have a clue about health plan's public option

(Newser) - JFK could one day join Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt in rock now that a wide-ranging poll by VanityFair/60 Minutes has found he's the president most Americans would most like to see added to Mount Rushmore. Other revelations:
  • Though it's a hot-button topic in the health-care debate, Americans are fairly

Protesters Hang Banner on Rushmore

(Newser) - A group of Greenpeace protesters were cited yesterday after draping a 2,300-square-foot banner over Mount Rushmore, the Argus Leader reports. The banner sported Barack Obama's face and read: “America honors leaders, not politicians: Stop global warming.” The 11 protesters scaled up and rappelled down the mountain using...

Is Obama Playing It Too Safe? Is Clinton Really Finished?

Where Barack's missing out and what Hillary needs to do

(Newser) - John Edwards’ endorsement may have helped Obama turn the page on recent troubles, but pundits say he should face up to them—or he leaves an opening for Hillary to climb back in:
  • Sure, it was a “rational, prudent decision” to skip West Virginia, David Broder allows, but it

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