FRONT PAGES | The demise of Osama bin Laden

Newspapers (or at least those whose press deadlines weren’t extended to accommodate the news) across the land heralded the news in Monday’s editions that a U.S. Navy SEAL-led strike team killed Osama bin Laden on Sunday in Abottabad, Pakistan.

Reaction to the story led today’s papers as well. Here are galleries of front pages from Monday and today:

And today:

FRONT PAGES | State of the Union, 2011

President Obama’s State of the Union Address, in which he veered his agenda to the center of the American political spectrum, outlined a strategy to solve the employment crisis and called for national unity in the pursuit of better, leaner government and greater innovation and education, made newspaper front pages across the land today. Here’s a gallery:

GALLERY | 50 years after: The Kennedy inauguration

President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address.

President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address.

Fifty years ago today, John F. Kennedy, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts who won the White House by the smallest popular-vote margin in history, was inaugurated as the 35th president of the United States.

The event, which included a reading from memory of “The Gift Outright” by Robert Frost and a delivery of the Star-Spangled Banner by Marian Anderson, is perhaps the best-remembered inauguration in American history. Kennedy’s 14-minute speech, in which he charged Americans to answer their nation’s call to service, sits near the top of a list of spectacular American orations. Kennedy said:

… Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty. …

As Todd S. Purdum writes in Vanity Fair this month, the day sent a “tidal wave of glamour, promise, and high spirits” across Washington and the nation. No inauguration, before or since, could be argued to be as glamorous or filled with optimism as Kennedy’s.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has assembled a terrific website that gathers together materials related to the dawn of the Thousand Days. And, to boot, they’ve digitized the bulk of their Kennedy Administration archive.

Here’s a collection of LIFE photos from the inauguration:

LIVES | Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., 1915-2011

ShriverRober Sargent Shriver Jr. in the mid-1960s.

Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., a giant of the New Frontier and the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, has died. He was 95.

Born in Westminster, Md. on Nov. 9, 1915, Shriver was a scion of one of that state’s oldest families. His ancestor, David Schriver, signed Maryland’s constitution in 1776. Educated at Canterbury School in New Milford, Conn., Shriver was graduated from Yale in 1938. While in New Haven, he was chairman of the Yale Daily News, a member of Delta Epsilon Kappa and of Scroll and Key. He went on to earn a law degree from Yale in 1941.

During World War II, Shriver served in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant. Returning to civilian life, he became an editor at Newsweek. He met his future wife, Eunice Kennedy, in 1946 and was subsequently hired by her father, Ambassador Joseph Kennedy, to help manage Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

Shriver and Kennedy married in 1953 in a service performed by Cardinal Francis Spelman at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The Shrivers called Chicago home and Mr. Shriver dove into Democratic politics, so much so that he was considered as a candidate for Illinois governor in 1960. Those plans were dashed by the presidential candidacy of his brother-in-law, John F. Kennedy. Shriver joined the campaign and, after the election, set about designing and then administering the Peace Corps, created by an executive order in March 1961.

Shriver led the Peace Corps into the Johnson administration and went on to design President Johnson’s War on Poverty. He later served as Ambassador to France from 1968 to 1970 and was the running mate for the doomed presidential candidate George McGovern in 1972. His own presidential run in 1976 lasted only months.

In retirement from political life, Shriver was active as an attorney and as chairman of the Special Olympics. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2003. His wife, Eunice, predeceased him in 2009.

Here’s the Times obituary.

And here’s a gallery of images taken between 1961 and about 1966 from the LIFE archive:

CLIP | Sargent Shriver, 1961

CLIP | Eisenhower farewell, 1961

FRONT PAGES | Agony in Arizona

The tragic shootings in Arizona, which left six people dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Tucson Democrat, critically injured, are likely to dominate the front pages of America’s major newspapers for days to come.

Enumerable questions remain, of course. The murky motivations of Jared Lee Loughner, the obviously unstable shooter, are ripe for deeper probing. For better and quite possibly for worse, conversations about civility in public discourse and gun control are sure to continue to churn.

Both the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson’s paper, and the Phoenix-based Arizona Republic have been cranking extraordinary coverage of events and will probably vie for Pulitzers when all is said and done.

Here’s a look at front pages from yesterday, Monday, Jan. 10 and today, Tuesday, Jan. 11:



FRONT PAGES | Scrambling after WikiLeaks

WikiLeaksToday’s New York Post.

A number of American and Canadian newspapers devoted front-page real estate to reaction from Washington and Ottawa about the recent release of massive cache of American diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks. The cables — some 250,000 — detail America’s foreign policy in a number of areas, including the war-torn Middle East and Southeast Asia.

David Brooks, writing in today’s Times, examines the difficulties journalists face in covering the release, which has been decried by the Obama administration. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday called the disclosure “an attack on the international community” and its culture of diplomatic rapport.

Here’s a gallery of front pages:

CLIP | Buckley v. Vidal, 1968

FRONT PAGES | Electorate makes a turn to the right

Good morning.

I’ve had my fill of this election, but we’ll be living with its consequences for the next days, weeks and years. Some highlights:

• Andrew Cuomo was elected governor of New York by a decisive margin, defeating Buffalo developer and political neophyte Carl Paladino.

• The Republican party seized control of the House. In New York, Republicans Nan Hayworth and Chris Gibson toppled incumbent Democrats John Hall and Scott Murphy.

• Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, high-profile Tea Party candidates, won Kentucky and Florida seats in the U.S. Senate.

• Democrat Richard Blumenthal defeated Linda McMahon, a Republican, in the Connecticut race for U.S. Senate; that state’s gubernatorial race between Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley is too close to call.

• Christine O’Donnell, to the relief of many it would seem, was handily defeated by Jeff Coons in the race for Delaware’s U.S. Senate seat.

Here’s a look at front pages from around the nation:

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