• Power Players

    What has three legs, a Purple Heart, and fur all over?

    Meet German Shepard mix Lucca, a Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient (albeit unofficial) credited as a war hero for her work sniffing out IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Lucca, who lost a front paw while serving on the front lines, is the subject of new book “Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca.” And along with her first handler and current owner, Gunnery Sgt. Chris Willingham, this furry war hero recently sat down for an interview with “Power Players.”

    Willingham is part of a special unit of dog handlers within the Marine Corps and was first assigned to be Lucca’s handler when she was still a young, untrained dog. The two quickly became a pair and trained together for a year before being deployed to Iraq, where Lucca quickly put her sniffing skills into action.

    “In our first week in our first big mission … Lucca went up and indicated there was an explosive there and that was the first time she saved my

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  • Top Line

    Here’s a Thanksgiving pop quiz: Who was the nation’s first president?

    If you answered George Washington, pass the gravy and get ready for a history lesson. It was actually John Hanson, a founding father whose name is largely forgotten in the pages of American history – until now.

    “They were both first presidents. We've had two governments,” said Peter Michael, a descendent of Hanson’s who is working to revive his memory as the first president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation, the precursor to the Constitution.

    “George Washington was very famously the first president of our second government under the Constitution,” Michael told “Top Line” during a recent interview outside a replica of Hanson’s historic home in Frederick, Maryland. “But for eight years before the birth of that second government, we had an original government chartered under the Articles of Confederation. It had its presidents, the first of whom was John Hanson."

    Michael, who has

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  • Politics Confidential

    It started as a simple idea: One man, his motorcycle and a world to explore.

    And so “Worldrider” Allan Karl set out on what would become a three-year adventure across five continents, taking him through some of the world’s most dangerous hotspots and challenging terrain in search of human connection, cultural understanding and good food.

    Now back from his journey, Karl rode his motorcycle over to an interview with “Politics Confidential” (a mandatory stop because the show’s host is Karl’s brother) to discuss his voyage and new book that tells the full story, “Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine And Connection.”

    One of the most remarkable stops on Karl’s voyage was Syria, which he visited before the civil war began in 2011.

    After initially being turned away at the border of Jordan and Syria because he didn’t have a visa to travel in Syria, Karl was able to convince the border guards to let him through. But just as soon as he was cleared to cross into the country,

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