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    Beneath the long-abandoned battlefields of World War I, in the idyllic French countryside, lies a hidden underground world where soldiers sought nighttime refuge from long days spent in the trenches above.

    These subterranean cities, a secret to the world until now, have been captured in stunning detail by American photographer Jeffrey Gusky, who was granted near-exclusive access to photograph the hidden spaces by the French locals who have protected them for generations.

    On this Veteran’s Day, Gusky told “Power Players” about the remnants of tragedy and treasure he found inside the cavernous dwellings.

    “Modern underground cities beneath the trenches, loaded with art, loaded with the infrastructure of modern cities, tens of thousands of men occupying these places at any given time throughout the war,” Gusky told “Power Players.”

    “Very often stairways went directly to the trenches, and then they would descend back into safety,” Gusky said. “And there was one place where

    Read More »from Beneath the trenches: The secret world of the Great War revealed
  • Politics Confidential

    When Sen. Rob Portman found himself in the middle of a river in Chile, unable to swim following a kayaking accident that dislocated his shoulder, he had one thought: Mel Gibson.

    “I'm there alone on this big river in the middle of nowhere in Chile and what went through my mind was Mel Gibson in ‘Lethal Weapon 2,’” Portman, a longtime kayaking enthusiast, told “Politics Confidential” during a recent interview at the Washington Canoe Club on the Potomac River.

    In the movie, Gibson’s character relocated his shoulder by jamming it into a filing cabinet. And though Portman didn’t have a filing cabinet in the middle of the river, he did have a rock.

    "Didn't work the first time,” Portman recalled of jamming his limp shoulder into the rock. “It worked the second time, and I made it to shore.”

    The first-term Ohio Republican -- elected by an 18-point margin in the most important swing state of all -- just helped to lead Republicans through a successful midterm cycle as the

    Read More »from Sen. Rob Portman’s upstream paddle toward a 2016 White House bid
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    At the heart of the deadly 20-year-long civil war that rages in the Democratic Republic of Congo sits the home of the world’s last 800 mountain gorillas in Africa’s oldest national park.

    Virunga National Park – and the human and gorilla populations that rely on it for their way of life – are locked in a struggle for their very existence against poachers and outside parties looking to exploit the park’s natural resources.

    And a new documentary, “Virunga,” set to premiere on Netflix tomorrow, goes to the front lines of the battle to protect the park and tells the story of the park rangers who put their lives on the line to do so.

    “Not only is it Africa's oldest national park, it's also home to the world's last mountain gorillas,” said the film’s director, Orlando von Einsiedel. "But this is a park which is really people-focused. It really represents one of the best chances the region has to push forward.”

    Einsiedel sat down recently for an interview with “Power Players”

    Read More »from Gorilla war: The fight to protect the world's last mountain gorillas amid violence in DR Congo

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