• Power Players

    Over the past decade, ABC News has traveled to the reclusive nation of North Korea just shy of a dozen times. Over the years, more and more fellow journalists have been “invited” by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea -- the DPRK, for short, as the North officially refers to itself – mostly to cover events that the government has deemed worthy of international coverage.

    It is a tenuous line for the press corps. On the one hand, because of North Korea's reclusiveness, news organizations scramble to accept or apply to get in. On the other hand, there is a wariness about our part in carefully orchestrated events designed to promote the leadership's “juche” (roughly translated as “self reliance”) and “songgun” (“military first”) philosophies. Those dual ideologies define a government – led by the young Kim Jong Un – at odds with the international community. We decided that, on balance, it was worth going and threading the journalistic needle.

    On a sweltering July

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  • The real war horse: The life and legend of the Marine Corps’ four-legged staff sergeant

    On the Radar

    In many ways, Staff Sgt. Reckless was no different from the Marines she served beside during the Korean War. She braved enemy fire on many occasions, enjoyed scrambled eggs and coffee for breakfast, and her favorite pastime was drinking beer with comrades.

    Except Reckless was a horse.

    Reckless has long been considered a war hero for her service during the Korean War and was recently honored at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia, where a life-sized statue of the horse was unveiled.

    Retired Marine Sgt. Harold Wadley, who served side-by-side with Reckless in the Korean War, spoke to “On the Radar” at the installation ceremony of the new Staff Sgt. Reckless statue and told of the horse’s unusual valor in braving enemy fire to bring reinforcement ammunition to her platoon on the front lines.

    “The memory that stayed with me forever was the image of her when the flare lights were … coming in, and then she's struggling up the ridge,” Wadley recalled. “And she's

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  • Have you ‘herd’? While politicians vacation, goats hard at work in Washington

    The Fine Print

    Congress may be out of town for its August recess, but that doesn’t mean that no work is getting done in the nation’s capital.

    At the hallowed grounds of the Congressional Cemetery in Southeast Washington, where historical figures like J. Edgar Hoover and John Philip Sousa lay in final rest, a herd of goats has been laboring away in a fenced-off portion of the cemetery, munching down overgrown poison ivy and other weeds.

    “We got called in to deal with a problem vegetation issue,” the goats’ keeper, Brian Knox, told “The Fine Print” during an interview, standing in a clearing that was densely covered with ivy just a week before, prior to the goats' arrival.

    The non-profit organization that maintains the historical cemetery was concerned the invasive ivy would kill the trees that line the edge of the cemetery and cause them to fall on the historic tombstones. Knox said his Maryland-based Eco-Goats company was uniquely suited to deal with the problem.

    “The best place for

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