Presidential Libraries

Clinton Library Prompts Airport Facelift, Tourism Advertising

A Short Little Blurb from Arkansas says Little Rock National Airport is going to spend $1 million renovating its main entrance. The airport commission says the work is in preparation for the planned opening in November of the Clinton Presidential Library.

Legal Woes for Clinton Library in Ark.

Little AP Blurb says Arkansas officials Tuesday asked a court to throw out a lawsuit filed by the Clinton Presidential Foundation seeking tax breaks for the presidential library project.

In the filing, the state Department of Economic Development claims the nonprofit foundation is not entitled to tax breaks under a program designed to promote ``business enterprises.''

``The list of 'business enterprises' does not include libraries, schools, educational facilities or government institutions,'' the filing said.

Congressional bargainers allow first step for Nixon presidential library

House-Senate bargainers agreed Wednesday to let the government take the first steps toward establishing a formal Richard Nixon presidential library.

Until now, the late President Nixon has been the only president without his own federal library since the National Archives presidential library system began with President Hoover's library in Iowa.

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Rangers offer land as site for Bush library

Robin notes The Texas Rangers are joining forces with Arlington leaders in a vigorous bid to land the George W. Bush presidential library by offering a choice of sites from more than 100 acres surrounding The Ballpark in Arlington.

There's more at DFW.com.
The Metroplex city is competing with at least five Texas universities to secure the library, a prize that could draw nearly 200,000 visitors a year and pump millions of dollars into the local economy.

Reagan Library Spared in Fire

A. Nonny Mouse tells us: "According to Newsmax, a California fire that swept through Simi Valley scorching some 80,000 acres just missed the Reagan Library."

Director is chosen for Abraham Lincoln library, museum

It looks like the troubled Abraham Lincoln library, museum is finally getting a boss. STLToday Reports nationally known historian who promises to mix scholarship with showmanship has been named head of Illinois' $115 million Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Richard Norton Smith, who has run four presidential libraries, called this "a time of unlimited possibility. If you're in the presidential library business, Abraham Lincoln is the tops."

Third suit filed over Clinton library site

NWANews.com Reports on another civil lawsuit challenging the means by which Little Rock financed the purchase of the site for the Clinton Presidential Center.
Nora Harris filed a suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court claiming that the city’s method of paying for the 30-acre site along the Arkansas River east of the Interstate 30 bridge was illegal.
Since 1998, Harris has waged a legal battle with the city over its purchase of what is now a 30-acre construction zone east of the River Market District.

Fire Outside the Truman Presidential Library

hradcany1 writes "Slight Damage From Fire Outside Truman Library:
It was a tense evening when fire broke out at a historic building in Independence. Firefighters were called to the Truman Presidential Museum and Library around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. It turns out the fire started outside a fuse box. The exterior of the building sustained some damage, but it's considered minor. The fire did not damage any of the artifacts inside the library.

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Clinton Meets Elvis

Steve Fesenmaier spotted Clinton Meets Elvis from over at Alternet.
They say thanks to savvy marketing by the Clinton Foundation, the former president has discovered a new following. Elvis fans have become fascinated with the foundation's latest fundraising tool – the Clinton cookbook, featuring the Elvis favorite, grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Gifts to President Are Carted to Storage

The Dayton Daily News is running This Associated Press Story on the gifts given to President Bush from foreign leaders.
They say gifts barely brush the president\'s hands before being carted off, crated and left to gather dust.
Thousands of gifts are carefully stored, but only a relatively few make it into displays at the presidential libraries; there are simply too many to exhibit.
The Constitution says the president cannot accept any foreign present without the consent of Congress

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