By James A. Kidney There is a battle going on in Washington. No, not health care. Not Democrats and Republicans, either; at least, not the current crop. It is being fought at two corners of Constitution Avenue and 14th Street, N.W. It is a battle in which we all are winners. I am speaking of the “battle” between the newly energized Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the nine-month-old Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture. Don’t let anyone tell you there is not competition among the Smithsonians in Washington. As a volunteer at both of the aforementioned, I can assure you that, although it is friendly, these museums across 14th Street from each other know they are competing. It is a grand contest. African-American opened last September with a speech from President Obama and has been pretty much packed ever since — deservedly so. It is a wonderful … Read more of this post . . .