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The Mafia’s President: Nixon and the Mob

by Don Fulsom Unbeknownst to most people even now, the election of 1968 placed the patron saint of the Mafia in the White House. In other words, Richard Nixon would go on to not only lead a criminal presidency; he

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Women Writers as Scolds, Again

by Jeff Biggers Brand her a “common scold.” That, in a nutshell, has been the “enough already” sentiment cast at Hillary Clinton’s new memoir, What Happened, by everyone from late night TV hosts to newspaper columnists. An ancient common-law crime applicable only

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The Story of the Real Ichabod Crane

by Philip Jett “It was the very witching time of night that Ichabod, heavy-hearted and crestfallen, pursued his travel homeward. . . ” In Washington Irving’s 1820 classic short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the principal character (with a

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The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Angleton

by Jefferson Morley CIA spymaster James Angleton was one of the most powerful unelected officials in the United States government in the mid-20th century, a ghost of American power. From World War II to the Cold War, Angleton operated beyond

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Owen Boyd’s Escape From Vincigliata Castle

Owen Boyd

by Mark Felton John Leeming reflected on the journey that had landed him unexpectedly in the hands of the enemy. They had taken off from RAF Stradishall near Haverhill in Suffolk on 19 November 1940 bound for Cairo via the

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