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Obama and FDR: A Faulty Comparison

by Aaron David Miller With only 43 different presidents, (44 to account for Grover Cleveland’s two non-consecutive terms), there’s a natural tendency to compare and contrast our chief executives. The presidential rating game is alternately fun, silly and even potentially

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John F. Kennedy’s Tips for Today’s Senate

A TIME FOR GREATNESS 1960 campaign brochure

John T. Shaw If Senator John F. Kennedy was faced with the U.S. Senate of 2015, he would not recognize it with its frequent filibusters, fierce partisanship, and increasingly homogenous political parties in which few conservative Democrats and or liberal

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An Army Ranger NEVER Gives Up

by Nick Irving Immediately after graduating high school, I was sent to Ft. Benning to attend US Army Basic training under the Option 40 contract (US Army Ranger Contract).  Before enlisting into the Army, my life long goal was to

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The Grateful Dead in the Age of Reagan

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by Peter Richardson Much to my surprise, one of the key characters in my cultural history of the Grateful Dead turned out to be Ronald Reagan. Both as California governor and as president, Reagan was an ideal foil for the

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The Dulles Brothers and the Airport Bust

Stephen Kinzer John Dulles Portrait

by Stephen Kinzer Who cares what is written in a book about dead people? Biographers may be pardoned for asking us that question; however, I came to find that my own research into the lives of the Dulles brothers has had

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