The White House Drone Crash and the Coming Privacy Nightmare

White House drone crash

by Dan Bongino

At approximately 3:00 a.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015, a two-foot-long, commercially available, quadcopter drone crashed onto the sprawling South Grounds of the White House complex after being spotted by a Secret Service Uniformed Division officer. Although the White House drone crash was downplayed by the presidential and security staff, Pandora’s Box had been opened and the entire world saw what was inside. Read more ›

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Posted in Contemporary History

Barack Obama’s Inauguration and his Legacy

Barack Obama's inauguration

by Michael D’Antonio

On the day before he became president of the United States, Barack Obama put on faded jeans and went to the Sasha Bruce House, a shelter for runaway youth on Capitol Hill, where he used a roller to apply blue paint to a bedroom wall. Obama also visited with hundreds of volunteers who had gathered at a Washington-area high school to write letters to American military personnel stationed abroad. And he made an impromptu stop at Walter Reed Medical Center to meet more than a dozen wounded veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more ›

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Pop Warner and the World’s First Indoor Professional Football Tournament

Pop Warner

by Steve Sheinkin

After four seasons at the Carlisle Indian School, Pop Warner was already considered one of the brightest and most innovative coaches in football.  However, Pop made the dubious decision to take the field for one last game as a player. Read more ›

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Posted in Sports History

Searching for Grace Humiston: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

Grace Humiston

by Brad Ricca

Grace Humiston was a celebrated lawyer, a famous detective, and the first female U.S. District Attorney in history. Her specialty was tracking down missing persons, yet she remains largely (and mysteriously) missing from history herself. Read more ›

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Posted in Modern History

The Greatest POW Escape in American History

Greatest Escape in American History

by Stephen Dando-Collins

Eisenhower’s aide, Patton’s son-in-law, Hemingway’s son: The Greatest POW Escape in American History

Tall, thin Lieutenant Craig D. Campbell, from Austin, Texas was among the first Americans to arrive at the Nazi’s Oflag 64 POW camp at Schubin, Poland in June, 1943. Twenty-six year-old Campbell harbored a secret: since 1941, he’d been aide-de-camp to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, then American supreme commander in North Africa. Read more ›

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Posted in Military History

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