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Camouflaging the Vietnam War: How Textbooks Continue to Keep the Pentagon Papers a Secret

Bill Bigelow | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

Corporate textbook writers seem to work from the same list of must-include events and individuals. Thus, all the new U.S. history textbooks on my shelf mention the Pentagon Papers. But none grapples with the actual import of the Pentagon Papers.

Austin Powers, Mr. President? A History of the White House Movie Theater

Nola Barackman | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment
Nola Barackman

This past weekend, The White House hosted Pixar's filmmakers for a Father's Day screening of Monster's University. The White House movie theater has been the cinema-in-chief to Presidents for the last 70 years. If those walls could talk.

When Robert Kennedy Stirred the Nation

Keith Runyon | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Keith Runyon

For the youth of 1968, the very real peril of war was not in the hills of northern Virginia, but far away in the rice paddies of Vietnam, where America's involvement in a civil war was costly, in terms of lives as well as national confidence.

What, the Department of Justice Actually Subpoenaed Reporter's Records... I'm Shocked, Shocked!

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

All this hoopla about the Department of Justice improperly obtaining two months of AP telephone records seems to me just as phony as Claude Rains' "I'm shocked, shocked" when he "discovers" gambling at Rick's Café in Cassablanca.

It's the Biggest Scandal Since...

Tom Alderman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Tom Alderman

... fill in the blanks: Teapot Dome, Watergate, Iran Contra, Lewinsky... Benghazi? You may have noticed that every time one erupts, it's compared in heinousness to the last really big one.

Famed Swindler Dies

AP | BETSY BLANEY | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Billie Sol Estes' name was synonymous with Texas-sized schemes, greed and corruption. The flamboyant swindler became one of the mos...

WATCH: Robert Caro Reveals What Lyndon Johnson Called His Penis

Posted 05.07.2013 | Books

Robert Caro is undoubtedly the expert on Lyndon Johnson. Four of his five-part series The Years of Lyndon Johnson have so far been published, winning ...

The Platypus: Crivelli's "Saint James Major" at the Brooklyn Museum

Daniel Maidman | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Let me share with you a doubt. My doubt is that visual art has all that much of an impact on history. have written many of the essays you've been reading as if art had something to say, and as if it were important. And I believe, more or less - on good days -- that something like this is true.

Would You Have Done Any Better?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 06.25.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

At the brand-new George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas, everybody's favorite former president, George W. Bush, wants you to know he tried really, really hard. And he seems to be asking: Would you, average American, have done any better?

Mad Men: Are You Not Entertained?

William Bradley | Posted 06.23.2013 | TV
William Bradley

Will Mad Men regain the acclaim that made it the best drama on television? Based on the response to To Have and To Hold, so far the answer would have to be no.

Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

Doug Bradley | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Doug Bradley

In the end, even though he thought that Nixon's subterfuge amounted to treason, LBJ did nothing.

Forgiving Bill Clinton

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

When the former president last week urged the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act that he signed into law in 1996, some cheered while others slammed his revisionism and failure to apologize.

Presidential Signatures On Display

Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky. | Angela Oliver | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

As Nancy Bradshaw looked through the Owensboro Museum of Science and History's collection, she stumbled upon many documents, she said. "These needed ...

Remembering the Voting Rights Act

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Murray Fromson

I find myself disgusted by the southerners and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia who continue to nitpick at the legitimacy of the historic legislation that ensures African Americans the right to vote.

Robert Caro Awarded $50,000 Prize

AP | Posted 02.22.2013 | Books

NEW YORK -- Robert Caro has won yet another literary prize, this one worth $50,000. The New-York Historical Society announced Thursday that Caro had ...

Endless War: Becoming 'the Evil That We Deplore'

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Beyond the worthy goal of repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force is a need for Congress to cut off appropriations for the "war on terror." A prerequisite: repudiating the lethal mythology of righteous war unbounded by national borders or conceivable duration.

About 1 in 10 Homeless Kids Live in Texas

Pat LaMarche | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Kids without homes -- more than a million according to the U.S. Department of Education -- present unique challenges.

Obama's "We Can't Wait" Moment on Climate Disaster

William S. Becker | Posted 04.15.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Barack Obama is very likely the last American president who can keep us from plunging helplessly off the climate cliff. Judging by his Inaugural and State of the Union speeches, he gets that. It has been a long time coming.

Edward I. Koch: 'I Don't Do Cinematography'

Tom Allon | Posted 04.06.2013 | New York
Tom Allon

If Martians landed on our planet and demanded I teach them what a New Yorker is, I'd go no further than show them the hours and hours of videotape of Edward I. Koch jousting at press conferences in the 1980s.

150 Years Later, Time to 'Fix It'

Amb. Andrew J. Young | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Amb. Andrew J. Young

May God be with you Mr. President and Mrs. Obama as you continue to fulfill my dear friend Martin's dream, a dream he shared with two of the greatest presidents in history, a dream that must be made an enduring reality once and for all.

Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

It is easy to forget that in his day, in his own country, King was considered a dangerous troublemaker. He was harassed by the FBI and vilified in the media. In fact, King was radical. He believed that America needed a "radical redistribution of economic and political power."

Zach Carter

New Senator Takes Cue From Elizabeth Warren

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Freshman Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) this week in the fight to rein in the financial establishment....

LBJ Presidential Library Writes Second Draft of Great Society

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

It's easy to interpret the 2012 election as a ratification of Barack Obama's first term. But down in Austin, the LBJ Presidential Library is making a strong case that the legacy voters cemented in November was Lyndon Johnson's.

Gun Lovers, as 'Normal' Now as Segregationists Once Were

Jim Sleeper | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Do we really have the courage to stop the marketing of the culture of death that only brightens the fatal allure of its instruments? Not unless we can curb not only gun abuses but also our gladiatorial diet of doom.

5 Modern Presidents Over 200 Pounds

Posted 12.12.2012 | Healthy Living

When Barbara Walters asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie whether he is too fat to become president, Christie dismissed the question as "ridiculous," ...