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Hillary's Bio Is A Hard Slog, But These Political Memoirs Are Well Worth Your Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton launched her book tour here amid the screeching of partisan spin and the collective yawn of would-be literary critics in t...

Memorial Day Reminder of the Foolishness of War: 150 Years Ago Was Another Blood-Drenched Summer in the Civil War

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Memorial Day offers an annual remembrance of courage and sacrifice as well as the all-too-frequent foolish and counterproductive effusion of American blood. Most of the conflicts in which so many Americans died were fool's errands, wars which the U.S. should never have fought.

150 Years Since Ulysses S. Grant's Superstition Won a War

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hobratsch

The Overland campaign was one of the most decisive campaigns in American history on the 150th anniversary.

Can Hillary Clinton Break the 'Presidential Cabinet Curse'?

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Americans seem to have an aversion to electing Cabinet secretaries to the presidency. However, this was not always the case. In fact, the position of U.S. secretary of state was once a customary stepping-stone to the presidency.

The President and the Pop Singer

Tom Alderman | Posted 09.10.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

What do Michael Jackson, King of Pop and James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United States, have in common? For one, both were charismatic and im...

The Civil War's Best Union General - Was a Southerner

Dennis Miller | Posted 08.28.2013 | Books
Dennis Miller

During this 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Battle, it's good to remember that the most successful Union General in the Civil War was from the South.

Today In 1865: Civil War Document Changed A Nation

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant after the final battle at the Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865,...

Presidents Day and Purim

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Presidents Day rarely falls in the same week as Purim, and it won't again for almost 40 years (in 2051 -- take my word for it). But these two seemingly disparate holidays have much in common.

Presidents at War

Willard Sterne Randall | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics
Willard Sterne Randall

When President Obama gave Mitt Romney a schoolboy lecture on post-World War I weaponry in the last debate, his attack underscored the fact that neither candidate is an expert in the real-life game of battleships or, for that matter, a veteran of any branch of military service.

Demands of Aid to Religion Endanger Schools, Anger Moderates

Hans Johnson | Posted 10.12.2011 | Education
Hans Johnson

Efforts by Rick Perry and others to undo the separation of church and state, meant to appeal to religious conservatives, are alienating a potentially large group of moderate voters who often have a decisive role in elections in presidential years.

No Women Allowed... For 134 Years

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.10.2011 | Denver

The historic El Paso Club in Colorado Springs has been an exclusive men's club for 134 years and recently voted to continue to deny women membership -...

$1 Billion That Nobody Wants

NPR | Robert Benincasa and David Kestenbaum | Posted 08.28.2011 | Business

Politicians in Washington hardly let a few minutes go by without mentioning how broke the government is. So, it's a little surprising that they've cre...

Wal-Mart Collapses on Civil War Battlefield

Al Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Al Norman

Wal-Mart's surrender ended their 26-month siege of the Wilderness Battlefield, an attack that sparked national attention, activated numerous historic preservation groups, and aimed a barrage of bad press towards Wal-Mart headquarters.

147-Year-Old Civil War Message Decoded

AP | STEVE SZKOTAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. — A glass vial stopped with a cork during the Civil War has been opened, revealing a coded message to the desperate Confederate comman...

American Exceptionalism Is Un-American

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The boast of American exceptionalism betrays ignorance of the Founding Fathers and the tarnished history of the United States. In any event, to overlook faults because other nations are more flawed is juvenile, and leads nowhere.

The Ladies of Nueva York, 1613-1945

Virginia Sanchez-Korrol | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol

Kudos to the curators of a splendid new exhibit at El Museo del Barrio. Latin ladies were not forgotten, ignored or discarded as is often the case in historical interpretations.

Subscriptions: They're Not Just for Magazines Anymore

Mark Coggins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coggins

Although popular in the 19th Century when bookstores were confined to large cities, the subscription sales model has been little used in modern publishing -- until now.

Wal-Mart's Civil War Battle Gets Bloodier

Al Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Al Norman

This week, the first shot in a long legal battle over a 138,000 square foot Wal-superstore near the Wilderness Civil War battlefield, a site of immense historic significance, has hit Wal-Mart -- but its just a superficial wound.

The Confederacy: Kill the Myth Once and For All

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Waving the American flag while fiercely defending the effort to tear that flag down is untenable. Make a choice; be a proud American or a proud Confederate. You cannot possibly be both.

America's Poorest Presidents (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

US Presidents are, by nature, risk takers. You have to be to "lead the nation into war, annex millions of square miles of territory, or drop the atom...

The Invention of Santa Claus

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Louise Mirrer

The modern image of Santa Claus was invented in the 19th century by New Yorkers, as a secular myth meant to unite the city's diverse and growing population.

Beer Metaphor Becomes Frosty-Cold Reality

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama is the first president to not just accept the premise of the "having a beer" test, but to embrace it and turn it into reality.

Presidential Facial Hair: The Good, The Bad And The Grizzly (SLIDESHOW, POLL)

Huffington Post | Hilary Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

The President of the United States has to put his best face forward...and sometimes it's covered in hair. President Obama claims he can't grow a beard...

Some of Our Presidents' Afflictions Seem Noble, Some Not So Much

Carolita Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson

In With the New

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael DeJong

Presidents come in various shapes and sizes, ages, disciplines and principles. But what many of them seem to have in common is their unwavering obsession with cleanliness...literally or figuratively.