Category Archives: U.S. History

Flashback: my first Miami Herald column in April 2003 — in opposition to the Iraq war

My first column for the Miami Herald (then as a guest columnist) was published on April 3, 2003. The subject: the invasion of Iraq. I was working at an NBC affiliate at the time, and needless to say, my boss … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day! (or how July 2nd got the shaft)

On July 2nd, 1776, the Second Continental Congress of the 13 American colonies voted to formally separate from Great Britain (New York abstained). On that occasion, John Adams, a future president of the renegade United States, wrote to his wife, … Continue reading

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This JFK speech makes Rick Santorum want to hurl

It’s a remarkable reaction, to a remarkable speech.

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Remember that time Ron Paul stood in front of a confederate flag and said the south was right?

No? Well here you go … (hat tip to News One)

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Obama’s #MLKMemorial speech a call for persistence, but also patience

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The president dedicated the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall today — an historic, goose pimple inducing prospect if you think about it; the nation’s … Continue reading

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Live video: remembering 9/11

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A noun, a verb and 9/11: Lawrence O’Donnell rewrites Rudy Giuliani

Required viewing ahead of the 9/11 anniversary, as Rudy Giuliani ramps up his 9/11 industry … again… Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy And …

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JFK’s liberal heresies: would today’s progressives oppose him?

Anti-Obama progressives who feel the president has not talked or behaved liberally or forcefully enough frequently cite the superiority of FDR — though that comparison is easily debunked by the real Roosevelt, as opposed to the mythical one. After that, … Continue reading

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Report: Roger Ailes hatched Fox News idea while working in the Nixon White House

A Gawker reporter unearths a memo that may prove Roger Ailes cooked up the idea for what would later become Fox News while working in the Nixon White House; an idea he termed “putting the GOP on TV news.”

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Oops, she did it again. Palin mangles Cold War history

Come on, Sarah.

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