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Sarah Palin’s fancy history walkin’ (Plus: Video of Joy vs. Mark Tapscott on MSNBC)

It’s bad enough that Sarah Palin touts herself as “more American than thou,” but doesn’t appear to know anything … and I mean anything … about American history. But when the conservative movement is willing to bend actual history for … Continue reading

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(Video) Flashbacks: JFK’s inaugural address (1961) Obama’s (2008)

50 years ago today, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated president of the United States. And two years ago, Barack Obama took the same oath of office. Here are both addresses in full, plus some bonus links after the jump.

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The speech: Martin Luther King’s ‘dream’; August 28, 1963

Remembering what we really commemorate today. The full speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 47 years ago today. What was truly remarkable about the march is that it was not just by, for or about black people. It was … Continue reading

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April 19 in history: the valiant and the venal

In Miami, this month marks the 30th anniversary of the Mariel boatlift, a month-long exodus that brought some 125,000 Cubans to U.S. shores, courtesy of some bungling by the Carter administration, and some sinister maneuvers by Fidel Castro. But April … Continue reading

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McDonnell apologizes for omitting slavery when celebrating Confederacy

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the man once heralded by conservatives as their next Barack Obama (following the crash and burn of their other “next Barack Obama,” Bobby Jindal, and before the coming of their next Barack Obama, Scott Brown, who … Continue reading

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Oops! Haley Barbour makes the case for the individual mandate

On “This Week,” Mississippi Gubnah Haley “Wet Kiss” Barbour spoke out about his state’s plan to jump on the Bill McCollum anti-healthcare lawsuit bandwagon. His reasoning? “I do not believe the United States government has a right, it has the … Continue reading

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History LIVE: President Obama signs historic healthcare bill (updated)

Yes they did. President Obama  signs healthcare reform into law as V.P. Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Leader Harry Reid, Michigan Rep. John Dingell, 11-year-old Marceles Owens and others look on. Goosebumps not inappropriate. The president signed historic … Continue reading

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The most powerful woman in America

Love her, hate her, who cares. (I for one, love her.) Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in America, and in that sense, the world. Full stop. (Or as Thomas DeFrank calls her, Lyndon Johnson in a skirt.) Even … Continue reading

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Big win! House passes historic healthcare bill

They did it. Wow. The House last night passed an historic upgrade to the American healthcare system, which, while flawed, is still the most comprehensive piece of legislation since Medicare. Congratulations to Nancy Pelosi, Jim Clyburn, and the entire Democratic … Continue reading

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If you read this to Glenn Beck, his head will explode

Salon.com posts a brilliant history of the Pledge of Allegiance by Michael Lind, which explains why it’s so darned un-American: Ironically, the Pledge of Allegiance, which today is most fiercely defended by white conservative Southerners whose Confederate ancestors tried to … Continue reading

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