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Breaking News

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • A brief history of presidential lethargy

    by Stacy A. Cordery

    Before Theodore Roosevelt ascended to the presidency in 1901, the question of how hard a president toiled was of little concern to Americans.



  • New Book Sheds New Light on the Starr Investigation

    by Sean Wilentz

    Twenty years after Kenneth Starr delivered to Congress his report recommending the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, the former independent counsel has delivered a second report, in the form of a memoir, condemning Clinton all over again. 



  • The History of Poisoning the Well

    From ancient Mesopotamia to modern-day Iraq, the threat to a region’s water supply is the cruelest cut of all  



  • The ‘real’ St. Valentine was no patron of love

    by Lisa Bitel

    Many scholars have deconstructed Valentine and his day in books, articles and blog postings. Some suggest that the modern holiday is a Christian cover-up of the more ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia in mid-February.