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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.

  • What’s really at stake when a school closes?

    by Jelani Cobb

    Jamaica High School, in Queens, was once the largest high school in the United States. But after a hundred and twenty-two years, the school was closing; the class of 2014, which had just twenty-four members, would be the last.

  • An Error of Era?

    by Scott McLemee

    Review of Jacques Le Goff, "Must We Divide History Into Periods?"

  • Kissinger’s 4 lessons

    by Niall Ferguson

    Kissinger was never just a realist, as a review of his early life shows.

  • Roundup Top 10!

    This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.

  • The Story Behind the POW/MIA Flag

    by Rick Perlstein

    That damned flag: It’s a shroud. It smothers the complexity, the reality, of what really happened in Vietnam. We’ve come to our senses about that other banner of lies. It’s time to do the same with this.

  • President Carter’s vice-presidential legacy

    by Joel K. Goldstein

    Part of his underappreciated legacy as president was the historic role he played in elevating the vice presidency from an awkward, standby position to a constructive part of government on an ongoing basis.

  • Let’s Change the Name of the South China Sea

    by John T. Kuehn

    This was the name was given to it by Europeans, the Chinese simply calling it the “south sea” for most of their own history.

  • Carter, Reagan, and Machiavelli

    by Paul Krugman

    Rex Nutting has a very nice article about the reality of Jimmy Carter’s presidency, which has been distorted out of recognition by the myth of Saint Reagan.

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