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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.

  • Michelle Obama Breaks the Rules

    by Garry Wills

    In her own quiet way Ms. Obama was breaking all of the four rules of racial discourse the right wing now wants to enforce.

  • The war on Rome

    by Maura Jane Farrelly

    For centuries, Americans saw the Catholic Church as a dangerous foreign enemy. Not any more. What changed?

  • Roundup Top 10!

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

  • What Syrian Chemical Weapons Reveal about Obama

    by Daniel Pipes

    The famed "red line" warning that Barack Obama issued in August 2013 to Bashar al-Assad of Syria was arguably the defining foreign policy moment of his presidency: an unequivocal warning to a rogue leader to desist from war crimes or pay the price.

  • America Needs a Commander-in-Chief, Not a Historian

    by Noah Rothman

    Bush’s stumbles over whether his brother’s signature achievement in office was justified have sparked a deluge of retrospection and self-criticism from the 2016 field of GOP candidates.

  • Against generations

    by Rebecca Onion

    Generational thinking is seductive and confirms preconceived prejudices, but it’s a bogus way to understand the world.

  • We’re all populists now

    by David Greenberg

    Candidates of the left, right and center have something in common: They all want to be seen as populists.

  • Slaves of history

    by Jori Lewis

    If you descend from slaves in Senegal, your shame is an open secret and your life limited by stigma and disrespect

  • Presidential Cars of the USA Since 1939

    It wasn't until 1939 that the U.S. Secret Service got serious about Presidential over-the-road transportation. This timeline examines what has come since.

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