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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.




  • Here's why the US is lagging in the commemoration of WW I

    by Alex Bryne

    Because the centennial anniversary of United States belligerency is still to come, the frequency of commemorative events within the United States that have taken place this year, compared with nations such as Britain.



  • Texas Approves Disputed History Texts for Schools

    Friday’s 10-to-5 vote, with all Republicans on the board supporting the books and Democrats opposing them, was the first of its kind since 2002. The books will be used for at least a decade.



  • A Rare Look At JFK's Off-Air Personality

    A rare glimpse of Kennedy’s off-air persona. In the clip, dug up by MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Kennedy can be heard speaking candidly about that first televised presidential debate,



  • Congressmen push to award Harlem Hellfighter posthumous Medal of Honor

    Despite having more than 20 gunshot wounds, Johnson almost single-handedly fought off his attackers armed only with a rifle and a bolo knife, using the rifle as a club once it had run out of bullets. All told, Johnson left four Germans dead and injured at least 20 others, who retreated.



  • Cornell Professor Unlocks Mysteries of Paintings

    The Cornell University electrical and computer engineering professor is a digital art detective, able to unlock the mysteries of a work's age and authenticity by analyzing its underlying canvas or paper.



  • Facelift? Nose job? How about cranial deformation!

    Artificial cranial deformation—or the practice of intentionally changing the shape of a person’s skull—has been practiced by Neanderthals of 40,000 years ago until very recently, maybe even still today.

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