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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.




  • CIA: “Pinochet personally ordered” Letelier bombing

    A CIA special intelligence assessment in 1987 concluded that Chilean General Augusto Pinochet ordered an “act of state terrorism” on the streets of Washington, D.C., that took the lives of former Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier.



  • Obama loses battle to keep World War II records secret

    A federal court has rejected a Justice Department attempt to keep secret the testimony from a 74-year-old prosecution of The Chicago Tribune for revealing that the U.S. had cracked Japanese codes.



  • The Impact of Debates? It's Debatable

    A review of data since 1960 suggests that past debates have almost never directly and measurably changed the candidates' relative standings.



  • Washington DC’s monument to black history

    Decades after it was first dreamed of, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, completed by British architect David Adjaye, opens this week. While the building is striking, its collection is more remarkable.