John F. Kennedy
Originally published 02/16/2015
We are not a Christian nation: Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and the eternal lie of the “city upon a hill”
John Winthrop's "city upon a hill" dominates presidential rhetoric and our self-understanding. Here's the problem
Originally published 09/12/2014
Evaluating a president’s place in history, even with the benefit of hindsight, is seldom easy.
Originally published 11/18/2013
Little known fact: the NLM owes its existence to JFK.
Originally published 10/02/2013
JFK's presidential run in 1960 could be a blueprint for a score of Democrats in 2016.
Originally published 06/09/2013
WASHINGTON — These days it is hard to imagine a single presidential speech changing history.But two speeches, given back to back by President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago this week, are now viewed as critical turning points on the transcendent issues of the last century.The speeches, which came on consecutive days, took political risks. They sought to shift the nation’s thinking on the “inevitability” of war with the Soviet Union and to make urgent the “moral crisis” of civil rights. Beyond their considerable impact on American minds, these two speeches had something in common that oratory now often misses. They both led quickly and directly to important changes.
Originally published 04/18/2013
“These  senators made their decision based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association."--Gabby Giffords
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