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  • Originally published 11/25/2013

    ‘November 22, 1963’

    Errol Morris

    Josiah “Tink” Thompson returns to what has haunted him for 50 years: Frame #313 of the Zapruder film.

  • Originally published 11/22/2013

    Kennedy's Legacy of Inspiration

    Robert Dallek

    Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, he remains an object of almost universal admiration.

  • Originally published 11/18/2013

    Why Lee Harvey Oswald Pulled the Trigger

    Steven M. Gillon

    The Warren Commission painted him as a disaffected sociopath. But Oswald actually had a political reason to kill JFK: to impress Castro.

  • Originally published 11/13/2013

    The Kennedys and Martin Luther King

    Yohuru Williams

    King and the Kennedys remain important symbols of the power of hope and the promise of a just democracy.

  • Originally published 11/12/2013

    Lee Harvey Oswald Was My Friend

    Paul Gregory

    From nearly the moment I met Lee Harvey Oswald, it seemed that he felt the world had sized him up wrong.

  • Originally published 10/28/2013

    Rethinking the JFK Legacy

    Steven M. Gillon

    There is a wide gap between the way historians view JFK and how the public perceives him. Why?

  • Originally published 06/11/2013

    Kennedy’s Finest Moment

    Peniel E. Joseph

    June 11, 1963, may not be a widely recognized date these days, but it might have been the single most important day in civil rights history.

  • Originally published 11/14/2010

    Who Really Won the 1960 Election?

    David Stebenne

    November 8, 2010 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the presidential election of 1960, which still very much interests those who care about disputed elections.

  • Originally published 06/13/2010

    Will Obama and Cameron be as Close as Kennedy and Macmillan?

    Alanna O’Malley

    If Kennedy and Macmillan reinvigorated the Anglo-American relationship after Suez in order to bring it back to the closeness of the war years, Cameron and Clegg will face a different sort of challenge with Obama.

  • Originally published 05/12/2008

    Why It's Time to Give Joseph Kennedy a Break

    Will Swift

    In his magisterial biography Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom, Conrad Black points out that Joseph P. Kennedy, President Roosevelt’s ambassador to Great Britain from 1938 to 1940 was “ultimately widely reckoned to be one of the worst diplomatic appointments in the history of the United States.”

  • Originally published 11/23/2007

    1963: 11 Seconds in Dallas

    Max Holland and Johann Rush

    Within hours of John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, the Kodak film exposed by Abraham Zapruder became the most important home movie ever made.

  • Originally published 05/27/2007

    The Kennedy Brothers and Civil Rights

    Sheldon M. Stern

    In The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality, Basic Books, 2006, Nick Bryant concludes that JFK was too cautious and hesitant on civil rights.

  • Originally published 03/25/2007

    The Robert F. Kennedy Assassination: The Acoustics Evidence

    Steve Barber

    Some years following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel on the night of June 4/5 1968 critics of the official version of the assassination said there were audio recordings of more than 8 shots fired when RFK was shot.

  • Originally published 03/26/2005

    Did the PLO Murder Robert Kennedy?

    Mel Ayton

    The issue of a possible conspiracy in the murder of Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 has once again been resurrected.

  • Originally published 02/19/2004

    JFK Wanted Out of Vietnam

    Howard Jones

    Like many of my generation, I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the news arrived from Dallas that President John F. Kennedy had been shot.

  • Originally published 11/04/2002

    Cuban Missile Crisis: Kennedy's Mistakes

    Peter Schweizer

    Forty years ago, President John F. Kennedy was locked in a test of wills with Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev over missiles in Cuba.

  • Originally published 07/05/2002

    Robert Kennedy’s Example

    Joseph Palermo

    Thirty-three years ago, after winning the California presidential primary, New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy was struck down and violently removed from the center of Democratic politics at the worst possible moment for the party.

  • Originally published 04/29/2002

    Joseph Kennedy and the Jews

    Edward Renehan, Jr.

    Arriving at London in early 1938, newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy took up quickly with another transplanted American.

  • Originally published 12/12/2017

    Keeping the Blacks Far Away

    Steve Hochstadt

    American cities used zoning laws to direct new construction and to control where people lived. Black people were harmed in the process.

  • Originally published 11/22/2017

    Samuel Untermyer: The Superlawyer Who Took on Hitler

    Gil Troy

    The cut-throat qualities that made Untermyer the first American lawyer to nab a one-million-dollar fee morphed into aesthetic impulses that made his multi-million bulb garden grow.

  • Originally published 11/22/2017

    This Tax Cut Is Not For You

    Steve Hochstadt

    The Republican tax cut is not about economic policy and is certainly not for the middle class. It is political legislation about economic issues: cut corporate taxes to satisfy Republican donors and try again to kill Obamacare.

  • Originally published 10/25/2017

    The Man Who Created Yankees’ Murderers’ Row

    Gil Troy

    Edward Barrow changed the face of modern sports, ushering in megastars like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, while also introducing the playing of the national anthem before games.

  • Originally published 10/09/2017

    The Teen Killer Who Radicalized the NRA

    Gil Troy

    Harlon Carter transformed the NRA from a rifle club into the take-no-prisoners anti-gun-control powerhouse. But he also had a very dark past.

  • Originally published 09/26/2017

    Loose Talk of Nuclear War

    There's No There There

    We should remember there is no real defense against nuclear war.

  • Originally published 09/05/2017

    Payng for Big Storms

    Steve Hochstadt

    Only an ideologically immovable force like the current Republican Party could ignore the mounting crises caused by our changing weather systems. In their refusal to acknowledge the basic facts of climate change, Republicans in Congress and the White House put Americans at risk of losing everything.

  • Originally published 08/23/2017

    I Am An Antifa

    Steve Hochstadt

    It was dangerous when my father and father-in-law and their whole generation went off to fight fascism on opposite sides of the globe. It was dangerous when young Americans volunteered to fight Jim Crow in the South in the 1960s. The defenders of American fascism and their fellow travelers want to make that dangerous now.

  • Originally published 03/16/2017

    The Jew Who Changed Football Forever

    Gil Troy

    There would have been no Tom Brady or Johnny Unitas if it hadn’t been for one determined son of Orthodox Jews from Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Originally published 03/14/2017

    On Obama's Failure to Reshape US Foreign Policy

    There's No There There

    I wrote this in early 2010 for The American Conservative, an anti-neocon  magazine. Trump is simply awful but before Obama starts writing his memoirs, I want to remember him as I saw him then and continue seeing him as a failure in reshaping the way we conduct foreign affairs and continue our endless, pointless wars.

  • Originally published 02/16/2017

    It's Time for a Shadow Cabinet

    Jim Loewen

    The United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries have Shadow Cabinets. We need one. Now.

  • Originally published 12/15/2016

    We Need Help Fighting the Banks

    Steve Hochstadt

    Dodd-Frank makes it less possible for the big banks to push us into tilted arbitration when the banks act like Wells Fargo. It’s an equalizer for the little consumer dealing with the big banks. Without it, we’re at their mercy.

  • Originally published 12/08/2015

    The American Reaction to Refugees Since 1924

    Mark Byrnes's Facing Backwards

    The reactions we see today to the prospect of admitting refugees from Syria and elsewhere have a long history in this country. 

  • Originally published 08/26/2015

    How Do We See the Poor?

    Steve Hochstadt

    It doesn’t do Democrats any good to advocate for the poor. They don’t make the giant political contributions that keep the Republican machine going. They don’t vote as often as the people who make those contributions. They don’t staff the offices of lobbyists in Washington. They don’t hobnob with candidates at fancy dinners. There is no quid pro quo for helping “the most vulnerable”, except the feeling that it’s the right thing to do.

  • Originally published 06/16/2015

    It's Ok to Celebrate Magna Carta

    Mark Byrnes's Facing Backwards

    It's still OK to celebrate Magna Carta. After all, we're all talking about a birthday here.