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Pop Culture Roundup: This Week

This Week: Nat Turner movie, Jackie Kennedy, comic books, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 9-11 attack on the Pentagon, and much more.

Crazy, Fascinating & Horrifying: Latest Edition

In our latest edition ... Mussolini, Gerald Ford, Helen of Troy, beards, a lynching, Cold War atomic bombs, and more.

How Nations Around the World Teach Their Most Difficult History

by Daniel Malloy

Every nation has its skeletons.

Trump Touts Pledge of Allegiance with Socialist Roots

by Peter Dreier

Donald Trump’s vision of America clashes sharply with the original intent behind the Pledge of Allegiance, penned during the Gilded Age to promote equity, tolerance, and progressive ideals.

Desert, Storm

by Paul A. Kramer

The Bush administration thought an elective war would make America safer. Then Katrina hit. The untold story of the Iraq war’s toll on New Orleans.

What The Donald Shares With The Ronald

by Frank Rich

They may be stylistically different, but Trump and Reagan marketed the same brand of outrage to the same angry segments of the electorate.

What the Campus 'Free Speech' Crusade Won't Say

by Jim Sleeper

There's a real enemy to free speech, but you're not hearing about it.

The Birth of Conservative Media as We Know It

by Nicole Hemmer

It all started in a small apartment in Washington, D.C.

Trumpism is a new phenomenon

by George H. Nash

Trumpist populism is defiantly challenging the fundamental tenets and perspectives of every component of the post–1945 conservative coalition.

'Star-Spangled Banner' critics miss the point

by Mark Clague

"The Star-Spangled Banner" in no way glorifies or celebrates slavery.

The not-so glamorous origins of American celebrity politics

by David Haven Blake

“In America,” the filmmaker Francois Truffaut once wrote, “politics always overlaps show business, as show business overlaps advertising.” The truth of Truffaut’s statement was on full display last month during the Republican and Democratic nominating conventions.

The US has blurred the lines on assassination for decades

by Luca Trenta

From the late 1950s, the CIA was involved more or less directly in plots to assassinate several foreign leaders.

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