by Robert Rupp
JFK's diligent campaigning in West Virginian in 1960 overcame the state's suspicion of his Catholic faith and later put Appalachia on the nation's policy agenda.
We are not a Christian nation: Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and the eternal lie of the “city upon a hill”
by Peter Manseau
John Winthrop's "city upon a hill" dominates presidential rhetoric and our self-understanding. Here's the problem
SOURCE: Washington Decoded
by David Reitzes
Evaluating a president’s place in history, even with the benefit of hindsight, is seldom easy.
SOURCE: National Library of Medicine
by Kenneth M. Koyle and Jeffrey S. Reznick
Little known fact: the NLM owes its existence to JFK.
by John T. Shaw
JFK's presidential run in 1960 could be a blueprint for a score of Democrats in 2016.
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.
by Walter G. Moss
“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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