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White House/Pete Souza

Is Obama Too Thoughtful to Be President?

The presidency is not what it seems or what we (and the president) wish it were.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Facial Hair, Patriotism and the Enemy in American History

Here are good mustaches and beards and bad mustaches and beards as imagined in American popular culture and war propaganda, as a way of contextualizing today’s hero-worship of the backwoods conservatives of “Duck Dynasty” and villainization of the backwoods conservatives of the Taliban.

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Stephen Colbert on Healthcare.gov and Fox News’ Rage Over Obama’s Funny Interview

The “Colbert Report” pundit will not fall for President Obama’s trap and plug the Affordable Care Act on his show.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE


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House Divided

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Mississippi Finally Ratifies 13th Amendment, Thanks to ‘Lincoln’

A doctor inspired by the movie “Lincoln” has spurred Mississippi to become the final state to officially ratify the amendment that abolished slavery in the U.S., 148 years after the fact.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s Historic Inaugural Speech, Powell Slams GOP Idiocy, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s promise on climate change and Paul Ryan gets a less than favorable response on Inauguration Day.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Bill O’Reilly, Tom Hanks Team Up for ‘Killing Lincoln’

The Fox News host and Hollywood star seem like an unlikely pair to work together on anything, but both men are associated with the National Geographic Channel’s new film. Click on the story to watch the trailer.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



Republicans Angry About Tax Hike, Krugman on the Fiscal Deal, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the House vote on the fiscal cliff deal Tuesday night and President Obama marks the 150th anniversary of one of the most famous presidential proclamations. (UPDATED)

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 READ MORE


What’s to Learn From ‘Lincoln’?

Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner, author of the screenplay for “Lincoln,” sits down with Bill Moyers for a winding conversation about how the script was written and whether comparisons between Barack Obama and the 16th president are fair.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE



Geithner Says GOP Will Cave, Allen West Compares Himself to Lincoln, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what a new analysis says about your tax rates today, the Kennedy Center Honors for 2012 will be awarded and Nate Silver responds to Politico’s criticism.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 READ MORE


Good of the Union

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Party of Lincoln

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Tony Kushner on Marriage Equality, Sendak and Lincoln

Award-winning playwright and gay rights activist Tony Kushner speaks with “Democracy Now!” about Obama’s decision to support same-sex marriage, the life of children’s author Maurice Sendak, and his regard for Abraham Lincoln, about whom he wrote a screenplay for an upcoming film directed by Steven Spielberg.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Lincoln’s Lessons for Obama

Can President Obama take advantage of the egalitarian sentiment let loose in the country by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations? The best response comes not from polls but from history.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Lincoln Would Weep

Republicans are unhappy with their field of presidential candidates and yearn for someone who will come along to save them. But here’s what the GOP doesn’t want to confront: Its problem lies not in its candidates, but in itself.

Posted on May 15, 2011 READ MORE



Abe Lincoln’s Bromance

Today on the list: the sound and fury of Sarah Palin, Abraham Lincoln’s gay tendencies and Jan Brewer’s WTF debate.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 READ MORE


Penny for Your Thoughts

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Survey Says: Lincoln’s Tops

It’s either a grand testimonial to the staying power of Abraham Lincoln’s legacy or a subtle put-down of his many successors, but, regardless, a survey of 65 historians conducted by C-SPAN found that Honest Abe still prevails when it comes to perception of his presidential prowess.

Posted on Feb 16, 2009 READ MORE


Abraham Obama
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Obama Salutes Lincoln Yet Again

In case you didn’t know already, Barack Obama is a big fan of Abraham Lincoln. The current president (No. 44) made his admiration apparent once again on Thursday, during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda marking his predecessor’s (No. 16) 200th birthday.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009 READ MORE


The Rivalry
L.A. Theatre Works

Lincoln and Douglas Debate Again in ‘The Rivalry’

Just in time for Election Day, actors David Strathairn and Paul Giamatti are resurrecting the formidable historical figures of Abraham Lincoln and his rival for the Senate in 1858, Stephen A. Douglas, respectively, in L.A. Theatre Works’ production of “The Rivalry,” Norman Corwin’s play about the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


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ABC’s Gibson to Palin: ‘Are We Fighting a Holy War?’

In this clip from the sit-down session with ABC News’ Charlie Gibson and Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, Gibson asks Palin to elaborate upon a statement she made earlier this year about the war in Iraq: “Our national leaders are sending them [U.S. military members] out on a task that is from God.” Here’s her response, in which she claims she was paraphrasing President Abraham Lincoln.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


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