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Newburgh, N.Y.: A Once-Grand City That Had Its Heart Torn Out

“Once one of the grandest cities in the entire north-east, the story of Newburgh’s decline and the fight to resurrect it is the story of the struggle of many cities in the United States, a story that says much about how the nation views its urban centres, and the problems and challenges that go with them,” writes The Guardian’s Michael Deibert.

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The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Thankfully, there are still a few political leaders who remember the wisdom of the founders in designing a system that properly limits governmental power.

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GOP Senator’s Unexpected Retirement, Sarah Palin’s Next Step, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the true meaning of Presidents Day revealed and Mark Sanford airs his first South Carolina congressional campaign ad.

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Gore Vidal’s ‘Burr’: A Tea Party Antidote

In 1973, Gore Vidal published a novel that struck at the ankles of the notion that the United States is a country founded by altruistic do-gooders whose highest ambition was the creation and protection of the Constitution.

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And Now a Word From the Founders

Happy Birthday, America. Here’s a reminder of your more radical youth.

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George Washington Owes Library $300,000

The first president has accrued 220 years’ worth of late fees on two books he checked out from—and never returned to—a New York library. Washington borrowed “Law of Nations” and a collection of debate transcripts from the British Parliament. He is not expected to repay the debt.

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Bush Gears Up for Farewell Speech

Although it may seem like ages since the election made it official, President Bush really is leaving the White House, and he’s preparing to say goodbye to the American people in a televised speech on Thursday.

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Happy Oil Dependence Day

As we head into the Fourth of July weekend of patriotic bluster and beer swilling—but before we are too besotted with ourselves—might we also for once consider our imperfections? Why not take a moment to heed the cautions of our founding father, George Washington, whose true legacy will most likely be ignored during the flag-waving weekend?

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Recently Minted Dollar Coins Missing ‘In God We Trust’

A large group of “godless” George Washington dollar coins stamped without the traditional “In God We Trust” and “E Pluribus Unum” inscriptions made it into circulation and have apparently been popping up on eBay.

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Chalabi Zeros Out

The slate headed by Ahmed Chalabi, a man the Pentagon once packaged as the George Washington of Iraq, may not get a single seat in the new Iraqi legislature.

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