The annual Presidents Day holiday usually gives American history scholars a chance to intellectually fight it out over over which U.S. presidents are the best and the worst. But Think Progress went a different route this year and instead ranked the five most overrated ones.
Before the electoral year of 2012 slinks into history, it is worth a comparative glance back to the electoral year of 1912 to give us some jolting perspective on how degraded our contemporary elections, voter performance and election expectations have become.
Los Angeles’ own Rep. Jane Harman is gearing up to leave Capitol Hill in order to head up the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, according to reports that surfaced Monday. Her exit isn’t expected to change the composition of the House ... (more)
Speaking of Howard Zinn, did you see his devastating attack on the Nobel Committee for awarding President Barack Obama the Peace Prize? Zinn says the committee “should retire, and turn over its huge funds to some international peace organization which is not awed by stardom and rhetoric, and which has some understanding of history.” Ouch.
He’s not a year into his presidency yet, and when he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize that he just won, President Barack Obama hadn’t even occupied the White House for two full weeks. So, how are we to make sense of his surprise victory? The New York Times rounded up a bunch of ... well, learned white guys to comment on Obama’s and other U.S. leaders’ Nobel nods.