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Three White House Security Breaches (and Two Royal Run-Ins)

Last week’s security breach/assassination attempt at the White House was a shocker, but it’s hardly the first time it’s happened. Here are a few other times suspicious characters have gotten too close for comfort.   Michael Winter You can imagine the three-ring media circus that would spring up over a successful attempt to break into the White House [...]

Why Do We Call the President’s Wife “First Lady”?

We may have Zachary Taylor to thank for coining the term, but it’s a journalist who popularized it nearly 30 years later. As I’m sure many of you know, Dolley Madison was one of the most beloved first ladies in the history of the White House. She was a charming and thoughtful hostess, she was the [...]

The Quick 10: Seven Score and Six Years Ago…

Many years (146, to be exact) ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most powerful and meaningful speeches of all time. I bet a lot of us can still recite it (how many of you had to memorize it for school?), but here are a few more facts. 1. Talk about using words wisely. This [...]