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10 Scandalous VP Stories Worth a Warm Bucket of Spit

Getty Images This morning Mitt Romney tapped Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. John Nance Garner, FDR’s first vice president, either said the VP position wasn’t worth “a warm pitcher of piss” or “a warm bucket of spit.” Whatever body fluid and receptacle he really used, you get the idea. But that doesn’t mean [...]

11 Nineteenth-Century VP Candidates Who Vaguely Resemble Famous Actors

In the unlikely event someone wants to make a blockbuster movie about James Polk’s vice president or the running mate of the guy who lost to Franklin Pierce, we have the perfect actors. 1. John Breckinridge and Matthew Perry John Breckinridge was the 14th vice president, and he finished second in the Presidential election of 1860, behind [...]

The Confederacy’s Plan to Conquer Latin America

During the Civil War, Confederate leaders didn’t just want to defeat the Union Army, they wanted to create a giant Latin American empire. In the years leading up to the Civil War, many Northerners and Southerners alike wanted the federal government to take a more aggressive approach to acquiring new territory. In fact, some private citizens, [...]