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11 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s Spymasters

© JASON REED/Reuters/Corbis There’s more to being a spy than drinking martinis, talking into shoe-phones, and discarding messages that self-destruct in five seconds. Here are 11 surprising facts about America’s spymasters. 1. The CIA had a mad scientist on the payroll Dr. Sidney Gottlieb sold Christmas trees at a roadside stand, raised goats and was an accomplished square [...]

Ronald Reagan and Drew Barrymore Recruiting Future Astronauts in 1984

President Reagan with Drew Barrymore at a ceremony launching the Young Astronauts program on the South Lawn. (10/17/1984) From Jack Anderson’s column the following week: “Then Drew Barrymore, child star of the movie ET, came up to him, smiled sweetly and said, ‘Mr. President, meeting you has made my day.’ Reagan, smiling back, said that meeting the [...]

4 Stories About Jimmy Carter’s Malaise Speech

by Kevin Mattson On July 15, 1979, President Jimmy Carter spoke to the American people about the nation’s crisis of confidence. Kevin Mattson’s latest book, What the Heck Are You up to, Mr. President?, re-examines the address that defined—and perhaps doomed—Carter’s presidency. Here are a few things you might not remember about the speech. 1. Carter Never [...]