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7 Video Game Controversies Not Involving Grand Theft Auto or Mortal Kombat

With the recent Supreme Court ruling that video games are a form of Free Speech protected by the First Amendment, it seems like a good time to look back at some of the controversies that led the nation’s highest court to get involved in the debate. While you’ve heard the stories behind notorious titles like [...]

Party Poopers: Presidents Who Faced Stiff Primary Challenges

After the Republican Party’s strong showing in last week’s elections, pundits began speculating that some member of the Democratic Party might decide to challenge Barack Obama for the party’s presidential nomination in 2012. (Howard Dean has already dismissed theories that he might be among the challengers.) Several previous presidents have faced stiff competition for their [...]

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 [...]