Aug 5

“The Butler” features Oprah, Presidents and the Voting Rights Act



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A new movie called “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” is already generating a lot of buzz about its portrayal of the Civil Rights movement, and a key scene features the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.



Aug 5

Say “happy birthday” to the first Income Tax!



Posted 8 months, 18 days ago.

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Most people aren’t big fans of a national income tax, but it was on this day back in 1861 that the first one was levied by the new President, Abraham Lincoln.



Aug 2

After 90 years, President Warren Harding’s death still unsettling



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On the evening of August 2, 1923, President Warren Harding died in a San Francisco hotel room. Beyond that, the details of the president’s death remained murky for decades amidst rumors of scandal or even worse.



Jul 31

The Next 10 Amendments: Limits on campaign spending?



Posted 8 months, 23 days ago.

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Should candidates for federal office be limited in how much they can spend on campaigns? And should corporations be allowed to spend without limits? Tell us what you think in our Next 10 Amendments project!



Jul 31

Marking the passing of maybe the most-criticized president ever



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Today marks the anniversary of the passing of perhaps the most-criticized president in American history. But was Andrew Johnson really that bad a president, or just the target of some second-guessing historians?