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On the campaign trail with the former peanut farmer who is expected to be the next president of the United States.

The Champ counterpunches in a letter to The Nation.

Robert F. Kennedy campaigned for peace on a platform that courageously opposed the policies that his brother set in motion.

With what seemed a lifetime worth of achievements behind him, how was it possible that Martin Luther King Jr. was only 39 when he was killed?

Tailgunner Joe meets his match in the professorial China hand, who won't surrender to the Senator's bullying.

A kindly, genial man who should never have given up his career as a journalist.

The memoir of Nathan Leopold, one of the twentieth century's most notorious murderers.

The author remembers his childhood friend Jack, who was about to leave a real mark on America when his life was cut short.

Huey Long was the first politician who knew how to make power just as the robber barons made money.

The founder of Planned Parenthood has a few words for
the Pope on birth control.

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The first page, from 1960s, says Vidal made disparaging remarks about J. Edgar Hoover.

July 29, 2013

Protecting freedom does not mean shielding a market from restrictions—it means fighting for economic justice and equality. 

November 5, 2012

Upton Sinclair led one of the greatest mass movements in US history, and his political career has a lot to teach us about politics today.

October 12, 2010

Stephen Ambrose said he spent hundreds of hours interviewing Ike. The Eisenhower library says he didn't.

April 20, 2010

Martin Luther King's words in 1967 are still relevant to today's war, as the Wikileaks tape shows.

April 7, 2010

 Organized labor takes on Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln in a pair of new ads.

April 5, 2010

Howard Zinn, my hero, teacher, and friend died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 87. With his death, we lose a man who did nothing less than rewrite the narrative of the United States. We lose a historian who also made history.

January 28, 2010

All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for the presidency on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's historic "I have a dream" speech. He was inaugurated the day after our national holiday celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. King. Many asked if Obama's presidency was the realization of King's dream. Cultural products, from t-shirts to YouTube videos, linked Obama's election to King's legacy.

January 17, 2010