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President Biden to drop out of presidential race – updated with statements from Governor Healey, Congressman Neal

President Biden had been previously under pressure by members of the Democratic party to drop out.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

Term limits have been proposed at every level of government, particularly when people allege or suspect abuse of office.

ORANGE ALERT: The (almost) daily outrage

Trump downplayed the alliance with the Kurds, 11,000 of whom died fighting to help the U.S. mission against ISIS.

CONNECTIONS: Searching for the American Centinel

It is remarkable that anyone thought they could start a newspaper with little hope for advertising revenue and less hope for reliable delivery. And yet, on Oct. 23, 1787, the first issue of the first newspaper in Berkshire County, the American Centinel, appeared.

CONNECTIONS: The counterfeit veto

Untruth from the White House to the public is rife. Actually, it is more subtle than Twitter rants riddled with identifiable lies.

CONNECTIONS: The unspeakable climate

It is interesting to contemplate that weather is blamed for the demise of the Vikings, the French Revolution and the bubonic plague. It is also interesting that the founding of this country, the creation of our Constitution, the Civil War, American industrialization and our Gilded Age all happened against a backdrop of extreme cold and global climate change.

CONNECTIONS: A question of treason

Benedict Arnold is a name synonymous with treason. The facts seem clear; the motivation eludes us. Why did Arnold do it? Were his actions motivated by love, greed, hubris, or a rich mix of all three?

CONNECTIONS: The enigmatic Ethan Allen, ‘founder’ of Vermont

There are two mysteries about Ethan Allen: Who was he and where is he?

CONNECTIONS: A rebellion of ‘desperate debtors’

In August 1786, Daniel Shays, a Massachusetts farmer, ceased the search for “representatives who can find means to redress the grievances of the people” and took up arms.

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: Comey on Comey in ‘A Higher Loyalty’

Critical reviews of “A Higher Loyalty” are easy to find. Instead, I’m going to offer some excerpts many critics have neglected—reminiscences that reveal why James Comey has become the man he is, providing perspective about why he responded the way he did to the Clinton email investigation and the improper demands of Donald Trump.

CONNECTIONS: ‘The Resolves’ of Sheffield, hotbed of insurrection

Some historians dismiss the Sheffield Resolves; others call them the first American Declaration of Independence. In either case, in just seven days, who wrote this impressive document?

CONNECTIONS: What would George do?

When name calling intensifies and vitriol rules, when there is more heat than light, all sense is lost.

POEM: Dreams of a Leader

Well, sure. TR had to go. And no great loss. Presidents look stupid wearing glasses.

POEM: From George to Donald — The Countdown

Washington to Trump: From Founding Father to the Liars Club.

CONNECTIONS: Lies, damned lies, and the facts

Today, dangerously, we argue fact as if it were one of multiple opinions. It saps our national strength and hampers our ability to problem-solve.
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