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FDR Had a Famous Ghostwriter: Orson Welles

486354_actual.jpg__800x600_q85_crop_subject_location-1405,1085The legendary actor stumped and even wrote speeches for the 32nd president.

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The History of ‘Stolen’ Supreme Court Seats

istock-492881720.jpg__800x600_q85_cropAs the new administration seeks to fill a vacancy on the Court, a look back at the forgotten mid-19th century battles over the judiciary.

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The Train Line That Brought the Twin Cities Back Together

stpaultrainDesigned to link the downtowns, it has provided a surprising lift to poorer neighborhoods along the route.

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The Polish Patriot Who Helped Americans Beat the British

new_schweikart_tadeusz_kociuszko.jpg__800x600_q85_cropPerhaps Thaddeus Kosciuszko, the forgotten engineer, will be in the sequel to Hamilton.

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For More Than 150 Years, Texas Has Had the Power to Secede…From Itself

de_cordova-tx-1851-03-jpg__800x600_q85_cropA quirk of a 19th-century Congressional resolution could allow Texas to split up into five states.

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The Test Just Began for the Community Benefits Movement

scottbenson_1400_933_80How a groundbreaking new law plays out in Detroit will shape the future of a popular tool for equitable development.

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Meet the father and daughter behind the new book, ‘[Expletive] Love’

A week before Valentine’s Day, 30 people gathered at Brookline Booksmith to hear Michael and Sarah Bennett’s antidote to the sugar-coated holiday. “[Expletive] Love,” the new book from the Brookline therapist and his comedian daughter, is fire-engine red with a yellow asterisk in its title, next to a white letter F.

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