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Move over, Trump. This president’s two lions set off the greatest emoluments debate.

4VYPH53RPA56HLLLTOQOPC557AThe sultan of Morocco gifted Martin Van Buren a pair of lions, but a little-known part of the Constitution — the same that threatens to ensnare President Trump — forced him to turn them over.

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States Aren’t Waiting for the Supreme Court to Solve Gerrymandering

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In Ohio, voters ratified a bipartisan deal that gives the minority party more say in how congressional maps are drawn.

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When America’s Most Prominent Socialist Was Jailed for Speaking Out Against World War I

granger_0013987_highresAfter winning 6 percent of the vote in the 1912 presidential election, Eugene Debs ran afoul of the nation’s new anti-sedition laws.

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When Hitler met Hoover: 9 photos of dictators scoring presidential face time

Every modern commander in chief, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama, has gripped-and-grinned for the cameras with cruel authoritarians.

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The Sweetheart of the American Expeditionary Force


During World War I, vaudeville star Elsie Janis traveled to France to bring good cheer to U.S. troops.

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‘The Police Aren’t Just Getting You In Trouble. They Actually Care.’

gloucesterHow a bunch of tiny police departments in eastern Massachusetts are fighting the opioid epidemic by offering treatment, not jail.

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‘Kill the beast’: The impeachment trial that nearly took down a president 150 years ago

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The president stood accused of racism and abuse of power, contempt for his enemies and a firing that subverted the rule of law.

Four weeks into President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial, his chief foe, the most ardent civil rights advocate in Congress, rose to speak. It was 150 years ago, but Thaddeus Stevens’s denunciation of Johnson still resonates today amid calls for President Trump’s impeachment.

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