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Roldo Bartimole, Cleveland’s original alt-journalist


The day Roldo Bartimole turned 35—April 5, 1968—a crisis of conscience struck him.

Read the story at Columbia Journalism Review.


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.

Read the story at the Washington Post.

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


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

Read the story at POLITICO Magazine.

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.

Read the story at POLITICO Magazine.