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One hundred years ago Monday, Theodore Roosevelt launched the most successful third party presidential bid in American history, declaring, "We stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord!"

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'Con artist' who pilfered scores of historical documents gets seven yearsupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 09:23:00

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a self-proclaimed presidential historian who once claimed to have moved among White House circles to seven years in prison for conspiracy and theft of historical documents worth more than a million dollars.

You told us: Top 5 spots for plane geeksupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 09:45:00

It never fails, put out a list of favorite whatevers and it will ignite a firestorm of flaming opinions. What sparked the frenzy this time? A list of five cool destinations for airplane geeks and roto heads -- um, I mean aviation enthusiasts.

George Washington's personal Constitution goes to auctionupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 17:35:00

A priceless piece of American presidential history will go on sale next week in New York.

How political ads can elect a presidentupdated: Tue May 29 2012 17:28:00

The wars over campaign spots have begun.

White House pets have long pedigree in political squallsupdated: Tue May 15 2012 11:29:00

For all the headaches on the campaign trail, you would not think a candidate would be hounded by his own dog.

A brief history of presidential petsupdated: Tue May 15 2012 11:29:00

There's a long history of presidential pets in the White House and with reason. CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

Cinco de Mayo a Mexican import? No, it's as American as July 4, prof saysupdated: Sat May 05 2012 12:39:00

Cinco de Mayo -- the unofficial U.S. holiday long believed to have been imported, with celebratory beer, from Mexico -- isn't a Mexican holiday at all but rather an American one created by Latinos in the West during the Civil War, according to new research by a California professor.

Presidential jinx for Big Ten graduatesupdated: Sun Apr 15 2012 11:43:00

May we spend a few minutes discussing a major part of American life where there has been a shocking lack of diversity?

Will healthcare law pit Obama vs. Roberts?updated: Fri Mar 16 2012 10:08:00

President Franklin D. Roosevelt reacted with fury when major legislative pillars of his New Deal were declared unconstitutional by a Supreme Court anchored by four ideological conservatives. He lashed out at the justices, accusing them of practicing crass politics disguised as constitutional law.

NY Met revamp highlights American history in art updated: Mon Mar 12 2012 08:49:00

With its early colonial portraits, depictions of grand historical battles, transcendentalist landscapes and intimate, turn-of-the-century paintings of the elite classes, the collection of American art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ranks as one of the finest in the world.

PETA's killer whale 'enslavement' lawsuit goes to courtupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 04:04:00

Lawyers for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will face off against those with SeaWorld in a Southern California federal court Monday after the animal rights group filed a lawsuit to declare that five killer whales are being held in slavery or involuntary servitude in violation of the 13th Amendment.

PETA: SeaWorld enslaves killer whalesupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 04:04:00

Thad Lacinak, former SeaWorld employee, responds to a PETA lawsuit claiming SeaWorld is enslaving killer whales.

Black History Month -- Background and Resourcesupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 11:10:00

In the early 20th century, there were almost no mentions of the contributions of African-Americans in U.S. history textbooks. That is what inspired historian and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson to start "Negro History Week" in 1926. Woodson choose the month of February for this focus because it was the birth month of two leaders who fought to end slavery: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Obama and golf: Par for the course for presidentsupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 11:26:00

Mitt Romney has made much of President Barack Obama playing what he considers an inordinate amount of golf. I've even read blogs likening it to Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

Family questions design of Eisenhower statueupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 14:07:00

President Dwight David Eisenhower's family wants to put the brakes on the development of a memorial honoring the 34th U.S. president along the National Mall in Washington. The groundbreaking is scheduled for late 2012.

Our untelevised presidentsupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 14:42:00

On Tuesday night, it will be time to meet the candidates.

George Washington to debt panel: Show courage on debt and taxesupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 14:41:00

The clock is ticking in Washington on the bipartisan super committee, those 12 members of Congress tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction by Thanksgiving.

PETA lawsuit alleges SeaWorld enslaves killer whalesupdated: Wed Oct 26 2011 17:45:00

Can killer whales sue SeaWorld for enslavement?

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is richly deservedupdated: Sat Aug 27 2011 19:09:00

It's only fitting that during the week we were to dedicate the memorial in Washington to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., an earthquake would hit the region and the entire East Coast would be bracing itself for a hurricane.

What happened to 'We're all in this together'?updated: Tue Jul 26 2011 20:55:00

In the debate over raising the debt ceiling, Democrats and Republicans now agree that failure to act will be a disaster for the country. President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner made their anxiety clear in their dueling speeches to the nation Monday night.

Comparing competing U.S. debt plansupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 20:55:00

CNN's Christine Romans explains the differences between the competing U.S. debt plans.

Debt compromise a heated subjectupdated: Sun Jul 24 2011 06:19:00

With the August 2 deadline approaching, and multiple plans being considered, politicians are heating up their rhetoric.

For debt crisis lessons, look back 225 yearsupdated: Sun Jul 24 2011 06:19:00

America's political leaders are paralyzed. The government is reeling from debt. Corrupt bankers foreclose on people's homes as a brutal recession sweeps the land.

'She was a great First Lady'updated: Mon Jul 11 2011 12:40:00

Larry King and historian Doug Brinkley remember the life and legacy of Betty Ford.

Ex-first lady, advocate for substance abuse treatment Betty Ford diesupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 12:40:00

Betty Ford, the widow of late President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California, has died at the age of 93, according to the director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.

$1.6 million sought for copy of Declaration of Independenceupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 22:08:00

The New York Times store is selling an exceptionally rare version of the Declaration of Independence, a broadside printed about July 13, 1776, in Salem, Massachusetts. One of only six copies in existence, it can be yours for $1.6 million.

Father's Day, 'Juneteenth' celebrations coincide Sundayupdated: Sun Jun 19 2011 07:51:00

In 36 states and more than 200 cities, Americans on Sunday will have something more to celebrate than their fathers.

Remains of U.S. soldiers from Mexican-American War foundupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 13:08:00

Historians describe the 1846 Battle of Monterrey as one of the first to involve door-to-door urban fighting. The Mexican city was among the key cities that fell to American hands during the 1846-1848 Mexican-American War.

Civilians reenacting war as a hobbyupdated: Tue May 31 2011 12:39:00

An interest in history led Terry Hancock to the world of civil war reenacting, and introduced him to his future wife.

11 political myths and conspiracy theories that still persistupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 10:00:00

Sex, lies and murder. Americans seem to love conspiracy theories and too-good-to-be-true rumors -- type "George W. Bush IQ" into Google and watch what you get -- especially when it comes to politics.

Civil War's dirty secret about slaveryupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 17:17:00

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War, a war that redefined national and regional identities and became an enduring tale of noble resistance in the South and, for the rest of the country, a mighty moral struggle to erase the stain of slavery.

The Civil War was a choiceupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 15:49:00

One-hundred-fifty years ago Tuesday, Confederate batteries opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. Thirty-four hours later the siege ended with the surrender of the fort. Major Robert Anderson, a Kentuckian -- and the Federal commander of the fort -- reported no deaths from the bombardment.

4 ways we're still fighting the Civil Warupdated: Mon Apr 11 2011 10:20:00

He stood 5-foot-8 and weighed 145 pounds. His face was gaunt and sunburned. Ticks, fleas and lice covered his body.

'Living history' on Civil War battlefieldsupdated: Mon Apr 11 2011 07:09:00

Beneath a hand-stitched Confederate flag, Terry Hancock prepared for battle.

What changed after the Reagan shootingupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 12:40:00

Ronald Reagan was shot 30 years ago Wednesday. His grace under fire helped him solidify the support and affection of the American people. It also helped propel his economic policies through a Democratic-controlled Congress and put American politics on a different trajectory.

1981: CNN's coverage of Reagan shootingupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 12:40:00

After President Reagan was shot, it was unknown if he'd been hit. See how CNN covered the breaking news 30 years ago this month.

Gettysburg battlefield adds propertyupdated: Sat Mar 26 2011 23:52:00

Ninety-five acres of farm land where young men in blue and gray fought and died during the epic Civil War battle is being added to Gettysburg National Military Park, federal officials said.

Shaping up the 2012 presidential fieldupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 15:15:00

Two former presidential candidates, former Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Lamar Alexander, dissect presidential politics.

Why Obama will be tough to beatupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 15:15:00

Republicans are looking ahead -- some with glee and others with fear -- to the presidential election in 2012.

Jobs before they were presidentupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 10:19:00

Everybody has to start somewhere. That includes all of the celebrities, billionaires, executives and CEOs of the world -- even U.S. presidents.

Black history is American historyupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 13:19:00

It's February and the chocolate factories went into overdrive. It was a bad month to be a rose, too. This month, millions of dollars were spent to express love and friendship.

What's wrong with presidential rankingsupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 10:38:00

Since the late 1940s, it has been an American custom for pollsters and publications to release a ranking of U.S. presidents.

Presidents aren't Hollywood heroes anymoreupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 09:21:00

So there is Abraham Lincoln -- Henry Fonda, actually, in a stovepipe hat -- walking toward the horizon as the gorgeous strains of an orchestra swell up behind him. Soon the orchestra is joined by a choir, the strings and the voices blending into a beautiful, almost ethereal, rendition of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Thunder crackles in the cinematic sky.

License plate to honor Ku Klux Klanupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 18:17:00

A Mississippi proposal wants to honor a Ku Klux Klansmen with a specialty license plate.

Mississippi governor asked to denounce attempts to honor KKK leaderupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 18:17:00

The Mississippi NAACP has called on Governor Haley Barbour to publicly denounce an attempt by a Confederacy group to honor a Ku Klux Klan leader, the organization said Monday.

Ronald Reagan restored faith in Americaupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 23:40:00

The 100th anniversary of the birth of our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, is Sunday. On that day and during the year ahead, there will be many celebrations of the life of a man who remains one of the most beloved and respected of our modern presidents.

There's no right of revolution in a democracyupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 08:30:00

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." -- Second Amendment to U.S. Constitution

1961: JFK swears inupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 15:37:00

John Fitzgerald Kennedy becomes the 35th president of the United States of America on January 20, 1961.

Woman returning stolen Civil War revolver to museumupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 18:51:00

Dave Taylor, a Civil War antiques dealer in Sylvania, Ohio, was excited about the possibility of buying a "top-notch," genuine .36-caliber Spiller & Burr revolver that had belonged to a Confederate officer from North Carolina.

Censoring 'Huck Finn' and 'Tom Sawyer'updated: Fri Jan 07 2011 07:04:00

A publisher has deleted the N-word from two Mark Twain classics. Right move, or unjust censorship?

P.C. insult to a Mark Twain classicupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 07:04:00

The vapid, smiley-faced effrontery of it corrodes the foundations of respect for American literature.

Is the American dream dead?updated: Mon Jan 03 2011 08:39:00

October 2010: Have technology and globalization killed the American dream? CNN's Fareed Zakaria reports.

Stop trashing America's futureupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 08:39:00

Here's a New Year's resolution for the nation in 2011: Stop predicting the death of the American Dream.

Dozens of errors cited in Virginia textbookupdated: Thu Dec 30 2010 10:53:00

A panel of historians has found an "appalling" number of factual errors in a new fourth-grade history textbook used in many Virginia school districts, one of the experts said.

5 geniuses who renounced their workupdated: Sun Dec 05 2010 09:31:00

It's tough being brilliant. It's even tougher when you hate your own masterpieces.

Palin, I knew Reagan. You're no Reagan.updated: Wed Dec 01 2010 23:53:00

The first date is over. Not much happened. President Obama and his new governing partners, the House and Senate Republicans, met at the White House along with the Democratic leaders and discussed the unsolvable issues between them.

McCain compares Palin to Reaganupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 23:53:00

Sen. John McCain says he thinks Sarah Palin is doing a great job and compares her to Reagan in terms of divisiveness.

Fun facts about presidential memoirsupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 11:54:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's memoir, "A Journey," is sparking all sorts of picketing and protesting around the U.K., so we thought it might be a good time to take a look at a few presidential memoirs from this side of the pond.

Award will be exception to recent posthumous Medals of Honorupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 19:39:00

On March 25, 1863, in the heat of the U.S. Civil War, Pvt. Jacob Parrott and six other Union soldiers received the Medal of Honor for going 200 miles behind enemy lines to hijack a Confederate train. He became the first U.S. service member to receive the medal. Parrott survived the Civil War and, according to several websites, went on to become a cabinetmaker.

U.S. was born a Christian nationupdated: Sat Aug 28 2010 19:28:00

Will Bunch's tirade earlier this week against television host Glenn Beck and David Barton -- the founder and president of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that emphasizes history's "moral, religious and constitutional heritage" -- for allegedly creating "pseudo history" reveals more about Mr. Bunch than it does about what Mr. Beck and Mr. Barton are presenting.

The slow recovery from Katrinaupdated: Sat Aug 28 2010 14:24:00

CNN iReport showcases past and present images of Hurricane Katrina's destruction from the people who lived in its wake.

Glenn Beck rewrites civil rights historyupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 12:02:00

"We are on the right side of history! We are on the side of individual freedoms and liberties and, dammit, we will reclaim the civil rights moment. We will take that movement -- because we were the people who did it in the first place." -- Glenn Beck, on his nationally syndicated radio program, May 26.

Why Obama is not first 'imposter' president and won't be the lastupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 15:27:00

One American president's legitimacy was questioned because he was accused of wearing women's underwear.

Major archaeological find at site of Civil War prisonupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 10:40:00

The discovery of the exact location of a stockade and dozens of personal artifacts belonging to its Union prisoners is one of the biggest archaeological Civil War finds in decades, federal and Georgia officials said Monday.

Fortune: Curtis Roosevelt on lessons from FDRupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 14:45:00

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's grandson, Curtis Roosevelt, recently gave this speech about the presidents at an event in Washington, DC.

Custer's last flag: Banner carried at Little Bighorn to be soldupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 22:15:00

A flag that accompanied Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry into their final battle 134 years ago will be put up for auction, the auction house that will handle the sale said Friday.

Smithsonian's real-time oil researchupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 10:20:00

The Smithsonian Institution weighs in on the Gulf spill and its long term effects. CNN's Kate Bolduan reports.

How the power of oil dogged former presidents, and could tar Obamaupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 10:20:00

The president was young, a Harvard-educated intellectual admired for his charisma and skill with the written word.

Big screen's take on 'Jonah Hex' looks like a letdownupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 18:54:00

There are typically two types of comic book movies -- movies like "Ghost Rider" and movies like "Batman Begins."

Josh Brolin talks 'Jonah Hex'updated: Fri Jun 18 2010 18:54:00

Josh Brolin talks about working with John Malkovich and Megan Fox in his new movie "Jonah Hex."

Gerry-what?updated: Tue Jun 08 2010 09:14:00

An early 19th century political term yields a variety of definitions.

History has drawn skewed image of the father of 'gerrymandering'updated: Tue Jun 08 2010 09:14:00

The man known for one of the most partisan practices in American politics had once quit government for a time because of partisanship.

Confederate history is about raceupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 15:27:00

It has been eight years since people in my state of Virginia got a chance to debate the meaning of the Civil War in front of the nation, and the comments posted on CNN and other news Web sites suggest our passion over the topic has not dimmed.

Continuing the Confederate legacyupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 15:27:00

CNN's Joe Johns looks at the group that got Virginia's governor to issue a proclamation honoring the Confederate legacy.

Why we should study Confederate historyupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 08:30:00

"I'm a big history buff," President Obama said in an interview with ABC News" George Stephanopoulos. "And I think that understanding the history of the Confederacy and understanding the history of the Civil War is something that every American and every young American should be part of."

5 presidents more 'radical' than Obamaupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 06:48:00

Newt Gingrich called President Obama "the most radical president in American history" at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference last week.

Governor: Slavery omission 'a mistake'updated: Mon Apr 12 2010 15:31:00

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell calls omitting any reference to slavery when declaring Confederate History Month a mistake.

Were Confederate soldiers terrorists?updated: Mon Apr 12 2010 15:31:00

Based on the hundreds of e-mails, Facebook comments and Tweets I've read in response to my denunciation of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to honor Confederates for their involvement in the Civil War -- which was based on the desire to continue slavery -- the one consistent thing that supporters of the proclamation offer up as a defense is that these individuals were fighting for what they believed in and defending their homeland.

Obama: Governor's failure to mention slavery unacceptableupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 10:52:00

Virginia's proclamation of Confederate History Month without any reference to slavery was unacceptable, President Obama said in an interview broadcast Friday.

Gov. McDonnell apologizes for omitting slavery in Confederacy proclamationupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 09:55:00

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell apologized Wednesday for leaving out any reference to slavery in his recent proclamation designating April as Confederate History Month, calling it a "major omission."

Rare letter from Teddy Roosevelt to son 'Quenty-Quee' hits marketupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 10:32:00

A rare letter evincing a display of affection between President Theodore Roosevelt and his youngest son is up for sale by a dealer who obtained it from a Roosevelt family friend.

Flash tour of historic Philadelphiaupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 12:30:00

My unscientific poll of people who have visited or lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, revealed three top must-dos for a first-time visitor: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and cheese steak.

Moses is America's prophetupdated: Mon Mar 29 2010 13:28:00

This Saturday, millions of Americans will watch the annual spectacle of Charlton Heston acting the part of a Cold War hero in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments." The TV air date is no accident.

Texas school board whitewashes historyupdated: Mon Mar 22 2010 09:31:00

As a co-author of an American history textbook that was effectively banned in Texas eight years ago, I get a strong feeling of déjà vu all over again as I follow the state's latest curricular wars.

Presidential shamrock ceremony had inauspicious beginningupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 00:26:00

It was a balmy March day in Washington as the Irish ambassador to the U.S. headed to the White House. He carried a small gift for the president: a box of Irish shamrock in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

Why can't we feed our people?updated: Thu Feb 25 2010 21:04:00

CNN's Kyra Phillips talks with a panel on why America is still struggling to end hunger.

America the optimisticupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 21:04:00

What does it mean when 86 percent of the Americans surveyed last week by CNN/Opinion Research Corp. say they believe that their system of government is broken?

Health summit site already part of presidential historyupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 09:12:00

Sixteen-fifty-one Pennsylvania Avenue isn't quite as famous as the address right across the street.

Poll: 3 of 4 think our most trusted presidents have liedupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 07:45:00

Folklore says that George Washington was known for never telling a lie.

Obama can model Ike in fighting off GOP hawksupdated: Wed Feb 17 2010 09:33:00

Republicans have accelerated their attacks on President Obama's performance on national security. A few weeks ago, House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner accused the White House of having a "pre-September 11" mentality.

Halfway destinations brighten tedious road tripsupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 14:07:00

Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying, "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." Planning a road trip is hardly nuclear science, but perhaps the professor had learned that a well-chosen overnight stop can yield treasured memories.

Lincoln letter to schoolboy sells for $60,000updated: Fri Nov 20 2009 13:43:00

Less than a month before the Civil War's start, a newly inaugurated President Lincoln took time from his frantic schedule to write to an Illinois boy whose classmates didn't believe he'd met the president.

8 places every American should seeupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 10:36:00

No offense to the nation's capital, but the landmarks of our heritage extend far beyond the District of Columbia.

Commentary: Obama as teacher-in-chiefupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 10:35:00

Perhaps we got too used to living in a nation where the president inevitably becomes persona non grata.

Seven Civil War stories your teacher never told youupdated: Mon Jun 15 2009 16:15:00

Perhaps your history teachers failed to alert you to these Civil War facts: Jefferson Davis nearly got mugged by an angry female mob; Abraham Lincoln loved the Confederate anthem "Dixie," and Paul Revere was a Civil War casualty.

The Meaning of Memorial Dayupdated: Mon May 25 2009 10:49:00

Carl Azuz explores how a day to decorate the graves of Civil War troops became a day honoring all of America's fallen.

Ten facts about Memorial Dayupdated: Mon May 25 2009 10:49:00

Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year's first sunburn. Here's a handy 10-pack of facts to give the holiday some perspective.

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