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Today in History

John Belushi was born in 1949.

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Today in History

January 23: Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!), er, Politico was founded in 2007. Johnnie Carson died in 2005.

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Today in History

Roe v. Wade is settled law in 1973.

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Today in History

Fox News had its first broadcast 20 years ago today, and thus the stupid became weaponized: Smarmy then, smarmy now.

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Falling Into History

[Ed: We’ve been running this post since the blog began a decade ago. It is from the SF Chronicle a lifetime ago, from 2006 when we were younger and perhaps less cynical. This essay has fallen into the void and … Continue reading

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Today in History

On this date in 1983, the press realized that Reagan had the Carter Briefing book to prepare for the debate in 1980. George Will was the man playing Carter and using the book: “6/28/83 At his 18th press conference, President … Continue reading

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Today in History

President Obama tells us… Statement by the President on the 35th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS in America On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on what would later be understood as the first documented … Continue reading

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On This Day In History

4/2/82 “Argentina invades Great Britain’s Falkland Islands. Hours later, UN ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick attends a dinner at the Argentine embassy.” Excerpt From: Paul Slansky. “The Clothes Have No Emperor.” With permission of the author.

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Today in History: 1981

St. Ronnie was shot, or as some prefer to say Hinkley Misses. Al Haig tries to take control of the government, which brings about the definitive dialog of the Reagan Administration’s understanding of government: “As of now, I am in control here, in … Continue reading

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January 20

And on this date, in one year, we will have a new preznint. And on this date, 35 years ago, Ronald Wilson Reagan (“the greatest president of the last half of the last century, maybe the greatest president, ever,” slurred … Continue reading

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