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'So consequential an act': 50 years later, JFK conspiracy theories endure

The mob did it. Or the CIA. Or Fidel Castro. Or Lyndon Johnson. Or the Soviets.<p>Half a century has passed since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century and the most abundant wellspring for conspiracy theorists in the history of the United …

Poll: GOP 2016 pick a 4-way split

Republican voters remain undecided over their favorite candidate for the 2016 presidential election while Democrats are rallying heavily behind Hillary Clinton as their front-runner, according to a new poll released Tuesday.<p>The Public Policy Polling survey shows that Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. …

Chris Christie’s dream: Why he wants to be the next George W. Bush (seriously)

<b>(Benjamin Wheelock/Salon/AP/Mel Evans)</b><p>NJ’s governor sees an old path to the White House. But there’s a difference: Bush didn’t contend with a Tea Party<p>Steve Kornacki<p>November 6, 2013 12:45pm (UTC)<p>Officially, Chris Christie’s winning reelection campaign was aimed at voters in Democratic-friendly New …

Democrats Now Run the 'Ultimate Swing State' And Why it Matters for Hillary Clinton

Now that Terry McAuliffe has been elected governor, Hillary Clinton has a best friend in Virginia. If she runs for president in 2016, she may well …

Republican Party Weighs a 2016 Shakeup With ‘Midwestern Primary’

The national Republican Party is considering a number of major changes to its presidential nominating process to avoid a repeat of the debacles of …

Liz Cheney criticized by sister

Liz Cheney took fire Sunday from her own sister and sister-in-law over her public opposition to their right to be married.<p>Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, went on Facebook after the Wyoming Senate candidate said on Fox News Sunday that she believes “in the traditional definition of …

States Aim To Cure Hyperpartisanship With Primary Changes

Several states are trying to do something about so-called hyperpartisanship by changing the way congressional districts are drawn and the way elections are held.<p>Their goal: force members of Congress to pay more attention to general election voters than to their base voters on the right or left.<p>John …

Geopolitical Guru Reveals The 10 Things That Will Keep Him Awake At Night In 2014

Alistair Newton, the geopolitical strategist at investment bank Nomura, is out with his preliminary take on the issues that will keep him awake at night in 2014.<p>His presentation runs a deep 47 pages, but here's the one-slide summary of the topics on his mind.

Jon Hamm On The 'Strange' Appeal Of 'Despicable' Don Draper

Jon Hamm may have some similar life experiences to Don Draper, but he doesn't draw on them to get into the groove of "Mad Men." In a new interview with The Observer, Hamm said he's "not that methody."<p>"I am very cognizant that I am playing a character," Hamm told The Observer. "Don Draper is a …

Does the President Alone Have the Power to Heal the Economy?

Two years ago, Pres­id­ent Obama de­clared to the res­id­ents of an east­ern Las Ve­gas neigh­bor­hood, “We can’t wait for an in­creas­ingly …

Listening In: Cronkite, Lady Bird On The Death Of A President

The image of Walter Cronkite taking off his glasses as he announced President John F. Kennedy's death on Nov. 22, 1963, is one that seems seared into our collective memory — even for those of us who weren't around to see it live.<p>Nearly 40 years later, Cronkite revisited that moment and the rest of …

America’s angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy

Up close with small-town white rage, with bitter, scary men who feel left behind by economic and cultural change<p>Michael Kimmel<p>November 17, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era”<p>Who are the white supremacists? There has been no formal survey, …

The shot heard 'round the world: Panel on JFK's assassination - Video on NBCNews.com

>>> what you can do for your country.>> this week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of john f. kennedy . the country and the world stood still on that afternoon of november 22nd , 1963 . with the perception of time, how might the country be different had jfk lived? back to talk about …

They spawned the 1 percent: How Washington and Lincoln explain inequality today

<b>(Wikimedia)</b><p>The competing economic visions of our two most famous presidents have big implications for the middle class today<p>Edward McClelland<p>November 17, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>George Washington, our first president, and Abraham Lincoln, our 16th, are the twin icons of that office. Their portraits are …