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The Legacy of John F. Kennedy

Historians tend to rate JFK as a good president, not a great one. But Americans consistently give him the highest approval rating of any president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Why?<p>Among the many monuments to John F. Kennedy, perhaps the most striking is the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, in the …

JFK and the hope that lingers

Fifty years ago this fall, as he broke ground at Amherst College for a library named in honor of Robert Frost, John F. Kennedy testified to the power of poetry in public life.<p>“When power leads man towards arrogance,” he said, “poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of …

The Week in Review: The 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination

Inside Flipboard / November 22, 2013<p>This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The youngest elected …

Toronto: 12 Years a Slave premieres to ecstatic reactions and Oscar lockdown

The Oscar race has been pronounced over, six months before the ceremony itself. At the Toronto film festival, the premiere of British director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave was met on Friday evening with an overwhelming reception: gasps, sobs, a smattering of walk-outs at particularly brutal …

Lewis Hine’s Photography and The End of Child Labor in the United States

It’s hard to imagine it, but in the early 1900s, child labor was still extremely common in the United States. All across the nation children would …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week<p>First published on Sat 7 Sep 2013 11.00 EDT

Photographs by Lewis Morley

Lewis Morley, who died last week, captured a country on the cusp of change. He had donated his entire archive to the National Media Museum in Bradford

NCAA could prevent former Marine Steven Rhodes from playing college football

The NCAA's pièce de resistance would be keeping a former Marine from playing college football because he played in an intramural league while in the service.<p>We all know that the NCAA is pretty much the worst organization ever, for a variety of reasons, but it might have hit a new low: it's …

Matt Damon: where did it all go right for the leftwing activist, devoted dad and intelligent action star?

Matt Damon's politics owe a great deal to his mother. The first time Nancy Carlsson-Paige saw her son featured in a glossy magazine, she was appalled. "My beautiful boy is being used to sell products," she told a newspaper. "He is just a cog in the capitalist system." She'd never even read a …

The Racist Redskins

When George Preston Marshall died in 1969, he left some money to his children but directed that the bulk of his estate be used to set up a foundation …

This College Baseball Player Has The Strangest Batting Stance We've Ever Seen

Coastal Carolina outfielder Alex Buccilli has a crazy batting stance — he sets up crouched, open, and wide-legged before standing back up to prepare his swing.<p>One announcer here describes it as "a real rhythm mechanism."

Phil Jackson book: MJ over Kobe

Phil Jackson always has been hesitant to compare Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Until now.<p>In his new book, co-written with Hugh Delehanty and …

28 Incredible Things You Never Knew About How The 'Harry Potter' Movies Were Made

The studios are massive and reveal how the movies were made using the most incredible special effects in the film industry.<p>Over the course of filming, five warehouses full of props were used. There was an Animal Department, a Creatures Department, a Visual and Special Effects Department, and more, …

'Assassin's Creed' Starring Michael Fassbender Will Be Unleashed Summer 2015 – /Film

<i>Briefly</i>: There’s been a killer addition to the Summer of 2015. <b>Assassin’s Creed</b>, based on the popular Ubisoft video game series, will hit theaters on …