History

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    Mueller, Starr, and the history of politically motivated investigations

    Rich Lowry of National Review Online offers a brief history lesson to those who believe special counsel Robert Mueller faces inordinate criticism of his investigation into Trump administration activity. No matter the criticisms directed his way by Republicans, Robert Mueller should count himself lucky: He’s not Ken Starr.
    Mitch Kokai, February 7, 2018
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    The GOP’s uphill battle in 2018 elections

    Jay Cost reminds us at National Review Online that history suggests a tough election year for Republicans. With roughly nine months to go until the midterm elections, there is a robust debate right now about whether Democrats can take the House of Representatives. A few weeks ago, it…
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2018
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    The Story of Krispy Kreme

    In the early days of the Great Depression, an entrepreneur named Ishmael Armstrong purchased a doughnut shop from a French chef named Joseph LeBeau (or possibly LeBoeuf). Using the name and the yeast doughnut recipe that came with the sale, he opened the Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop in Paducah, Kentucky,…
    Abigail Buonaiuto, February 5, 2018
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    Shlaes questions popular economic statistic

    Amity Shlaes explains for City Journal why popular economic metrics can prove misleading. At least for now, most progressives acknowledge that markets and economic growth are necessary. But progressives in academia contend that growth has proved itself secondary to equality efforts—something to be exploited, rather than appreciated. Not…
    Mitch Kokai, February 5, 2018
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    Cost urges caution on constitutional change

    Jay Cost explains at National Review Online why critics of the U.S. Constitution concern him. Writing for The Week, Ryan Cooper recently offered a provocative denunciation of the Constitution. “The American Constitution is an outdated, malfunctioning piece of junk,” he said, “and it’s only getting worse.” The basic…
    Mitch Kokai, January 30, 2018
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    Financing roads

    The Trump administration has shared the outlines of its effort to reform and rebuild the nation’s transportation infrastructure. John Tierney, writing for City Journal, sums up the approach as “get the federal government out of the way.” Decisions made a half century ago to forbid tolling on Interstates has…
    Joseph Coletti, January 26, 2018
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    The Story of Headache Powders

    In the early 20th century, pharmacists began to create their own form of headache relief medicine that had a different physical and chemical composition than traditional aspirin. Their new formula was a powdered blend of aspirin and caffeine. These “production powders,” as laborers called them, were easier for pharmacists to…
    Anna Manning, January 11, 2018
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    Raising red flags about AP European history

    Peter Wood explains in a Federalist column how history seems to be repeating itself (my bad joke, not his) when it comes to the College Board’s treatment of European history. The American Enterprise Institute’s Frederick Hess and Grant Addison writing at National Review Online give the National Association…
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2018