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The Supreme Court left the door open for reasonable regulations of guns if Congress has the will to act.

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The AP's Secret Deal with the Nazis, by Michael S. Rosenwald Did the Associated Press violate the "Trading with the Enemy Act" to profit from selling Nazi propaganda photos, or was this an authorized effort to gain images with legitimate news value?
Frederick Douglass, Refugee, by David Blight Millions forced to flee as refugees and beg for asylum have felt Douglass’s agony, and thought his thoughts.
Gwen Ifill’s Clear-eyed Coverage of Bill Clinton, by David W. Dunlap This past year we lost a legend in the field of journalism. A look back at her coverage of Bill Clinton and the 1992 election and the journalist with the ability to bridge many gaps between race, gender and generations.
What Abraham Lincoln Can Teach Us About Ugly Politics, by Mark Tooley We should recall Lincoln's confidence in American democracy despite the perceived failure of the Washington Peace Conference of 1861.
Roosevelt Was Hardly Naive About Stalin, by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. When they met at Yalta, Roosevelt and Stalin had corresponded in more than 300 letters.

    Today in History

  • Battle of Harlem Heights

    Americans led by George Washington repel multiple British attacks at the Battle of Harlem Heights, improving American morale after previous defeats around New York City. The battle was fought in the present-day Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

  • GM founded

    William Durant founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan.

  • B. B. King born in Mississippi

    Renowned blues guitarist Riley B. King, better known as "B. B.", is born outside Indianola, Mississippi.