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This is the grave of George Cohan. Born in 1878 in Providence, Cohan grew up in a family of vaudeville performers and therefore started performing as a small child. In fact, his parents used him as a stage prop when he was an infant. Anything for a laugh. Cohan started performing himself when he was […]

UAW Strike

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On September 17, 2019

These have not been great days for the United Auto Workers. The recent closing of several GM plants, including the iconic Lordstown plant, is basically the end of industrial unionism in America. There

Cokie

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On September 17, 2019

Cokie Roberts is dead. I take no particular joy in her passing. But she was terrible, a walking symbol of Beltway journalism with its extremely limited willingness to admit that anything like a left e

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This is the grave of Ben McCulloch. McCullloch was born to a once wealthy Tennessee family in 1811. His father had graduated from Yale and his mother (always buried here and getting the lead no less) was from a prominent Virginia planter family. But his father was something of a wastrel who blew through the […]
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This is the grave of John Clarkson. Born in 1861 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Clarkson rose to become one of the pitching beasts of the early baseball era. He grew up in a pretty wealthy family. His father was a very successful jeweler. But the whole family loved baseball. Clarkson and two of his brothers played […]

Moral Compass

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On September 13, 2019

When you’re right, you’re right. First daughter Ivanka Trump credits her father with teaching her the importance of good morals, Politico reported. During a fundraiser event in Jackson Hol

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