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On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act. This was the most important piece of legislation on the long road to pay equality by gender, a goal that we have still not reached. For the vast majority of American history, women were paid less than men by intention. The only […]
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Today in Terrible Arguments

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On June 13, 2015
Caroline Kennedy provides the worst possible argument for supporting the Trans Pacific Partnership: that her father supported free trade. Serving as the U.S. ambassador to Japan has given me a chance to experience first-hand how our country is perceived in Asia. It has been a deeply moving experience to see how much the American dream […]

Four Pinocchios

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On June 29, 2014

This is a week old now, but worth mentioning. I normally don’t much care for media rating systems like Politfact, but when the Washington Post decided to aim its guns at Little Tommy Friedman an

Public Opinion of the Past

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On June 10, 2014
Why don’t we pass more social programs today? Maybe because the priorities of Americans aren’t the same as in the 1960s. US Jul 2 '61: For which of these sacrifices called for by P. Kennedy would you be willing to increase your own taxes? pic.twitter.com/SPRnuIBLiC — Historical Opinion (@HistOpinion) June 10, 2014 2/3 of Americans […]

Kennedy

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On November 22, 2013

In case you still think John F. Kennedy was a good president, Dylan Matthews has a good run-down of how he was so overrated. It’s the basic case–major foreign policy blunders including nea

Santorum and JFK

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On March 9, 2012
JFK may be a massively overrated president, but for once I’m glad people think he’s the tops. Because if there’s anything that is going to get Rick Santorum elected, it’s telling Americans that JFK makes him want to puke. It’s only one data point, but the timing of Santorum saying that and his unlikability rating […]

Tweety on JFK

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On February 27, 2012

David Greenberg with a classic take-down of Chris Matthews’ ridiculous new biography of JFK. The whole thing is a must-read, but essentially Greenberg notes that Matthews dreams of an uber-mascu

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