Jarrett Stepman

Jarrett Stepman is an Associate Editor of Breitbart News. You can email him at jstepman@breitbart.com.


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Victory in Europe: 'The Western World Has Been Freed of the Evil Forces'

Today, May 8, marks the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Though the war would continue against Japan in the Pacific for many more months, the unconditional surrender of Germany at the Allied headquarters in Reims, France ended the over 5-year bloodletting that forever changed the European continent. May 8, 2014 9:50 AM PT

Report: ‘Charter Forests’ Key to Stopping Massive Wildfires

One of the critical policies of the highly successful school choice movement in America is the creation of charter schools, which are publicly financed but privately run. Dr. Robert H. Nelson, a senior fellow with The Independent Institute in Oakland, California suggests a similar system could also work to improve forest management. May 1, 2014 11:02 AM PT

Bundy, the BLM, and the Whiskey Rebellion

The tense standoff at the Cliven Bundy ranch in Clarke County, Nevada tapped into a wellspring of government distrust that dwarfed Bundy's specific situation. A comparable event from just over 200 years ago, the “Whiskey Rebellion,” suggests the government's efforts to quell small pockets of insurrection like Bundy and his allies can easily cause more political problems than they're worth. Apr 30, 2014 7:37 AM PT

This Week in History: ‘Man in the Arena’--TR and the Tea Party

At the Sorbonne in the Grand Amphitheater at the University of Paris on April 23, 1910, Theodore Roosevelt delivered one of his most famous and eloquent speeches. Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech was originally called “Citizenship in a Republic” and expounded on how the preservation of the republic required active and virtuous citizens. Apr 21, 2014 1:55 PM PT

This Week in History: The Birth of Thomas Jefferson--and Freedom

Crafter of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, father of the University of Virginia, and author of the Declaration of Independence: these three acts are how Thomas Jefferson wanted to be remembered. He had them etched on his gravestone in front of his Monticello home in Charlottesville, Virginia, noticeably leaving off the fact that he also served as president of the United States. Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 and would have turned 271 this week. Apr 13, 2014 9:18 PM PT

DC Swamp Led to First Presidential Death in Office

The New York Times recently reported on how modern epidemiology may be changing a nearly two-century-old diagnosis of the first president to die in office. Though most American’s could not pick the ninth president out of a lineup, William Henry Harrison’s dramatic election and untimely death are some of the most colorful events in American political history. Apr 5, 2014 8:54 PM PT

Interview: CA Candidate Igor Birman--Tyranny No Longer ‘Academic’

California seems a lost cause for conservatives around the country, an ungovernable wasteland of militant liberalism and one-party Democratic rule. The fight over the Republican Party’s future in the state is in part being fought in California’s 7th Congressional District primary, as three candidates battle it out to challenge the district’s beatable Democratic Representative, Ami Bera. Mar 31, 2014 11:36 AM PT

This Week in History: ‘Seward’s Folly’ Ends Russian-American Empire Ambitions

On March 30, 1867 American Secretary of State William H. Seward purchased Alaska from Russian Minister Edouard de Stoeckl for $7.2 million, or roughly two cents per acre. After receiving news that the Czar would approve a transaction regarding Alaska, Seward immediately pushed the Russian Minister into making a midnight deal that was completed at 4:00 a.m. Initially, this deal was not warmly received. Mar 30, 2014 12:16 PM PT

Photos of Lincoln Funeral Procession Possibly Discovered by Maryland Man

The Washington Post reports that photos of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession may have been discovered by a Maryland retiree Paul Taylor. The series of photographs, captured in four stages, is of Grace Episcopal Church on Broadway in New York and were likely taken on April 24 or 25 in 1865. Mar 23, 2014 3:46 PM PT

This Week in History: Birth of the US Navy

The U.S. Navy was “reborn” on March 27, 1794 when Congress authorized the building of six heavy frigates. Though the new United States had a small navy during the Revolutionary War it was quickly disbanded in peacetime. Mar 23, 2014 1:22 PM PT

America’s 5 Most Legendary Duels

There was a time in American history when insults and a lack of civil decorum in politics or otherwise came with far greater consequences, especially for men of distinction. Mar 14, 2014 7:58 AM PT

Review: ‘Lincoln’s Boys’ Defend Honest Abe’s Legacy

The old adage that “winners write history” is mostly untrue; historians write history. The way future generations view the past often comes through the myriad of complex and biased accounts of those who bothered to record it. Mar 10, 2014 12:56 PM PT

Adm. Chester W. Nimitz's WWII Operational Diaries Released Online

The Naval War College released a massive amount of Adm. Chester W. Nimitz’s operational diaries from World War II on Monday. The 4,000 page “Graybook” collection, funded by the Naval War College Foundation, details Nimitz’s experience as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, capturing his thoughts on many of the most critical naval battles in American and world history. Feb 24, 2014 12:50 PM PT

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