Jarrett Stepman

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


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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

Iwo Jima: ‘The Ghastly Price of Freedom’

This Wednesday, February 19, marked the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. One of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific War and all of World War II, the month-long slug-fest between American and Japanese forces in many ways set the stage for the firebombing of Japan and the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Feb 21, 2014 7:52 AM PT

President’s Day: George Washington’s Republican Virtue

In his first inaugural address as president of the United States, George Washington said, “The sacred fire of liberty and destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered, perhaps, as deeply, as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” Feb 17, 2014 8:49 AM PT

Heeding the Fall of Rome in an Age of ‘Caesarism’

The Founding Fathers built this country with the Roman Republic’s model in mind and were even more concerned about what caused its fall than how it rose to prominence. Rob Goodman, author of a new Cato the Younger biography, Rome’s Last Citizen, recently wrote an article in Politico discussing the historical comparison between the United States and the last days of the Roman Republic. Jan 25, 2014 1:25 PM PT

Day of Infamy at Pearl Harbor

Gen. Billy Mitchell, one of the fathers of the American Air Force, made the bold claim in 1925 that Japan would attack the militarily unprepared United States “by striking first at Hawaii, some fine Sunday morning.” Most thought Mitchell was insane, his prediction ludicrous, and few had the desire for a new build-up of arms and military power. Dec 7, 2013 9:05 AM PT

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