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Nancy Reagan Dead at 94

Nancy Reagan has died at the age of 94, according to TMZ. Mrs. Ronald Reagan, as she wished to be known even when her husband died, was the 40th president’s closest confidant and a played a major role in his career and presidency.

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Abraham Lincoln at Cooper Union: ‘Right Makes Might’

This Saturday, February 28, was the 156th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address, which was delivered at Cooper Union, in New York City. It was the speech that launched Lincoln to the White House in the election of 1860; it was the speech that paved the path for a newly-formed Republican Party to take the White House for the first time, buoyed by its identification with the boldest and most unmistakeable principles.

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The Jacksonian Temptation: Trump vs. Cruz

Is America witnessing the re-emergence of “Jacksonian” politics? With increasing regularity, pundits are harkening back to the cultural and political movement that brought frontier General Andrew Jackson to the White House in order to explain the changes taking place in the Republican Party. The hero of the Battle of New Orleans is more relevant than ever, it seems.

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America Doesn’t Need ‘Presidents Day,’ It Needs the Constitution

On the third Monday of February, Americans celebrate George Washington’s Birthday, often inappropriately called “Presidents Day.” Even more unfortunately, this holiday doesn’t even fall on Washington’s Birthday due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which pushed numerous holidays to Monday in order to create more three-day weekends. Washington’s real birthday does not occur until February 22.

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MLK Day: The Enduring Power of the Declaration and American Ideas

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is centered around the civil rights leader’s January 15 birthday and was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. Though there are many reasons for celebrating and debating his life’s legacy, Martin King Jr. is primarily remembered in the 21st century for his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

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HBO to Launch Andrew Jackson Miniseries Starring Sean Penn

Few Americans are more worthy of the big and small screen than Andrew Jackson—a poor, orphaned child of immigrants who fought in the American Revolution, moved to the frontier, and rose to become president of the United States. HBO is producing a six-hour miniseries based on Jon Meacham’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Victor Davis Hanson: California’s War on the Working Class

In an interview on Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Daily, historian Victor Davis Hanson spoke about the decline of his native California and increasing distance between the Democrat and Republican elites and average, middle-class Americans. Hanson is a columnist, former classics professor, scholar of ancient warfare, and the author of numerous books on history and politics, including his newest The Decline and Fall of California: From Decadence to Destruction.

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Days of Infamy: FDR Unites the Nation After Pearl Harbor, Obama Leaves it Listless After Terror

Today marks the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor—one of the most stunning American military catastrophes in this country’s history and a moment that signaled a new era for the republic. The casualties were stunning—2,042 Americans were killed and 1,247 wounded, and most of the Pacific Fleet has taken heavy damage—and the nation was in a state of shock.

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Review—Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan

No historian has done a better job of chronicling Ronald Reagan’s rise to power than Craig Shirley. As always, Shirley is a perfect antidote to the “court historians” who never really “got” Reagan. Shirley’s books on Reagan’s 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns, Reagan’s Revolution and Rendezvous With Destiny, are the gold standard in describing the Gipper’s ascendence and successful capture of the White House.

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The Left Purges Woodrow Wilson, But Not His Progressivism

The American Left has finally caught on that one of the leading lights of the early Progressive movement was a racist, segregationist, and generally unseemly fellow. Princeton’s Black Justice League protestors have urged that early-twentieth century President Woodrow Wilson’s “racist legacy” be acknowledged, and any mention of his existence purged from campus.

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Veterans Day: The American Devotion to Military Service

It is a long-term and striking characteristic of the American people to show particular devotion to their soldiers. The famed French observer of American life, Alexis de Tocqueville, understood in the 1830’s how the people of a participatory republic like the United States would be both fierce in war and show an uncommon devotion to those who had served in the military.

SiriusXM Breitbart News Daily: Carly Fiorina, Sen. Rand Paul, Mark Levin

On the November 9, Breitbart News Daily show on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 from 6AM to 9AM EST, host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon will host and interview a number of guests. The program is the first live, conservative radio enterprise to air seven days a week. Sirius XM Vice President for news and talk Dave Gorab called the show “the conservative news show of record.”

‘Breitbart News Sunday’ on SXM 125: Dr. Ben Carson; Cartel Wars; Europe Under Seige

On Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 from 7PM to 10PM EST, host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon will discuss the most important news of the week. He will be talking to a GOP candidate in the 2016 presidential race, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony at the Benghazi hearing, immigration, and much more.

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Bill O’Reilly on ‘Killing Reagan’: I Didn’t Understand Ronald Reagan’s ‘Nobility’

In an interview with Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, Fox News host and bestselling author Bill O’Reilly discussed his new book, Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault that Changed the Presidency. The book focuses on the failed murder attempt by John Hinckley, Jr. on President Ronald Reagan in 1981 in order to impress actress Jodie Foster.

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GOP Presidential Field Fails the Founders

At least two Republican presidential candidates will stand with Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. During Wednesday’s CNN’s Republican presidential debate, candidates were asked about the proposed changes to the $10 bill and the woman with whom they would prefer to replace the country’s first treasury secretary.

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70th Anniversary of the USS Indianapolis Sinking: ‘You’d Hear Somebody Scream and You Knew a Shark Had Got Him’

Today is the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USS. Indianapolis, of one of the most terrible catastrophes in the history of the United States Navy. After completing a mission to deliver parts for the atomic bomb that would fall on Hiroshima, the battleship was struck by a torpedo from Japanese submarine I-58 en route to the Philippines.

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14th Amendment Anniversary: Historian Richard Brookhiser Explains Lincoln in ‘Founder’s Son’

On this day, in 1866, the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was finally certified by Secretary of State William H. Seward. The amendment guarantees that no state “shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

GOP is Becoming the Party of Andrew Jackson—Why That’s a Good Thing

The principles of Andrew Jackson and the Jacksonians are becoming the heart of the Republican Party and reflect its future in American politics. Though rarely regarded as part of the pantheon of conservative heroes, Jackson was the figurehead of a unique set of ideas that can and should be embraced by the Grand Old Party.

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4th of July: Seven Big Ideas and Moments that Have Defined America

Though the very phrase “American Exceptionalism” is often mocked as simple-minded flag waving, there are concrete reasons that the American civilization is unique. The United States has a special place in world history. Despite the bumps, bruises, and outright contradictions that the country has muddled through in its very short existence, Americans can take pride in its numerous accomplishments, actions, and principles throughout the last two centuries.

Rebuilding American Civic Traditions on the 4th of July

Americans celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, barbecues, picnics and all other kinds of enjoyable festivities. It’s wonderful that we live in a free country and are able to enjoy the fruits of our prosperity and freedom. However, merely wearing red,white, and blue, shirts with bald eagles on them, and other patriotic symbols is only a superficial way to celebrate America’s hard-fought for independence.

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Alexander-the-Not-So-Great: Hamilton Out on $10 Bill

The ongoing Women on the 20s campaign has been putting pressure on President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to Remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill. However, it turns out that the United States Treasury Department had another target: Alexander Hamilton. While removing Jackson from our nation’s currency would be a travesty, diminishing Hamilton is a disgrace.

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The Magna Carta and the ‘800-Year Struggle for Liberty’

The The signing of the Magna Carta, 800 years ago, was one of the most monumental events in human history. Originally created as a compromise between British nobles and King John at Runnymede, near London, on June, 15 1215. This compact assured that some basic rights of British citizens could not be violated; it would move the English-speaking world in a direction of putting law above men, even kings.

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The Eagle Must Show its Talons: China’s ‘Closed Sea’ Openly Challenges American Free Trade

The famous 1972 “Nixon to China” moment, in which President Richard Nixon opened up relations with the Chinese Communists to peel them away from the Soviet Union’s orbit, is often considered a major turning point in the Cold War. Since that time, those who guide U.S. foreign policy have mostly seen China as a long-term partner in a future, global system with America as the first among equals. The American eagle and Chinese dragon would rise together with “constructive engagement.”

D-Day: Ronald Reagan at Pointe Du Hoc

On June 6, 1984, the 40th anniversary of D-Day, President Ronald Reagan stood on what he called a “lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France” to deliver an oration that would become known as his “Boys of Pointe du Hoc” speech. He made this speech in front of 62 survivors of the 2nd Ranger Battalion who courageously scaled the 100 ft. high cliffs on that fateful day.

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Eisenhower on D-Day: ‘The Free Men of the World are Marching Together to Victory’

On June 6, 1944, almost four years to the day that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered his famous “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” speech in which he prophetically called for the “New World” to step forth to liberate the old, Allied forces under the command of General Dwight Eisenhower stormed the beaches of Normandy. The hour of Europe’s liberation had come, and it would be delivered by the greatest amphibious invasion in world history.

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Don’t Give Up the South China Sea

At high noon, on June 1, 1813, U.S. Navy Captain James Lawrence disembarked from Boston Harbor with his frigate, the U.S.S. Chesapeake, to do battle with British Commodore Phillip Broke’s H.M.S. Shannon. At the time, the United States—a burgeoning country just a few decades old—was at war with Great Britain over perceived violations of American rights by the world’s preeminent superpower on the high seas.