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The Killing of Osama bin Laden

It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor … Continue reading

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The Bloomingdale Line

This article is not intended to be a history of the Bloomingdale Line; that has been covered elsewhere. Instead, the author examines how the Bloomingdale Line interacted with and affected the lives of Chicago citizens and businesses during its time … Continue reading

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Obama Announces U.S. and Cuba Will Resume Relations

In a deal negotiated during 18 months of secret talks hosted largely by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis, who hosted a final meeting at the Vatican, Mr. Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba agreed in a telephone call … Continue reading

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European Border Changes

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The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition.

Officially, the special denaturing program ended only once the 18th Amendment was repealed in December 1933. But the chemist’s war itself faded away before then. Slowly, government officials quit talking about it. And when Prohibition ended and good grain whiskey … Continue reading

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