Three presidents murdered in the span of just 36 years. The third of them, William McKinley, died this day in 1901. He had been shot eight days before while while greeting well-wishers in Buffalo, NY. The Civil War hero and former governor of Ohio was 58 (more)
There had been death threats against McKinley. Five days before he was shot, the Washington Post reported of an alleged murder plot; the president laughed it off. Here's an excerpt from "Under This Roof," the 2015 book by WWR's Paul Brandus:
In 2017, a #CSPAN survey of historians ranked McKinley the 16th best president. His best quality: "Relations with Congress;" his worst: "Pursued Equal Justice for All"
McKinley's murder put Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt in the White House. At 42, TR (shown here en route to his swearing in) became the youngest president in American history. The assassination also caused the Secret Service to begin guarding presidents full-time

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The Atlantic:
President Trump has said Americans who died serving their country are “losers” and “suckers.” Editor-in-Chief Goldberg says Trump has also asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades - because "Nobody wants to see" amputees or other wounded veterans
Remember that trip to Paris in 2018 when Trump was scheduled to visit a cemetery filled with U.S. dead from World War I? Trump said he couldn't go because of rain. Actually, Goldberg reports that Trump asked: "Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers."
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.@realDonaldTrump today is discussing alleged corruption in prior administrations. Thus it is only fair to examine his own behavior. Here is a partial list via Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew):
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2) has a personal lawyer who went to jail for crimes that federal prosecutors said were committed at his direction
3) repeatedly criticizes people running legitimate criminal probes, calling them corrupt
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7) installed an acting AG who was involved in a massive consumer fraud scam
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This Day, 1858.
One of the greatest speeches ever given by Abraham Lincoln (and that's really saying something) - his "House Divided" address - given in the Illinois House of Representatives chamber
This Day, 1909:
William Howard Taft proposed a Constitutional amendment allowing the government to tax personal income. In 1913 - following the ratification of the 16th amendment - the Revenue Act of 1913 ushered in the first federal income tax since the Civil War
This Day, 1933:
FDR's first “100 Days” ended with a flurry of legislation. Congress passed the National Industry Recovery Act (NIRA), which established two New Deal agencies: the Public Works Admin. (PWA) and the National Recovery Admin. /1
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12 Jun
Bigots whined when First Lady Lou Hoover (R) held a tea for Congressional spouses this day in 1929. Why? Because one of those spouses, Jessie De Priest (L) was Black. Her husband, Oscar, from Illinois, was the first Black elected to Congress in the 20th century
“Barbaric”— that was the outraged reaction from John F. Kennedy to the murder, this day in 1963, of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who was cut down by a sniper at home, with his two children watching (more)
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20 Jan
This Day, 1801: John Adams, a lame duck president, nominated John Marshall to be chief justice of the Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed him seven days later. Marshall would serve in that role for 34 years
This Day, 1937: Franklin Roosevelt became the first president to be inaugurated on Jan. 20th (Mar. 4 was prior day). In his Inaugural address, he said the fight against the Great Depression was far from over: “I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.”
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Rereading @JohnWDean's 2006 book "Conservatives Without Conscience." Still on target:
Conservatives WITHOUT conscience:
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Conservatives WITH conscience:
-low authoritarian personality with few negative traits
Conservatives WITHOUT conscience:
-pretend to honor the past while often drawing on its worst Conservatives WITH conscience:
-draw on the wisdom and lessons of the past and not the worst
Conservatives WITHOUT conscience:
-believe the executive branch has virtually unlimited power in foreign affairs
Conservatives WITH conscience:
-insist that the separation of powers be maintained along with checks and balances, per the Constitution
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