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Voter Suppression Likely Cost Democrats the Supreme Court - And It Could Cost the Country Much More Going Forward

The Republican Party is currently hoping to win nationwide using two simple elements: explicit and overt racism, and voter suppression.

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Meet Haiti’s Founding Father -  His Black Revolution Was Too Radical for Thomas Jefferson

Crowds cheered as local lawmakers on August 18 unveiled a street sign showing that Rogers Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn would now be called Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, after a Haitian slave turned revolutionary general.

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Constitutional Scholar Explains What the Founders Would Have Thought of Impeaching Trump

Impeachment of President Donald Trump has now become a serious topic of discussion among mainstream and even conservative pundits, and many observers are looking to historical precedents to make the case for and against removing him from office.

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Trump Fans Accuse NPR of ‘Taxpayer Funded Partisan Advocacy’ After It Tweets Out the Declaration of Independence - Again

It’s the Fourth of July, which means it’s time, once again, for patriotic displays of deep-rooted American traditions. Across the nation, citizens will gather to celebrate the birth of the nation with fireworks and apple pie; and they will watch, once again, as Donald Trump supporters accuse National Public Radio of inciting a treasonous uprising against the president by tweeting out the Declaration of Independence.

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From Free Trade to Immigration, Here Are Four Things Trump-Lovers Get Wrong About the Declaration of Independence

Every year, on the Fourth of July, NPR has a tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence on July 4. It’s a fun little tradition, and one few people thought much about.

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Did the Founding Fathers Lead the American Revolution for the Pursuit of Liberty - Or Personal Greed?

Americans, like citizens of countries around the world, celebrate their country's Independence Day with pride and reverence for the people who founded the country. In the United States, we tell a powerful story of the country's founding as a break from the tyranny of the British crown and away from King George III's relentless taxation without representation, a break which led to the Revolutionary War.

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Here Are 5 Founding Fathers Whose Skepticism About Christianity Would Make Them Unelectable Today

To hear the Religious Right tell it, men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were 18th-century versions of Jerry Falwell in powdered wigs and stockings. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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The Complex History of 'In God We Trust'

In his address to the National Prayer Breakfast on the morning of Feb. 8, President Donald Trump emphasized the centrality of faith in American life. After describing the country as a “nation of believers,” Trump reminded his audience that American currency features the phrase “In God We Trust” as does the Pledge of Allegiance. He also declared that “our rights are not given to us by man” but “come from our Creator.”

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Why the United States Needs a Whole New Operating System

Here’s one final New Year’s resolution: let’s stop lying to each other.

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The Year of Trump Has Laid Bare the U.S. Constitution’s Serious Flaws

There’s a million things to love about Hamilton, the musical that has opened in London to reviews as glowing as those that greeted its debut on Broadway. The lyrics are so ingenious, so intricate and dexterous, that the show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has a claim to be among the most exciting writers, in any medium, in the world today. Rarely have I seen an audience delight in the tricks and rhyming pyrotechnics of language the way I saw a preview audience react to Hamilton a fortnight ago.

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Before Our Very Eyes, Trump Is Undoing the Work of Our Country's Founders

Don’t look away. I mean it! Keep on staring just like you’ve been doing, just like we’ve all been doing since he rode down that escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and, while you have your eyes on him, I’ll tell you exactly why you shouldn’t stop.

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