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A sign cautions employees of the potential radiation risks at the Nevada National Security Site, previously called the Nevada Test Site. The area is now maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Decades after atomic tests in Nevada spread radiation across much of the Southwest, the federal government has offered compensation to many so-called downwinders. Kingman residents, however, were not among that group. And they say they don't know why. Read more»

A shrine to Ukraine's fallen protesters, as seen on 2nd avenue near 9th Street in the East Village, New York City

The images have been burned into the world’s consciousness: a huge square filled with protesters; black smoke billowing over a beautiful and historical city. Bodies are rushed by on stretchers, angry voices are raised. A man with his feet on fire dances madly around before someone shoves him to the ground to smother the flames. Whatever else the recent events in Ukraine may ultimately bring in their wake, they certainly were telegenic. Read more»

What is often forgotten is that King’s speech was at its core not a dream of what America could be but rather an indictment of what America was – a country that had failed to live up to its founding principles of equality. Read more»

Commentary: A young reporter found the president’s staff arguing over whether to order the American flag lowered after reports that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. Read more»

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

In an August 2 New York Times column titled “The Neocon Revival,” David Brooks argues that, “Neocons came in for a lot of criticism during the Iraq war, but neoconservatism was primarily a domestic policy movement.” He goes on to contrast the good sense and cheer of old-fashioned neocons with the current crop of conservative crazies. Read more»

U.S. President Barack Obama during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photograph in the Oval Office on December 6th, 2012.

President Obama disclosed in Berlin on June 19 that he has ordered the Pentagon to revise its plan for targeting America’s arsenal of nuclear weapons in wartime, a decision that opens the door to negotiated reductions in all three categories of these devastating weapons: strategic or long-range; tactical — meaning those deployed in Europe; and the large U.S. inventory of bombs and warheads held in reserve. Read more»

The fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989.

Germany is marking the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall, which divided the city for more than 28 years. Read more»

Bob Darcangelo works as a volunteer at the Titan Missile Museum. He also worked at the site as a crew commander in the 1960s.

"Unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine" is a toxic compound used in making rocket fuel. Bob Darcangelo is no rocket scientist, but he can recite the name of the compound without a stutter. Darcangelo, who was a crew commander at this site when it was still active, has spent more than 1,700 hours volunteering at the Titan Missile Museum. Read more»