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FBI, CIA, JFK, MLK

It’s old news by now, but in late October, the National Archives released a portion of the classified files on the John F. Kennedy assassination investigation. It was supposed to be all of the files, but the FBI and CIA

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The Constitution’s taxonomy of officers and offices

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/09/25/the-emoluments-clauses-litigation-part-1-the-constitutions-taxonomy-of-officers-and-offices/?utm_term=.17f151f1bbe7 This articles details the hierarchical taxonomy of the offices of the United States of America, specifically the Office of the Presidency and the other offices of the Executive and Legislative branches. What this article examines is how various versions

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Timelines as Information Visualization

On October 4, 2017, four Special Forces soldiers were killed in Niger. Aside from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicating on October 6th that the White House was “continuing to review and look into this,” no mention of

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What happens when a “database” has no identifiers: the ATF’s gun registry

The ATF’s record-keeping system lacks certain basic functionalities standard to every other database created in the modern age. Despite its vast size, and importance to crime fighters, it is less sophisticated than an online card catalog maintained by a small town public library.

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Libraries and museums team up to make bold political statement: Facts are real

  Museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions took to social media on Friday to promote the hashtag #DayOfFacts. While the hashtag claims to be nonpartisan, the issues surrounding the current political climate are inevitably intertwined with this movement. Institutions receiving

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Congress Pushes for Document Preservation Regarding Recent Muslim Ban

Following Trump’s executive order restricting travel for immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security has instructed personnel to preserve all documents concerning order.

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