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Known for fierce loyalty, the Bush clan quarrels publicly over Iraq

November 6, 2015
Ed O'Keefe, Dan Balz | The Washington Post
For as long as they have been in the public eye, members of the Bush family have been known for fierce loyalty, protective of one another in the face of attacks from the outside. Rarely have they engaged in a public quarrel among themselves — until revelations this week from a forthcoming biography of former president George H.W. Bush.
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Jeb Bush Soured on Vice President Quayle, New Book Says

November 6, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Jeb Bush doesn’t show up a lot in the new biography of his father, but his advice during the 1992 re-election campaign offers some insight into his brand of conservatism leavened by political pragmatism.
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Elder Bush Says His Son Was Served Badly by Aides

November 5, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
After years of holding back, former President George Bush has finally broken his public silence about some of the key figures in his son’s administration, issuing scathing critiques of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

A Nation of Immigrants

September 30, 2015
In the past 50 years, America's legal immigrant population has tripled.
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What Andrew Jackson has in common with Donald Trump

September 8, 2015
Of the nearly two dozen major candidates running for president, the ones getting the most attention are the political outsiders. Is this a rare situation, or have American voters seen this before? Gwen Ifill talks to presidential historians Michael Beschloss and Richard Norton Smith and Lara Brown of George Washington University.
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DNA Shows Warren Harding Wasn’t America’s First Black President

August 19, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Bill Clinton was called the first black president because he crossed racial lines so easily, a distinction he lost when Barack Obama became the first actual black president. But for decades, some Americans claimed that the nation’s first black president was really Warren G. Harding.
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DNA Is Said to Solve a Mystery of Warren Harding’s Love Life

August 13, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Long before Lucy Mercer, Kay Summersby or Monica Lewinsky, there was Nan Britton, who scandalized a nation with stories of carnal adventures in a White House coat closet and endured a ferocious backlash for publicly claiming that she bore the love child of President Warren G. Harding.
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