History of Presidential Debates

Contrary to what many believe, the presidential debates are a modern construct, waiting for the advent of mass communication to become a reality. The first debate was in 1948 and broadcast by radio; the next one did not take place until 1956 when the first televised debate took place. Videos and transcripts of all subsequent debates, as well as the vice presidential debates, are available here. Transcripts of the primary debates are also online.

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Wartime Diaries of General George Patton

Patton’s diaries are part of a larger collection of his papers at the Library of Congress. They “…illustrate Patton’s activities during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, World War I, and World War II. The volumes, particularly from 1942 to 1945, document Patton’s daily activities and observations and reveal his candor about himself, personally and professionally.” General “Vinegar Joe” Stillwell’s diary is also available for perusal, covering a similar period but dealing with another part of the world in conflict. Both sites provide transcriptions of the diaries for ease of reading and understanding.

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Paper Books Still Rule!

At least according to this recent Pew survey: “Fully 65% of Americans have read a print book in the last year, more than double the share that has read an e-book (28%) and more than four times the share that has consumed book content via audio book (14%).” (2) The report goes on to detail how dedicated e-readers are falling out of favor, and that people are reading materials off their phones or tablets. Many graphs supplement this report; the questionnaire utilized is also included.

 

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No Bazinga! Jim Parsons Highest Paid TV Actor

To see who else is on this Forbes list, click here.

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CEO of Mylan, Maker of EpiPen, Testifies Before Congress

The more than three hour testimony is presented courtesy of C-SPAN. Here are five take-aways from the hearing. Additional reporting from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Kaiser Family Foundation, and The Washington Post

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Where is Your Alma Mater in the “Times” 2016/17 Best World Universities Rankings?

Does your university make the grade in this listing? We are pleased to see that one of the places we attended is ranked #1. Regional rankings as well as subject rankings can be accessed from this main page; in addition, profiles and key statistics are also available.

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All Folger Shakespeare Texts Online

Scrupulously edited, the entire corpus of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets is freely available online. Editorial interpolations are clearly delineated; each text comes with a synopsis as well as a character list. These are the definitive texts of his work.

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