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“Theodore Roosevelt and the Dawn of the American Century” — Hours before his assassination on April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln signed legislation creating the United States Secret Service. It wouldn't have saved him that night, nor would it have helped James Garfield before he was gunned down sixteen years later. That's because the original mission of the Secret Service was rather narrow: to stop currency counterfeiting.

History in a Minute: Abraham Lincoln meets his future assassin — On This Day: Nov. 9, 1863-Abraham Lincoln attended a play at Ford's Theatre: "The Marble Heart," starring his future assassin John Wilkes Booth. Booth - one of the most famous actors in America - played the villain "Raphael;" as Lincoln watched, "Raphael" made threatening remarks - putting his finger close to Lincoln's face.

What the Republican victory means for your money — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - After a big night for Republicans, who took control of the Senate and added to their already large majority in the House, what does it mean for you and your money? First, a very important point about the numbers.

Republicans in command by focusing on Obama, not economy — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - In a way, Republicans have already won Tuesday's midterm election by making the man they love to loathe, Barack Obama, its dominant theme. The president's relative silence - he has been largely AWOL from the campaign trail - is a validation of this GOP strategy, and has helped Republicans own the national conversation.

Why Ebola is this year’s October surprise — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - With election day just three weeks away, you can call Ebola our "October surprise." Never mind that no Americans have died from the disease and a whopping two people (knock on wood) have been confirmed infected with the virus.

Dark money’s rise poses threat to U.S. democracy — By Of all the things there are to worry about these days, this one is at or near the top of the list: our political system and the way campaigns are financed, is more secretive, more open to the highest bidder, and more closed off to regular Americans, than ever before.

Why Keystone won’t do anything to cut gas prices — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Here's a comment that has been making its way around Twitter and Facebook for the past few years. Remember the awful crisis Obama inherited from GWB. Here are GWB's gas prices the day Obama took Office. - Bob Gaskin (@BobG231) February 22, 2013 "Look how cheap gasoline prices were back on Jan.

Obama deserves scorn for fundraising — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - President Barack Obama has done more than 400 fundraisers since taking office, already far exceeding the 328 racked up by George W. Bush during his entire eight years in the White House - though he's still well behind the all-time fundraising champion, Bill Clinton.

Declining deficits? Not for long — Sometimes the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing, and this week's batch of government data on the economy is a good example. Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office said that thanks to low interest rates, that federal deficits over the next decade will be lower than expected - about $400 billion less - though the cumulative deficit will still be a whopping $7.2 trillion.

Attack on J.P. Morgan: “Warm Up for the Main Event” — David Wood, a California attorney who represents corporate policyholders in insurance recovery matters, says this week's cyberattack on J.P. Morgan may be a mere "warm up" for a maga-attack -... Additional content is for Monthly Subscriber and Annual Subscriber members only. Log In Register
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Nov 22, 2014

Speaking of Pres.Kennedy: If ever in Washington, WWR hosts a "colorful & riveting" talk on the Lincoln & JFK murders…

Nov 22, 2014

Must see in Dallas: Oswald's lair, and Parkland's Trauma One. A plaque is all that remains (Photos 1 & 3/WWR)

Nov 22, 2014

On Elm Street, where JFK was murdered, Agent Clint Hill - who leaped onto his car - is haunted still (Photo/WWR)

Nov 22, 2014

Two highly recommended books on the Kennedy assassination: Manchester's "Death of a President" and Posner's "Case Closed." Both superb

Nov 22, 2014

The Kennedy assassination sparked countless books, a never-ending torrent of words and three utterly iconic photos:

Nov 22, 2014

“Last night would have been a hell of a night to assassinate a President.” –John F. Kennedy, three hours before his assassination

Nov 22, 2014

Oswald's killing sparked talk of a JFK conspiracy that has never abated, though no conclusive evidence has ever surfaced that one existed

Nov 22, 2014

24-year old Lee Harvey Oswald was quickly arrested and charged w/murdering the President and a policeman. Gunned down himself two days later

Nov 22, 2014

As Kennedy's casket lay in the back of Air Force One, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President. Only VP to see his predecessor die

Nov 22, 2014

Kennedy was the youngest person to ever be elected President, the fourth to be murdered, and was just 46 at the time of his death

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