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Russian Forces in Ukraine Are Now Using Kalashnikov AMB-17 Assault Rifles

Summary: Russian forces in Ukraine are now testing the Kalashnikov AMB-17, a modern, integrally suppressed assault rifle designed for special...

yesterday 10

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Peter Suciu

Russia's Kirov-Class Battlecruiser Nightmare Is Just Getting Started

Summary: The Kirov-class battlecruisers of the Soviet Navy, initially designed to counter U.S. submarine and surface fleets during the Cold War,...

yesterday 9

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Maya Carlin

Akula: The Russian Nuclear Attack Submarine with Just One Mission

Summary: During the final years of the Soviet Union, amidst economic turmoil and the arms race with the United States, the USSR launched the...

yesterday 9

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Brandon J. Weichert

The Oliver Perry-Class Frigate Is a U.S. Navy Legend for a Reason

Summary: The Oliver Perry-class frigates, a cornerstone of the U.S. Navy's surface fleet from 1971 to 2015, played a crucial role in anti-submarine...

yesterday 8

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Brandon J. Weichert

Flattop Failures: 5 Worst Aircraft Carriers Ever

The aircraft carrier is a technological marvel – a floating airbase that when working properly allows a nation to project air power around the...

yesterday 8

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Harrison Kass

Former U.S. Navy Battleship Texas Is Making the Ultimate Comeback

Summary: The USS Texas, the last remaining battleship of its kind, is set to return to public display after extensive restoration in Galveston,...

yesterday 7

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Maya Carlin

China’s Growing Submarine Fleet: A Threat to the U.S. Navy?

The past two decades have seen the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as the Chinese military is known, undergo significant modernization programs....

yesterday 2

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Maya Carlin

Russia's Sierra-Class Titanium Submarine: The U.S. Navy Has Nothing Like It

Summary: The Sierra-class submarines, constructed with titanium hulls, showcase a significant technological advantage held by the Soviet Navy over...

yesterday 2

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Brandon J. Weichert

Can India and the United States Bridge the Climate Gap?

India-U.S. relations have witnessed highs and lows in the last decade. Both are natural partners with shared values and a common strategic agenda,...

yesterday 2

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Shantie Dsouza

Serbian Officials Threaten Violence If UN Adopts Srebrenica Resolution

Recent attempts by the United Nations (UN) to pass a resolution commemorating the victims of the Srebrenica Genocide have been met with vehement...

yesterday 2

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Hikmet Karcic

Russia's Lada-Class Submarine Is a Total Nightmare

Summary: Diesel-powered submarines, while less sophisticated than their nuclear counterparts, often excel in stealth, as evidenced by a 2007...

yesterday 2

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Brandon J. Weichert

Suffren-Class: France Now Has One of Best Nuclear Submarines on Earth

Summary: The French Marine Nationale has officially welcomed the Duguay-Trouin, the second Suffren-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, into...

previous day 6

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Peter Suciu

The Air Force Has Few F-22 Raptor Fighters (One Just Got Messed Up)

Summary: A Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor experienced a nose gear issue upon landing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, marking a less-than-ideal return...

previous day 4

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Peter Suciu

F-35 Fighter Could Soon Fire Mach 5 Hypersonic 'Mako' Missiles

Summary: The Mako Multi-Mission Hypersonic Missile, named after the fastest shark in the sea, was showcased at the Sea Air Space 2024 conference....

previous day 1

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Peter Suciu

DragonFire: Royal Navy Warships Will Use Lasers to Hit Drones and Missiles

Summary: The Royal Navy is set to revolutionize its warship armament by equipping them with the DragonFire laser-directed energy weapon (LDEW) by...

previous day 8

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Peter Suciu

The U.S. Navy's Zumwalt-Class Won't Be the 'Battleship' of the Future

Summary: The Zumwalt-class destroyer, once envisioned as the future backbone of the U.S. Navy, faced significant setbacks that curtailed its...

previous day 4

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Harrison Kass

Hezbollah and its “Unity of Fronts” Strategy

Together with Iran-backed regional militias, including Hamas in the Palestinian territories, the Houthis in Yemen, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq,...

previous day 3

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Rany Ballout

Five Pillars of Infrastructure Reform

Once again, a tragedy serves as a flashing red light for the citizens of this country. The catastrophic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in...

previous day 3

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Brian J. Cavanaugh

The Russian Submarine Fleet: One of the Most Powerful on Earth

Summary: The Russian Navy boasts one of the largest and most diverse submarine fleets globally, featuring about sixty-five submarines, including...

previous day 2

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Stavros Atlamazoglou

Putting the Pep in U.S.-Hemispheric Relations

On March 6, 2024, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and U.S. Representatives Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL) and Adriano...

previous day 2

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Adam Ratzlaff

How to Stop the Iran Threat: Four Critical Steps America Must Take

The United States and Israel are awaiting a threatened “significant” Iranian response to the attack on its consulate in Syria, but this is just...

previous day 10

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Zalmay Khalilzad

The Aircraft Carrier: A Floating Airbase That Can't Be Replaced

Summary: The significance of aircraft carriers in projecting power from the oceans remains crucial, but their role faces scrutiny as...

previous day 10

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Maya Carlin

China Tracks U .S. Aircraft Carriers in Real-Time and Plans to Sink Them

Summary: Despite the U.S. Navy's heavy investment in its aircraft carrier fleet, including the advanced Gerald R. Ford-class, their vulnerability...

previous day 10

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Brandon J. Weichert

Russia's Typhoon-Class Submarines Were Built for Only 1 Reason Only

Summary: Tom Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October" features the Soviet Typhoon-class submarine, chosen for its formidable size and capabilities,...

previous day 10

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Brandon J. Weichert

Yak-38: This Might Be Russia's Worst Fighter Jet Ever

Summary: During the Cold War, the aviation race led to the creation of vertical/short-takeoff and landing (V/STOL) aircraft, with the UK's Harrier...

previous day 9

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Maya Carlin

Dassault Rafale: The Fighter Jet Every Air Force Wants to Fly

Summary: The Dassault Rafale, a French fighter platform that first flew in the mid-1980s, has recently seen a surge in popularity, becoming the...

previous day 1

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Maya Carlin

Merge an Iowa-Class Battleship and Aircraft Carrier? Meet the Battlecarrier

Summary: The Iowa-class battleships, initially seen as the pinnacle of naval engineering, ultimately revealed their vulnerability to air attacks...

previous day 9

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Brandon J. Weichert

The North Korea Hypersonic Missile Threat Is Real

Summary: In April, North Korea successfully tested its second solid-fuel, hypersonic, intermediate-range ballistic missile, indicating significant...

previous day 1

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Bruce E. Bechtol

Stop Financing South Africa’s Rogue Foreign Policy

Sometimes, the answer to the question “Why do people do bad things?” is simply because they can. In the case of South Africa, they can because...

previous day 1

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Max Primorac

U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier USS John C. Stennis Is Making a Historic Comeback

Summary: The USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier, has entered the second phase of its Refueling and Complex...

previous day 6

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Maya Carlin

Hamas’ Enablers in the Turkish Government

Turkey’s patronage of Hamas is well-established and widely known. Ankara has hosted the terrorist organization inside of its borders since 2011....

previous day 1

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Sinan Ciddi

The Path to an F-35 Armed with Hypersonic Missiles Is Now Clear

Lockheed Martin and CoAspire unveiled a new hypersonic missile project that could be matched with the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet....

thursday 6

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Stavros Atlamazoglou

JAS 39 Gripen E: Sweden's Multirole Fighter Is a Powerhouse in the Sky

Summary: The JAS 39 Gripen E, the latest iteration of the Swedish multirole fighter jet designed by SAAB, represents a significant advancement in...

thursday 6

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Stavros Atlamazoglou

Does Russia’s Trade Bloc Have a Future?

February 2024 marked the tenth anniversary of the Maidan Revolution, in which Ukraine moved decisively away from pursuing membership in Russia’s...

thursday 7

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Luke Rodeheffer

Russia's T-14 Armata Tank Nightmare Is Just Getting Started

Summary: Despite losing tanks at a rapid rate in Ukraine, Russia is hesitant to deploy its advanced T-14 Armata tanks, considering them "too...

thursday 1

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Harrison Kass

How Ukraine Fits into Latin America’s Contradictory Foreign Policies

The formula for a successful foreign policy—with substance, significance, and results—lies in aligning the state’s strategic interests with the...

thursday 7

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Hector Schamis

The Story of The Last U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat: Meet 'Felix 101'

Summary: The final flight of the U.S. Navy's Grumman F-14 Tomcat occurred on September 22, 2006, concluding its service era. Renowned for its role...

thursday 1

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Peter Suciu

Eurofighter Typhoon: The Fighter Jet NATO Is Now Depending On

Summary: In March 2024, six Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons were deployed to Romania's Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base for NATO's enhanced Air...

thursday 1

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Peter Suciu

Nimitz-Class Navy Aircraft Carrier John C. Stennis Is Getting a Massive Upgrade

Summary: The USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), a Nimitz-class supercarrier of the U.S. Navy, recently exited drydock, marking a key phase in its...

thursday 1

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Peter Suciu

B-52 Stratofortress Bomber Is Ancient But Looks Unstoppable

Summary: The B-52 Stratofortress, the longest-serving aircraft in U.S. military history, first took to the skies in 1952, a year marked by...

thursday 10

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Harrison Kass

The F-35 Fighter Program Is Sort of 'On Hold' These Days

Every month, the F-35 Joint Program Office releases updates about the Joint Strike Fighter program. This measure helps observers keep tabs on the...

thursday 10

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Stavros Atlamazoglou

Sinking a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier in Combat Would Be a Nightmare

Summary: The USS Nautilus, launched in 1954, marked the advent of nuclear-powered submarines, revolutionizing naval operations with extended...

thursday 10

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Maya Carlin

The U.S. Air Force Is Shrinking Fast

The U.S. Air Force is shrinking and will continue to shrink. The Fiscal Year 2025 budget shows that the Air Force will divest 250 aircraft (while...

thursday 3

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Harrison Kass

Why U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers Are No 'Floating Coffin'

Summary: Debate surrounds the future viability of aircraft carriers due to advancements in military technology like hypersonic missiles and...

thursday 10

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Harrison Kass

The Ukraine War: Just One Giant Stalemate?

The situation in Ukraine remains fluid. The war has been going on for nearly 26 months. During this period, the battlefield has shifted about...

thursday 1

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Stavros Atlamazoglou

Why Russia Doesn’t Want War Between Israel and Iran

An Israeli airstrike on an Iranian embassy in Syria last week killed three IRGC-QF generals and four other Iranian military officers. Iran is...

thursday 1

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Michelle Grisé

The U.S. Navy's Columbia-Class Submarine Nightmare Is Just Getting Started

Summary: The U.S. Navy is facing significant challenges with the construction of its latest submarines, including the Columbia-class ships and Block...

thursday 1

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Maya Carlin

America's Greatest Enemy Isn't China or Russia: Its $35 Trillion In Debt

In the 2012 film Prometheus, a prequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 hit Alien, one of the lead characters, Michael Fassbender, looks upon an embryo of...

thursday 1

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Brandon J. Weichert

Vanguard-Class: 52,000 Tons of Raw Power and Battleship Failure

Summary: Commissioned in 1946, the British Royal Navy's Vanguard-class battleship was a marvel of engineering, boasting a displacement of 52,000...

thursday 4

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Brandon J. Weichert

The U.S. Navy's New DDG(X) Destroyer Is Not Based on Reality

Summary: Critiques of the DDG(X) program highlight the risk of investing in large, expensive surface warships in an era where underwater and...

thursday 2

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Brandon J. Weichert

YF-23A vs. F-22A: The Untold Story of America's Ultimate Fighter Jet Showdown

Summary: The Northrop/McDonnell Douglas YF-23A "Black Widow II" and the Lockheed Martin/Boeing/General Dynamics-designed F-22A "Raptor" were both...

thursday 2

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Brandon J. Weichert

The Man Whispering the Middle East’s Future into Washington’s Ear

Washington, DC has no shortage of foreign policy strategists. Think tanks from K Street to Arlington continuously pump out a wide assortment of...

thursday 3

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Carlos Roa

Japan: The Next Aircraft Carrier Superpower?

Summary: Seventy-nine years after the sinking of the Imperial Japanese Navy's aircraft carrier Amagi, marking the end of Japan's World War II naval...

10.04.2024 8

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Peter Suciu

U.S. Air Force Chief to Take a Seat in 'Self-Flying' F-16 Fighter Jet

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall has no doubt logged quite a few miles in the air, even before he was appointed to head the Department of...

10.04.2024 4

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Peter Suciu

Ukraine Is Stealing T-72B3M Tanks from Russia

A video shared on social media on Saturday purported to show a unit of Azov fighters "stealing" an enemy tank in the recent fighting in the Donetsk...

10.04.2024 2

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Peter Suciu

32 Greek F-16 Fighters Could be Headed to Ukraine: They Won't Beat Russia Alone

Summary: Greece is reportedly considering transferring up to 32 F-16 Fighting Falcons to Ukraine, with potential discussions around also providing...

10.04.2024 4

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Peter Suciu

New Dassault Rafale Fighter Jets Could Go to Russia's 'Little Brother'

Summary: Serbia, traditionally Russia's "little brother" in the Balkans, is nearing a deal with France for over a dozen Dassault Rafale fighter...

10.04.2024 5

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Peter Suciu

No Silver Bullet: F-16 Fighters Won't Win the War for Ukraine

Earlier this month, a senior Ukrainian military official claimed that the incoming shipments of F-16 fighter jets set to arrive this year are “no...

10.04.2024 10

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Maya Carlin

Montana-Class vs. Iowa-Class: Which Would Have Been the Better Battleship?

Summary: The Montana-class battleships, authorized but never constructed, represented what could have been the pinnacle of U.S. naval power during...

10.04.2024 4

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Maya Carlin

Yamato-Class: Japan Built the Biggest Battleship Ever and It Was a Failure

Summary: Imperial Japan's Yamato-class battleships, constructed before World War II as the heaviest battleships ever built, were intended to...

10.04.2024 5

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Maya Carlin

5 Worst Fighter Jets of All Time

Summary: Fighter jets, epitomizing the pinnacle of aviation innovation, have evolved dramatically from World War One's biplanes to today's stealth-...

10.04.2024 2

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Harrison Kass

F-20 Tigershark: The Fantastic Fighter That Never Had a Chance

The F-20 Tigershark was canceled before reaching full-scale production, and it has since faded into obscurity. But the sleek fighter will seem...

10.04.2024 4

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Harrison Kass

The U.S. Navy Has One Problem with the Virginia-Class Submarine

The U.S. Navy can’t build Virginia-class submarines fast enough: While it was already obvious that the U.S. Navy’s newest submarines were failing...

10.04.2024 4

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Maya Carlin

The YF-23 Fighter Might Have Suffered the Same, Sad Fate as the F-22 Raptor

Summary: Speculations about what the YF-23 could have achieved in service remain a captivating "what if" scenario, with its legacy untarnished by...

10.04.2024 1

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Harrison Kass

The Navy's Los Angeles-Class Submarine Nightmare Is Just Getting Started

Summary: The retirement of the A-10 Warthog, a critical close-air support aircraft, for the costly F-35 and the phasing out of Los Angeles-class...

10.04.2024 7

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Brandon J. Weichert

The Astute-Class Submarine Might Be the Best on Earth (Not American)

Summary: The Astute-class boasts remarkable features like the Astute Combat Management System, making it stealthy and efficient. Equipped with the...

10.04.2024 4

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Brandon J. Weichert

A2/AD: How China Plans to Destroy the U.S. Navy's Aircraft Carriers

About a decade ago, when I got to Washington, D.C., and assumed my position as a taxpayer-funded bureaucrat, “A2/AD” was all anyone could talk...

10.04.2024 3

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Brandon J. Weichert

The Federal Reserve Has A Big Choice To Make

So much for the soft economic landing.  The disappointing consumer price inflation numbers released on April 10 suggest that inflation will not...

10.04.2024 1

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Desmond Lachman

NATO Isn’t Defending Guam, But Others Are

It recently made headlines that NATO is not obligated to defend Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), American Samoa,...

10.04.2024 6

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Grant Newsham

The U.S. and Israel Negotiate Over the Fate of Hamas’s Last Bastion

Six months into the war with Hamas, throughout which Jerusalem has mostly managed to keep Washington on-side, Israel’s proposed IDF operation in...

10.04.2024 2

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Enia Krivine

China’s Economic Slowdown is Strengthening its Defense Industrial Base

In 2023, China’s economy grew at the slowest pace since 1990, apart from two years during the COVID-19 pandemic when the country was closed to...

10.04.2024 4

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Nathaniel Sher

Seized Iranian Weapons Will Head to Ukraine

Thousands of weapons supplied by Tehran and bound for Yemen were seized by the U.S. military last year and will now be transferred to aid Kyiv's...

10.04.2024 10

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Peter Suciu

These are the Worst 5 Bombers to Ever Fly

The bomber emerged in the twentieth century as one of the most feared weapons in the world. The concept didn’t even exist as the century turned,...

09.04.2024 10

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Harrison Kass

The Widening Willpower Gap

On an unusually warm October day in 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt took center stage to dedicate the new Outer Drive Bridge in Chicago. As...

09.04.2024 2

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Connor Fiddler

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