5:23 PM, October 1st, 2013


Museums, parks and governmental offices are on lockdown; their employees told not to come in, the tourist outside turned away. Away from the front lines, bloated egos in 3-piece suits are whipped into a frenzy in an attempt to spin the narrative and bank votes for coming elections.

The United States is closed for business and deep political divides are poised to keep it that way. With no agreement reached on a budget, the government has shut down and all essential employees have been told to stay home.

That was then, this is now. But sometimes it’s hard to tell.

In 1995, our last shutdown, President BIll Clinton was in the thick of the melee with republicans unhappy with budget proposals, sparking weeks of government shutdowns.

Today President Obama faces an eerily similar situation.

As these diptychs show, with 1995 on the left and 2013 on the right, nothing really changes.

The more things change…

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4:05 PM, May 13th, 2013
The battle for the fairytale, 13th century Castle Itter was the only time in WWII that American and German troops joined forces in combat, and it was also the only time in American history that U.S. troops defended a medieval castle against sustained attack by enemy forces. To make it even more film worthy, two of the women imprisoned at Schloss Itter—Augusta Bruchlen, who was the mistress of the labour leader Leon Jouhaux, and Madame Weygand, the wife General Maxime Weygand—were there because they chose to stand by their men. They, along with Paul Reynaud’s mistress Christiane Mabire, were incredibly strong, capable, and determined women made for portrayal on the silver screen.
Near the end on WWII, Americans and Germans fought together against an SS division. Seriously, HOW IS THIS NOT A MOVIE?
11:27 AM, February 21st, 2013


“Human Smashups”- Mental Health Awareness Gallery

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3:07 PM, November 28th, 2012


OMG, history!


“The First Use of OMG was in a 1917 Letter to Winston Churchill” (via Smithsonianmag)


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5:35 PM, November 6th, 2012

Election Day, 1872.

Susan B Anthony pummeled and arrested for attempting to vote in 1872. She was fined $100 for registering to vote.


Election Day, 1872.


Susan B Anthony pummeled and arrested for attempting to vote in 1872. She was fined $100 for registering to vote.

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10:50 AM, October 24th, 2012


WHAT. No mere Tumblr could contain TR!


Theodore Roosevelt fans, check out our all-new TR Tumblr!

Here’s a Teddy Roosevelt tumblr, if you’re into that sort of thing. 

(Source: rooseveltamnh)

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9:52 AM, October 18th, 2012


Welcome to the colorful world of the Newsweek Archivist.  Hope you enjoy as much as we do! 

A good day as any to take a stroll through the NWK Archivist Tumblr

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2:45 PM, September 26th, 2012


On This Date In 1960: The first Kennedy-Nixon Televised Debate.  

Watch a portion of it.

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6:57 PM, July 31st, 2012


As the Daily Beast writes, “Passports are stamped with a person’s physical and mental journeys, etched with permanent records of explorations.” These passport images, including Norman Mailer, Bernard Malamud, and Lillian Hellman, were shared by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

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4:00 PM, July 13th, 2012

A follow-up to a post from this morning on the wealth of presidents (if you’re viewing this in the dashboard, just hit play to see the infographic):

Based on John Avalon’s commentary today on the riches of American presidential candidates, we delve in a bit further to find out just how entrenched into 1% candidates over the past few decades have been. For this chart, we look at every presidential election for which we could find income data for both major party candidates—that’s 1972 through 2012, and 1952. The pie charts encompass the earnings for candidates for those years, pegged to 2012 dollars. The bar chart and supplementary text box are based on real dollars—that is, not inflation adjusted. Note that this is earnings data for the year before the November election, and does not reflect each candidate’s net worth.

National income estimates are based on research by Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez. For full methodology and data sources, see our gallery.

-Clark Merrefield

3:00 PM, July 3rd, 2012


July 4, 1951- U.S. Facing WORST THREAT In 175 Years

Happy 4th everyone. 

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11:56 AM, June 27th, 2012


The iPhone Is 5

"Wait, there were cell phones before the iPhone," said my grandkid. 

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8:09 PM, June 13th, 2012


On This Infamous Date 18 Years Ago…

THE END, LAST WEEK, WAS OFF-CAMERA. AFTER THE bloody steps, the heart-rending funerals, the surreal chase through the twilight of Los Angeles, O. J. Simpson surrendered himself into the darkness his life has become. He was in the back seat of his best friend’s Bronco, communing quietly with his cellular phone, his blue steel revolver and a picture of his children. As the police stood back, waiting, the shadows lengthened. O. J., the great halfback who had made a fabulous career out of running for daylight, could no more hold back the night than reverse the tragedy of his week. Above, helicopters hovered, each carrying enough candlepower to light a village.  And then O. J. emerged, turned himself over to the police, used his bathroom, accepted a glass of juice and, like sons everywhere caught in trouble, asked for time to call his mother.

Newsweek June 27, 1994

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5:43 PM, June 12th, 2012


Watergate At 40- Yeah, We Covered That

Howard Kurtz: “Watergate Remembered”

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8:05 PM, June 5th, 2012
The future is not a gift: it is an achievement. Every generation helps make its own future. This is the essential challenge of the present.

Robert F. Kennedy

Seattle World’s Fair, August 7, 1962

(via ourpresidents)

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