- 8:54 am - Tue, Oct 29, 2013
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October 29, 1929: Stock Market Crashes
On this day in 1929, the New York Stock Exchange market collapsed and signaled the onset of the Great Depression (1929-39). Stock prices began to plummet in early September, triggering panic on Wall Street, after a steady decline since the market’s peak in August.
By 1932, it was reported that stocks were only worth about 20 percent of their value compared to the summer of 1929.
To learn more, watch American Experience’s “The Crash of 1929” chronicle the country’s fate during the Great Depression era.
Photo: Crowd gathering on Wall Street after the stock market crash of October 1929 (Wikimedia Commons).
- 9:36 am - Thu, Sep 26, 2013
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Despite rampant dissatisfaction and disapproval with the way congressional representatives are behaving, there is no evidence to suggest there will be change any time soon.
As of July 12, only 15 bills had passed through Congress to reach President Obama’s desk this year.
By contrast, in 2005, George W. Bush signed 13 bills into law on July 12, 2005, alone.
Glen Luke Flanagan, “Parties Gamble Big on Political Gridlock; Everyone Loses”
- 10:52 am - Thu, Sep 19, 2013
"By design, the Constitution creates a political structure that enables people from very different backgrounds to come together, debate the issues that are important to them, and forge the kinds of compromises that are essential for a large country…
The Constitution sets up a deliberative environment. It says very little about specific issues, and it often uses intentionally ambiguous phrases.”
Michael Austin, “The Constitution is Not the Code of Hammurabi”
- 8:56 am - Wed, Sep 18, 2013
The highest number of Americans in 70 years, 40 percent, now identify as independent voters, more than those who identify as either a Republican or Democrat. Eighty-one percent of Americans report being unhappy with the way Republicans and Democrats are running the country, and support for the two parties is at a 22-year low.
Taylor Tyler, on Why Independent Voters Are Not a Myth
- 10:01 am - Sat, Sep 14, 2013
Do you have a favorite political party?
- 10:38 am - Fri, Sep 13, 2013
Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.
- 12:38 pm - Mon, Sep 9, 2013
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Instagram Today: 150 Million People
Today we’re excited to announce that Instagram has grown to a community of more than 150 million people capturing and sharing moments every month.
Whether it’s documenting protests in Egypt, sharing the trip of a lifetime across the United States or snapping #petselfiez, this community continues to surprise us every day with your creativity, sense of adventure and unique perspectives on the world.
As the community continues to grow, it’s becoming more global too — now more than 60% of you are from outside the United States. Whether you’re in Moscow or Hong Kong, Berlin or Reykjavik, we’re more committed than ever to bringing you the best Instagram experience possible.
To the 50 million of you who’ve joined in the last six months, welcome. And from our team to all 150 million of you, thank you for making Instagram great. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create next.
- 10:17 am
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The specter of yet another United States military venture in the Middle East sparked heated protests Friday outside Congresswoman Susan Davis’ San Diego office.
Read more on IVN.