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Declaration of Independence Transcript May Hold Error

In the form of a period, says Danielle Allen

(Newser) - It's being hailed as "the battle of the period." Is a small spec of ink that appears on the Declaration of Independence a period or not? In a draft paper that one historian calls "a remarkably convincing piece of detective work," Danielle Allen argues that... More »

Oops: Rolling Stone Gets Constitution Tattoo Wrong

Louis-Dreyfus has Hancock in wrong place

(Newser) - Oops: Julia Louis-Dreyfus appears nude with the preamble to the US Constitution inked on her back for the cover of the latest Rolling Stone—but with one big mistake: There's a large John Hancock just above her rear. Hancock, however, put the most famous signature in American history on... More »

Declaration of Independence Was Illegal

At Philadelphia debate, British team makes the case against nationhood

(Newser) - Teams of British and American lawyers clashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday over the legitimacy of the United States of America. At the debate, sponsored by legal associations from both countries, lawyers for the former colonial power argued that America's Declaration of Independence in 1776 "was not only illegal,... More »

'Declaration' Reveals Jefferson Slip-Up

Founding father wrote 'subjects,' then changed to 'citizens'

(Newser) - Thomas Jefferson, even in the act of declaring independence from England, had trouble breaking free from monarchical rule. In an early draft of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote the word "subjects," when he referred to the American public. He then erased that word and replaced it with... More »

Glenn Beck Thinks God Wrote the Bill of Rights

Fox host mangles US history

(Newser) - Glenn Beck mangled US history pretty spectacularly in a health care rant yesterday, attacking Tom Harkin for saying that reform would make health care “an unalienable right.” Beck’s response: “Tom! I don’t know if you’ve read the Declaration of Independence, but you don’t... More »

Our Sexiest Presidents

Ranking chief executives Nos. 1 through 43

(Newser) - With Valentine’s Day tomorrow and Presidents Day on Monday, Nerve ranks America’s chief executives, from Washington to Obama, on sex appeal. Richard Nixon—“Certainly the least sexy person connected in any way to Deep Throat”—is 43rd and last; here are the top five:
  • Theodore Roosevelt:
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Hannity's Grade on Reading Declaration, Constitution: F

Host forgets that founding fathers saw government as essential to liberty

(Newser) - In honor of July 4th, Sean Hannity has been encouraging his audience to buy pocket copies of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. But he might want to read them a little more closely himself, notes Henry Claw for the New Majority. “We do believe that all men are... More »

Brits Find Rare Copy of Declaration of Independence

(Newser) - An original print of the Declaration of Independence has been discovered stashed away in the British National Archives in West London, the Daily Mail reports. One of 26 known surviving copies from the document’s initial print run, it's thought to be worth more than $8 million. The archive doesn’... More »

Magna Carta Back in US Archives

Carlyle Group founder returns it after buying for $21.3M

(Newser) - The Magna Carta returned to the National Archives yesterday after facing an uncertain fate on the auction block last year, the Washington Post reports. The 13th-century English document, a precursor to the US Bill of Rights 500 years later, is now on permanent loan from a US businessman who bought... More »

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