July 17, 2012 Unlike Europe, U.S. states aren't likely to find themselves bailing one another out. Two economists find the reasons in two centuries of history.
The U.S. Supreme Court, 70 years after rejecting Roscoe Filburn's bid to limit the federal government's power to regulate commerce.
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July 5, 2012 Even as it upheld most of the health care law last week, the Supreme Court limited federal power under the Constitution's Commerce Clause. Seventy years ago, an Ohio farmer sought to do the same — and lost.
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George Washington's expense report from July 4th, 1776.
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July 2, 2012 George Washington refused to accept a salary for leading the Continental Army. But he did file an amazing expense report.
Notice how some of these tomatoes have unripe-looking tops? Those "green shoulders" are actually the keys to flavor.
June 28, 2012 Scientists have discovered that the gene that makes tomatoes uniformly ripe and red also makes them less tasty. But it's going to take consumer education and a willingness to pay more before the industry makes a change.
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April 26, 2012 What was a farmer with Mediterranean roots doing in Sweden 5,000 years ago? Bringing farming north to the hunter-gatherers, according to new DNA research.
The barons wanted King John to stop seizing their grain. The fish weirs had to go, too.
April 18, 2012 A greedy king who seized food was a key driver of the Magna Carta. That 13th-century document was a key inspiration for the American Revolution 500 years later. But at the time, the barons who negotiated the deal weren't concerned with the rights of starving peasants — these 1 percenters wanted to protect their own power and property.
Actress portraying Martha Washington
February 20, 2012 George Washington had a powerful yen for coffee, according to records at his Mount Vernon home. A new exhibition reveals just how the Washington family cooked and ate.
Though Murad IV banned tobacco, alcohol and coffee, some say he consumed all three and his death was the result of alcohol poisoning.
January 17, 2012 By now, many New Year's resolvers are finding out how difficult it is to give up caffeine. History brims over with coffee-lovers who couldn't bring themselves to quit the bean — even when they faced decapitation.
Soybean farmers in Xiangfan, in central China's Hubei province.
November 28, 2011 Soybeans have fueled Asian civilizations for centuries, but the origins of the noble bean remains shrouded in the mists of history. Now a Korean archeologist says China may have to share bragging rights as the birthplace of soy.
September 4, 2011 New York and Washington, D.C. were the primary targets on Sept. 11. The attacks played out mostly on TV for much of the rest of the country. Yet for most Americans, there is one moment when the distant tragedy became deeply personal.
June 7, 2011 Jessica Francis Kane studied the Bethnal Green tube station disaster, then spent years writing a novel centered around the day's horrific events. It's forced her to consider the line between historical and fiction.
April 1, 2011 So it's April 1. But it's more than April Fools' Day. It's also the anniversary of America's first policewoman — and no, we're not talking about Angie Dickinson. On April 1, 1908, Lola G. Baldwin was sworn in as a Female Detective in Portland, Ore.
PIck a day, any day on this calendar -- it was probably more exciting than April 11, 1954.
November 30, 2010 When we learn about history, we tend to focus on the action-packed days. But what about those "off" days, where nothing of significance actually happened? According to a Cambridge-based scientist one April Sunday in 1954 was the most boring day ever.
November 5, 2008 Historians weigh the moment, as Senator Barack Obama heads for the White House.
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