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Author Michael Wallis says there are modern lessons to learn from the Donner Party — primarily about the fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance. Above, an undated drawing of the pioneers, looking to make their way West. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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'What Would You Do?' Author Wants To Stop Sensationalizing The Donner Party

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A poll worker organizes "I Voted Today" stickers at the Francis Myers Recreation Center polling location in Philadelphia, Pa., on April 26. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Can Pro-Trump Poll Watchers Disrupt Voting In Pennsylvania?

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Guns won't be allowed inside the Quicken Loans Arena where the RNC will take place but will be in protest zones outside the convention. Mark Gillispie/AP hide caption

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Some Delegates May Carry Guns Around Cleveland During Republican Convention

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Democrats Target Pennsylvania In Quest To Regain The Senate

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A polling station in Oakmont, Pa., on Nov. 6, 2012. Winning a presidential nomination includes mastering complex rules about delegates, and Pennsylvania's rules are among the most complicated. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images hide caption

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In This GOP Primary, You Can Win The State But Get Only A Few Delegates

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The Rev. Leah Daughtry talks about the 2016 Democratic National Convention during a news conference in Philadelphia in October. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Jigsaw Puzzles And A Swear Jar: Democratic Convention Chief Prepares For Philly

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SuperPACs Spend Big In Philadelphia's Mayoral Race

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Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney benefited from a super PAC that helped him win in the city's Democratic primary election. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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Coming To A Mayor's Race Near You: SuperPACs Moving Into Cities

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The 'Remarkable Life' Of Liberia's 'Iron Lady'

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Chuck Todd Examines 'How Barack Obama Won'

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Cynthia Gorney: Parsing The Politics Of Abortion

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