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FDR Was A Great President — But Do We Really Want Another Great President?

In his new book, The End of Greatness, historian Aaron David Miller argues that the nation might be better off without any more truly great presidents — or the national crises that produce them.

The Supreme Court will take up the case of Gregory Holt, who argues that Arkansas prisoners like himself should be allowed to wear short beards. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Should Short Beards Be Allowed Behind Bars?

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Say That Toro y Moi
Green Tea John Scofield
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Meg Whitman, the current president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, will lead one of the two companies the tech giant is creating by dividing its corporate services and printing/PC units. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Hewlett-Packard Will Split Into Two Companies

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A recent UCLA study found that screen time could negatively affect children's ability to read emotion. But scientists are still unsure how much screen time is too much for a child. Anatoliy Babiy/iStockphoto hide caption

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Even Techies Limit Their Children's Screen Time

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My Burr Minotaur Shock
Touch Toro y Moi

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Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks

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Battles Barbarossa
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Fly and Unfold Christian Pabst

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On China's Mainland, A Less Charitable Take On Hong Kong's Protests

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My Life Rubblebucket
Bring Back Pluto Aesop Rock
The Machine Garage a Trois
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On Green Dolphin Street Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our last truly great president, according to scholar Aaron David Miller. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Historian: FDR Was The Last Great President. Let's Never Have Another

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Across the Imaginary Divide Marcus Roberts Trio
Attraction Bibi Tanga & the Selenites

Ed Graf, convicted in 1986 of setting a fire that killed his two stepsons, has been granted a new trial. Jury selection began Monday. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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A New Understanding Of Arson Spurs A Retrial In A Fatal Texas Fire

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Wish for a Flood Ilad
Sorry The Moth & The Flame
Cineramascope Galactic feat. Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry

Rebecca Rivas, a reporter for the St. Louis American newspaper, captured video of the Ferguson protest at the St. Louis Symphony concert Saturday night. St. Louis American/YouTube hide caption

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A Ferguson Protest Brings New Meaning To Brahms' Requiem In St. Louis

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"It was, you know, like a picture from [an] earlier time of my life," Jackson Browne says of "The Birds Of St. Marks." Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Like Opening A Book In The Middle': Jackson Browne Returns To An Old Song

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The Birds of St. Marks Jackson Browne
Swing 1 Jacob Bain, Samantha Boshnack et. al.

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