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The Barrett M82 Sniper Rifle: The Gun Every Military Fears Most

One weapon system not only revolutionized the field of military sniping but also created an entire new category of weapon systems. Using an existing large caliber bullet and adapting it to the precision rifle platform, the innovative Barrett M82 sniper rifle practically created the category of large caliber rifles that equip military snipers worldwide to this day.

A New Look at Putin

In this video, Stephen F. Cohen discusses Russia, Vladimir Putin and American foreign policy. Cohen is a prominent historian who regularly comments on U.S.-Russia relations. His sweeping and forceful critiques, which are grounded in a close study of the Russian past, have often provoked discussion and debate both during the cold war and today.

The Worst President Ever? That Title Belongs to Woodrow Wilson.

First, Wilson conducted the war in ways that devastated the home front. Prices shot up into double digits, and then came a potent economic recession that lasted three years. He accepted the suppression of civil liberties by his notorious attorney general, A. Mitchell Palmer. His government nationalized many private industries, including the telegraph, telephone and railroad industries, along with the distribution of coal. Race riots erupted in numerous cities that claimed nearly 150 lives in two years.

The 5 Very Worst Presidents in American History

There is little doubt that history eventually will fix upon the majority view—that Bush unleashed the surge of chaos, bloodshed and misery that now has the region in its grip. As Princeton’s Sean Wilentz wrote in 2006, when Bush still sat in the Oval Office, “Many historians are now wondering whether Bush, in fact, will be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history.” And bear in mind that Bush also presided over the emergence of one of the most devastating financial crises in the country’s history.

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