The only thing sure about Florida politics is that it's rarely a sure thing. By 8 a.m. this morning, Florida was still too close to call. The closeness of the presidential race in Florida is reminiscent of state's gubernatorial election in 2010. In that election, Democrat Alex Sink, the state's former chief financial officer, lost to Republican Rick Scott by just 1 percent.
In "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher," author Timothy Egan chronicles the life and work of photographer Edward Curtis. Timothy Egan explains that Curtis's goal was to document Native American life before many of their old customs disappeared.
Historically, candidates have used the publicity afforded by the national conventions as an opportunity to define, or to redefine, their campaign to the American public. The Takeaway takes a look back at notable speeches of conventions past.
It has been a tumultuous year for big banks, and today is turning out to be no different. JPMorgan and Wells Fargo released their earnings reports today.
When it comes to American history, Americans are often on shaky ground. Even politicians can never seem to get straight which text "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" appears in, let alone where Mount Rushmore gets its name, or what happens in the Bill of Rights after the fifth amendment. Denise Kiernan, the co-author, with Joseph D'Agnese, of "Stuff Every American Should Know," is trying to help set us straight.