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John Kerry Testifies before Congress on Vietnam

Kerry was the first Vietnam veteran to testify before Congress about the war, speaking for nearly two hours with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He presented the conclusions of the Winter Soldier Investigation, in which veterans had described personally committing or witnessing war crimes, and he expressed his views about the war. Kerry's testimony became a hot topic when he ran for president in 2004. Who was the chairman of the Senate proceedings in which Kerry testified?



The Order of Skull and Bones

The Order of Skull and Bones is a secret society based at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut. It was founded in 1832 by Phi Beta Kappa pledges William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft. Membership has included US Presidents such as George W. Bush, Supreme Court Justices, business leaders, and US Senators such as John Kerry. What fictional Simpsons character is a member?

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Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was a Russian revolutionary, the leader of the Bolshevik party, and the first Premier of the Soviet Union. Lenin combined mastery of theory with shrewd political instinct, and his major contributions to Marxism were his analysis of imperialism and his concept of a revolutionary party as a highly disciplined unit. What tragic event early in his life is often cited as being responsible for his "radicalization?"

Last updated on Sunday, 22nd April 2007

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