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Ceci n’est pas une FBI Director

J. Edgar Hoover received a slew of accolades over his long career, but not all elicited the FBI Director’s enthusiastic response.

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Ronald Reagan’s Irish spy joke

When Ronald Reagan signed the controversial Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 into law, he did so with panache, holding the ceremony at CIA HQ. Before an assembled crowd of friendly members of the Intelligence Community, Reagan felt comfortable enough to start with what he called “an ethnic joke:” the one about Murphy the spy.

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Was the CIA behind Ronald Reagan’s Russia routine?

One of the gems uncovered so far amid the 13 million pages of declassified CIA records released this week is a list of Soviet jokes prepared for the Agency’s Deputy Director. One joke in particular, poking fun at Ronald Reagan, stands out - and apparently, Reagan agreed, working it into his “stories from Russia” routine.

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The hilariously ugly sketches of the NSA’s Hobo guide

Whether you find yourself venturing forth or just want to bone up on your hobo history, the NSA has a surprisingly thorough guide to all the pictographs used by those relying on the kindness of strangers during the Great Depression.

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The Federal Election Commission’s guide to lesser-known political parties

With voting day finally here, we thought it would be good to take a look back at the unsung heroes of the electoral process: obscure political parties.

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