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    Anecdotal Observations On History & Politics


    Q&A: SNL's Cecily Strong, Host of WHCD

    A conversation with SNL's Cecily Strong, host of the 2016 White House Correspondent's Dinner. 

    Part 1: Cecily Strong talks about being selected to host the WHCD, reacts to Hillary Clinton's campaign and describes herself as Queen of 'Nerd Prom'.

    Part 2: Cecily Strong dishes on the field of 2016 hopefuls and describes voting in her first presidential election.

    Part 3: Cecily Strong on her favorite SNL president, her namesake and her favorite TV show. 


    New Hampshire Primary Trading Cards

    In 1999, the New Hampshire Presidential Library released a set of trading cards of past Primary candidates, which included many big name politicians, as well as some lesser-known characters. To view more, check out this gallery.


    Life Imitated Art in 'Wag the Dog'

    If you've recently watched Barry Levinson's famed political satire "Wag the Dog, you may notice how the scandal depicted in the film appears to spoof the real-life scandal that enveloped the Clinton White House in the late 90s.

    There's no question that the young girl who accuses the fictionalized President of sexual harassment in the film bears a striking resemblance to Monica Lewinsky, beret and all. Even the composure of the shot resembed the angle of the famous 'hug' shot, below.

    Yet the parallels were purely coincidental, as Barry Levinson later confirmed. "Wag the Dog" was released on December 17, 1997, one month before the Lewinsky scandal broke on The Drudge Report on January 17, 1998.


    WWI Infographic: British vs German Airships