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Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 11/14/2011

Lincoln books best left to pros (read-this roundup)

Why doesn’t Ford’s Theatre, the center of all things Abe Lincoln, carry the latest entry in the Great Emancipator’s canon, the book about Honest Abe penned by talk show host Bill O’Reilly?
(Henry Holt & Co.)

Apparently, because the book is riddled with inaccuracies and doesn’t meet the theater’s standards, our colleague Steven Levingston reports. A fun fact from the piece: of the 125 books written about Lincoln, only eight are by actual historians.

Elsewhere, any story that features Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rock ‘n’ Roll Elmo in the lede gets our attention.

And it had to happen. In the most obvious skit ever, SNL parodied Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s oopsie-I-forgot-my-line moment at last week’s debate. In a creative twist, the skit portrays Perry as the gentle but slow Lennie from John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” and Mitt Romney as George, Lennie’s protector who ultimately must shoot his friend out of mercy.

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