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Ron Chernow: Alexander Hamilton would have backed Trump impeachment

Vice President Aaron Burr fatally wounds Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, N.J., on July 11, 1804.
Vice President Aaron Burr fatally wounds Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in 1804. Illustration: Kean Collection/Getty Images

Historian Ron Chernow says Alexander Hamilton — author of the 11 "Federalist" essays on powers of the presidency and the first Treasury secretary — "would most certainly have endorsed the current impeachment inquiry."

What he's saying: Chernow — whose biography "Alexander Hamilton" gave us the musical "Hamilton" — writes for WashPost's Outlook section: "Hamilton pushed for impeachment powers. Trump is what he had in mind. He wanted a strong president — and a way to get rid of the demagogic ones."

Aug. 28, 1981: Trading the golden mile

British runner Sebastian Coe
Sebastian Coe. Photo: PA Photos/Getty Images

38 years ago today, the world record for running a mile changed hands for the third time in 10 days after British runner Sebastian Coe snatched the record back from fellow countryman Steve Ovett.

The big picture: The record wasn't broken again until Britain's Steve Cram ran a 3:46.32 in 1985. Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj (3:43.13) is the current record holder.