Herbert Hoover

Trump’s greatest mission: erasing Obama’s legacy

WASHINGTON — If one thing has defined President Trump’s approach to policy in his first year in office, it is his extraordinary zeal in trying to …

Donald Trump

Trimming the tree with presidential history

Traditions are captured in commemorative White House Christmas ornaments

Christmas

Inside Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago: The Winter White House

After a year in office, the US president’s business and political worlds remain closely intertwined. Suzanne Lynch pays a visit<p>about 16 hours …

Donald Trump

Why Trump can be charged with obstruction

Laurence H. Tribe: The president is not immune from prosecution when performing his constitutionally authorized duties<p><i>Laurence H. Tribe is Carl M.</i> …

Constitutional Law

Newly Found Babe Ruth Letter Smashes Auction Record

At the Boston Shriners’ baseball card show last month, an auction house allowed me to hold one of the greatest pieces of sports memorabilia ever. Besides being a fresh find, this Babe Ruth treasure illustrated a dramatic chapter in baseball’s history and his.<p>On September 26, 1923 the greatest …

Ty Cobb

‘Worthy of the greatest glory’: How the U.S. saved millions of Russians from starvation - Russia Beyond

<b>A disaster not seen since the Middle Ages</b><p>The famine that spurred the U.S. to send a huge humanitarian mission to Soviet Russia is considered one of the greatest European tragedies since the Black Death in the mid 15th century. As a result of World War I, the Civil War, and the Bolshevik’s coercive …

Russia

Why Trump can’t be charged with obstruction

The view that the constitution authorizes a U.S. president to exercise his duties<p>The United States Constitution, unlike those of other western …

Government

Study: austerity helped the Nazis come to power

In 1930, the German government embarked on massive tax hikes and spending cuts.<p>Thousands of historians, economists, sociologists, and other researchers have spent more than 80 years trying to make sense of the Nazi Party’s sudden rise to power.<p>The standard explanation is that German voters flocked …

History

New York City, Alabama, NFL Network: Your Tuesday Briefing

<i>(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)</i><p><i>Good morning.</i><p><i>Here’s what you need to know:</i><p><b>A bull’s-eye on New York City.</b><p>• The attempted suicide bombing Monday morning was the second attack in the city in two months, and the third since September 2016.<p>“The choice of New York is always for a …

Blake Farenthold

An Interview with Biographer Kenneth Whyte, Author of Hoover

We got the chance to speak with Kenneth Whyte, author of <i>Hoover</i> – a remarkable biography that details Herbert Hoover’s extraordinary life. Read on to learn about Kenneth’s inspiration for writing this book, his writing advice, and what he believes today’s leaders can learn from Hoover. And, of …

Culture

Donald Trump's divisiveness could drive Dixie Democrats

Democrats can smell victory in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. But don’t underestimate the Republicans.<p>Eight and a half million people live in the …

Elections

The 2017 Trump Christmas ornament explained

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Will Fischer is not excited by the design of the official Trump Christmas …

Ulysses S. Grant

The Republican tax bill is a poison pill that kills the New Deal - Salon.com

Shortly after President Trump took office, House Speaker Paul Ryan could feel just how close he was to finally achieving the goal he and his party colleagues had dreamed about for decades. With Republicans in uncontested power in Washington, he tweeted, they had a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to …

U.S. Politics

‘The Second Coming of the KKK’

<b>Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music</b><p>In The New York Times Book Review, Clay Risen reviews Linda Gordon’s “The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition.” Risen writes:<p>Like the alt-right today, the Klan was never a political party, but it wielded …

Books

John Lennon’s Most Radical Message

Photo by Alejandra Palés | CC BY 2.0You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the …

Liberal View

How We Found Awe In America’s Grandeur Not In DC But On The Way Back

My wife and I homeschool our two children. For months we’ve been teaching them about early U.S. history—the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of …

Conservative View

Bela, the Forgotten War Orphan

Bela Raphael Simons’s first steps at LaGuardia Field in 1946 were documented by a crowd of photographers watching her every move as she met her adoptive mother, Jeanne Simons. Jeanne’s husband, Bert, an army sergeant stationed in occupied Berlin, had spent months after World War II battling to …

Harry S. Truman

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Editorials from around Pennsylvania:<p>STATE'S NEW ANIMAL CRUELTY LAW HAS SOME TEETH, Dec. 5<p>Pet owners may want to familiarize themselves with the …

Business

The Engineers and the Political System

THE COMPLAINT that “we don’t build things anymore” is one of the oldest ideas in Trumpism. It’s also one of the few ideas to generate a policy with …

Books

The date that lives in infamy

Seventy-six years ago today, at about 7:55 a.m. local time, Japanese bombs began falling on the United States military installations Wheeler Field …

History

Clashing over Commerce: A Historical View of Tariffs and Trade Policy

An economist looks back over the centuries and finds that protectionism is usually harmful,<p>From the beginning of the American republic, trade policy …

Economics

Bill Morneau Is Another CEO Who Shouldn't Be In Politics

Why would any business person in his or her right mind ever want to go into politics?There is ample evidence — on both sides of the border — that …

Morneau Shepell

Why the Republicans are passing a tax plan they know is flawed | Editorial

An act of desperation is the best way to describe the Republican tax bill passed by the Senate. It could cost the party both houses of Congress if …

Philadelphia

The Ku Klux Klan’s Surprising History

<b>THE SECOND COMING OF THE KKK</b><b><br>The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition</b><br>By Linda Gordon<br>Illustrated. 269 pp. Liveright Publishing. $27.95.<p>The cover of Linda Gordon’s “The Second Coming of the KKK” shows a procession of men marching in full Klan regalia up Pennsylvania Avenue, …

Racism

America’s fascinating past and present - Feature

How has the United States changed over the past 250 years, and how has it remained the same? Here are five gift ideas for readers with a serious …

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Bob Costas and Other Alarmists Greatly Exaggerate the NFL's Demise

On October 29, 1929 the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 12.5%. To this day historians refer to the DJIA’s major drop as a “crash.”<p>Did a rush of selling bring the “crash” about? No. For there to be a rush of selling there must be a rush of buying. Was the economy suddenly in awful shape on …

Opinion

Big Ag + Big Pharma = Big Problems | Ars Technica

Maryn McKenna’s Big Chicken goes deep on feeding antibiotics to farm animals.<p>If you enjoy a good roasted chicken and would like to continue to do so, …

Agriculture

Hoover as the father of New Deal liberalism and modern conservatism

<i>Michael Taube, a Troy Media syndicated columnist and political commentator, was a speechwriter for former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper.</i><p>Herbert Hoover was one of the more intriguing and unconventional figures ever to have occupied the White House, but historians and biographers often have …

Political History

Today’s Republicans would have fit right in to the Herbert Hoover administration

Shortly after President Trump took office, House Speaker Paul Ryan could feel just how close he was to finally achieving the goal he and his party …

Liberal View

The panics of the Fed

<b>What do US central bankers do during a financial crisis?</b><p>On a typical day, central bankers in the US spend their time monitoring bank activity and trying to understand economic data, adjusting interest rates to assist price stability and employment.<p>But every so often, the economy faces a financial …

Economy