Martin Van Buren

‘OK’ Is a Four-Letter Word

Allan Metcalf takes a look at the transformation of OK into something more familiar.

Language

Pictures and Facts About the Presidents of the United States

The first president of the United States was sworn into office on April 30, 1789 and since then the world has seen a long line of American presidents …

History

Talk of the Times

<i>What we say today shapes the vocabulary of tomorrow.</i><p>Boomers, Generation X, Millennials -every 20 years or so we name a new generation. We …

Language

Power to the Parties

The DNC, in consolidating support for Clinton, was only doing what parties are supposed to do.<p>When word came this week from Donna Brazile that the …

Conservative View

The Problem with Progress, Part Two

The Problem with Progress, Part Two<p>by Charles R. SwindollScriptures: 1 Peter 2:9–12<p>Though in time we may laud their boldness and radical qualities, …

Evangelical Christianity

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Hearing Begins With a Wounded Navy SEAL

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The sentencing hearing for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009, began on Wednesday with an ex-Navy SEAL’s assertion that he knew the military operation to find the missing soldier would be dangerous.<p>“Somebody’s going to get killed or hurt …

News (U.S.)

Trump family breaks with presidential pet tradition

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> He campaigned and won vowing to shake up Washington. Now, President Donald Trump is again breaking with tradition on a more personal matter: keeping a pet at the White House.<p>The illustrious tradition of keeping pets in the White House dates back to Thomas Jefferson, who kept a …

U.S. Politics

Trump's going to need some ice for these burns

Barack Obama and George W. Bush both slammed President Donald Trump during their respective speeches on Thursday, but neither espoused the extreme …

Donald Trump

Trump and McConnell Have a Brutal Act to Follow

The damage done by Tyler and Clay in the 1840s is a cautionary tale for Republicans.<p>Despite unified control of the House, the Senate and the White House, few legislative accomplishments come to mind. A bitter conflict between a president with little interest in party loyalty and a career politician …

Political History

The ever-changing Bowery

New York City’s oldest street is more than its skid row reputation<p><i>The Bowery is one of the great highways of humanity, a highway of seething life, of varied interest, of fun, of work, of sordid and terrible tragedy; and it is haunted by demons as evil as any that stalk through the pages of the</i> …

What Do We Want From Presidential Also-Rans?

After Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the presidential election, nearly two-thirds of Americans say they want her to retire. But they don’t say from what.<p>We’ve never been quite sure what to do with our also-rans. William Howard Taft, having been defeated by Woodrow Wilson in 1912, became the 10th chief …

Opinion

Chatological Humor: Monthly with Moron - The Washington Post

Good afternoon. I'd like to begin with some soothing words for Anthony Weiner, who, after all, is deserving of some measure of compassion for ...<p>Oh, wait. No. Skip that. He is a stink bomb of the first order, and whether or not he is mentally ill is sort of beside the point. If you have the self …

Zachary Taylor

What is a ‘dotard’ anyway? What Kim Jong Un meant when he insulted Donald Trump

Print<p>In the latest war of words between the United States and North Korea, Kim Jong Un did not pull any punches.<p>But he may have pulled out an old …

North Korea

'Rocket Man' vs. the 'Dotard.' Heaven help us all | Opinion | NOLA.com

Two world leaders with their fingers on nuclear triggers sound more like eighth-graders, and I can't apologize enough to eighth-graders for insulting …

North Korea

What is a ‘dotard,’ anyway?

In the latest war of words between the United States and North Korea, Kim Jong Un did not pull any punches.<p>But he may have pulled out an old …

North Korea

A short history of ‘dotard,’ the arcane insult Kim Jong Un used in his threat against Trump

In the latest war of words between the United States and North Korea, Kim Jong Un did not pull any punches.<p>But he may have pulled out an old …

North Korea

What is a dotard? The meaning of Kim Jong Un's insult to Trump

In the latest war of words between the United States and North Korea, Kim Jong Un did not pull any punches.<p>But he may have pulled out an old …

North Korea

Impeachment, American Style

The American colonies imported the idea of impeachment from England, where Edmund Burke called it the “great guardian of the purity of the Constitution.” But from 1750 to 1775 republican fervor was running rampant, and the colonists made the idea all their own. Long before shots were fired in …

Government

PolitiFact 'Fact Checks' Hillary's Book, Fails to Find a False Thing In It

PolitiFact advertised on its home page an article on “Fact checking” Hillary’s campaign book <i>What Happened.</i> Don’t be shocked: PolitiFact didn’t find …

Conservative View

45 Crazy Presidential Facts They Left Out Of The History Books

1 of 46<p>1. George Washington’s teeth weren’t made of wood. The truth was actually much worse.<p>Washington's dentures were in fact made of animal bone …

History

Putting a new face on an American banknote is oddly difficult

IT WOULD be hard to find a better example of long-term gridlock in Washington than its treatment of banknotes, whose appearance has essentially been …

Abraham Lincoln

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton’s book 'What Happened'

Hillary Clinton might have become America’s first woman president, but she didn’t, and her book <i>What Happened</i> is her explanation of why.<p>Clinton writes …

Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama Is Changing What It Means to Be a Former President

Observers long wondered what would become of Barack Obama after he left office. Young and healthy, still pondering social problems, he always seemed …

Elections

Beauty is truth and truth is factual

Truth begins with facts. Facts are solid, like bricks. You build a house out of facts, the wolf won’t blow it down. But you drop a fact on your foot, it hurts.<p>I learned this as a boy, living near the Mississippi River in Minnesota when I discovered that where the Ohio River flows into the …

Opinion

Delmonico’s Goes Through 200K Pounds of Beef Every Year

A by-the-numbers look at the 180-year-old steakhouse<p>This month marks year 180 for <b>Delmonico’s</b>, the classic New York steakhouse that’s also credited as America’s first fine dining restaurant. Opened in 1837, the restaurant has gone through several owners and over eight locations before settling into …

New York City

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Library of Congress

Facing History In The Age Of Trump

He’s scary. His supporters are scary. But he comes in a context.<p>Tempting as it is to isolate Donald Trump as the worst president in history (and “worst” is putting it mildly... more like the most narcissistically infantile, the most Nazi-friendly), doing so achieves nothing beyond a fleeting sense …

History

The Sixth Borough

Some 130 miles north of Times Square, on a bend in the river that shares its name, sits the city of Hudson, New York, population 6,300. Hudson once …

Terrence Malick

A Required Civil War Movie Viewing List for Donald Trump

Because he seems to think history books don't exist and statues are the only way to remember things.<p>It is very sad that there are no more history books, and also that everybody's forgotten how to read. So, Donald Trump, I understand your concern about all the statues of Confederate soldiers posing …

Donald Trump

Shadow President?

After leaving the White House in January 2017, Barack Obama and his family set out to do what all newly retired presidents have done—go back home, or …

Barack Obama