Political History

Congress Honors ‘Soldier, Legislator and Statesman’ Bob Dole

Trump, Pence and congressional leaders share tales of majority leader from Kansas<p>When it was Vice President Mike Pence’s turn to honor former Senate …

Politics

Bob Dole receives the Congressional Gold Medal: What to know about the former Kansas senator

Bob Dole, the longest-serving Republican leader in the Senate, will receive the nation’s highest civilian honor on Wednesday: The Congressional Gold Medal.<p>The award commends Dole’s decades of service as a soldier, lawmaker and statesman.<p>House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

U.S. Politics

The historical roots of Trump's favorite phrases

When he wants to deploy a memorable turn of phrase, the president has a habit of looking to history

Donald Trump

'Bookeeper of Auschwitz' asks for clemency

Oskar Groenig, the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz," was sentenced to 4 years in 2015 but has yet to start his sentence.<p>Oskar Groening. (photo credit: …

World News

Five Decades of White Backlash

President Trump is the embodiment of over 50 years of resistance to the policies Martin Luther King Jr. fought to enact.<p>On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. In response, a week later President Lyndon B. Johnson scrambled to sign into law the Fair Housing Act, a final major …

Politics

Trump Ain’t New: A tracking of racist US presidents

Some have called <b>Donald Trump</b> the most racist U.S. president in modern times, if not the most racist president ever, for his crude and highly …

Racism

Native American Veterans to Get Memorial on National Mall

The Mall is studded with monuments to iconic people and events, from presidents to wars to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Later this …

Native Americans

A Brief History Of The National Mall, Washington D.C.

Culture

Donald Trump has now established himself as the least American president in US history

As a schoolboy, George Washington transcribed 110 Jesuitical maxims later published as <i>Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation</i>. In this pamphlet he counsels a regimen of behaviour so meticulous it forbids blowing on a spoonful of soup to cool it and specifies the proper …

Donald Trump

President Trump's idea of good and bad immigrant countries has a historical precedent

In a White House meeting with members of Congress this week, President Trump is said to have suggested that the United States accepts too many …

Immigration

A history of White House profanity — and one cursing presidential parrot

Being president is so stressful, one study says, it can actually take years off a person’s life. The role of commander in chief has been called “the world’s hardest job,” one so well-known for turning men’s hair gray that the phenomenon even has a name: “the White House effect.”<p>So it probably comes …

Lyndon B. Johnson

Trump and the 25th Amendment: Why it was written and what it can’t do

WASHINGTON —<p>The 25th Amendment is having its moment.<p>Added to the U.S. Constitution a half-century ago to address the line of succession when a …

Constitutional Law

The GOP's 100-Year War Is Bigger Than Taxes or Trump

From Our Future<p>Uncle Sam<br>(Image by en.wikipedia.org) Permission Details DMCA<p>- Advertisement -<p>The new year had barely started when the world got new …

Liberal View

What America needs is another Franklin D. Roosevelt

The trusted father figure who provided faith in the American way of life is a much missed figure in current American politics<p>Franklin D. Roosevelt isn’t as popular as he once was. When Barack Obama won the 2008 election, he let it be known that he was reading a book about FDR, and tumbleweed blew …

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Gary Oldman's turn as Churchill in Darkest Hour sparks wave of leader-envy in the US

Britain, meanwhile, has not only been exporting Churchill but also rich, glossy portrayals of its royal family, notably The Crown. While America …

Darkest Hour

Polish president praises historic declaration by Woodrow Wilson

PR dla Zagranicy<p>Polish President Andrzej Duda has sent a message to US leader Donald Trump marking 100 years since a historic declaration by …

Poland

Woodrow Wilson's famous US speech makes a mockery of Donald Trump

We have reached the centenary of US President Woodrow Wilson’s speech to Congress on January 8, 1918, outlining his Fourteen Points for brokering a …

Donald Trump

Thomas P. Johnson: Politician Served in the Union Army During the Civil War

Thomas P. Johnson arrived in Arkansas as a slave from North Carolina in 1859. He was a bout 38 years old. He became a well-known politician who …

Arkansas Supreme Court

It’s time to revisit the 25th Amendment

It is a striking oddity of our history that the last century’s two wartime presidents were both severely disabled in their last months.<p>Joseph …

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Colonel Who Plotted The 14 Points Of World Peace

Edward M. House was an oil tycoon who became the Wilson whisperer.<p>Once upon a time, American presidential policymaking sought to be systematic, …

History

From Party Hack to Reformer

In 1878, Chester Alan Arthur held one of the most powerful and lucrative patronage positions in the federal government: collector of the Port of New …

Conservative View

The Presidential Election That America Lost

<b>PLAYING WITH FIRE<br>The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics</b><b><br>By Lawrence O’Donnell</b><br>Illustrated. 484 pp. Penguin Press. $28.<p>The election of 1968 decided one thing: that Richard M. Nixon and not Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey would become president. It left nearly everything else …

Books

Speaking Up

This wasn’t how Jeannette Rankin envisioned her first speech in the House. Surely, Rankin—who had spent her entire adult life fighting for equal …

American History

"We won, you know?": St. Louis senator wants to put Confederate monuments in a museum

<b>JEFFERSON CITY</b> • Two measures introduced for the new legislative session approach the Confederate monuments debate from different sides.<p>As such …

St. Louis

Debate over Confederate monuments unlikely to affect Lee-Jackson Day

On day three of this year’s General Assembly session, legislators will be among the few people drawing a state of Virginia paycheck who will actually …

Hampton Roads

Reckoning with History: Interior’s legacy of bad behavior

<i>Reckoning with History is an ongoing series that seeks to understand the legacies of the past and to put the West’s present moment in …

Ryan Zinke

FDR and the Birth of 'The March of Dimes'

This date in history is a reminder that the presidential bully pulpit can be employed in all kinds of ways, some of them bipartisan, even altruistic. …

Politics

This historian compared Trump and Lincoln. The result is both terrifying and hilarious

Trump: says, “I can be more presidential than all past presidents except Lincoln.” Another whopper, or what?<p>On July 26, 2017 in Youngstown, Ohio, six …

Donald Trump

The McCarthy Era

Destructive Political Era Was Marked by Anti-Communist Witch Hunts<p>The McCarthy Era was marked by dramatic accusations that communists had infiltrated …

History

Korean War, a ‘Forgotten’ Conflict That Shaped the Modern World

The Korean War has been called “the Forgotten War” in the United States, where coverage of the 1950s conflict was censored and its memory decades later is often overshadowed by World War II and the Vietnam War.<p>But the three-year conflict in Korea, which pitted communist and capitalist forces …

Politics