William Howard Taft

Donny from marketing goes to the United Nations

Scott Gilmore: Trump’s much-awaited and ultimately amateurish UN speech confirmed that America’s relevance continues to shrink<p>Observers on both sides …

UN General Assembly

Senate Confirms Noel Francisco as U.S. Solicitor General

Appointment comes ahead of Supreme Court term that will see Trump administration facing legal challenges on issues ranging from immigration to gay rights<p>By<p>Jess Bravin<p>Jess Bravin<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@JessBravin<p>ByJessBravin<p>Jess.Bravin@wsj.com<p>WASHINGTON—The Senate confirmed Noel Francisco …

Judiciary

Steve Bannon's Bad History

So far, the Trump administration’s trade policy has seen an internal division among economic nationalists and “globalists” on the president’s senior staff. The economic nationalists, and the president himself, believe protectionism will strengthen the American economy. “Look at the 19th century,” …

Opinion

SpeechCoach.ai helps you step up your public speaking game

Public speaking can be terrifying. Before every TechCrunch Disrupt, moderators are required to go through mandatory speaker training to ensure we’re not flaming disasters on stage. Our bosses bring in a real-life human to train us and point out how often we use filler words or simply don’t make any …

Public Speaking

Everything You Know About William Howard Taft and the Tub Is Wrong

Everybody knows that William Howard Taft, super-sized president of the United States, once got stuck in a bathtub and it required the assistance of …

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

William Howard Taft Is Still Stuck in the Tub

It took six of the strongest men on White House grounds, the story goes, to wrest William Howard Taft’s substantial body out of the bathtub. Taft was born on this day in 1857, and that humiliating story is often the only thing people remember him for — a real shame, considering his unique position …

Opinion

Hillary Clinton’s Legacy Is Huge and Lasting

Hillary Clinton’s new campaign memoir, <i>What Happened</i>, has poked the festering wounds in the Democratic Party, but should also force a reckoning with …

U.S. Politics

America’s long, complicated history with tax reform

President-elect Woodrow Wilson, left, and President William Taft laugh on the White House steps before departing together for Wilson’s inauguration …

Tax Reform

Bound to No Party, Trump Upends 150 Years of Two-Party Rule

WASHINGTON — When Donald J. Trump set his sights on the presidency in the 2000 election, he pursued the nomination of the Reform Party, a home for disenchanted independents. “The Republican Party has just moved too far to the extreme right,” he explained. “The Democrats are too far to the left.”<p>In …

Politics

'Panoramas of the City' explores St. Louis history on an oversize scale

The big pictures tell a St. Louis story, but so do the details.<p>Yes, there’s the little boy picking his nose on one side of a panoramic photo of a …

St. Louis

Why Is the Oval Office an Oval?

President George W. Bush Oval Office Meeting from Above, December 21, 2001. Photo by Paul Morse. Courtesy of George W. Bush Presidential Library and …

American History

Republicans Completely Own Trump’s Arpaio Pardon

If news reports are to be believed, President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, the racist, inhumane former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, not …

Joe Arpaio

Why Trump’s Upcoming Decision on Federal Lands Matters

The ongoing controversy about the federal government’s role in managing land may soon come to a head.<p>Earlier this month, in accord with a …

Conservative View

Arpaio Pardon Lies Within Presidential Powers, Legal Experts Say

President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio bucked suggested protocol but was well within presidential powers under the U.S. Constitution to set aside punishment even for crimes against courts, legal experts said.<p>A federal district judge held Mr. Arpaio in criminal …

News (U.S.)

How President Trump's Pardon of Joe Arpaio Breaks With White House History

When President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he is pardoning former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted on July 31 of …

Politics

Locomotive restoration of 1883 Colorado steam engine “on track”

ALAMOSA, Colo. — Engine 169 is “the little engine that could.”Ruth Heide, Valley Courier via APIn this Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, photograph, Jim Poston, …

Denver

Trump deepens divisions in 'totally fractured' Republican Party

The view of life and the political process from Capitol Hill differs so greatly from the White House it seems they're leading different countries, David Shribman writes<p>President Donald J. Trump and his putative Republican allies are involved in a range war that has few precedents – and none in …

Republican Party

President Trump Pardoning Joe Arpaio Would Abuse Federal Clemency Power

<i>Meryl Chertoff is executive director of the Aspen Institute Justice & Society Program. The views and opinions of the author are her own and do not</i> …

Law

The Concentration Camps of America’s Forgotten War

<i>Democracy or hypocrisy? In this series, “American Hypo-cracy,” OZY looks at America’s lengthy struggle to live up to its lofty ideals by exploring</i> …

History

Endangered California Republicans Feuding Over Ideology

These are tough times to be a Republican in California. Last year Donald Trump won the lowest percentage of the presidential vote any Republican has …

Politics

Politics and Government

2 Hours Ago<p>At least during the Obamacare repeal fight in Congress, Sanders was a team player, Vox reports.<p>1 Hour Ago<p>Booz Allen disclosed in June that …

Conservation

Trump will soon reveal whether he'll eliminate millions of acres of protected land — and environmentalists are ready to sue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111-year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land.<p>Zinke is expected to …

Conservation

U.S. national monument review to test key land protection law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111-year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land.<p>Zinke is expected to …

Conservation

Disappeared, Forgotten, Undesirable Anniversaries

<b>SHANE QUINN FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT</b>The writing on the wall. (Photo: Alan Levine)Some anniversaries are widely observed in the West: Japan's attack …

History

As Trump vacations in New Jersey, West Wing turned upside down

Workers are seen in front of the West Wing of the White House as it undergoes renovations on August 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. AFP<p>WASHINGTON—The West …

Philippines

On Strawberry Hill

Half Title, Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright, In Memoriam<p>Contents<p>pp. vii-viii<p>List of Illustrations<p>pp. ix-x<p>Foreword<p>pp. xi-xiv<p>“Did Gifford Pinchot …

History

Home on the Range

Donald Trump

Antonio Brown It's Hipster Handlebar Season

Watch out, NFL -- <b>Antonio Brown</b>'s got some gnarly new lip hair ... and he's using it to haunt your dreams.<p>AB's going the Dick Dastardly route with his …

New York Giants

No-Name U.S. Oil Driller Gets Shot at World's Top Reserves

Nicolas Maduro was in his element, flanked by an enormous Venezuelan flag, beneath a portrait of Simon Bolivar on horseback, in front of a statue of …

Business