William Howard Taft

Cincinnati Reds cannot stop the demise of Opening Day traditions

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)<p><b>The last great Opening Day tradition for the Cincinnati Reds won’t happen on the right day in 2018.</b><p>Despite their …

Sports

Two Good Books About Presidents, Two Lousy Covers

The old saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I’m willing to go along, as assorted people have told me that they like my books, but are not …

Business

Tax Reform Is Splitting the GOP. It’s Happened Before.

If Republicans think passing a tax bill will help their party, they should look to their own history.<p>“If we fail on taxes, that's the end of the Republican Party’s governing majority in 2018 [and] probably the end of the Republican Party as we know it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham warned last month. But …

Politics

How to Break Out of Our Long National Tax Nightmare

President Donald Trump wanted to call it the Cut Cut Cut Act. Congressional Republicans settled on the less catchy and no more descriptive Tax Cuts …

Economics

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

Trump plays round of golf with 'wonderful people' Shinzo Abe & Hideki Matsuyama

<b>(CNN) —</b> With a round of golf followed by a plate of hamburgers, President Donald Trump's maiden diplomatic visit to Asia began with at least some semblance of home.<p>Trump hit the course Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and world No. 4 golfer Hideki Matsuyama, playing nine holes before …

Golf

Word of Mouth: Cincinnati: The Queen City has much to celebrate, from its significant history to its brilliant future

Founded along the banks of the Ohio River directly across from Kentucky in 1788, Cincinnati is a city steeped in American history. While its archives are decidedly worth exploring—from its role in German beer brewing to its key position in the Underground Railroad—this hilly, Midwestern metropolis …

Does the nature of the Universe show that there’s no God?

That, at least, is the contention of Emily Thomas, an assistant professor of philosophy at Durham University, in an essay at <i>RealClear Science</i> (“Does …

American Philosophy

Three options for Republicans plotting a Trump counterattack

<b>(CNN) —</b> The political community's dominant reaction to high-level Republicans like Sen. Jeff Flake and former President George W. Bush denouncing President Donald Trump has been that the attacks only underscore their weakness and the strength of his hold on the party.<p>That may be true in the …

U.S. Politics

King Records alum Jimmy Railey awarded honorary street sign

Jimmy Railey, the singer known for his work with James Brown's Famous Flames and others, will be given with an honorary street sign on Wednesday at 2 …

Trump is quickly racking up the worst record on the environment since Reagan

Trump is quickly racking up the worst record on the environment since Reagan<p>02 Nov 2017 at 09:45 ET<p>In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt, a …

Liberal View

Opinion | If Trump pardons Mueller's targets, can anyone stop him?

If Trump Tries to Pardon Mueller Targets, Can Anyone Stop Him?<p>Legally, Trump can pardon pretty much anyone he wants to for federal crimes.<p>by Steve Vladeck / Oct.31.2017 / 12:35 AM ET<p>Manafort leaves court after pleading not guilty on Monday in Washington.Win McNamee / Getty Images<p>Monday’s news that …

Paul Manafort

A Spooky Timeline of Paranormal Activity in the White House

There’s no question that Washington DC has been, for many, a recent source of fear. But beyond the worrisome threats to the Affordable Care Act and an explosive investigation into possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia, it turns out that the White House is no stranger to a …

Abraham Lincoln

The Next Fed Vice-Chair

There has been speculation that after Trump picks one of the five candidates to be chair of the Federal Reserve (with Jay Powell now apparently the …

Business

Trump Ranks Sixth In Stock Market Performance Behind Obama And Clinton

Everyone is impressed with the performance of the stock market under President Trump–especially Trump.<p>Stocks have risen in nine of the first ten months of the Trump Administration, a record that no other U.S. president can match.<p>That goes back to President William McKinley in 1897; before 1896 …

Barack Obama

The Compassionate Way to Combat Creationism

<i>Like every other man of intelligence and education I do believe in organic evolution. It surprises me that at this late date such questions should be</i> …

Atheism

South Side Industrial Landmark to Come Tumbling Down

You may have seen it, but not really noticed it, as you motored along I-57 past Chicago’s Fernwood neighborhood. But that’s OK, because soon the …

Lake Michigan

5 Creepy As Hell Stories Cut From Your PG-13 History Books

By Jacopo della Quercia Published: October 27th, 2017 History textbooks are full of terrible things -- warfare, genocide, plague, the dark days when …

Humor

Golf star Hideki Matsuyama looking forward 'fun day' playing with Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Japanese golf star Hideki Matsuyama is looking forward to a "fun day" when he takes to the course with US president Donald Trump.<p>World No. 4 Matsuyama, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will tee off when the president visits Japan between November 5-7 as part of his Asian …

Golf

Here’s a Diet Tip from Legendary Nutritionist Lou Reed

Lou Reed was an iconoclast, an innovator, a man ahead of his time. Including, it seems, when it came to verboten macronutrients. Long before Kim …

Fashion

Donald Trump 'definitely open' to playing golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

<b>(CNN) —</b> US President Donald Trump is "definitely open" to a round of golf with newly re-elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.<p>Having already played rounds of golf with Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and women's world No. 3 Lexi Thompson, Trump could add Abe and rising Japanese golf star Hideki …

Golf

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

Under Mr. Trump, America Surrenders

Americans have long struggled with the question of whether this country should be more involved in world affairs, or less. The contest of ideas between internationalists and isolationists has been particularly fierce among Republicans, going all the way back to Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard …

Opinion

Report: Trump Expects to Get THREE More Supreme Court Picks

President Donald Trump believes he will appoint three more Supreme Court justices before the end of his first term, according to a scoop by Axios.<p>If …

Donald Trump

Almanac: Abraham Lincoln's beard

On October 15, 1860, an 11-year-old girl's letter urged the presidential candidate to "let your whiskers grow"

Abraham Lincoln

Second-class citizenship for Puerto Ricans

Several weeks ago, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill added Puerto Rico to the university’s “Level 2/Yellow” list of countries for which …

Caribbean

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

The Obamas Might Make This City Their Home

The Obamas could soon be adding to their collection of homes, according to <i>Page Six</i>. Sources told the outlet they'd seen the family touring an …

Bill de Blasio

So you want to own a private train car?

Time and money be damned.<p>The 18 private rail cars that heaved into the Burlington rail yard arrived an hour behind schedule. But, the 100 or so passengers, many of them owners, swore that it mattered not a whit — certainly not measured against the cramped airline seats, harrying deadlines and …

Travel

She’s ready for her close-up

“It’s a pigpen right now,” said Melissa Lynch as she stood in El Primero, a boat that has carried four U.S. presidents as passengers and has been …

Sailing