In 1981, many criticized Ronald Reagan's nominee to head human rights initiatives in the State Department. Here is how activists mobilized to ensure the nomination was rejected.
New book describes how the American war game Able Archer 83 put Soviets on high alert at the height of the Cold War era.
Before the United States kicks out millions of Mexicans, perhaps Trump -- and we -- should ask whether Latino deportees are really criminals, and consider the origins of that errant notion.
A philosopher argues that Trumpism may have vulgarized electoral politics, but he has also unwittingly illuminated brilliantly one of America's greatest accomplishments: a civil democracy
Policy nuances often fail to stick in the minds of debate viewers. It's all about delivering the most memorable moment.
Attempts to outlaw the practice have proven difficult, thanks to a tendency on the part of leaders to skirt around the rules.
On the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton's promise to "end welfare as we know it," a social work scholar asks why child poverty is still such a problem in the U.S. and what race has to do with it.
In sports, what's considered fair play has changed throughout history. At one point, even looking 'too poor' was grounds for exclusion.
For art to imitate life is understandable, but politics inspired by films can be a recipe for disaster.
The US has already tried to save a steel industry, and its undercooked response holds some valuable lessons.
In an act of defiance, Obama has nominated his choice for the Supreme Court. Perhaps he can learn from Reagan's spectacular 1987 failure.
South Carolina is a red state. The GOP candidates know that a win here can lead to the party nomination.
The long-serving justice changed how judges talk about statutes, but not, argues one law professor, how they ultimately interpret them.
The leading conservative magazine National Review has played a critical role in creating modern GOP. Their repudiation of Trump signals crisis for Republicans.
30 years ago, Reagan and Gorbachev ushered in a new era of cordial relations. It's time to recapture that spirit.
Candidates beware! History suggests that book writing presidents are not necessarily the best presidents.
Wedge issues that have divided American voters for years are losing their edge.
Public opinion on the flag may have shifted with lightning speed, but how did it hold on as long as it did? The answer has to do with how it served both Democratic and Republican parties alike.
Historically, Republican politicians have subtly – and not-so-subtly – exploited racial fears.
American Presidents tend to use the commencement address to address the audience outside than within the graduation hall. This changes though if they go on to a second term.