President Donald Trump greets Director of the FBI James Comey in January.
Past presidents have made strange requests of the FBI, some of which were documented by J. Edgar Hoover.
But firing people is what I’m famous for…
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And the president could learn plenty from the fate of a complacent Richard Nixon.
The White House's absurd rationale for firing Comey could mask something deeply disturbing.
Will history give Trump a thumbs-up for his first 100 days?
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Franklin D. Roosevelt is famous for really getting a lot done fast. Will history remember Trump so kindly?
President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka walk to board Marine One.
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Conflict of interest laws are often not cut and dried. They involve interpretation by lawyers within the Justice Department and judges.
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The beleaguered new president is driving a wedge between his citizens and the media. Nixon would have been proud.
This will be part of your permanent record.
The law says official presidential records must be preserved. How do tweets figure in – particularly when they're altered or deleted?
Senator John F. Kennedy speaks to supporters at Chicago Stadium four days before the 1960 election.
While it's unprecedented to call an election 'rigged' before voting has even taken place, there is a history of candidates crying foul after suspicious results.
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama trade barbs during the 2012 presidential race.
Policy nuances often fail to stick in the minds of debate viewers. It's all about delivering the most memorable moment.
It’s common for presidential candidates to announce their campaigns 18 months or more in advance of election day.
Global audiences have heard of US election terms like the primaries, the conventions and the Electoral College. But the history and exact meaning of these terms remains a mystery to many.
Why is America missing good-quality child care?
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have called for improved child care. There is already a long history of child care policy initiatives in the U.S.; most of them have been unsuccessful.
A Halloween gathering in Los Angeles for children who live on the street, in shelters or in cars.
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.
Nixon would have baulked at some of Trump’s tactics.
The 1968 presidential election saw belligerent, race-baiting populism in full flower. Sound familiar?
Who will join their ranks now – and when?
The last time a president nominated a Supreme Court justice during his last year in office was in the tumultuous year of 1968. It didn't go well.
The leading conservative magazine National Review has played a critical role in creating modern GOP. Their repudiation of Trump signals crisis for Republicans.
Richard Nixon, 1971.
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With three in four American voters using a smartphone, mobile devices are revolutionizing how political news is consumed – and reported.
Candidates beware! History suggests that book writing presidents are not necessarily the best presidents.
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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.
The Confederate Battle Flag in front of the South Carolina State House.
Historically, Republican politicians have subtly – and not-so-subtly – exploited racial fears.
Presidents Obama and Castro instigated rumors of a thaw when they shook hands for the first time at the memorial for Nelson Mandela in December last year.
This past December, Presidents Barack Obama and Raoúl Castro ended over fifty years of economic and political isolation between the US and Cuba with their shock announcement that they intend to re-establish…