Calvin Coolidge, during one stretch of his presidency, was getting 15 hours of shut-eye each day, while William Howard Taft was known for nodding off during public events.
Four scholars weigh in on President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech, exploring his statements on immigration, childhood poverty, the border wall and the investigations into his campaign.
Most Congresses since the 1970s have passed more than 500 laws, ranging from nuclear disarmament to deficit reduction. Will today's bitter partisanship hamstring the new Congress' productivity?
The new Congress is divided into a GOP Senate and Democratic House. History provides a glimpse of what this could mean: Democrats hold the power to investigate, if not to legislate.
Bringing down a president is a political act – just ask Bill Clinton.
Though his education initiative staggered while he was in office, the late former President George H.W. Bush had an influence that continues to shape education policy, an education historian says.
The first President Bush had some impressive foreign policies wins, but could he be best remembered for getting the US entangled in Iraq?
In 1993 the Oslo Accords were struck in optimism, but a quarter of a century later little has changed - and there's no real prospect it ever will.
There's no precedent for selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve at a time when there's no market-driven reason for doing that.
Aristotle coined the term "enthymeme" to refer to arguments, words and ideas that are broadly accepted among the people of a nation. So what happens when enthymemes start to disappear?
Is the pen that signs the peace treaty more powerful than the sword in the realm of public opinion?
In a series of short audio clips, four academics talk about the key figures involved in making the Good Friday Agreement of April 1998 possible.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland, this episode of the podcast looks at its history, its legacy and the impact of Brexit on its future.
Public apologies are a type of performance before a larger audience, and they are to be understood in terms that are different from a private apology.
The state-produced stories, which include tales about apartment lotteries, theme parks and the Clintons, might seem absurd. But they offer a window into the regime's priorities and anxieties.
While sexual harassment is still all too common, at least we’re having more open conversations about it, and victims are speaking up on their own terms.
The foundation initially seemed well-suited for cleaning up Bill Clinton's legacy after the Monica Lewinsky scandal's ugliness. That's no longer true.
Bill Clinton and Donald Trump share an awkward anniversary.
We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
A scholar who has interviewed hundreds of Christians across the country explains how he sees religious beliefs and values intertwining with pragmatic concerns.