There's is often high drama behind the smiles, photo opportunities and carefully crafted language.
Sen. Jeff Sessions listens as then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks, October 2016.
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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.
Nuclear missile system of the era.
New book describes how the American war game Able Archer 83 put Soviets on high alert at the height of the Cold War era.
Working for peace.
The 39th president's tenure was marked by honesty, peacemaking and respect for human rights – and yet he's still the butt of many a joke.
Staring into the abyss.
The US has already tried to save a steel industry, and its undercooked response holds some valuable lessons.
Candidates beware! History suggests that book writing presidents are not necessarily the best presidents.
Jimmy Carter, August 20 2015.
Former President Carter has displayed the "class" that Trump so often talks about but rarely practices in his public and private life.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter with Fidel Castro in 2011. Picture taken March 30 2011.
John Kerry will raise the flag over the American Embassy in Cuba on Friday. That moment is possible thanks to work Jimmy Carter began four decades ago.
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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.
Who is the audience for the commencement address?
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.
Jimmy Carter meets with Senator Edward Kennedy in the Oval Office in 1977.
President (1977-1981 : Carter). White House Staff Photographers.
Ted Kennedy, long idolized as the Lion of the Senate, miscalculated badly when he challenged incumbent Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination. The results haunt liberals to this day.
Positive moves: The Elders at Chatham House last week (l-r: Maati Ahtisaari, Lakhdar Brahimi and Jimmy Carter.
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When US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that talks about talks to revive peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians would begin soon in Washington, veteran commentators greeted the…