The Joe Strummer mural on East 7th Street and Avenue A in the East Village, New York.
"The Magnificent Seven" was a slice of daily life, a class struggle song framed by the sound of funk and the emergent hip-hop in New York.
Historians, commentators and thinkers have written endless books on how the US presidency works. None of them applies to the incumbent, Donald Trump.
Music fans gather for the Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ concert at California’s Altamont Speedway in 1969.
Musicians were able to connect with confused, scared and angry Americans – including those who supported the war – in a way actors, broadcasters and writers could not.
President Calvin Coolidge meeting with a delegation of Native Americans at the White House.
Library of Congress
Trump's promises to Native America have not always been the norm for US presidents. But Richard Nixon had a better record than most.
Old West, as seen through 1967 Orange County eyes.
Orange County Archives
Knott's Berry Farm and others romanticize the state's past and influence visitors’ sense of history. But their ideology reflects mid-20th-century political conservatism more than settlers' reality.
President Donald Trump.
Ousting an executive leader from office doesn't always have the intended effect, as these examples from Central and South America show.
Shaun Abrahams, Head of the South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority.
South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority has failed to pursue members of the executive. But a separate prosecuting body assigned only political cases could be the answer.
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American citizens have long favored government openness over secrecy. But with heightened anti-leak and anti-press rhetoric, do some now want strengthened government control of information?
Former FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Hoover abused his power as FBI director to serve presidents' interests. The reforms that followed were set up to prevent it from happening again.
US President Donald Trump and African dictator Idi Amin - different, but the same.
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Some may say it's far fetched to compare a 1970s African dictator with the President of the United States. But the similarities between Idi Amin and Donald Trump are quite startling.
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.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
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.