Historians, commentators and thinkers have written endless books on how the US presidency works. None of them applies to the incumbent, Donald Trump.
NFL players from many teams have knelt or linked arms in protest during the playing of the national anthem.
Donald Trump’s ill-timed comments on protests by America's elite athletes have given legitimacy to claims of his racial animus.
In this photo from Sept. 11, 2001, firefighters work in the ruins of the World Trade Center towers in New York City after an al-Qaida terrorist attack.
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It's been 16 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Understanding what propelled al-Qaida's attacks could help guard against further violence.
U.S. President Donald Trump stands with Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. after delivering keynote address at commencement in Lynchburg, Virginia, May 13, 2017.
Falwell Sr. was a pastor who founded the Moral Majority, a conservative Christian political lobbying group. He changed the way American Christians think about their faith and politics.
On June 1, 2017, Donald Trump announced that the United States is leaving the Paris climate accord.
American presidents have spent a great deal of time proclaiming US leadership of the global system. The decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement undermines much of what they have said.
President John F. Kennedy watches as planes conduct anti-sub operations during maneuvers off the North Carolina coast in April 1962.
Reagan, Clinton, Obama and Trump would all pull from the Kennedy playbook, from mastering the media to exuding masculine vitality.
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?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently echoed the 1980s philosophy to 'just say no' to drugs. It's important to remember, however, that the policy was ineffective.
President Ronald Reagan on stage with his wife Nancy, 1984.
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Trump's budget would eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities, breaking a tradition of funding humanities scholarship that goes back to the nation's founding.
Vladimir Putin's aggressive nuclear strategy threatens to unpick decades of careful negotiation.
Thomas Piketty has demonstrated how inequality can be – and has been over time – fundamentally destructive of sustained economic growth.
The crisis confronting neoliberal capitalism suggests that its internal contradictions are now undermining its very foundations. What can we expect from a post-neoliberal world?
A new megachurch movement is drawing crowds on the basis of belief in nonbelief.
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Distrust of the irreligious has been commonplace in the American political discourse from the founding.
What we need now is unblinkered analysis and coordinated progressive political action beyond the extreme centre at both the national and international levels.
President-elect Donald Trump’s stance on climate change is very different to Barack Obama’s.
If Trump forsakes US support for the 2015 Paris Climate Accord as well as Obama’s bilateral climate agreement with China, the resultant rise of global warming will wreak havoc throughout Africa.
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.
Mexico and the US: separated by a river, some fences, and a long history of American racism.
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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 2004 reenactment of the 1804 duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.
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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
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.
UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold lands in Israel.
Attempts to outlaw the practice have proven difficult, thanks to a tendency on the part of leaders to skirt around the rules.