An illustration called “British Burning Washington” depicting the White House on fire in 1814.
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Donald Trump was under the mistaken impression that Canadians once burned down the White House. But he's not the only one who has a fuzzy sense of the history of the War of 1812.
The Department of Defence and the CIA have big seats in the editing suite.
Illustration titled, “If you want to get rid of mosquitos, drain the swamp that breeds them.” (1909)
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An urban planning expert goes knee-deep into the murky history behind this popular phrase often used to describe the nation's capital.
Protesters gather on the National Mall for the Women’s March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency.
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Inaugural weekends are snapshots of the cultural and political zeitgeist. How did this year's compare to those from 2009 and 2005?
The National Museum of African American History and Culture prepares to open its doors.
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A visit to the US's racially diverse capital finds a city girding up to survive in a racist world.
First Lady visits charter school in Washington DC.
Depending on who you ask, charter schools may be either an important solution to persistent educational inequality, or a misguided attack on public schools as Americans know them. Both sides are firmly…