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US soldiers in Afghanistan, 2015. AP Photo/Jonathan Ernst

Military honor in the age of Trump

As commander-in-chief, Trump will have a major impact in upholding the U.S. military's honor and ethics. A scholar at the U.S. Naval Academy considers if he is up to the task.
Ben Carson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of housing and urban development, at Trump Tower. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Four key times presidential nominees failed to gain Senate confirmation

An analysis of four failed presidential cabinet nominees reveals what obstacles Trump's nominees might face during the confirmation process.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence, second from left, with House Speaker Paul Ryan, center, and other key Republicans discuss the repeal of Obamacare. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Winning over Congress’ key members would spell legislative victory for President Trump

An analysis of more than 30 years of congressional voting reveals that a few key members of Congress determine whether a president will achieve their agenda. Who are they, and can Trump win them over?
About 200 convicted illegal immigrants serving their sentences before being deported, in Phoenix. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File

Trump’s immigration policies will pick up where Obama’s left off

In his first year of office, Trump's immigration policy will likely focus not on building an expensive wall, but rather on the work that earned Obama the nickname 'Deporter in Chief.'
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov ® and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu offer flowers in memory of slain Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov. Maxim Shemetov/Pool photo via AP

Assassination of the Russian ambassador a big loss for Turkey

Ambassador Karlov's death will weaken Turkey's influence in the Syrian conflict.
President Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles in 1956. National Archives

How one political outsider picked a cabinet

In 1952, military man Dwight Eisenhower was elected president without any experience in elective office. Here’s how he built his cabinet.
Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler in Munich, Germany. National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized, 1675 - 1958

Normalizing fascists

In the 1920s and early 1930s, American journalists tended to put the ascendant fascists on a normal footing.
Sen. Jeff Sessions listens as then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks, October 2016. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File

An activist’s playbook: How to influence Trump’s cabinet and policies

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.
People carry photos of soldiers who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

America’s role in the world 75 years after Pearl Harbor

The Japanese attack on a US naval base on Dec. 7, 1941 set in motion a series of events that transformed the United States into a global superpower. Will Donald Trump bring that era to an end?
Italian Premier Matteo Renzi acknowledges defeat in a constitutional referendum and announces he will resign on Dec. 5. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

The Italian referendum: No Trump nor Brexit

The Italians have rejected Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's constitutional reform package. Now the real struggle for Italy begins.
A woman waits behind a Cuban flag for the arrival of Fidel Castro’s funeral procession in Esperanza, Cuba. AP Photos/Natacha Pisarenko

Religion shapes Cuba despite Castro’s influence

Under Fidel Castro, Cuba declared itself as an atheist state. Castro's relationship with religion, however, was far more complex. It left a deep impact on the religious identity of Cuba.
What if this was our choice on Election Day? AP Photos/Gary Landers and Paul Sancya

How majority voting betrayed voters again in 2016

In this year's election, the system of majority voting didn't allow voters to express their opinions adequately. If they had, the choice would have been between Kasich and Sanders.