Bush, seen here in 2006, revoked his steel tariffs less than two years after imposing them in 2002.
President Trump slapped steep tariffs on steel imports, echoing protectionist measures taken by Bush in 2002.
Trump has made pushing protectionism since the campaign.
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The idea that the US is historically a free trading country is a myth. Here's why that's a good thing.
The first food stamps program, created amid the Great Depression, lasted four years.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
SNAP and its precursors have weathered plenty of efforts to shrink the safety net. Its decades of bipartisan support make it likely to survive this one.
US President Donald Trump in 2017 and George W. Bush in 2008.
On March 1, Donald Trump imposed a series of steel and aluminum tariffs. To understand their potential impact, it's instructive to look at what happened after George W. Bush enacted similar measures in 2002.
Trump talks tough at the U.N. General Assembly.
The president threatened North Korea and decried the decimation of the American middle class – but didn’t have much praise for the work of the United Nations.
FEMA’s handling of Hurricane Katrina inspired resentment in the affected communities – but did it bring about real change in the organization?
Is the Federal Emergency Management Agency ready for the new era of disasters?
How will U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis handle America’s “Forever War’?
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Donald Trump's speech on "principled realism" in Afghanistan contained few surprises. Now, under the aegis of DOD chief Mattis it is the latest stage in America’s "forever war."
The offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State has damaged thousands of structures in the historic Old City.
The West needs to push for local action against Islamic State's reign of terror in the Middle East. States in the region must find solutions to the conflicts to bring peace and stability.
Unlike every president who followed him, George H.W. Bush had a background in foreign policy. In 1972, Bush was serving as U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
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The first President Bush had some impressive foreign policies wins, but could he be best remembered for getting the US entangled in Iraq?
The 28th president's ideology has never really gone away.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2011.
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How will Mueller perform as special counsel? A historian compares his actions with another former FBI director to find out.
North Korean leader Kim Jung-un inspects an outpost and Jangjedo defending force.
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A scholar who has profiled the likes of Saddam Hussein and Vladimir Putin says there is a method to understanding the madness.
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?
You can't check if a statement is accurate if it's too incoherent to understand.
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?
Justice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime – although the Nemesis of today will likely come with fewer wings.
The Greek myths teach that pride comes before a fall – something that our leaders, filled with hubris, rarely see before it's too late.
Donald Trump flanked by two of his children, Ivanka and Donald Jr.
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A political scientist looks at the similarities between the new American president and the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. What might the parallels portend for US politics?
What if this was our choice on Election Day?
AP Photos/Gary Landers and Paul Sancya
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.
Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro Ruz (1926-2016)
All of the world’s struggling masses owe the late Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro an enormous debt for consistently and fearlessly articulating the debilitating aspect of life under under capitalism.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart François Hollande can help to drive global climate action.
If Donald Trump turns away from climate action as George W. Bush did, Europe and China can respond by forming an alliance that will turn the United States from a climate leader into a follower.