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?
Hoover abused his power as FBI director to serve presidents' interests. The reforms that followed were set up to prevent it from happening again.
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.
Past presidents have made strange requests of the FBI, some of which were documented by J. Edgar Hoover.
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.
Franklin D. Roosevelt is famous for really getting a lot done fast. Will history remember Trump so kindly?
Conflict of interest laws are often not cut and dried. They involve interpretation by lawyers within the Justice Department and judges.
The beleaguered new president is driving a wedge between his citizens and the media. Nixon would have been proud.
The law says official presidential records must be preserved. How do tweets figure in – particularly when they're altered or deleted?
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.
Policy nuances often fail to stick in the minds of debate viewers. It's all about delivering the most memorable moment.
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.
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have called for improved child care. There is already a long history of child care policy initiatives in the U.S.; most of them have been unsuccessful.
On the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton's promise to "end welfare as we know it," a social work scholar asks why child poverty is still such a problem in the U.S. and what race has to do with it.
The 1968 presidential election saw belligerent, race-baiting populism in full flower. Sound familiar?
The last time a president nominated a Supreme Court justice during his last year in office was in the tumultuous year of 1968. It didn't go well.
The leading conservative magazine National Review has played a critical role in creating modern GOP. Their repudiation of Trump signals crisis for Republicans.
With three in four American voters using a smartphone, mobile devices are revolutionizing how political news is consumed – and reported.
Candidates beware! History suggests that book writing presidents are not necessarily the best presidents.