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.
A Halloween gathering in Los Angeles for children who live on the street, in shelters or in cars.
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.
Jim Thorpe and Ben Johnson were both banned from the Olympics. But if each had played at different points in history, they would have been allowed to compete.
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In sports, what's considered fair play has changed throughout history. At one point, even looking 'too poor' was grounds for exclusion.
For art to imitate life is understandable, but politics inspired by films can be a recipe for disaster.
Staring into the abyss.
The US has already tried to save a steel industry, and its undercooked response holds some valuable lessons.
Good luck, Merrick.
In an act of defiance, Obama has nominated his choice for the Supreme Court. Perhaps he can learn from Reagan's spectacular 1987 failure.
Rubio (second from left) waves along with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (second from right), U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (far left) and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (far right).
South Carolina is a red state. The GOP candidates know that a win here can lead to the party nomination.
Justice Scalia speaking in 2014.
The long-serving justice changed how judges talk about statutes, but not, argues one law professor, how they ultimately interpret them.
The leading conservative magazine National Review has played a critical role in creating modern GOP. Their repudiation of Trump signals crisis for Republicans.
Warm relations: Reagan and Gorbachev at the 1985 summit in Geneva.
US National Archives
30 years ago, Reagan and Gorbachev ushered in a new era of cordial relations. It's time to recapture that spirit.
Candidates beware! History suggests that book writing presidents are not necessarily the best presidents.
Six of the 17 declared 2016 Republican U.S. presidential candidates before the start of a forum August 3, 2015.
Wedge issues that have divided American voters for years are losing their edge.
Ninian Reed flickr
Public opinion on the flag may have shifted with lightning speed, but how did it hold on as long as it did? The answer has to do with how it served both Democratic and Republican parties alike.
The Confederate Battle Flag in front of the South Carolina State House.
Historically, Republican politicians have subtly – and not-so-subtly – exploited racial fears.
Who is the audience for the commencement address?
American Presidents tend to use the commencement address to address the audience outside than within the graduation hall. This changes though if they go on to a second term.
The Vietnam War memorial in Washington DC.
The US government prefers to remember the Vietnam War with a sanitised official account – and to overlook the suffering that still goes on today.
He’s not done yet
Is the Obama presidency over? This has been the burning question on the lips of many Washington DC pundits and beltway insiders in the wake of devastating Democratic midterm election losses. According…
It’s a new team in charge of the Senate
Midterm elections in American politics are akin to a reset button and on November 4, 2014 the American people pushed that reset button in a big way. The Founders of the American Constitution set up an…
US presidents linked to pro-business political parties tend to be better at economic management, new research suggests. The…