Amid strong political pressure to pack the Supreme Court, President Biden formed a commission to study ways to reform the court.
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Presidents form commissions to study controversial problems and recommend solutions. President Biden created one while under pressure to pack the Supreme Court. Will a commission help him politically?
Joe Biden, right, and his son Beau had a strong relationship until Beau’s death in 2015.
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Biden’s relationship with his father contrasts with perhaps every president in the last four decades, who either had absent or distant fathers or abusive or alcoholic fathers or stepfathers.
Evangelist Billy Graham came to have an enormous influence on American politics and culture.
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A PBS documentary has reinitiated conversations about the influence of Billy Graham. Here are three articles that describe the impact and the enduring legacy of the famed preacher.
Nelson Mandela at the commemoration of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre in 1994.
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The suggestion that Mandela single-handedly achieved democracy is as intellectually threadbare as the charge that he was centrally responsible for the failure to transform South Africa.
Political pressure is focusing on the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Many states have found ways to remove partisan politics from their court systems.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, is visible as President Joe Biden holds a virtual meeting with the Mexican president at the White House in March 2021.
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What do Biden’s first 100 days in office mean for the next four years in terms of foreign policy? There are already some clues — but questions too.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, standing at center and facing left just above the eagle, takes the presidential oath of office for the third time in 1941.
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Only one president has done so – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – but others considered it, and even tried.
The White House never provided the National Archives with an official transcript of what Trump said at this rally in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 20, 2017.
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All presidents must deposit transcriptions of their public statements with the National Archives. But in the case of Donald Trump, there’s something missing.
A president’s reputation is safer when he’s in the Oval Office rather than giving a press conference.
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While democracy requires accountability from presidents, presidents may lose stature, not gain it, by holding a press conference.
US and Japan: an old friendship that needs renewing.
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On the surface, Japan and the US are firm friends. But there are some interesting dynamics at play.
In the past week, the Biden administration has shown it is willing to back up words with actions in dealing with both Iran and Saudi Arabia.
If a proposed law passes, this group of immigrants apprehended at the U.S. border near Mission, Texas, would be called ‘noncitizens,’ not ‘aliens.’
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Words matter, writes an immigration scholar. It is far easier to deny the humanity of an ‘alien’ than to do so for a ‘noncitizen.’
In Libya, the sense of jubilation after the revolt that brought down Muammar Gadaffi did not last long.
A decade ago, the lack of a clear policy by the Obama administration let the region down. But might US have another opportunity in the Middle East?
American and Cuban flags hang from a wall with an old camera hung in between in Havana, Cuba, on Jan. 11, 2021.
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Joe Biden could return to the path blazed by Barack Obama on Cuba, when two years of bilateral negotiations helped undo more than five decades of hostility.
Modern presidents, including Trump and Obama, have issued far fewer executive orders than their predecessors before World War II.
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Executive orders aren’t as unilateral as they seem. Here’s how government keeps them in check.
Joe Biden has cast his campaign to “restore the soul of America” as an antidote to the turmoil of the Trump presidency.
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Joe Biden has said he wants to create a cabinet that “looks like America.” But getting racialized people into powerful positions should be a means to tackle structural inequalities, not a goal in and of itself.
It’s a top government job, but what does being vice president mean?
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The vice president may be second in line for the most powerful job in the nation, but there isn’t necessarily a lot to do besides wait – unless the president wants another adviser.
An important ceremony: the U.S. Capitol during President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration.
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Formal ceremonies and rituals can trigger psychological signals that command people’s attention and strengthen the perceived importance of those moments.
Trump addresses a crowd in Dalton, Georgia, on Jan. 4, the night before the state’s U.S. Senate runoff.
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The president’s language sounded less presidential and more inflammatory in the weeks leading up to the riots.
In a photo from 2004, Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama, right, speaks with a fellow legislator on the floor of the state Senate chamber.
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Many former legislators offer accounts of their service – but few analyze the institutions in which they served.