In this July 2020 photo, former president Donald Trump stands at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
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As Donald Trump prepares to address the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, here’s how other former presidents have occupied their time after leaving the White House.
The three branches of U.S. government often find themselves in tension.
White House, Eric Kiser; Capitol, John Xavier; Supreme Court, Architect of the Capitol
When presidents have tried to address pressing issues through executive action, members of Congress are quick to ask the courts to step in.
Democrats control both the White House and Congress for the first time in 10 years.
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Since 1953, the economy has only rarely been in recession when a Democrat was in the White House.
Charged with restoring public faith in US justice system: Joe Biden with his nominee for attorney general, Merrick Garland.
What can Biden’s picks for his cabinet tell us about his administration?
The taking of the city of Washington in America.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington
When supporters of Donald Trump stormed into the US Capitol in Washington, it wasn’t the first time this had happened. The last time was during a British invasion in 1814.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks to supporters on Nov. 7 in Wilmington, Del.
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The US economy historically does better under Democratic presidents than Republicans, with far fewer months spent in recession
President-elect Biden promises a new White House agenda and style.
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Scholars of race, foreign policy and the Supreme Court give their informed predictions of what to expect under a Biden administration.
Police officers push back demonstrators next to St. John’s Episcopal Church outside of the White House, June 1, 2020 in Washington D.C.
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Demonstrations by Macedonian villagers in the 1980s, which helped spark the end of Communist rule in the former Yugoslavia, hold vital lessons for Americans peacefully protesting for police reform.
Sen. Kamala Harris speaks via video link during the second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Oct. 13, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
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Though critics claim Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination jeopardizes the high court’s legitimacy, research shows there are ways the judiciary can bolster its standing and weather controversial decisions.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, hugging another guest, along with Kellyanne Conway (left) and Notre Dame University President Rev. John Jenkins (right) tested positive for COVID-19.
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The outdoors is less risky than an enclosed room, but it isn’t a COVID-19-free zone. Here’s what you need to know.
President Donald Trump walks off Marine One at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 2, 2020 as White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows watches.
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A president may transfer power to the vice president if they are no longer capable of carrying out their official role. But there are many unanswered questions about this rarely used process.
President Donald Trump waves as he leaves the White House to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he tested positive for COVID-19.
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Hours after announcing he had tested positive for COVID-19, President Donald Trump was taken to hospital. What does this mean for the U.S. government’s operations?
A crowd greets Sen. John F. Kennedy at Logan Airport in Boston on July 17, 1960, after he became the Democratic nominee for president.
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Though air travel has boosted presidential campaigns for decades, the 2020 pandemic has underlined the importance of aircraft as the quickest and safest way to campaign.
Trump accepts the nomination from the South Lawn of the White House.
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The Republican National Convention wrapped up with Trump sounding familiar themes but speaking from an unusual location.
A protestor argues with a counter-protestor in Los Angeles on May 1, 2020.
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Despite partisan affiliation, American voters tend to share views on common facts about the world. But recent research suggests that when it comes to COVID-19, voters live in alternative realities.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is arguably the world’s best-placed agency to fight COVID-19. But it’s been cut out of the loop, and pandemic data will now go straight to the White House.
Protesters celebrate the Supreme Court ruling.
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In a 5-to-4 decision, SCOTUS delivered a major blow to Trump and opened the doors to the court being an arbiter of public honesty
President Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcasting his first fireside chat, March 12, 1933.
On March 12, 1933, President Roosevelt addressed the nation from the Oval Office during a time of great crisis. That ‘fireside chat’ proved broadcasting’s power as nothing before or since.
The White House logo is displayed in the press briefing room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 31, 2020.
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A longtime White House reporter describes what’s lost when the relationship between the press and the president is bad and once-routine press briefings aren’t held.
President Trump fired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman for testifying in his impeachment trial.
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Trump’s firing of witnesses who testified during his impeachment trial has been described as ‘retribution.’ But these actions are actually revenge, a political scientist says.