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On his way to the White House, Jan. 20, 2017. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

NATO’s future when America comes first

Is Trump correct in asserting that NATO has outlived its utility? Or that NATO’s members enjoy a 'free ride' on the back of the US? A political scientist examines the evidence.
Donald Trump flanked by two of his children, Ivanka and Donald Jr. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Sultan Donald Trump?

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?
Protestors march on the Capitol Building, Jan. 18, 2017. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Can Trump make real change as president?

A scholar of presidential power looks at personality, rationality and the institution of the presidency for clues about what the incoming administration can accomplish.
A family dairy farm in Gilmanton Ironworks, New Hampshire. AP Photo/Jim Cole

Rural America matters to all Americans

Are you part of the 86 percent of Americans who do not live in rural America? Here's why Trump's choice to lead the USDA matters to you.
US soldiers in Afghanistan, 2015. AP Photo/Jonathan Ernst

Military honor in the age of Trump

As commander-in-chief, Trump will have a major impact in upholding the U.S. military's honor and ethics. A scholar at the U.S. Naval Academy considers if he is up to the task.
Ben Carson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of housing and urban development, at Trump Tower. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Four key times presidential nominees failed to gain Senate confirmation

An analysis of four failed presidential cabinet nominees reveals what obstacles Trump's nominees might face during the confirmation process.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence, second from left, with House Speaker Paul Ryan, center, and other key Republicans discuss the repeal of Obamacare. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Winning over Congress’ key members would spell legislative victory for President Trump

An analysis of more than 30 years of congressional voting reveals that a few key members of Congress determine whether a president will achieve their agenda. Who are they, and can Trump win them over?
About 200 convicted illegal immigrants serving their sentences before being deported, in Phoenix. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File

Trump’s immigration policies will pick up where Obama’s left off

In his first year of office, Trump's immigration policy will likely focus not on building an expensive wall, but rather on the work that earned Obama the nickname 'Deporter in Chief.'
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov ® and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu offer flowers in memory of slain Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov. Maxim Shemetov/Pool photo via AP

Assassination of the Russian ambassador a big loss for Turkey

Ambassador Karlov's death will weaken Turkey's influence in the Syrian conflict.
President Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles in 1956. National Archives

How one political outsider picked a cabinet

In 1952, military man Dwight Eisenhower was elected president without any experience in elective office. Here’s how he built his cabinet.
Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler in Munich, Germany. National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized, 1675 - 1958

Normalizing fascists

In the 1920s and early 1930s, American journalists tended to put the ascendant fascists on a normal footing.