Ronald Reagan at the end of his debate with Walter Mondale, Oct. 22, 1984, Kansas City, Mo.
Self-deprecating humor can be a savvy campaign strategy – but only for certain candidates.
Honduran migrant Vicky Chavez with her daughter Issabella on May 31, 2018 in the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, where she sought protection from deportation in late 2017.
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer
The number of migrants living in churches has spiked recently in anticipation of threatened immigration raids, but churches have long protected refugees in an act of faith-based civil disobedience.
The U.K.‘s Tony Blair, left, campaigned on 'modernizing’ the welfare system. Bill Clinton, right, campaigned on reducing welfare in the U.S.
Democratic presidential candidates share many ideas and opinions. What they don't share, writes one historian, is the label 'liberal.'
Former President Jimmy Carter.
Former President Jimmy Carter's foreign policy efforts may have been far more effective than critics have claimed.
Nixon’s Operation Intercept in 1969 led to massive traffic jams.
Both presidents brought border traffic and trade to a standstill in hopes of changing Mexican policy in the drug war. And both failed to achieve their goals.
More Americans agree with plans to raise taxes on the wealthy.
Democratic lawmakers have offered a number of ways to reverse decades of widening economic inequality. A tax expert gives them a closer look.
A television set turned on in the West Wing of the White House.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
Calvin Coolidge, during one stretch of his presidency, was getting 15 hours of shut-eye each day, while William Howard Taft was known for nodding off during public events.
On January 18, 1919 the Great Powers met for the opening of the Versailles Conference.
US Signal Corps
The Versailles Conference set up the ill-fated League of Nations. We must not allow the United Nations to suffer the same fate.
Salvadoran immigrants were pivotal in the Justice for Janitors campaign in Los Angeles in 1990. It earned wage increases for custodial staff nationwide and inspired today’s $15 minimum wage campaign.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Central Americans who came to the US in the 1980s fleeing civil war drew on their background fighting for social justice back home to help unionize farmworkers, janitors and poultry packers in the US.
Reagan: conservatism with a different face.
If you want to understand the new face of conservatism in the US, there's only one place to look.
GOP President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O'Neill at the April, 1983 signing of bipartisan social security legislation.
Most Congresses since the 1970s have passed more than 500 laws, ranging from nuclear disarmament to deficit reduction. Will today's bitter partisanship hamstring the new Congress' productivity?
President George H.W. Bush in 1990.
Though his education initiative staggered while he was in office, the late former President George H.W. Bush had an influence that continues to shape education policy, an education historian says.
President Donald Trump.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
President Trump says an alliance with Saudi Arabia is necessary, despite evidence the country's crown prince ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Pik Botha played a central role in the intricate talks that eventually led to Namibia’s independence.
Pik Botha defended apartheid and South Africa's occupation of Namibia, but in the end helped end both.
Researchers release a balloon carrying instruments to measure ozone levels above Antarctica.
Almost 30 years ago the world responded to the realisation that our ozone layer was in trouble. The resulting Montreal Protocol was a rare example of global cooperation, but there's no room for complacency.
Headquarters of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC.
Carol M. Highsmith/Library of Congress
An April 2017 survey explored Americans’ opinions about government intervention and welfare policies. It found that on average, they want more from their government, but are highly polarised.
A ‘no border wall’ sign is held during a rally to oppose the wall the US government wants to build.
AP Photo/Eric Gay
Conflicts about policing the border have erupted in much of the world. How people respond depends on the many distinct visions of what borders are meant to be protecting.
Employees at a gas station in Los Angeles watch President Jimmy Carter giving his energy speech over national television on July 15, 1979.
At at time of rising hatred and nationalism, Jimmy Carter's speech -- a sermon that cautioned against excess, offers a counterexample.
A date with destiny: Donald Trump and Anthony Kennedy.
EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo
In 1987, Anthony Kennedy was nominated to end a titanic Supreme Court fight. Could his putative successor trigger another one?
Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., speaks about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the state of the EPA during a protest on April 25, 2018, in Washington.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
After two years of turmoil at the EPA in the 1980s, President Reagan hit the reset button, choosing a Republican who supported environmental protection to head the agency.