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Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa., on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Attempted assassination of Trump: The long history of violence against U.S. presidents

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump adds to the long history of presidents and presidential candidates in the United States who have been the victims of gun violence.
Bruce Springsteen performs in Providence, R.I., in January 1985 during the ‘Born in the U.S.A. Tour.’ Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

‘Born in the USA’ turns 40 − and still remains one of Bruce Springsteen’s most misunderstood songs

In 1984, the album was atop the charts, and Ronald Reagan, running for reelection, told a New Jersey audience that he and the Boss shared the same American dream. Springsteen vehemently disagreed.
U.S. Army Rangers prepare to depart England for the D-Day invasion. Photo12/UIG/Getty Images

Rangers led the way in the D-Day landings 80 years ago

The fight up the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc and the battle across Omaha Beach were spearheaded by a relatively new type of unit: Army Rangers.
President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan greet Donald Trump during a reception in August 1983. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Reagan’s great America shining on a hill twisted into Trump’s dark vision of Christian nationalism

Reagan and Trump − two of the most media-savvy Republican presidents − used religion to advance their political visions, but their messages and missions could not be more different.
Supporters of GOP candidate Nikki Haley react as former President Donald Trump gives an acceptance speech during a primary election night party on Feb. 24, 2024, in Charleston, S.C. Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Nikki Haley, hanging on through Super Tuesday, says Trump is weak because he’s not getting as many votes as he should − she’s wrong

Nikki Haley claims Donald Trump is running as a quasi-incumbent and should be doing much better against her than he is. That’s wishful thinking, says a political scientist.
A person signs a bus wrapped with an image of former President Donald Trump during the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 22, 2024. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

I went to CPAC as an anthropologist to understand Trump’s base − they believe, more than ever, he is a savior

While Ronald Reagan is closely tied to this conservative conference’s origins, it has become a multiday event for die-hard Trump supporters.
Attendees at evangelist Franklin Graham’s ‘Decision America’ tour in Turlock, Calif., in 2018. The tour was to encourage Christians to vote. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

How religion and politics will mix in 2024 – three trends to track

The 2024 elections may see a more intense end-times rhetoric, claims of divine support and a failure to condemn the rise in Christian nationalism, writes a religion scholar.
Donald Trump, left, and Joe Biden, both photographed on Nov. 2, 2023, are two of the three oldest men ever to serve as president. Trump: Brandon Bell/Getty Images; Biden: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Why are US politicians so old? And why do they want to stay in office?

Many years beyond the average American retirement age, politicians vie for power and influence. Their constituents tend to prefer they step back and pass the torch to younger people.
Cuban President Fidel Castro watches former U.S. President Jimmy Carter throw a baseball on May 14, 2002, in Havana, Cuba. Sven Creutzmann/Mambo Photography/Getty Images

The splendid life of Jimmy Carter – 5 essential reads

Beloved in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter became the 39th US president and used his office to make human rights a priority throughout the world.
Mitt Romney, left, represents an old-fashioned GOP conservatism. Donald Trump, right, doesn’t − and Romney is leaving politics. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Reagan wouldn’t recognize Trump-style ‘conservatism’ – a look at how the GOP has changed

Republicans Mike Pence and Mitt Romney both spoke recently about the conservative ideals that animate their politics − and which Donald Trump has violated. Do voters care?

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