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CATEGORY: Politics
Bill Clinton Once Struck a Nuclear Deal With North Korea
April 17, 2018

It was forged against all odds—but couldn’t survive the heat of public disapproval. Read More

When a Russian President Ended Up Drunk and Disrobed Outside the White House
April 3, 2018

Was Bill Clinton's 1994 meeting with Boris Yeltsin the most hilariously awful state visit in history? Read More

The Most Controversial Census Changes in American History
March 29, 2018

Between 1850 and 1930, the census created new categories that reinforced a white supremacist obsession with ‘racial purity.’ Read More

How the Black Panthers Inspired California’s Strict Gun Laws
March 22, 2018

Back in the 1960s, even the NRA supported gun control to disarm the group. Read More

How Dwight Eisenhower Found God in the White House
March 20, 2018

Dwight Eisenhower and Billy Graham shaped a half-century of religion in America. Read More

Quick Stints and Worn Out Welcomes: The Shortest-Serving Presidential Staff
March 13, 2018

Rex Tillerson is out. Here’s who left more quickly—and who stayed a lot longer. Read More

1960s Unrest Was The Impetus For The First Gun Age Limits
March 2, 2018

You have to be 21 to buy a handgun at a store, but only 18 to get one at a gun show. Read More

For Over 150 Years, U.S. Presidents Had No Term Limits
February 28, 2018

China’s decision to end presidential term limits has drawn international concern. Here’s how the U.S. came to adopt the convention. Read More

The President’s Annual State of the Union Address, Explained
January 29, 2018

As President Donald Trump prepares to address Congress for his 2018 State of the Union address, take a look back at the history of this high-profile tradition. Read More

Presidential Feuds With the Media Are Nothing New
January 26, 2018

Journalists have angered presidents from the earliest days of America’s founding. Read More