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presidential history



  • A brief history of presidential impeachment

    by Adam I P Smith

    Which presidents in US history have been impeached? How does impeachment work? And what might impeachment proceedings mean for President Donald Trump? 



  • Why demagogues were the Founding Fathers’ greatest fear

    by Eli Merritt

    Washington’s greatest fear that summer of decision in Philadelphia was that unwise, self-seeking politicians — even if fairly elected to public office — would tear down the central government and its constitutional laws for the sake of their own advancement and glorification.



  • History is clear: Voters reward, rather than punish, political courage

    by Jon Meacham and Michael E. Shepherd

    Over the past six decades, courageous high-profile votes have tended not to cost the courageous their seats. From Southern Democrats who supported the Civil Acts Right of 1964 to Republicans who backed Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 through the Clinton impeachment in the 1990s, tough votes have been difficult but not necessarily fatal.



  • The GOP Appointees Who Defied the President

    by Michael Koncewicz

    Before Watergate became a story that dominated the national media in the spring of 1973, there were individuals within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the IRS that took dramatic steps to block Nixon’s attempts to politicize their work.  



  • Down the Rabbit Hole With Donald Trump

    by Tom Engelhardt

    Who not in Blunderland could ever have imagined that a bankrupted casino magnate and reality TV host might essentially -- like his lawyer recently -- butt-dial us all into a new form of (un)reality?