Nancy Bush Ellis, Sister and Aunt of Presidents, Dies at 94

Unlike most of her family, she was a liberal Democrat for a time, supporting the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and environmental causes.

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George W. Bush’s Childhood Home Eyed for National Park Service Inclusion

The home, in Midland, Texas, was part of a formative time in the shaping of the future president, historians said.

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Barr Plans to Finish Term Despite Wanting to Leave Early

The attorney general had weighed whether to step down by the end of the year, potentially avoiding a contentious transition.

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Trump, Biden and the Tough Guy, Nice Guy Politics of 2020

The 2016 election was a referendum on many things, including what Americans thought a woman could do or be. Now it’s a question of what a man should be.

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They Came for My Father Nearly 30 Years Ago. It Still Haunts Me.

The recent antigovernment protests in Iraq remind me of Saddam Hussein’s regime of fear and of the rebels who, like my parents, opposed it at great risk.

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The Incredible Influence of James A. Baker III

Peter Baker and Susan Glasser’s “The Man Who Ran Washington” tells the story of the incredibly influential statesman and insider’s insider.

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No Bushes, Reagans, Cheneys or McCains: Who Is Missing at Trump’s R.N.C.

The old guard that led the Republican Party from 1980 until 2016 has been conspicuously absent from this year’s convention, representing the final signature on the party’s bitter divorce.

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Let the Culture Wars Begin. Again.

Long before Trump, there was Pat Buchanan. The 2020 Republican convention is looking strangely like the 1992 edition.

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A Glimmer of Hope for Trump? How Bush Mounted a Comeback in 1988

For Biden, a cautionary tale. For Trump, a search for his own Willie Horton.

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Regrets? Even Brent Scowcroft Had a Few

In an oral history released after his death, the former national security adviser revealed a few key moments in which his ideas failed in the war against Saddam Hussein.

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Brent Scowcroft Didn’t Always Follow ‘the Scowcroft Model’

As national security adviser, he voiced strong opinions and acted on them, especially when it came to Beijing and Moscow.

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Brent Scowcroft, a Force on Foreign Policy for 40 Years, Dies at 95

He was a national security adviser to President Ford and the first President Bush and an influential voice in Washington for decades.

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50 Nights of Unrest in Portland

Robert Evans of Bellingcat says the city “is being used as a bellwether to see what this administration can get away with.”

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William Barr’s State of Emergency

The attorney general has long held an expansive view of presidential power. With multiple crises converging in the run-up to the 2020 election, he is busy putting his theories to work.

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Past Presidents Faced Police Brutality and Protests. They Handled It Differently.

President Trump’s predecessors took different approaches when responding — or not responding — to police killings or assaults of black men. But they never threatened violence against protesters.

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Trump to Withdraw U.S. From ‘Open Skies’ Treaty

Mr. Trump’s decision, the third major retreat from arms control agreements, will be viewed as evidence that he also plans an exit from the last major arms treaty with Russia: New START.

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