How George Washington Tried to Heal the Political Divide

As president, he went on the road to pull the new nation together.

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Proponents of Post-Trump Curbs on Executive Power Prepare New Push

House Democrats are framing their efforts as a rebuke of Donald J. Trump’s record as would-be reformers seek Senate Republican support.

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Our Favorite Presidents You’ve Never Heard Of

Historical obscurity has its charms. 

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Voters Chose Boring Over Bombast. They Got Biden’s Penchant for Pontificating.

Even the president labeled a speech boring recently, an admission that highlights a tendency toward delivering minutiae-filled discourse over scaling oratorical heights.

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Pondering Presidents — Who Got ‘Polked’?

The worst presidents are waiting — we see you, Mr. Trump.

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Friends in High Places

Hanging with presidents: Sometimes First Friends are helping found a country; other times, they’re mixing martinis.

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Maybe Trump Wasn’t the Worst President Ever?

He hasn’t dislodged James Buchanan from the bottom ranking, but history is unlikely to be kind to him.

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Trump Aides Prepped Insurrection Act Order Amid Protests

President Donald Trump never invoked the act, but fresh details underscore the intensity of his interest last June in using active-duty military to curb unrest.

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Stephen Graubard, 96, Journal Editor and Provocative Historian, Dies

He edited the scholarly journal Daedalus for decades and wrote books on the presidency, sparing neither Kennedy nor Clinton nor the Bushes.

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As Wars Wind Down, Congress Revisits Presidential Powers

The House is expected to repeal the 2002 authorization for the invasion of Iraq, and the Senate will consider doing so as well in a rare debate over war powers.

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McGahn Likely to Testify on Trump’s Efforts to Obstruct Russia Inquiry

A delay is said to have stemmed from an initial threat by former President Donald J. Trump to intervene, but he apparently reversed course.

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McGahn Is Likely to Testify Next Week on Trump’s Efforts to Obstruct Russia Inquiry

A delay is said to have stemmed from an initial threat by former President Donald J. Trump to intervene, but he apparently reversed course.

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The Many Blunders of the Secret Service — and the Dangers They Pose to U.S. Presidents

Carol Leonnig’s “Zero Fail” is a thoroughly researched and devastating indictment of the United States Secret Service.

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Beneath Joe Biden’s Folksy Demeanor, a Short Fuse and an Obsession With Details

As Mr. Biden settles into the office he has chased for more than three decades, aides say he demands hours of debate from scores of policy experts.

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Bo, the Obamas’ Portuguese Water Dog, Dies

Former President Barack Obama said the family had lost “a true friend and loyal companion.”

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The Stock Market Loves Biden More Than Trump. So Far, at Least.

Stocks have soared under the new president, and the Dow has generally preferred Democrats since 1901. But don’t count on that for the future.

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Have Joe Biden’s First 100 Days Been That Transformational?

A politics driven by threats from angry voters, domestic uprisings and foreign states will not break the American impasse.

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Biden Has Elevated the Job of Science Adviser. Is That What Science Needs?

The Senate is considering Eric S. Lander’s nomination after months of delay. Some experts ask if an adviser can actually have an impact.

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4 Takeaways From Biden’s Address to Congress

President Biden struck a hopeful tone on the pandemic, and history was made with two women on the dais.

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Biden Seeks Shift in How the Nation Serves Its People

The president’s costly proposals amount to a risky gamble that a country polarized along ideological and cultural lines is ready for a more activist government.

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What Biden’s Style Tells Us in His First 100 Days

Though it took Joe Biden decades to reach the presidency, in terms of style and message, every day counted toward the goal.

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Some Notes on 100 Days of Biden Style

Though it took Joe Biden decades to reach the presidency, in terms of style and message, every day counted toward the goal.

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Can Biden Be Our F.D.R.?

President Biden wants to change the trajectory of the country. He’s off to a good start.

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Four Ways of Looking at the Radicalism of Joe Biden

It’s unexpected, but it’s not inexplicable.

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40 Years After Reagan, a Bet Big Government Can Get Something Done

President Biden feels a burning sense of competition, his aides say, to prove that democratic capitalism can work.

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Timing Is Everything, Biden Says, and ‘Politics Is the Art of the Possible’

In his first formal news conference since taking office, President Biden offered an early glimpse of the man who inhabits the Oval Office and his approach to the presidency.

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The Many Faces of Post-Trump Stress Disorder

It seemed like everything was calming down, until it wasn’t.

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Beneath Her Decorous Demeanor, ‘Lady Bird Johnson’ Was a Political Force

The new biography, by Julia Sweig, shows the wife of Lyndon B. Johnson to have been ahead of her time (and possibly her husband) on women’s rights, racial disparities and other issues.

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In Lady Bird Johnson’s Secret Diaries, a Despairing President and a Crucial Spouse

A new book reveals how the former first lady not only provided a spouse’s emotional ballast but also served as an unrivaled counselor who helped persuade Lyndon B. Johnson to stay in office.

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The G.O.P. Isn’t Going to Split Apart Anytime Soon

But is the party in danger of fracturing over its wavering commitment to democracy?

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Suit Over Ex-Trump Aide’s Testimony Divides White House and House Democrats

President Biden has inherited litigation over a subpoena to Donald F. McGahn II, President Donald J. Trump’s former lawyer, about the Russia investigation.

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In Milwaukee, Biden Offers Reassurance, and Tries to Avoid Mention of ‘the Former Guy’

It was President Biden’s first extended encounter with voters since Inauguration Day and was a rare opportunity for him to practice his signature brand of personal politics.

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Biden Works to Leverage Senate Ties to Power His Agenda

The president has made clear in his first weeks in office that he plans to try to capitalize on his experience and relationships on Capitol Hill to get things done, though deep divisions remain.

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Presidents’ Day: 5 Ways to Make It Meaningful This Year

With kids off from school, here are suggestions for delving into our nation’s complex history with virtual museum visits, D.I.Y. tours and fun movies (Lincoln as a vampire slayer?).

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Biden to Revive Weekly Address That Faded Under Trump

A White House seeking to advance its agenda introduces a format that includes the president speaking with handpicked citizens.

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The Economy Does Much Better Under Democrats. Why?

G.D.P., jobs and other indicators have all risen more slowly under Republicans for nearly the past century.

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A Dog’s Place Is at the White House

A home feels different when a dog lives there. Now 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will be different, too.

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Biden’s Fast Start Echoes F.D.R.’s. Now Comes the Hard Part.

The most daunting challenge for Mr. Biden in the weeks ahead will be balancing his stated desire for bipartisanship with his sense of urgency.

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Are We Ready for a Monday Without Trump?

The White House, Congress and the media are all going to have to make some big adjustments.

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The Trump Presidency Is Now History. So How Will It Rank?

As scholars consider the legacy of Donald J. Trump, it appears that even the woefully inadequate James Buchanan has some serious competition.

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Why Biden Can Undo Much of Trump’s Legacy Via Executive Orders

President Donald Trump came to rely on executive action for many of his achievements. But his successor seems to understand that it is best used to repeal someone else’s legacy, not build his own.

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Is That a Rolex on Biden’s Wrist?

Recent presidents not named Trump have tended to wear Everyman timepieces such as Timex and Shinola.

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Joe Biden Is About to Find Out What’s Left of America

Have Trump and Trumpism made the United States ungovernable?

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Trump Is Not the First President to Snub an Inauguration

A few heads of state have refused to celebrate their successors. “It’s usually a sign that American society is in the midst of major political feud,” the presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said.

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Inauguration History and Facts: Who Was the First New President to … ?

The inauguration has evolved a bit from George Washington’s day.

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Sharpshooters, Protesters, a Secret Train Trip

The inaugural of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is not the first to take place at a tense moment in American history.

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Biden Will Be the Oldest President to Take the Oath. Who Were the Youngest and Oldest?

Until Joe Biden is sworn in on Wednesday, President Trump holds the record for the country’s oldest chief executive. At 42, Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest.

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Six Great Movies About Presidents

If you’re looking for some escapism, these films are a good reminder that democracy works.

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Biden Seeks Quick Start With Executive Actions and Aggressive Legislation

In an effort to mark a clean break from the Trump era, the president-elect plans to roll out dozens of executive orders in his first 10 days on top of a big stimulus plan and an expansive immigration bill.

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A Visual History of the Trump Administration

Four years of hard-core branding, soap opera chic and designer trolling are coming to an end. What have we learned? A look back in gilt.

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