The president has discussed potential pardons that could test the boundaries of his constitutional power to nullify criminal liability.
Unlike President Trump, who was expected to shrug off health threats in favor of huge crowds, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has indicated that his inauguration will not be business as usual.
One-term presidents generally don’t leave big footprints. And the last four years may be seen as a reaction to the game-changing presidency of Barack Obama.
The last cat to live in the White House, India, belonged to President George W. Bush.
He preferred the parts of the job that combined pomp, splendor and a world amenable to his decisions. In other words, he always seemed to genuinely enjoy pardoning turkeys.
Barack Obama’s new book, “A Promised Land,” arrived nearly four years after he left the White House. A look at how he and other presidents approached their memoirs offers some clues about the timing.
The polarization of the confirmation process, once a matter of giving the president the team he chooses, will present the new administration with a challenge in filling out its upper echelons.
“A Promised Land” is a potential lifeline for booksellers whose sales have plummeted during the pandemic.
The former president recounts his political ascent and offers close-up views of the major issues he faced during his first years in the White House.
The long tradition of presidential pets is set to resume this January with two German shepherds belonging to President-elect Joe Biden. Their predecessors weren’t always cats and dogs.
As politics becomes a high-stakes spectator sport, pollsters are reviewing their latest failures. But is part of the problem the public’s overly high expectations of precision?
A four-part Showtime documentary takes a hard look at Ronald Reagan’s presidency and sees a wrong turn.
This first volume of the former president’s memoirs brims with warmth, humor and introspection.
Members of the new administration may have to reassemble a broken government before they can begin to use it for good.
“The Reagans,” a new Showtime docu-series, presents Ronald Reagan as an early practitioner of dog-whistle politics. But some historians and journalists disagree with that position.
The president’s refusal to concede that he lost the election is taking us into dangerous territory.
It won’t be easy, but coming after a self-styled “disrupter” opens up its own possibilities.
A bipartisan congressional committee is planning an “outside, full-scale” inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20.
Those who have known President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. for decades say they expect him to move carefully, providing reassurance with a few big symbolic acts.
The politicization of the ceremonial visit to the Rose Garden by champions is one sign the presidential connection to sports is fraught, maybe inalterably.
President Trump was the first president not to have a White House pet in more than 100 years. Mr. Biden will bring two German shepherds, one of which was adopted from a shelter.
Joseph R. Biden Jr. campaigned as a sober and conventional presence, concerned about the “soul of the country.” He correctly judged the character of the country, and benefited from President Trump’s missteps.
His burden as president would be “gross.”
Whether President Trump wins or loses on Nov. 3, the very concept of public trust in an established set of facts necessary for the operation of a democratic society has been eroded.
There are many parallels between 1860 and 2020. Let’s hope there aren’t too many.
Spirits may be low around the country, but don’t expect them to be raised in the White House after the election; neither President Trump nor Joseph R. Biden Jr. partakes in alcohol.
Many of the worst things the president has said and done were said and done by his predecessors.
America let some of the worst fears of the founders come true.
Among the possibilities are proposals developed by a Justice Department official from the Bush administration and a White House counsel under President Barack Obama.
Mr. Biden has staked his campaign on a more muscular federal role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. But some of his big government proposals may be difficult to put into effect.
Even before the president was given mood-altering drugs, there was a movement to end the commander in chief’s sole authority to launch nuclear weapons.
The president — and Congress — should stop outsourcing the defense of the Constitution to judges.
He and his brother, grandsons of John Tyler, were the third of three generations that remarkably spanned almost the entire history of the American experience.
Poisons, plots and psychic powers — why is the president’s health such fertile ground for the paranoid imagination?
The system of military doctors has so hampered the public’s right to know that a commission should be established to re-evaluate the practice, critics say.
The president is hospitalized. The public doesn’t need to know every detail, but they don’t deserve to be misled.
It’s the Electoral College, not the national popular vote, that determines who wins the presidency.
The Constitution says the vice president is next in line if the president dies or can no longer serve, but things get murkier from there.
The president’s result came after he spent months playing down the severity of the outbreak that has killed more than 207,000 in the United States and hours after insisting that “the end of the pandemic is in sight.”
From Lincoln to Trump, the president’s attitude toward his taxes has shaped the public’s attitude toward theirs.
Interrupting Joe Biden nearly every time he spoke, President Trump made little attempt to reassure swing voters about his leadership. Mr. Biden hit back: “This is so unpresidential.”
She did more than powder noses; she advised on diction and apparel and helped commanders in chief put their best selves forward for television.
A new exhibition, “Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States,” will gather portraits and other artistic representations of first ladies.
With a nonexistent mandate, he does extraordinary damage.
The Supreme Court was never meant to be the only arbiter of the meaning of the Constitution.
When civil servants resign, skeptics often ask what difference one person really can make by leaving. The answer is: a lot.
The one-termers club doesn’t have to be so bad, Mr. President.
Trump is only the latest president to stoke fears that the office has grown too powerful. What should be done about it?
White House memoirs, journalistic exposés, full-throated defenses of the president: Publishers are producing books for every partisan and wondering if the gravy train ends on Election Day.
He continues the old practice of stoking white victimhood for votes.