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Why presidents fail

August 24, 2016
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much, but most agree on this: The federal government isn’t working the way it should. Instead of fixing problems and boosting the economy, recent presidents have seemed to lurch from crisis to crisis – from Iraq and Hurricane Katrina under George W. Bush to Islamic State and the Obamacare rollout under Barack Obama.
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Remembering Nancy Reagan and the Role of Protesters on the 2016 Campaign Trail

March 11, 2016
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan was a true partner for her husband during his presidency.
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How Nancy made Ronald Reagan better

March 7, 2016
Todd Purdum | POLITICO
She was always more than the sum of her adoring gaze, that dazzling look she fixed on her husband like a pair of high beam headlights. She was the first and last voice in the ear of the leader of the free world, the trusted adviser who did the worrying and scheming for both of them. It’s just possible that without her, Ronald Reagan would never have become the 40th president of the United States.
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Trump defends Muslim plan by comparing himself to FDR

December 8, 2015
John Dickerson | CBS News
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump defended his call to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States by comparing it to former President Roosevelt's 1942 executive order that authorized the internment of 110,000 American citizens of Japanese descent.
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Known for fierce loyalty, the Bush clan quarrels publicly over Iraq

November 6, 2015
Ed O'Keefe, Dan Balz | The Washington Post
For as long as they have been in the public eye, members of the Bush family have been known for fierce loyalty, protective of one another in the face of attacks from the outside. Rarely have they engaged in a public quarrel among themselves — until revelations this week from a forthcoming biography of former president George H.W. Bush.
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Jeb Bush Soured on Vice President Quayle, New Book Says

November 6, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Jeb Bush doesn’t show up a lot in the new biography of his father, but his advice during the 1992 re-election campaign offers some insight into his brand of conservatism leavened by political pragmatism.
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