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Presidential Politics: Past as Prologue

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November 6, 1992
After a long and bruising campaign where middle America was concerned that the country was in "deep trouble," voters elected a new president. It was a change election that saw the governing party swept from power. It was November 1992.
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Obama hails the vision of Shimon Peres: 'His pursuit of peace was never naive'

September 30, 2016
Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post
President Obama praised the late Israeli leader Shimon Peres at his funeral Friday, saying he showed the world “that justice and hope are the heart of the Zionist idea.”
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What Clinton and Trump can learn from Eisenhower

September 16, 2016
John Dickerson | CBS News
In 1955 when president Dwight Eisenhower had a heart attack, his staff told the press he had simply “suffered a digestive upset in the night.” Twelve hours later, the president’s team told the truth. White House reporters were furious.
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Almost President: What it's like to lose

September 14, 2016
Gloria Borger | CNN
When America elects a new president, the focus of the nation turns to where it should be -- on the winner. And in that same instant, the defeated challengers fade from the center of the national universe back to a life without Secret Service, adoring crowds, and the daily high-wire of a presidential campaign.
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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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