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How did Ronald Reagan, a seemingly ordinary man in many ways, become a president who dominated American politics and ideology in the second half of the 20th century? H.W. Brands offers his take on the politician and pragmatist in “Reagan:…
Now the author of his 29th book, “A Full Life: Reflections at 90,” former President Jimmy Carter joins Judy Woodruff to discuss race relations in America, the Democratic candidates for the upcoming presidential race, growing up wishing for more approval…
In our NewsHour shares moment of the day, a look at a less familiar Abraham Lincoln -- one without a beard. In honor of the anniversary of his death 150 years ago, hear how a letter from an 11-year-old girl…
By Dr. Howard Markel
The macabre details of Abraham Lincoln’s final hours were described in a report written by a 23-year-old Army captain named Charles A. Leale, a doctor who was at Ford's Theatre the night the president was assassinated.
By Margaret Warner
George Washington isn't the sexiest of American presidents in our public imagination, nor the most accessible. Perhaps we are all too weighed down by the "father of his country" image, the cherry tree myth, his powdered wig and bone-and-ivory (no,…
By Simone Pathe
Over the past 64 years, from Harry Truman's first elected term through Barack Obama's first term, the economy has grown faster when Democrats are in the White House. How much of that is good policy versus good luck?…
By Rachel Wellford
President Barack Obama welcomed the 2013 World Series champions Boston Red Sox, at the White House on Tuesday One day after baseball season kicked off in America, President Obama hosted the Boston Red Sox on the South Lawn of the…
By Travis Daub
Happy Presidents Day. Unless you're Abe Lincoln, that is. As Hari Sreenivasan explained on Sunday's PBS NewsHour Weekend, the third Monday in February doesn't officially recognize the Great Emancipator. Instead, it's in the books as "Washington's Birthday." There is…
By News Desk
https://twitter.com/BeschlossDC/status/435447570140106752 Historian Michael Beschloss shares this photo of one set of President Washington's false teeth. Mount Vernon has a wonderful writeup of the first president's complete dental history, noting that "When Washington was inaugurated President in 1789, only one…
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