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If a Wall Falls

In 1989, the Berlin Wall came down and President George H.W. Bush refrained from making grandiose statements about American-style democracy.

Nov. 28 2018 6:08 PMTip and the Gip: Part 2Republican President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill demonstrate how bipartisanship can lead to compromise when it comes to Social Security.
Oct. 31 2018 6:40 PMDoing the Midterm ShuffleMidterm elections in 1982, 1986, 1994, 2006, and 2010 all called for the incumbent president of the United States to do a little reframing of the meaning of the vote of the people.
Sept. 5 2018 6:58 PMThe Nomination of Judge Bork, Part 2President Reagan saw Judge Bork as a clear choice for the Supreme Court, but it wasn’t quite so clear to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
July 25 2018 7:48 PMKennedy and Communism (Part 3)“Little Boy Blue meets Al Capone.”
June 27 2018 4:42 PMKennedy and Communism (Part 1 of 2)President John F. Kennedy bumbled the Bay of Pigs but pressed on to meet Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
May 30 2018 4:54 PMNixon Goes to China (Part 2 of 3)With the help of a ping-pong tournament, Richard Nixon’s diplomatic goals got a boost.
May 2 2018 1:00 PMRoosevelt vs. the GorgonTheodore Roosevelt stood up to the monopolies of his time, but with no guarantee of success.
April 4 2018 5:13 PMFour Score and Seven Years of Presidential GolfingPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower may have been America’s biggest presidential golf player and fan.
Feb. 22 2018 7:19 AMRetiring for PeaceOn Jan. 17, 1968, Lyndon Johnson delivered his State of the Union and surprised his closest advisers when he didn’t step down.
Jan. 24 2018 7:30 PMThe 25th AmendmentWhen Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office, a flaw in the Constitution was revealed.
Dec. 13 2017 5:27 PMThe Air Traffic TakedownIn 1981, Ronald Reagan served an ultimatum to air traffic controllers.
Nov. 15 2017 12:00 PMHarry S. Truman’s Battles With the BossesTruman was an action hero–style president.
Oct. 18 2017 5:13 PMAt the Heart of the President’s HeartIn 1955, a presidential heart attack changed the relationship between the press and the presidency.
Sept. 20 2017 4:00 PMA High Point in Bipartisan DealmakingOn Sept. 30, 1990, President George H.W. Bush announced an unusual bipartisan deal— and he took flak for doing so.
Aug. 2 2017 1:47 PMWhat Happened When President Carter Fired Five Cabinet OfficialsWhistlestop on an outsider president’s failed attempt to shake up his administration.
Nov. 14 2018 6:04 PMTip and the Gip: Part 1Republican President Ronald Reagan and Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill were friends, at least after 6 p.m.
Oct. 3 2018 6:09 PMTaking Aim at the New GuyOn Oct. 18, 1938, former President Hoover picked on his successor with gusto.
Aug. 22 2018 6:10 PMThe Bidding of Biden to Boo BorkWhen Justice Powell announced his resignation, President Reagan realized he had an opportunity to score major cultural points with his party.
July 11 2018 9:00 PMKennedy and Communism (Part 2)In 1961, JFK gave Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev a second chance.
June 13 2018 6:40 PMNixon Goes to China (Part 3 of 3)President Nixon trades jokes and digs into philosophy with Chairman Mao.
May 23 2018 5:24 PMNixon Goes to China (Part 1)President Richard Nixon warmly visited China in 1972, even as he positioned himself as firmly anti-communist. 
April 19 2018 4:03 PMThe Lighthearted Leanings of LeadershipRonald Reagan could deliver jokes like the best of them, but do American presidents need to make the masses laugh?
March 7 2018 6:41 PMGriever in Chief and Guardian of Common GroundOn April 19, 1995, when the Oklahoma City bombing shocked the nation, Bill Clinton offered emotional and political guidance.
Feb. 8 2018 10:12 AMJimmy Carter’s Olympic BoycottThe president tried to use the 1980 Summer Olympics to get Russia out of Afghanistan. It didn’t work.
Dec. 27 2017 7:45 AMThe Entanglements of the MegarichAre the financial complications of the extremely wealthy compatible with the presidency?
Nov. 29 2017 6:59 PMThe Partial Truths of the PresidencyMany American presidents value truth without delivering it fully.
Nov. 1 2017 6:02 PMFDR’s PurgeIn 1938, Roosevelt went toe-to-toe with Congress in order to get his way.
Oct. 5 2017 10:30 AMResponder in ChiefOn Sept. 10, 1965, President Johnson established a new norm.
Aug. 10 2017 10:16 AMRiding the Oratory TrainIn September 1919, Woodrow Wilson took himself to the brink of death, speaking out for a future of peace.
July 27 2017 9:27 AMLoyalty Tests and the Bridge of DeathIn July 1979, President Carter was ready to fire a number of Cabinet members and start afresh.

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