Negative campaigning is actually an American tradition. In fact, attack campaigning has been around since the beginning without derailing the electoral process. Mudslinging can hardly be called a positive campaign feature, but it is a sign of democracy in action.
Newt Gingrich is taking flak from his GOP rivals and some conservative commentators on things like Freddie Mac and his ideas about the federal judiciary. But as his fellow debaters have learned, he can be a well-armed and highly-confident opponent.
Henry Clay. Al Smith. Thomas E. Dewey. Their names probably prompt hazy recollections of high school history class – but not much else. By missing out on the presidency, many would say they lost their place in history, too. But even those who didn't take the oath on Inauguration Day had their impact. Here are five great examples from Scott Farris's new book 'Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation.'
The story of Aaron Burr is a rattling tale that makes today's political partisanship pale in comparison.
The 'Occupy Wall Street' protesters aren't extremists on the fringe. They reflect the frustrations of large swaths of American society. By taking aim at corporate greed and corruption, they embody a venerable tradition of American populism with roots back to Jefferson.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, Martin Luther King Jr. isn't the only non-president to have a memorial on the National Mall. Here are three other individuals who got prime space.
When asked about coverage of candidates' personal lives, Newt Gingrich first referred to society’s preoccupation with gossip and then said he was 'mystified' by interest in his jewelry credit account.
Former President Grover Cleveland – a Democrat – is making a comeback among conservatives for his strict limits on government spending. But Cleveland's principles make for bad politics, which is why there will probably never be another president like him.
Even while leading the nation, these American presidents found time to write their valentines poems and love letters.
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