Category Archives: Politics

Midterms and the Sixth Year Itch: 1938, FDR

Midterm elections often fall into a pattern where the president’s party loses seats in the U.S. House and Senate. Sometimes the American people have a six-year itch, showing their objections to the president’s policies by voting against his party in the … Continue reading

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Midterms in Historical Context: Eisenhower and Truman

On Nov. 4, 2014, Americans will vote in midterm elections, the second of Barack Obama’s presidency. To place these midterms into historical context, we’ve looked at Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Reagan’s second midterms. We’ve also looked at the atypical 1960s … Continue reading

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Atypical midterms in the 1970s and 1960s: Carter, Nixon-Ford, Kennedy-Johnson

With the November 2014 midterm elections less than a month away, it’s useful to view political events in historical context. Will the president’s party lose seats, as is typical in a midterm election in a second term? Sometimes circumstances and … Continue reading

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Midterms in Historical Context: Reagan in 1986

Up next in putting midterms into historical context is Ronald Reagan. He was the first president since Eisenhower to serve all eight years of two terms. 1986 Midterms, President Ronald Reagan, Republican The year 1986 was a moderate change of power … Continue reading

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iPhone 6–John Quincy Adams needed one 200 years ago today

Among the many attractive features of the new iPhone 6 is its speed. Some have touted it as “insanely faster” than the iPhone 5. Two hundred years ago today, on Oct. 7, 1814, John Quincy Adams could have used an iPhone … Continue reading

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Bush and Clinton: Midterms Six Years after a President’s Rise to Power

This year marks six years since Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. Like other presidents before him who have served two terms, he faces a midterm election that could effect the rest of his presidency, especially if the Republicans change the balance of … Continue reading

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Constitution Day. Who was “elected” to all 3 branches?

. . . from Jane Hampton Cook, the author of American Phoenix Today is Constitution Day, the day 227 years ago in 1787 when members of the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution. Years later, one American was named or elected … Continue reading

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