“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” –Remarks by President Kennedy to a gathering of Nobel laureates, 1962 He was many things: lawyer, philosopher, naturalist, musician, geographer, inventor, agriculturalist, philologist, scientist,… Read More #24. Thomas Jefferson
President Trump’s approval rating has steadily fallen throughout his presidency. According to Real Clear Politics, which charts all major presidential polling, his first few weeks as commander-in-chief saw Trump bobbing above water as often as he sank below it: Since then, of course, those numbers have grown increasingly bleak. Trump has had a net-negative approval… Read More The President’s Poor Polling
“After the condom came the pill — and blessed be the pill! Perhaps some future historian will hail it as our century’s greatest contribution to happiness.”–Paul Blanshard, 1973 A funny thing happened to the world population in the nineteenth century. It doubled. After taking all of humanity’s existence to reach one billion people in the early 1800s, the population closed… Read More #25. Gregory Pincus
Only 72 hours after Presidential Politics for America wondered about a future conservative realignment behind Vice President Mike Pence, The New York Times proposed that Pence might be actively positioning himself in front of that realignment. Just a few hours after that, Pence rejected the idea as “disgusting and offensive,” presumably adding the article to an extensive… Read More Is Mike Pence Running for President in 2020?
Today, Presidential Politics for America covers: President Trump’s continued support from his voters His controversial decision on transgender American soldiers His perpetual war with the media and Hillary Clinton The decision to replace his Chief of Staff The potential effects of his ongoing struggles as POTUS Brace yourself, liberals: 88 percent of President Trump’s voters… Read More It’s All About That Base
“Ladies and gentlemen of the court caught sleeping with their boots on will be instantly decapitated.” –Tsar Peter the Great The smallest person on our list is followed by its largest. In 1696, the six-foot, seven-inch, 24-year-old Peter Romanov inherited a backwards Russian kingdom, but he transformed it into an empire that rivaled those of the West. In… Read More #26. Peter the Great
What follows is not a review for a movie I haven’t yet seen. It’s more of a preview. What is getting reviewed, however, is one of the most dramatic scenes in the epic saga of world history. Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Dunkirk, opens this weekend, and you might wonder if your resident PPFA historian is looking… Read More “Dunkirk”: A PPFA Primer