Single mother coloring with her daughter.

Single Parenting And Welfare

What does the research say about welfare encouraging single parenting, as conservative critics have long charged? 
Mrs. Reagan hosts the First Ladies Conference on Drug Abuse, 1985 in the White House East Room

Nancy Reagan and the Paradox of Being First Lady

The role of the First Lady is undefined and dependent on the woman in the role, but it's a politically fraught one for all of them. 

Who Doesn’t Like National Parks?

National parks and monuments have always been controversial, opposed by ranchers, farmers, resource, extractors, and small government conservatives. 
Hillary Clinton Speaking

On Men and Women’s Public Speech

What we call “eloquence” in public speech is, essentially, code for values associated with masculinity. 

The Perpetual Paranoid Style in American Politics

The "paranoid style" isn't so much periodical as it is perpetual. 
John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Barack Obama.

Looks Matter, Even in Politics

Research suggests that a candidate's looks play an integral part in whether they are electable or not.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before the House Judiciary Committee's Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee on Capitol Hill May 20, 2010 in Washington, DC.

How Supreme Court Nominations Became Political Battles

The battle to secure Supreme Court justices has a long and contentious history. 
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Understanding the Evangelical Vote

A look at what evangelical voters want and expect from major Presidential candidates. 
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign stop at the Rochester Opera House, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

If Inequality Is the Question, Is Social Democracy the Answer?

How do social democratic ideas work in other countries? And would those same policies reduce the wealth gap in the U.S.?

Western Lands and the Rise of the Political Right

The Sagebrush Rebellion proved pivotal in strengthening the politics of the Republican Party in the West.