House Republicans have launched an impeachment inquiry into President Biden. But this case is different — both in substance and in process — than those of former presidents Nixon, Clinton and Trump.
How far could a president go to stay in office if convinced his re-election was crucial to the nation? What liability would he face? And how much stress can the fragile structure of democracy stand?
The term hush money dates back centuries, and it's been applied to various scandals involving presidents for nearly as long as the U.S. has been a country.
Each of the United States' four presidential impeachment proceedings has highlighted increasingly sophisticated technologies, beginning with telegrams in the case against Andrew Johnson.
William Ruckelshaus died this week. He was 87 years old. NPR's Scott Simon remembers his legacy as the first director of the EPA, and a defiant act against President Nixon.
Even with a public figure this durable, many facets of the story fade with time. That's a pity, because the greater meaning of anyone's life is often contained in the things others forget.
The evangelical preacher sought to be seen as above the partisan political fray. But in his actions and associations, Graham often proved how difficult such an attitude can be to achieve or sustain.
President Trump and some GOP lawmakers want an investigation into Hillary Clinton and other figures from the Obama era. But a probe of a defeated candidate is not the norm in American democracy.
Whatever actual impact previous foreign entanglements may have had, the stories persist — if only because they feed such powerful thoughts of "what might have been."