No state may be more politically polarized right now than Wisconsin. That follows the effort by Republican Gov. Scott Walker to eliminate the collective bargaining rights of most public workers there. The divide is most apparent between Wisconsin's biggest cities and its smallest towns.
The Obama administration is slowly ratcheting up pressure on Syria, slapping more targeted sanctions on some top officials — including the brother of President Bashar al-Assad.
The U.S. and its partners failed to get the UN Security Council to even agree to a press statement on the Syrian government crackdown on protesters, but it fared better in the UN Human Rights Council, which voted Friday to launch an investigation.
Grover Cleveland, the only President to get married in the White House, married 21-year-old Frances Folsom, above, in the Blue Room in 1886. The blue furniture, as shown in Waddell's painting, Something Blue, is still in the White House collection. Click here to explore the painting.
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In 1837, President Andrew Jackson invited guests to the White House to eat a 1,400-lb round of cheese, which he'd been given as a gift. It was devoured in just two hours. Peter Waddell imagines the scene at the end of the party in The Great Cheese: Jacksonian Democracy Enjoys a Special Treat. Click here to explore the painting.
In The Splendid Mrs. Madison, Waddell depicts First Lady Dolley Madison's drawing room, circa 1810–1814. Benjamin H. Latrobe designed the space — but wasn't happy with the curtains: "Oh the terrible velvet curtains!" he wrote. "Their effect will ruin me entirely so brilliant they will be." Click here to explore the painting.
The White House is a home, not a museum, so when presidents move in, they do what any new homeowner would do: they redecorate. Just like the rest of us, they paint, paper, change the furniture and carpets.