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Washington in 1964: How Different It Was

Keith Runyon | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Keith Runyon

I read with interest, and a good bit of sadness, the story in The New York Times this week about the decline of the U.S. Senate Dining Room, apparently yet another victim of the noxious partisanship in our nation's capital.

Lady Bird Johnson's Letters Affirm Passion for Nature

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.13.2014 | Green
Dorian de Wind

It wasn't until my friend Jack passed away a few months ago, just as the bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes and other wildflowers that he also loved so much were beginning to fade, that I learned just how much and how intimately Lady Bird had been involved in those projects.

My Friend Jack

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Just a couple of days before Jack left us, I went to look at his bluebonnets one more time. They were looking even more fragile and their blue color was even more faded than before. But next spring they will be back again, even more beautiful, strong and resilient, just like my good friend always was and always will be.

LBJ, BBQ Diplomacy, And The Great BBQ That Never Happened

Meathead | Posted 04.26.2014 | Taste
Meathead

Barbecue has been used as a tool in American political campaigns for more than 150 years.

The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Part Three): Legacies

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

One of the reasons why the Kennedy assassination continues to affect millions of people the way it does, even fifty years later, is the sense that we are still fighting the same battle today.

Lady Bird Johnson, Rachel Carson and Women Conservationists Honored at the National Audubon Society Luncheon

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.01.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Our environment is as much on the minds of those who remember the pioneering efforts of Lady Bird Johnson in making the natural resources of America a...

Goosey Lucy and Gay Marriage

Kitty Kelley | Posted 05.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Kitty Kelley

For the most part first ladies seldom falter, which is why it was disappointing to read about the wife of a self-described "compassionate conservative" former president fumble on an issue of equal rights.

Read Two Of LBJ's And Lady Bird's Incredible Love Letters

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 02.13.2013 | Books

On Valentine's Day 2013 -- which is tomorrow! -- one of history's more intense and little-known romances will go live, in a manner of speaking. Starti...

Trove Of Former President's Love Letters Released

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas -- Days after the congressional aide met the University of Texas history and journalism graduate in Austin, he boldly proposed marriage....

LBJ Presidential Library Writes Second Draft of Great Society

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

It's easy to interpret the 2012 election as a ratification of Barack Obama's first term. But down in Austin, the LBJ Presidential Library is making a strong case that the legacy voters cemented in November was Lyndon Johnson's.

Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon Celebrated At Archives

AP | Posted 06.05.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The National Archives is marking what would have been the 100th birthdays of two former first ladies: Pat Nixon and Lady Bird Johnson. ...

Pioneering Los Angeles Times Writer Dies

AP | Posted 03.21.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Dorothy Townsend, the first female staff writer for the Los Angeles Times' city section and the lone woman on a team of dozens of repor...

When First Ladies Dance: From Michelle Obama's Dougie to Jackie Kennedy's Twist to Betty Ford's Bump

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 07.09.2011 | Style
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

Michelle Obama is hardly the first to enjoy gliding over the waxed parquet on the wide, open East Room floor. Her "Dougie" is but the latest link in a history of popular American dance within first lady history.

Michelle Obama Makes First Lady History... and What Was She Wearing?

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

It was a gray dress. Enough said. Credit/Getty Images More vital to the long-term interests of the nation than the clothes she wore one particular...

What Do Sarah Palin and Marie Antoinette Have in Common?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

They both said: "Let them eat cake!" Somewhere in the Constitution, Sarah Palin has found the "God-given" right to be obese.

First Ladies In College (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Leah Finnegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

With the release of Laura Bush's book next month and emerging details of her life as a young adult, we wondered what other first ladies were like in c...

Liz Carpenter Dies: Lady Bird Press Secretary, Former Journalist Dead At 89

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

AUSTIN, Texas — Liz Carpenter, an author and former press secretary to first lady Lady Bird Johnson, died Saturday at an Austin hospital after c...

First Ladies And Their Causes: A Brief History

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Being first lady often comes with the responsibility of picking an official White House cause to promote while one's husband is president. For Mic...

Lady Bird Johnson's Birthday: Her Life And Style In Pictures (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Lady Bird Johnson, a former first lady who championed conservation and worked tenaciously for the political career of her husband, former President Ly...

In 1963, A First State Dinner For The Record Books

Meathead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Meathead

LBJ's first state dinner was a barbecue in Texas for West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard. No politician ever used the conviviality and informality of eating outdoors better than the 36th president.

When Will GOP Leaders Denounce the Pyromaniacs?

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The parallels between the hate speech of the early 1960s and today are numerous and disturbing. But there are also important differences. So, where does the Republican leadership stand on playing with matches?

Michelle Obama, First Ladies and African-American History

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

There were few powerful women in mid-19th century America who more vigorously pressed the case first for abolition and then for the education, housing, and welfare of freed African-American slaves than did Mrs. Lincoln.

Tip #6 for Our 44th President: Listen to Your Mother-In-Law

Emily Main | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Emily Main

In honor of these wise women, we've compiled a list of some of the nation's former First Ladies (and grandmothers and mothers-in-law) and their contributions to a better planet.

Race at 150 mph? Sure.

Lea Lane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

When the opportunity came to partner with a race car driver around a grand-prix track at 150 miles an hour in a supercharged, ground-hugging, open to the elements hell-on-wheels speedster in Austin, Texas, I said "sure."