<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Politics & History Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//politics--and--history http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//politics--and--history <![CDATA[The Worst U.S. Presidents]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-10-worst-u-s-presidents
The worst U.S. presidents of all time, measured by their negative impact on the nation, its citizens health and happiness, and its future prosperity. (In some cases – such as the popular selections of Warren G. Harding and Richard Nixon – the negative view of the president and his administration is due to various scandals and perceived corruption within its ranks. Nixon, of course, remains the only president to step down from the office amidst threats of impeachment.)

Much of a president's job – including serving as the figurative head of the American state and setting the nation's general legislative and diplomatic agenda – is sort of intangible and hard to evaluate in strict "good vs. bad" terms. This makes any list of the "best" or "worst" US presidents essentially subjective, and though there were administrations with a significant series of positive or negative outcomes, it's rarely clear just how much these had to do with the person in office and how many were simply due to accidents of fate or circumstance. Nonetheless, in particularly extraordinary cases – such as the administration of Abraham Lincoln, which kept the nation intact during the Civil War crisis, or the administration of Andrew Johnson immediately after that threatened the entire success of the Reconstruction project – it is clear which presidents did an overall good or bad job.

So who were the worst presidents of all time? We're ranking them here, based on your votes! When you've had enough political negativity, be sure to check out Ranker's ultimate uplifting presidential list: The Best US Presidents.
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Andrew Johnson

Barack Obama

Bill Clinton

George W. Bush

Herbert Hoover

James Buchanan

Jimmy Carter

Lyndon B. Johnson

Richard Nixon

Woodrow Wilson

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<![CDATA[The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-u-s-presidents-from-best-to-worst
The Greatest United States Presidents in history, ranked from best to worst. Who's the greatest U.S. president? Anyone can vote on or make their own version of this collaborative list of the men who shaped American policy - a fascinating insight into all the US Presidents and how their presidencies were perceived. Who were the best presidents? We expect this list of the Chief Executives to change over time as history's perceptions also change.

And be sure to check out Ranker's ultimate list of the Worst-Ever US Presidents as well, for comparison's sake.

Abraham Lincoln

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Franklin D. Roosevelt

George Washington

Harry S. Truman

James Madison

John F. Kennedy

Ronald Reagan

Theodore Roosevelt

Thomas Jefferson

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Minds of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-minds-of-all-time/walter-graves
List of the Greatest Minds of All Time, throughout history. This list represents the most influential thinkers across various disciplines, ranked in a way that represents the power of their ideas and their impact on the world. The wisest men and women include top philosophers, physicists, famous poets, thinkers, teachers, physiologists, artists, inventors, engineers, the most irreplaceable CEOs in the world, economists and politicians and those whose talents span across many fields of study.

This list takes a historic perspective, so the greatest thinkers who are included on this list come from many different eras. The greatest minds of the 21st century may be quite different from great geniuses from the distant past, but each person should be judged within the context of the time that they were living. For example, inventing a new type of telephone in 2013 would not qualify one as "the most brilliant mind of all time," but in 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell first patented the telephone, it was an act of genius not seen before.

See Also: The Most Influential People of All Time.

Albert Einstein



Galileo Galilei

Isaac Newton

Leonardo da Vinci


Nikola Tesla


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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<![CDATA[Lying Politicians: The Worst Liars In American Politics]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/lying-politicians-the-worst-liars-in-american-politics
Do any politicians tell the truth anymore? Maybe, but you won't find them here. This list has the least trustworthy people in American politics, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Anyone can add to this list, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the people's picks for the worst liars in the state, local ,and federal government. Tired of lying politicians? This is a way to vote against them, and to join the rest of the country in calling them out for their lying ways.

The worst politicians on this list have told some of the biggest and most notorious politician lies in US history. These political liars are constantly caught with their pants on fire, making us all wonder who voted for them in the first place. From lying presidents like Richard Nixon and George W. Bush, to Congressmen and women like John Edwards and Nancy Pelosi, politician lies come from all parties, offices, genders, and just about any level of government.

You're always thinking that these politicians are liars, so now's your chance to speak up. Upvote the worst, most notorious liars in the American political world below!

Al Gore

Barack Obama

Bill Clinton

Harry Reid

Jesse Jackson

John Edwards

Nancy Pelosi

Richard Nixon

Eric Holder

Al Sharpton

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<![CDATA[The All-Time Worst People in History]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-all-time-worst-people-in-history
The absolute worst people in history, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Who are the worst people in history? This list includes mass-murdering dictators, psychopathic serial killers, sociopathic religious leaders, insane politicians, deceptive political commentators, and annoying celebrities and Hollywood douchebags who make our eyes and ears bleed. Who are the worst people of all time? This human scum has incited genocide, executed ethnic cleansing, enslaved entire races of people, practiced cannibalism, orchestrated arbitrary homicide, brainwashed people who trusted them, yelled at film crew members, and been paid by TV studios to be awful.

Anyone can vote on this list of vile villains and evil lunatics, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the world's worst people ever. Call out history's biggest scumbags, and see how your picks stack up against everyone else's. Because those who do not rank the worst people in history are doomed to repeat it. Or something like that.

Adolf Hitler

Heinrich Himmler

Idi Amin

Joseph Stalin

Kim Jong-il

Mao Zedong

Osama bin Laden

Pol Pot

Robert Mugabe

Saddam Hussein

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<![CDATA[20 Glorious Vintage Photos of US Politicians]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/vintage-pictures-of-politicians/mel-judson
Enjoy these vintage picturess of politicians when they were young. This list features politicians' high school yearbook pictures, photos of politicians in college, as well as politicians before they were famous. You'll see former Presidents of the United States, Senators, Governors, and Congresswomen in their early days when they were young, wild, free, and not at all bogged down by the American political system.

If you're looking for awesome throwback young photos of Hillary Clinton or vintage pictures of George W. Bush, you've come to the right place. Beyond the Clinton and Bush political dynasties, there are several young political families whose photographs are ranked here for your viewing pleasure. You'll never guess what Nancy Pelosi used to look like and the way you see Al Sharpton (pictured here with James Brown!) will never be the same.

Where can you find young politician pics from their less prestigious days? Only on this list will you find the funniest, cutest, and most surprising shots of your elected officials. Upvote the most interesting and cool vintage pics of these politicians, no matter what you think of their policies and voting records.


Al Sharpton

Barack Obama

Bill Clinton

Elizabeth Warren

George W. Bush

Joe Biden

Nancy Pelosi

Ron Paul

Sarah Palin

Hillary Clinton

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<![CDATA[28 Mysterious Political Deaths and Unsolved Murders]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/mysterious-political-deaths/jacob-shelton
When a political or religious figure suddenly dies, conspiracy theories seem to fall from the trees, like apples ripe with the juice of murder. Being fairly normal human beings, we know that not every political death has to do with shadowy government figures and encoded messages, but the unsolved crimes on this list are sketchy enough to make us doubt even the most open and shut case. It’s entirely plausible that each of the political deaths on this list has a simple answer, but after reading up on each of them, we’re not so sure. The only thing that we are sure about is that you’ll be as intrigued as we are after you read this list of mysterious political deaths.

Some of the unsolved murders and mysteries on this list are cases that have long gone cold, the perpetrators either dead or so well connected that they can’t be touched. Some of the other mysteries are still open, but little hope is held for solving the crime. And the biggest mysteries that we’ve collected were, in some case, possibly committed by the US government. We tried to shy away from the JFK assassination (don’t worry, he’s on here), but HOLY TOLEDO there were a lot of dead people involved in that case. The conspiracies that you’ll be reading about tend to go deep, so get ready to put your detective hat on and spend a lot of sleepless nights cutting out newspaper articles. This list of mysterious political deaths is only the beginning…

Leave us a comment and let us know which story seems plausible, and which seems like it’s just the ramblings of a nut in a tinfoil hat.

Alexander Litvinenko
Litvinenko was a Russian defector from the FSB. In 1998, he and several other FSB officers publicly accused their superiors of ordering the assassination of a Russian mafia leader. Afterward, he fled to London where he lived with his family in exile.

In 2006, after naming Vladimir Putin as the murderer of a Russian journalist, he mysteriously fell ill with with a sickness related to radioactive polonium 210. Most theories point to someone in the Russian government as his killer, although some believe in British involvement in his murder

Clarence 13X
Clarence 13X was the founder of The Five-Percent Nation, a group that split from the Nation of Islam. In 1969, Clarence was gunned down by three unknown assailants believed to be connected to an extortion crew. Followers of Clarence 13X believe that the FBI used the extortion crew as a scapegoat to take care of their dirty work.
Jimmy Hoffa
Jimmy Hoffa was the leader of the Teamsters Union, and a man with multiple mafia ties. He was basically asking to be disappeared mysteriously. After being released from federal prison in 1971 (having served less than five years of a 13 year sentence), he received $1.7 million (!!!) and, in 1975, disappeared from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox Restaurant. Multiple mob guys have admitted to offing Hoffa, but the remains of his body have never been found.
John F. Kennedy
Probably the most famous and debated political death of all time, JFK was murdered while visiting Dallas, TX. Despite arresting Lee Harvey Oswald for the murder, JFK's assassination has spawned an exhausting number of conspiracy theories. In 2013, a poll showed that 60% of Americans believe that a group of conspirators were responsible for the assassination.

John Roselli
John Roselli was a swingin' mafiosa who went back and forth from Vegas to LA before he was unknowingly recruited by the CIA in a plot to assassinate Fidel Castro. In 1976, his decomposing body was found in a 55 gallon drum floating in Miami, FL. It's widely believed that his involvement with the CIA directly lead to his murder.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Prior to 1815, Napoleon had conquered most of Europe and was on his way to being the King of the Eastern Hemisphere, but he was ultimately defeated (which, despite his liberal laws was probably a good thing). After his defeat, Napoleon was sent to a private prison island, Saint Helena, where it's still debated as to what killed him. Some say stomach cancer, while others insist he was killed by unknowingly ingesting arsenic.
Pope John Paul I
Pope John Paul I died only a month after his election, triggering various conspiracy theories. Despite the church dispelling the myriad inconsistencies surrounding the handling of the pope's death (who found the body, there was no official autopsy, etc.), this has only fueled speculation of foul play.
Uwe Barschel
Uwe Barschel was a West German politician and from 1982-87 he was the Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein. He was charged with ordering his media advisor with spying Social Democratic Party of Germany's top candidate for the upcoming state elections, in order to bring about false claims of tax evasions. Barschel resigned as Minister on October 2, and on the 11th he was found in his room, fully dressed and lying in a bathtub filled with water. His death is still considered a mystery, with multiple parties under suspicion.
Warren G. Harding
Jack Ruby was a Dallas nightclub owner who became famous for publicly shooting Lee Harvey Oswald, who was in police custody at the time. Ruby was found guilty of murder (duh) and sentenced to death. He appealed the decision, but while waiting for a new court date, he succumbed to lung cancer and died despite never having been a smoker. The main theory is that he'd been injected with cancer cells by the CIA, but there's a rabbit hole of theories to venture down, if you have a day to waste.
John Middleton Clayton
Clayton was a Republican Congressman-elect in Arkansas when he met his untimely demise. After one of the most hostly contested elections in Arkansas history, which saw stolen ballot boxes and voter bullying run rampant, Clayton lost by a narrow margin of 846 out of over 34,000 votes cast. Clayton contested and traveled to Plumerville, AR to investigate. Upon his arrival an unknown assailant shot through the window of the local boarding house room in which he was staying and killed him instantly.

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<![CDATA[The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-u-s-presidents-in-the-past-50-years
Who are the best U.S. presidents of the past 50 years? The presidents listed here are among the greatest leaders of the free world in modern history and are some of the best recent presidents. The men listed here are those who served as president since the early 1960s, so while Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower might have been excellent, they don't count -- at least, as far as this list is concerned. You can always go vote for these presidents (and more) on this list of the overall greatest U.S. presidents of all time.

What specific qualities determine whether a POTUS was great or not-so-hot? Factors to consider may vary and will often depend on your particular political affiliation. Certainly, voting on any good or bad list where a president is concerned is subjective.

Commitment to the betterment of the United States, an ability to lead under difficult or trying circumstances, and great character are just a few of the qualities people might consider when deciding on the president they think was the best. Over the past 50 years, 10 men have served as president -- some of them served for just one term and others served two full terms in office. Of these, only one can be top. . . so get voting!

If you're curious, you might want to see if any of the presidents listed here also appear on this list of the worst U.S. presidents of all time.


Barack Obama

Bill Clinton

George H. W. Bush

George W. Bush

Gerald Ford

Jimmy Carter

Lyndon B. Johnson

Richard Nixon

Ronald Reagan

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<![CDATA[The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-greatest-u-s-vice-presidents-of-all-time
The greatest United States Vice Presidents, ranked from best to worst. Vote up on the good VPs, and vote down on the bad ones. 

Don't forget to rerank this list and make your own version of the greatest U.S. Vice Presidents.

Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President (under Thomas Jefferson) - 1801-1805
Adlai Stevenson I
23rd Vice President (under Grover Cleveland) - 1893-1897
Al Gore
45th Vice President (under Bill Clinton) - 1993-2001
Harry S. Truman
34th Vice President (under Franklin D. Roosevelt) - 1945
John Adams
1st Vice President (under George Washington) - 1789-1797
John C. Calhoun
7th Vice President (under John Quincy Adams) - 1825-1832
John Tyler
10th Vice President  (under William Henry Harrison) - 1841
Lyndon B. Johnson
36th Vice President (under John F. Kennedy) - 1961-1963
Theodore Roosevelt
25th Vice President (under William McKinley) - 1901
Thomas Jefferson
2nd Vice President (under John Adams), 1797-1801

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<![CDATA[Silly Things People Blame Barack Obama For]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/silly-things-people-blame-obama-for/mike-rothschild
"Thanks, Obama!" The sheer amount of things that for which people blame US President Barack Obama is staggering. While one can have perfectly valid disagreements with how the President of the United States is conducting the affairs of the country, others blame him for virtually everything that happens anywhere in the world, from planes being shot down to construction projects failing. Gas too expensive? Obama's fault. Gas too cheap? Obama's fault. People don't like George Zimmerman? Obama's fault.

Here are some of the strangest and most absurd things for which conservative commentators and politicians pin the blame on Obama. When it comes to facts about Obama, there's plenty to know about his track-record, his politics, and the policies he's put in place. But many people tend to focus on the things they think they can blame him for, and are all too eager to make Obama a scapegoat for just about anything.

Though any Barack Obama biography will likely have some facts and controversies for which he can be rightfully blamed, saying that flight MH17 went down because of Obama might be a bit of a stretch. Upvote the craziest things people blame Obama for below and be sure to cast your votes for the things he's actually done, on this list of Barack Obama's enacted policies.


High Gas Prices
While campaigning for President in 2012, Mitt Romney made blaming the president for high gas prices a centerpiece of his pitch to voters, saying "he has not pursued policies that convince the world that America is going to become energy secure, energy independent."

People Disliking George Zimmerman
Of all the reasons to find George Zimmerman distasteful, the most absurd might be him blaming President Obama for inflaming racial tensions around the already racially tense death of Trayvon Martin - caused by George Zimmerman. In an interview with his lawyer, Zimmerman claimed President Obama made ”racially charged comments” that victimized him, and that he turned Americans against each other.
Ammunition Being More Expensive
From around the time of Barack Obama’s election in 2008 through 2013, certain types of ammunition became in short supply, and therefore became much more expensive. Who was to blame for this? President Obama, of course. Because he ordered the Department of Homeland Security to buy up as much as possible, so they can suppress the rights of ordinary Americans.

The actual reason is a complicated mix of increased manufacturing costs and higher demand. But never let that stand in the way of a good conspiracy theory.

The Weak Economy
According to Fox News, “the financial crisis had all but ended by December 2008. A severe recession continued into 2009 and a weak recovery is still with us, but the panic that characterized the September 2008 to November 2008 period was over before President Obama took office.” Sadly, it took several years of economic decline for everyone else to get the message.

"49 Million People" Being on Food Stamps
Another Donald Trump piece of logic was that when the bad economy is the President’s fault, everything about it is the president’s fault. Trump blamed Obama for "49 million people being on food stamps," although Trump was off by about two million.

The Capitol Gryocopter Landing
Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert pinned the blame for a homemade gyrocopter landing on the US Capitol lawn on President Obama’s immigration policy, saying on a radio show, “Homeland Security is so overwhelmed in trying to bring in and ship around illegal aliens and give amnesty to as many people as they can, the millions we’re told will ultimately have this amnesty, that they can’t do something as simple as protect the United States Capitol.”

Violence in Baltimore
A number of conservatives pinned the blame for the 2015 riots in Baltimore on the president, and the “culture” he fostered and for not leading properly.

The Response to Hurricane Katrina
A poll in 2013 found that nearly a third of Republican voters in Louisiana blamed President Obama for the ineffectual government response to Hurricane Katrina. It apparently didn’t matter that the storm took place three years before Obama’s election; it was Obama's fault anyway.

The War in Ukraine
While the Ukraine crisis is a complicated mix of Russian nationalism and old scores being settled, many conservative commentators have pinned it squarely on President Obama.

Among complaints against Obama regarding Ukraine are that he’s “weak” and “absent from foreign affairs.” He also makes “meaningless threats” and cut defense spending to punish America for being powerful.

Low Gas Prices
After spending months hammering Obama for prices going up, Fox News analysts turned around and blamed the president for gas prices going down. One wag wondered on the air if “cheap gas hurt the economy” and implied the president had the power to raise and lower gas prices at will.

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