<![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 Most Influential People of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-most-influential-people-of-all-time
This is a list of the most influential people of all of human history. This means that the individuals on this list have had a significant effect on how regular people live their lives today and have had a large impact on how modern society works. The names on this list include religious figures, scientists and inventors, and some of the most important leaders in world history. Vote for your top choices and re-rank this list your way.

What makes an individual worthy of a spot on a list of the most influential people ever? Certainly, some of the greatest minds of all time deserve to be ranked highly. Examples include Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and certainly Albert Einstein. Each one of these incredible people used the power of their minds to change the world. Not surprisingly, several names on this list are also among the most famous role models we'd like to meet in person.

And modern-era figures also deserve to be listed here. Can anyone argue that Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg aren't among the most influential contemporary Americans? It's time to add your opinions on who you believe are the most influential people who ever lived, with your votes and your rankings.
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Adolf Hitler

Albert Einstein


Charles Darwin

Galileo Galilei

Isaac Newton

Jesus Christ

Leonardo da Vinci


Fredrick "hot wheels" Brennan
creator of 8chan and savior of anon

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<![CDATA[30 Famous Athletes Who Are Democratic]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/athletes-who-are-democratic/people-in-sports
This list contains information about athletes who are Democrats, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous boxers, NBA stars, and NFL players support the Democratic party. Some of these athletes are very outspoken about their political affiliation, while others are quieter on the subject. One former NBA star was even elected to the U.S. Senate.

Who is the most famous athlete who is a Democrat? LeBron James tops our list. LeBron James donated $20,000 to a committee to elect Barack Obama back in 2008. He also invited almost 20,000 people to a viewing party of Obama's "American Stories, American Solutions" television advertisement. Mike Tyson is known to be a flip-flopper when it comes to political affiliation, but he did donate to Barack Obama's campaign and refer to Republicans as "sell-outs."

After retiring from basketball, Bill Bradley was elected a three-term Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey. Muhammad Ali has supported the election of Democratic presidential candidates Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. He has also attended the Democratic National Convention. Warren Sapp is a Democrat, and he has often campaigned for the support of the public school system.

Are you surprised that so many professional athletes are Democrats? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh endorsed Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo endorsed Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter endorsed Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson is a firm supporter of the Democratic party. He has supported Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Barbara Boxer in their campaigns.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. donated to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
LeBron James
LeBron James donated $20,000 to a committee to elect Barack Obama back in 2008. He also invited almost 20,000 people to a viewing party of Obama's "American Stories, American Solutions" television advertisement.
Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan used to be very quiet about his political affiliation, but in recent years, he has supported Barack Obama by participating in fundraisers.
Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson is known to be a flip-flopper when it comes to political affiliation, but he did donate to Barack Obama's campaign and refer to Republicans as "sell-outs."
Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali has supported the election of Democratic presidential candidates Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. He has also attended the Democratic National Convention.
Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal supported Barack Obama's reelection in 2012.

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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 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" 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.

Also be sure to check out Ranker's ultimate list of The Best US Presidents.

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[Fictional Characters You Want to Run for President in 2016]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fictional-characters-you-want-to-run-for-president-in-2016/janaegreen
The year is 2016. The newly elected president of the United States steps behind the podium to give their Inaugural Speech. Wearing blue jeans and a leather jacket, our 44th Commander in Chief raises both thumbs into the air. The audience – err, the American voters – go wild as one word blasts from the loudspeakers: "Ayyyy."

Cue the jukebox, big and little screen viewers, because Sunday, Monday, Happy Days... these days are ours.

We, the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, know pop culture references because we're loyal to our favorite waffle-loving government workers and nerdy neighbors. But what's best about our tendency to binge-watch our favorites? We know which characters would be ideal for getting us out of a couple of jams. Whether they're teaching valuable life lessons in their garden or thinking fast and acting faster (with duct tape), it's no wonder that some of our favorite fictional people exist merely because we like them enough. After all, viewers have the power to impeach any character's popularity simply because they're sick of their shenanigans. So pause your live streaming (and probably change out of that stale t-shirt) and vote for the ideal presidential leader from your favorite fictional characters below.


You Know Him As: Arthur Fonzarelli, the rebel with a cause on Happy Days
Fonzarelli's Political Platform:

Lisa Simpson
You Know Her As: Uber-intelligent middle child on The Simpsons
Simpson's Political Platform: "Don’t you think we ought to attack the roots of social problems instead of jamming people into overcrowded prisons?"

Liz Lemon
You Know Her As: Creator and writer of "The Girlie Show" on 30 Rock
Lemon's Political Platform: “I love America. Just because I think gay dudes should be allowed to adopt kids and we should all have hybrid cars doesn’t mean I don’t love America."

Nick Fury
You Know Him As: Colonel Nicholas Joseph Fury in The Avengers
Fury's Political Platform: "I still believe in heroes."

You Know Him As: Man-sized rat and ninjutsu master in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Splinter's Political Platform: "Sometimes the enemies of an enemy can be a friend."

Angus MacGyver
You Know Him As: Resourceful secret agent on Macgyver
Macgyver's Political Platform: "I've found from past experiences that the tighter your plan, the more likely you are to run into something unpredictable."

Eddard Stark
You Know Him As: Head of House Stark and Warden of the North on Game of Thrones
Stark's Political Platform: "The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword."

Leslie Knope
You Know Her As: Deputy Parks Director on Parks and Recreation
Knope's Political Platform: "You only get one chance to make a second impression."

George Feeny
You Know Him As: Grade-school teacher, principal, and college professor on Boy Meets World
Feeny's Political Platform: "Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good."

Roseanne Conner
You Know Her As: Wise-cracking wife, mother, and writer on Roseanne
Conner's Political Platform: "I consider myself a good judge of people and that's why I don't like none of 'em."

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<![CDATA[The Scariest Threats to the United States]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-scariest-threats-to-the-united-states/analise.dubner
Lots of stuff to be scared of these days... more than usual, even in our normal fear-based-economy. The media and the pundits and the politicians love to find new things for you to be afraid of every time they want your attention or your votes or your money... but what do you think the REAL threats to America are? Vote up your biggest fears and re-rank the list in the order of most important to least important and make sure to ADD any scary stuff I missed.

Anti-Vaccination Movement
This anti-science movement threatens society's Herd Immunity and is allowing viruses (measles, pertussis) that were nearly eradicated to come back.
California is gripped in a drought that shows no signs of ending. Towns have already run out of water. It is getting worse all across the Western US.
Our elected public servants may have started out wanting to change the world, but now they are just a cog in the machine that pays them.
Unenforced or Lax Safety Regulations
As manufacturers and corporations gain record levels of power with our politicians, the regulations that protect people are quietly being ignored or disempowered.
Method of ideological warfare
Cyber Attacks
International hackers messing up our financial system

Disregarding Our Constitution

Privatizing Education
The weird drive to shut down public, accessible education for all in favor of privatization.
The Media Itself
They feed us whatever sells ad dollars and leave out whatever doesn't. 
It's becoming harder and harder to get out of poverty as the middle class vanishes and the rich get richer. 

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<![CDATA[The Most Important Leaders in World History]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-most-important-leaders-in-world-history
This is a list of the most important and influential leaders in the history of the world. Who are the most important world leaders? Anyone can vote on this definitive list of the men and women who shaped our civilization – for better or worse – making it a collaborative list of the greatest leaders in human history.

Visionaries, pragmatists, conquerors, and humanitarians all share this list. Rank them in terms of importance and add anyone you see missing. So, who are the most impacting world leaders in history?

Abraham Lincoln


George Washington

Julius Caesar

Mahatma Gandhi

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Napoleon Bonaparte

Winston Churchill

Augustus Caesar

Alexander The Great

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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

Marie Curie

Nikola Tesla


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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<![CDATA[The Most WTF Things Politicians Said This Year]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wtf-things-politicians-said-this-year/mel-judson

The most shocking political quotes of 2014 are here, and they are all from elected officials! This list ranks the craziest politician quotes from the year, including all of the worst gaffes and all of the most ridiculous, foot-in-mouth moments from some of the world's most prominent officials. The most disturbing lines on the list, of course, come when these politicians and candidates really did mean what they said. Though politicians are typically excellent public speakers, these elected leaders have made 2014 a year with plenty of funny political quotes and surprising political statements.

Whether they’re hilarious blunders, like gay marriage opponent Rick Santorum saying it’s “fun” to “bang the president,” or absolutely horrendous, like Indian politicians defending rape as “accidental,” all of these ridiculous statements from politicians will have you asking, “WTF?” But WTF moments from politicians in 2014 extend beyond America. Many international politicians have gotten in on the fun too. In addition to quotes from political party officials in Indian Parliament, the ridiculous political statements on this list include everyone’s favorite Canadian politician, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

What crazy things have politicians and world leaders said in 2014? This list compiles the best of the worst quotes from senators, representatives, governors, vice presidents, former presidents, and current president(s) alike. No matter their status in national or international government, these leaders have all made some very public errors in 2014. 


Babulal Gaur
"This is a social crime which depends on the man and the woman. It is sometimes right and sometimes wrong."

Babulal Gaur Yadav (Bharatiya Janata Party) gave this defense of rape after the 2014 Badaun gang rape. Even the party distanced itself from the Indian politician, saying it was only his personal opinion.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama (Democrat) awkwardly said this to a White House crowd, which included Aretha Franklin. POTUS, evidently, isn't great at spelling.

Bill Clinton
"The great thing about not being president anymore is you can say whatever you want. Unless your wife might run for something."

Bill Clinton (Democrat) is definitely on track to be the first and funniest first gentleman. This quote almost insinuates that former President Clinton wasn't honest when he was in office! Who would have thought?!

Brian Schweitzer
"If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say – and I'm fine with gay people, that's all right. But my gaydar is 60-70 percent."

Brian Schweitzer (Democrat) hinted at Eric Cantor, who's straight, being homosexual. Maybe he thought that because he's part of the "gay-friendly" party, he could casually drop the word "gaydar"? The former governor of Montana later apologized.

Joe Biden
"Isn't it a bitch? I mean... excuse me. The vice president thing."

Joe Biden (Democrat) was talking to a fellow vice president, this one of the Harvard business school and got real comfortable, even though he was in front of a crowd. Does everyone's favorite gaffe-machine not like his job?

Mulayam Singh Yadav
"Boys will be boys... They commit mistakes."

Mulayam Singh Yadav (Samajwadi Party) delivered this line during his argument against capital punishment for rape. As chairman of his party and member of Parliament, Yadav doesn't seem worried about voicing his beliefs.

Sarah Palin
"Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists."

Sarah Palin (Republican) told NRA members that this is what terrorists would know if she "were in charge." And thus, she reminded us, again, why she didn't snag that Vice Presidential position a few years back.

Thom Tillis
"Let's enforce laws already on the books."

Thom Tillis (Republican) decided to defend the fact that women earn 82 cents on the dollar as compared to men. A candidate for Senate in North Carolina, he clearly let voters know that he doesn't care much about the gender pay gap and caught a fair amount of flak.

Steve Vaillancourt
"Does anyone not believe that Congressman Annie Kuster is as ugly as sin? And I hope I haven't offended sin."

Steve Vaillancourt (Republican) is not the most female-friendly Congressman. The representative from New Hampshire wrote this in a 2014 blog post, even going on to compare the Congresswoman to a drag queen. He's known for formerly being a Democrat, accusing a man of having child porn with no proof in 2007, and being suspended from the House floor after saying "Sieg Heil" to the Speaker.


Ram Sewak Paikra
"Such incidents do not happen deliberately. These kind of incidents happen accidentally."

Ram Sewak Paikra (Bhariatiya Janata Party) shocked the world with this characterization of rape. The Indian cabinet minister and senior leader is responsible for law and order in the state assembly. How comforting.


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<![CDATA[The Best Political Films Ever Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-political-films-ever-made
Political movies can approach the notion of politics and government from numerous perspectives, and with many wildly divergent purposes. Some of the earliest and best-remembered films were essentially propaganda tools being used by a political party or ideological group, hoping that the new media of cinema could be useful in helping to persuade or mollify the masses. (In some cases, as with the Nazi documentary "Triumph of the Will" or Sergei Eisenstein's massively influential "Battleship Potemkin," they were undeniable successful, at least initially.)

Political films can also serve the opposite purpose, encouraging people to distrust or even fear their government, or attacking an individual politician or political movement specifically. The paranoia thrillers of the 1970s, for example, reflected America's distrust in its own leaders following the Watergate and other corruption scandals. More recently, George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck" told a true story about journalist Edward R. Murrow facing off against Joseph McCarthy, but as a way of discussing political issues that remained relevant even upon its release in 2005.

Many Americans' understanding of complex political situations, both in their homeland and in other countries, as well, comes from watching popular films. For example, the satirical take on the politics of war in "Wag the Dog," the insights into Greek politics provided by Costa-Gavras "Z" or the look at Bolivian elections in the documentary "Our Brand is Crisis."

This list includes notable and significant political movies from throughout cinema history from all different styles and genres. It is VoteRanked and Open, so be sure to vote up your favorites, vote down the movies you don't think belong on the list and add any other suggestions you have at the bottom of the page.

Check out more lists like this awesome collection of political thrillers, slave movies that will make you question the justice of history, and the top napoleon movies ever made


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

All the President's Men


Hotel Rwanda

Judgment at Nuremberg

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Schindler's List

The Great Dictator

The Manchurian Candidate

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