<![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 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.
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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[The Most Ridiculous Political Pundits]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-most-ridiculous-political-pundits
This is a CrowdRanked list of the most over-the-top, spittle-stained, fist-thumping, hyperbolic political pundits of all time. Speakers, Writers, TV personalities or Radio Hosts... each of these people has a special place in the Hallowed Halls of Partisanship. The most obnoxious political pundits have a partisan point of view, and they are not afraid to share it!

Odds are if you hate annoying politicians, you already know and detest these obnoxious pundits. This list of political commentators includes men and women, Democrats, Republicans and Independents. If you see someone missing from this list, add them by making your own list that will add to the consensus. Or... just rank those that are already here as you see fit.

So who are the most obnoxious political pundits? This list will answer that question based on your votes.

Al Sharpton

Ann Coulter

Bill O'Reilly

Chris Matthews

Glenn Beck

Jesse Jackson

Karl Rove

Keith Olbermann

Rush Limbaugh

Sarah Palin

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<![CDATA[Most Outrageous Political Parties You Won't Believe Are Real]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weirdest-most-frivolous-political-parties/laurasxxx


Two-Tailed Dog Party
The Two-Tailed Dog Party is a comedic political party in Hungary, based on an absurdist ideology and led by Gergely Kovacs in Szeged since 2006.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality
CUTE is a British political party whose zombie-based platform is intended to mock politicians.

Source: Telegraph
Rhinoceros Party
The Rhinoceros Party is a federal Canadian party led by Francois Gourd, a Canadian satirist, that has been active in Montreal since 2006.

Source: Toronto Sun
Deadly Serious Party
The Deadly Serious Party is a completely non-serious 1980's Australian political party whose platform involves killer penguins.

Source: AEC.gov
Polish Beer-Lovers' Party
The Polish Beer-Lovers Party was founded in 1990 by a Polish satirist with the goal of reducing alcoholism by promoting cultural beer-drinking in lieu of vodka.

Source: TIME
Official Monster Raving Loony Party
The Official Monster Raving Loony Party was registered in 1983 by David Sutch in the United Kingdom with a satirical ideology.

Source: Telegraph

Anarchist Pogo Party of Germany
The APPD is a political party in Germany that promised in 1998 to "pay the voters with free beer."

Source: Independent Political Report
Church of the Militant Elvis Party
The Church of the Militant Elvis Party is a party in the United Kingdom focused on saving the Amazon rainforest and avoiding corporate imperialism in Britain.

Source: BBC
Donald Duck Party
The Donald Duck Party is jokingly named after the Disney cartoon character and has received substantial "protest votes" in Sweden throughout the mid-2000s.

Source: ABC News
Beer Unity Party
The Beer Unity Party is a now-defunct political party in Norway with a beer and brewery industry-related platform.

Source: University Times

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<![CDATA[Rank the Potential First Ladies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/potential-first-ladies/jessica-lawshe
As more people throw their hats into the presidential race for the 2016 election, it's high time to learn more about the women (and men) who could become the "first ladies" of the United States of America. Who are the potential first ladies and first gentlemen of the 2016 presidential race?

Just as their predecessors, each of these women (or men) will forever be recognized as having been married to an American president. But what of their other traits? Regardless of being married to a future president, many of these women and men have their own notable careers and have already made names for themselves in the history books. For example, Heidi Suzanne Nelson (wife of Ted Cruz), is a managing director at the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs and has spent time doing missionary work in Africa. Supriya Jolly Jindal (wife of Bobby Jindal) has not only made a Vanity Fair best dressed list, but is getting her Ph.D. in marketing from Louisiana State University. And of course, we can't help but mention that Bill Clinton (husband of Hilary Clinton) has already been a two-term president. 

Each First Lady brings to the White House her own unique experiences, personalities, and abilities, in addition to her own agenda. While it's still unclear what some of these women (and men) plan to add to their agendas, it's clear that healthcare, women's rights, and education are at the forefront. Of course, as women gain more and more traction in the political realm, it won't be long before America has its first female president, which could mean the first "First Gentleman" in the white house. In fact, it could be as soon as next election! (We're looking at you, Bill Clinton or Frank Fiorina.) There's also potential for the United States to not have a first anything: candidate Lindsey Graham is single.

So take a look at this list of possible 2016 First Ladies and then exercise your right to vote! Vote up the woman or man you think will make the best First Lady or First Gentleman!

Anita Thigpen Perry

Who: Wife of Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. 

Best First Lady Traits: She worked as a nurse for more than seventeen years, and has advocated for nursing and other health care issues in the past. Two nursing endowments have been set up in her name: the Anita Thigpen Perry Nursing Excellence Scholarship at West Texas A&M University and the Anita Thigpen Perry Endowment at the University of Texas at San Antonio, which focuses on nutrition, cardiovascular disease, health education, and early childhood development.

Pet Project Would Be: Health care in general, with an emphasis on immunizations, and raising awareness of breast cancer and Alzheimer's. As Texas Tech University Chancellor Kent Hance has said, “Healthcare is a big issue to her and her dad being a doctor – a country doctor – she certainly has a lot of opinions that were formed even at an early age over healthcare.” 

Sources: Wikipedia, The Hill

Bill Clinton

Who: Served as the 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001). Husband to Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton.

Best First Gentleman Traits: During his two terms as President, the nation had the lowest unemployment rate it had seen in modern times, the lowest inflation in 30 years, and the highest home ownership in the country's entire history. He also proposed the first balanced budget in decades and achieved a budget surplus.

Pet Project Would Be: The Clinton Foundation, whose purpose is to "strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence."

Source: WhiteHouse.gov

Columba Bush

Who: Wife of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. 

Best First Lady Traits: She is an advocate for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, and Arts for Life, a group that provides scholarships to young artists. Yet, it's interesting to note that during her husband's governorship in Florida from 1999 to 2007, she often retreated to Miami while he remained in Tallahassee. It was reported that she felt her husband's career had damaged their children and ruined her life. 

Pet Project Would Be: Perhaps nothing, if she chooses to stay out of the limelight. If she does decide to speak out it will most likely be to bring attention to victims of domestic violence or providing help to the youth of the nation.

Source: The Atlantic

Ruth Westheimer
Who: Wife of Republican candidate Lincoln Chafee. 

Best First Lady Traits: She was Rhode Island's first AIDS research nurse and went on to co-found the state's only clinic that provided free health services to the needy. She's known as being a wealthy philanthropist that is dedicated to health care-related causes. 

Pet Project Would Be: Healthcare and AIDS research.

Source: boston.com

Supriya Jolly Jindal

Who: Wife of Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal. 

Best First Lady Traits: After receiving her undergrad degree in chemical engineering (at Tulane), she went on to receive her master's degree in business and is working on a Ph.D. in marketing from Louisiana State University.

Pet Project Would Be: Most likely working to help promote science and technology education for children, just as her foundation, The Jindal Foundation does for the children of Louisiana. 

Source: International Business Times

Candy Carson

Who: Wife of Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson. 

Best First Lady Traits: She is a former concert violinist and graduate of Yale (that's where she and her husband first met). She and her husband founded the Carson Scholars Fund, which works to award students who have embraced high levels of academic excellence and community service with $1,000 college scholarships. 

Pet Project Would Be: Education.  

Sources: CarsonScholars.orgDaily Entertainment News

Catherine "Katie" Curran O'Malley
Who: A Baltimore City District Court judge and and wife of Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley.

Best First Lady Traits: Because of her position as a judge, she has never been publicly active in her husband’s political career. She's also an advocate for victims of domestic violence and has traveled all over the world to speak with other judges and prosecutors about how protective orders can best be used to help people in domestic violence situations.

Pet Project Would Be: Domestic violence prevention and bullying in schools.

Source: Aljazeera America

Jane O'Meara Sanders

Who: Wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Best First Lady Traits: Was president of Burlington College from 2004 to 2011. 

Pet Project Would Be: The cost of education and the need for job training.

Source: Bloomberg

Heidi Suzanne Nelson

Who: Wife of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. 

Best First Lady Traits: She works as a managing director at the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs and received her M.B.A.from Harvard. She is planning to take an unpaid leave during her husband’s campaign. Interesting fact: Ted Cruz is actually on her health insurance. During her childhood she spent time in Africa with her missionary parents.
Pet Project Would Be: It's hard to say, but
 she's spoken about wanting to give back, saying at one point, “It’s ingrained in our family that life is about giving back.” Perhaps her financial prowess can also be of use to her husband, should he take the presidency. 

Source: Heavy.com

Kelley Paul

Who: Wife of Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul.

Best First Lady Traits: She is a former political consultant who is up-to-date on the biggest issues facing the country and believes her husband is the man to get the job done. During an interview she said: “The biggest issues that we’re facing right now are a lack of jobs, concern over the debt and the deficit and the spending, and where that leaves our country. So, I think most women, like most men, are looking for a more prosperous country. … I think Rand has some great ideas and some great energy and that direction and I hope women will take a look at him.”

Pet Project Would Be: Right now she's focused on helping her husband win the election, and has said, “I see myself giving some more speeches probably, helping with some of his messaging.”

Source: MSNBC

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<![CDATA[The Most Important Qualities in Politicians]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/qualities-of-good-politicians/ranker-news
The most important qualities in politicians are listed here for your viewing, ranking, and voting pleasure. When one thinks of character traits that make a good politician, one thinks of things like integrity and optimism. It takes an intelligent, loyal, and likable person to win any election (whether on the local, state, or national level) let alone succeed as a president. Vote for the qualities of good politicians that you think are the most important.

From tact to charisma, possessing specific traits is critical when communicating with international leaders and constituents alike. That's why leadership qualities should include things like being a diplomatic person... characteristics like integrity and likability that help a person both campaign and lead a body of people. Undetermined politicians who do things based on party lines rather than based on their own morality and sense of independence belong in the category of negative characteristics for politicians.

This is a list that outlines the best qualities in a politician. Whether you consider yourself a political person or a completely neutral person, politician's actions directly affect you and your everyday life. Upvote the political characteristics you think are the most important! 












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<![CDATA[20 Things to Know About the Trans-Pacific Partnership]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-is-the-trans-pacific-partnership/mike-rothschild
What is the Trans Pacific Partnership? More than any publicly debated bill in decades, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 2015 trade agreement. has ignited a firestorm of animosity and bad feelings. It's a massive, hugely ambitious trade treaty between 12 nations that are seriously involved in commerce related to the Asia-Pacific area, encompassing countries that make up over 40% of US international trade. Signed into law on June 29, 2015, TPP will have a great impact on tariffs, manufacturing, banking, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, the environment, and international defense.

Any agreement as far-ranging and impactful as TPP is bound to generate controversy, and it's no surprise that there are a number of individuals and corporations that are bitterly opposed to it. It's a centerpiece of President Obama's second term, but has drawn considerable opposition from the Democratic party. Major tech companies oppose it, but many other big businesses support it - as do a number of prominent Republicans.

Adding to the confusion is that the passing of the TPP agreement required a number of other pieces to fall into place, two of which are are important pieces of legislation with similar names - TPA and TAA. Not only that, but the negotiations were conducted in secret, with virtually nothing having been made public about the contents of the treaty itself. What has been released was illegally leaked, and might be out of date.

How does one sort through all of this? What's the difference between TPP and TPA and TAA, and what impact will all of them have on your life? It's hard to know where to even start, so here are the most important questions you might want to ask about the Transpacific Partnership.


What Countries Are NOT in It?
Most notably, China is not a member of the TPP. It’s thought that one of the key purposes of the TPP is to serve as a counter to China’s growing dominance in trade and global commerce. Most of the regulations attached to the TPP specifically exclude China, and there are provisions being put in place to address Chinese currency manipulation. Despite all this, China could still join the agreement as its economy continues to Westernize.

Don't We Have a Right to Know What's in It?
Traditionally, trade talks are conducted in secret, as it’s thought that making these discussions public has a chilling effect on what’s actually talked about. TPP negotiations have been conducted under a media blackout, with no transcriptions or meeting notes published, even for members of Congress, until Wikileaks put a portion online in 2013. This amount of secrecy applied to talks of this size and scope has made a number of prominent legislators and business people extremely uncomfortable.

What's in the Parts That Have Leaked?
Depending on who you talk to, nothing good. The leaked portions of the intellectual property chapter shows that the US has been pushing for stronger copyright protections for music and film, as well as longer-lasting patents. This would drastically change the way generic drugs are made, as well as virtually slamming the door on works entering the public domain for the near future. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange bluntly put it this way: “If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.”
Whose Idea Was It?
The TPP originated in 2005 as a much smaller partnership between Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore. When President Obama took office, he sought to move US foreign policy away from the Middle East and toward Asia, and the United States assumed a major role in the negotiations. There have been 19 rounds of negotiations since 2010, when the member nations stabilized.

What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
In brief, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a proposed trade treaty between countries that are either in, or majorly effected by, trade in the Asia-Pacific region. It would seek to regulate commerce, eliminate tariffs between member states, and establish consistency in the Byzantine regulations that currently govern how goods are moved between nations.

What's the TPA?
While it has a very similar acronym to the TPP, TPA is a very different entity. In fact, it’s not really related to the TPP – except for being vital to passing it. Confused?

TPA stands for Trade Promotion Authority, and is also known as “fast track.” This authority is given to the President by Congress for use in negotiating trade agreements with foreign nations – trade agreements like the TPP. Under the rules of TPA, there are specific requirements to consult with and notify Congressional leaders of the progress being made in negotiations. Once the deal is finalized, Congress still needs to either support or oppose the agreement, but they do so in a simple up-or-down vote with no amendments that could potentially bog down elements of the agreement. This is often misinterpreted as the President having unilateral authority to approve agreements, but it’s not so.

What Countries Are In It?
There are currently 12 nations involved the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States, Australia, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mexico, Canada, and Japan. Four other nations have expressed an interest in joining the TPP negotiations: Colombia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and South Korea. Put together, these nations are responsible for 40% of the world's GDP and a quarter of the world's trade.
What Happened to TPA?
The previous term of TPA expired in 2007 – and the President has been working without it, meaning it would need to be renewed for TPP to move forward. In June 2015, a new version of TPA was approved by the Senate after narrowly being passed by the House. Numerous members of both parties voted against party line, showing the contentiousness of the issue. Essentially, TPA needed to be approved before TPP could be approved.

What Does TPP Do?
The TPP regulates virtually every area of commerce between its member nations. As such, it’s thought to contain provisions for everything from trade tariffs and drug costs to the minutiae of international trade such as yarn prices, to resolving disputes among member nations. It’s also believed that there are chapters related to legal issues, labor sourcing, financial services, environmental regulations, and intellectual property – among many others.

What Does the Text Actually Say?
Only the negotiators directly involved in the treaty know what the treaty actually says. The text itself is a closely-guarded secret. This has caused an enormous amount of controversy both in the governments of those nations and among the media. In fact, the only reason we know anything at all about the contents of the treaty is because in 2013, Wikileaks published chapters related to the regulation of intellectual property. Advocates of the treaty claim the secrecy is standard for all trade negotiations.

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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[Social Issues You Care About Most]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/social-issues-in-america-that-you-care-about-most/mike-rothschild
More than ever, Americans have their finger on the pulse of social issues - and aren't shy in talking about them. Social media especially has become a forum for expressing opinions and arguing with others about what the truly important things are, and what's just a distraction. While polling has the economy in general as the most vital social issue in America, there are a number of facets of the economy that mean different things to different people and many other social issues that have Americans paying attention.

What social issues do you care most about? Are they about you personally and things meaningful to your family - issues like unemployment and fiscal policy? Or are they issues about the state of the world in general, what we're doing to the planet, and how we treat the less-fortunate among us? The environment, climate change, scientific research, and campaign finance are all important issues for everyone - but that doesn't mean they're the most important ones to you. Some may never effect you in any way throughout your daily life.

Where do you stand on them, and how do you think the country and the world are doing in addressing them? Vote up the ones that mean the most to you, and add any you think are important that aren't on this list.

There's nothing like social policy to engender a good debate, so don't be shy in upvoting what you think is important, and downvoting what's not. Together, we can solve all our problems - or at least figure out what our problems are.


Some people think it's worse than ever, others think it's dead in America.

Terrorism is still a threat - but from the majority of Muslims?

Ineffective Government
According to Gallup, Americans believed this was the most important problem in the country in 2014.

Prison Industrial Complex
Are too many Americans being sent to prison?

War on Drugs
Is it working? Do we need it? Should people be protected from themselves?

Same-Sex Marriage
The Supreme Court has ruled, how will this affect American life?

Health Care Reform
Is the Affordable Care Act socialist, or helping millions of people?

Campaign Finance Reform
Do you think corporations are people?

Gun Control
Shall your right to own a machine gun not be infringed?

Income Inequality
The wealthiest Americans have more money than ever before. Is that right, or did they work harder for it?

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<![CDATA[The Most Annoying Character Traits of Politicians]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-makes-politicians-annoying/mel-judson
What makes a politician unbearable to the citizens he or she was elected to represent? In American politics, we can disagree about seemingly anything and everything, but we, the voters, can all agree that when politicians consistently display certain ugly qualities, they're pretty much guaranteed to frustrate everyone.

This list compiles the worst characteristics in elected officials. We're not talking about specific political positions that might be different from your own. We're not talking about criminality or corruption. We're talking about foibles, tendencies, and character flaws that are obnoxious in anyone you know personally, but that are downright infuriating in politicians, whether they're arrogant, dishonest, humorless, or narcissistic.

So we're here to list the political character traits that really get under your skin. This is a non-partisan compilation of the most annoying character traits in politicians, from your local city council all the way to the top. If there are any unpleasant qualities we missed, don't hesitate to add it to the list!












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<![CDATA[2016 Politicians Who Are Best at Evading Questions]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/politicians-dodging-questions/ranker-news
It's really no surprise that these politicians are good at evading questions. But when it comes to the 2016 candidates for US President, which candidate is the best question dodger, vague answerer, and all around evader of the straight answer? Vote up the politicians you think are the best at dodging questions, be they from journalists or everyday citizens on the campaign trail.

Which of these politicians running for president give the most "political" and vague answers? Leading up to the 2016 election, these career politicians have spent years governing or owning businesses, but it sure seems they also spent some time in "training to evade questions" school.

Politicians evading questions provide some of the most frustrating and entertaining parts of the campaign season, especially when the debates come along. Democrats and Republicans all unite, when it comes to the politicians themselves, because their candidates are constantly dodging questions. Watching Hillary Clinton AND Jeb Bush try to talk their way out of controversies or hard-hitting news questions is something that voters of any party or political beliefs can expect to see a lot of in the 2016 presidential election.

No matter who ends up becoming the 45th President of the United States, he or she will probably dodge the tough questions throughout their campaigns. Which candidate is a known question dodger? Which of these political superstars do you want a straight answer from, once and for all? Cast your votes below and head to the comments section to discuss the worst question dodges of the 2016 campaign.


Bernie Sanders

Bobby Jindal

Carly Fiorina

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Jeb Bush

Lincoln Chafee

Rick Perry

Rick Santorum

Ted Cruz

Ben Carson

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