Alexander Hamilton

Trump v. Biden? President and Former VP Lobby for a Fistfight
Burr and Hamilton used guns in 1804

President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted he would put former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., “down” in a fist fight they both appear to want. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Forget a debate. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. want to throw down with their fists.

Back in 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr and political rival Alexander Hamilton chose to settle their deep differences in perhaps the most American way, with guns. But Biden and Trump want to face off in an even more old-school way, by throwing hands.

Nadler Challenger Confuses 'Hamilton' With Hamilton
House candidate cites line from musical instead of founding father

No, the guy on the right did not write the Federalist Papers. (Courtesy Joan Marcus)

Oliver Rosenberg is a former investment banker challenging Jerrold Nadler for his New York House seat in Democratic primary elections Tuesday. But his performance during a recent radio talk show suggests that the serious-sounding biography is the only traditional aspect of Rosenberg's candidacy.  

During a 20-minute debate moderated Monday by New York City public radio icon Brian Lehrer, Rosenberg quoted a rap lyric from the musical "Hamilton" and attributed it to Alexander Hamilton, the author of The Federalist Papers. He also declared that he was running for Congress because the closing of local businesses had made it too hard to buy bagels in New York City — "I can't get my bagels and schmear!" he said. "We want our bagels back!" — and he repeatedly cited that guy with the lamb chop facial hair who founded the legendary "The Rent is Too Damn High" presidential party.  

Obama and Clinton Made History, No Matter How You Feel About Either One
It's worth pausing to acknowledge the symbolism

Barack Obama's presidency didn't shift the racial power balance in the U.S. and Hillary Clinton's candidacy won't result in women ruling the world. But symbols are important. (Jason Reed/Pool via CNP file photo)


Yes, I hear it. Barack Obama, with roots in Kansas and Kenya, Hawaii and Indonesia, was not really like most African Americans, so he didn't count. (This year, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson, backed by Rupert Murdoch, claimed the authentic black “experience” for himself, dismissing Obama altogether.) And Hillary Clinton , as the wife of a former president, with a lengthy political resume and a reputation for bare-knuckled dealings, is not your average female candidate, whatever that means, so she doesn't count. (Young women who felt disconnected from her because “she’s a woman, big deal” were the go-to subject of endless think pieces this primary season.)  

Political Friendly Fire
Some of the worst things politicians said about a candidate in their own party

Tell us what you really think about Ted Cruz, John Boehner. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former House Speaker John Boehner made headlines when he called Sen. Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the Flesh" and said that he had "never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."  

Boehner also said he would not vote for Cruz if he were the GOP presidential nominee. Republican problems with Cruz is nothing new. And it's not the first time there has been intra-party shade throwing.  

Harriet Tubman Reshuffles the Deck
Choice of abolitionist on the $20 bill tests Jacksonian loyalists

Did the Pulitzer help? Alexander Hamilton stays on the $10 bill, but Andrew Jackson is toast on the $20. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sometime in the future, someone looking to sell information in a crime movie will say, "I only speak to Harriet Tubman." And then that someone will be slipped a $20 bill.  

The Treasury Department's announcement on Wednesday that Andrew Jackson was coming off the front of the $20 bill and the black abolitionist was replacing him has been met for the most part with positive reactions.  

Alexander Hamilton Gets Reprieve, Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill
Hero of the Underground Railroad to replace Andrew Jackson after outcry

Hamilton College mascot "Alex," aka Alexander Hamilton, poses on the House steps holding a sign to save Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill in September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alexander Hamilton's place on the $10 bill appears to be safe, but President Andrew Jackson will lose his spot on the front of the $20 bill to Harriet Tubman, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced Wednesday.  

The decision provoked sheer delight among both Hamilton fans and advocates for a woman's face on U.S. currency.  

McConnell Once Wanted Reagan on $10 Bill, Now Says Replacing Hamilton Is 'Terrible Idea'

McConnell says taking Alexander Hamilton off the $10 bill to make way for a woman is a "terrible idea." In 2004, he talked up doing the same to make room for Ronald Reagan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Ronald Reagan died, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., proposed replacing Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with the Republican president. But McConnell slammed the Treasury Department's plan to replace Hamilton to make room for a woman when asked about it Tuesday.  

"A really bad idea, which is not to say that some woman or women in American history shouldn’t be honored, but the last person who ought to be removed from currency is the person who basically founded the American banking system and created the financial system for the United States, Alexander Hamilton," McConnell said in a local TV interview .