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Why We’re Still Obsessed With Watergate

The reasons that Nixon’s scandal endures when other presidents’ disgraces have not.
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The Time Nixon’s Cronies Tried to Overturn a Presidential Election

The gambit was cynical and disruptive, but in the end it didn’t work.

It Really Is Different This Time

Two dozen experts consider the George Floyd protests in light of protests past.

Is History Being Too Kind to George H.W. Bush?

The 41st president put self-interest over principle time and time again.

How Supreme Court Nominations Lost Their Apolitical Pretense

It used to be that nobody would admit to opposing a nominee for ideological reasons. Should we be happy that illusion is over?
Trump smirking.

Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?

A dozen historians weigh in.

America's 100 Other Declarations of Independence

The document we celebrate today wasn't just the work of Thomas Jefferson's individual genius. Everyone was doing it.
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U.S. Foreign Policy in the Cold War was Designed by a Bigot

George Kennan's diaries reveal just how much he hated America.

Supreme Court Cronyism

With the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, George W. Bush restarts a long and troubled tradition.