Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in New Hampshire, June 4, 2019.

When Joe Biden Collaborated With Segregationists

The candidate’s years as an anti-busing crusader cannot be forgotten—or readily forgiven.
James Buchanan at a George Mason University press conference (1986).

Mont Pelerin in Virginia

A new book on James Buchanan and public-choice theory explores the Southern roots of the free-market right.
The flag of the Confederate States flying over Fort Sumter after the evacuation of Robert Anderson's United States forces (1861).

Surrender in the American Civil War

During the Civil War, surrendering was an honorable way of accepting defeat — under the right circumstances.
Admiral William D. Leahy takes up a pen to execute one of the first duties of his new office as chief of staff to President Roosevelt, July 22, 1942.

The Hidden Power Behind D-Day

Admiral William D. Leahy was instrumental in bringing the Allies together to agree upon the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.
President Nixon gestures toward transcripts of White House tapes after announcing he would turn them over to House impeachment investigators and make them public in April of 1974.

Will Support Grow for Impeaching Trump? Data on Nixon Offers a Clue.

The shift in attitudes about Nixon's impeachment suggests that Congress' actions can shape public opinion.
The U.S. constitution displayed on a screen at the Republican National Convention (2008).

What Two Crucial Words in the Constitution Actually Mean

I reviewed publications from the founding era, and discovered that “executive power” doesn’t imply what most scholars thought.
President Lydon Baines Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law at the Harry S. Truman Library (1965).

The Surprising Origins of 'Medicare for All'

It was the original idea behind Medicare itself.
Supporters of Shiite Houthi rebels attend a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, December 5, 2017.

Congressional Action on Yemen May Be the First Salvo Against Presidential War Powers

President Trump’s skirting around Congress to sell arms to Saudi Arabia is only the latest example of presidential overreach.
President George W. Bush meets with the National Security Council Wednesday, July 5, 2006, in the Situation Room at the White House.

The Making of the Military-Intellectual Complex

Why is U.S. foreign policy dominated by an unelected, often reckless cohort of “the best and the brightest”?
Depiction of Benjamin Franklin at work on a printing press.

Free from the Government

The origins of the more passive view of the freedom of the press can be traced back to Benjamin Franklin.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report with redactions, April 18, 2019.

Now You See It, Now You Don't

On the danger that the US government's habit of redacting official documents poses to democracy.
Indonesian youths scavenge for plastic cups at a garbage-strewn dam in Jakarta, Indonesia (2010).

Inside the Long War to Protect Plastic

Single-use plastic is clogging oceans and landfills. The plastic industry has waged a decades-long campaign to keep it selling it.