The gravest danger to American democracy isn’t an excess of vitriol—it’s the false promise of civility.
The president cannot fail—he can only be failed.
Trump’s conduct has been substantiated by his own statements.
As Trump’s demands grow ever more erratic, democracy rests on the willingness of bureaucrats to ignore the democratically elected chief executive.
The Framers underestimated the extent to which a demagogue might convince his supporters that the president and the people are one and the same.
Democratic primary voters should have a chance to evaluate how their potential standard-bearers fare against hostile criticism.
Within the bureau, there’s an asymmetry that even those who seek to play by the rules cannot ignore.
Law-enforcement agencies can arrest terrorists, but they cannot settle existential arguments about the nature of American democracy.
As long as the Republican Party and the conservative media are committed to defending Trump, their attempts to join their fellow Americans in eradicating the scourge of white supremacy cannot be realized.
No belief in the history of the United States has been more threatening to democracy than the certainty that only white people are fit for self-government.
The reaction to the special counsel’s testimony shows how deeply the president has conditioned the media to treat political events like reality television.
If multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere.
In a series of tweets attacking four Democratic congresswomen, the president reiterated his belief that only white people can truly be American.
The White House insisted allegations that it wanted to add a citizenship question to the survey for political reasons were conspiracy theories, right up until the moment the president confirmed them.
The Trump administration’s commitment to deterring immigration through cruelty has made horrifying conditions in detention facilities inevitable.
The chief justice has enshrined bad-faith argumentation as the legal strategy most likely to succeed at the Supreme Court.
A young gun-rights activist is entitled to mercy and understanding. But so are the millions of other children who never get it.
In an interview, the presidential hopeful outlines ambitious plans for reforming immigration and policing.
A faction of the religious right has concluded that if liberal democracy does not guarantee victory, then it must be abandoned.
As it weighs a census case, the Supreme Court will have to decide whether America is a nation for all its citizens.