He may well try to govern as an authoritarian. Whether he succeeds depends less on what he does than on how civil society responds.
The outgoing president has resolved old problems and avoided new ones.
It happened gradually—and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse.
Why Americans tend more and more to want inexperienced presidential candidates
The Confederate flag has been taken down at South Carolina’s Capitol. Why not get J. Edgar Hoover’s name off the Bureau’s headquarters?
When President Obama tells Americans to stop worrying, he’s accused of fecklessness. But he has a point: we have never been safer.
What a growing body of research reveals about the biology of human happiness—and how to navigate the (temporary) slump in middle age
Faced with sweeping social change, conservative Christians are walling themselves off from secular society. But when religion isolates itself, both sides lose.
Why Washington needs more honest graft
Medical treatment for aging, chronically ill patients is costly and often ineffective. Can they get better care at home?
How Anita Bryant, Jerry Falwell, and Orson Scott Card have advanced the cause of gay rights
What happens when a young man who doesn't yet know he's gay tries to get into bed with a woman? An excerpt from Denial: My 25 Years Without a Soul, a new memoir of self-torment and sexual discovery.
Angelo Volandes's low-tech, high-empathy plan to revolutionize end-of-life care
It will mean concessions from both Democrats and Republicans, but it will be good for America.
There is no modern precedent for America's stalled middle class -- or for the double detachment from work and marriage among low-earning men. So, what do we do now?
The U.S. economy is still a powerful engine, but workers aren't seeing the benefits, less-educated men are struggling, and the rich have disconnected from everyone else.
Economic research shows that the growing gap between rich and poor harms America by creating instability and suppressing growth.
Emerging research suggests that the growing gap between rich and poor harms the U.S. economy by creating instability and suppressing growth.