Two historians discuss today’s political climate and whether it has parallels with other periods.
The question isn’t whether they have anything of value to offer. It’s whether they can avoid partisan vituperation along the way.
Two historians consider whether it’s time to raise the possibility of decentralization amid frustrations with the federal government.
Two historians debate the FBI director’s dismissal and whether it’s reminiscent of the Nixon era—or if it’s just politics.
Two historians debate whether recent shifts are different in kind or merely in magnitude.
Good legislation often begins with a string of failures—and it’s hard to evaluate success after just three months.
Two historians debate whether the president has an opportunity to pivot to the center, or whether Washington’s polarization precludes that.
In the latest entry in their ongoing conversation, two historians debate the significance of the president’s wiretapping claims.
Two historians weigh in on how to understand the new administration, press relations, and this moment in political time.
The presidential nominee’s campaign has brought anti-Semitism into the mainstream in ways not recently seen—and his party may pay the price for years to come.
The Kerner Report confronted a tense nation with data about structural racism throughout the country and made recommendations to solve the problem. But America looked away.
Critics claim the ratings-hungry media is responsible for the rise of his brash, telegenic campaign. History suggests that’s not true.
If the GOP ends up in a brokered convention, the party might want to brush up on its 1976 contest—and the fine arts of groveling and goading.
Nominating Trump is better than a brokered convention. The fighting so far is nothing compared with tempers unleashed on a convention floor.
The rise of conservative outsiders like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump is not unprecedented. Ronald Reagan did it first in 1976—when he challenged a sitting president.
In 1976, he took on the Hawkeye State like no one had before, setting the precedent for hopefuls running in the race today.
Half a century ago, President Johnson signed a law—now known as No Child Left Behind—that he believed would solve inequality. But achievement gaps have only grown.
It's the 50th anniversary of the landmark address, when a sitting president embraced the demands of grassroots activists and made them his own.
Like Obama, JFK and LBJ found their agendas stymied by a hostile Congress, until American voters stepped in to demand change.