Complexity, partisanship, and a strong presidential narrative insulated Ronald Reagan from meeting the same fate as Richard Nixon, and those factors could also protect Donald Trump.
President Clinton showed that with persistence and leadership, legislative restrictions on firearms are attainable.
Lyndon B. Johnson was an effective policymaker but failed to protect his legacy—much in the same way Obama’s is being toppled today.
A year into his presidency, Trump has proven to be a reflection of the nation’s darkest political traditions.
Nixon’s excesses prompted Congress to reassert its own powers, but those changes eroded over time. Now, Trump is demonstrating anew all the dangers of unchecked executive authority.
Fifty years ago, the January 1968 battle laid bare the way U.S. leaders had misled the public about the war in Vietnam.
Republicans are hoping to use the deficits created by their own tax cuts to slash the social safety net—but they may end up setting the stage for tax hikes instead.
As Mueller’s investigation heats up, the president is drawing directly from Nixon’s playbook. This time, it might actually succeed.
In the 1990s, Republican majorities made a major push to police misconduct on Capitol Hill—but their sweeping reforms didn’t solve the problem.
Despite threats from GOP lawmakers, the likelihood of them taking action remains low.
While he gets high marks for using his executive power to enact policy changes, by most measures, he is not doing well.
In many respects, the way that the president thinks about politics is utterly conventional.
Even as they stress his civil-rights legacy, popular portrayals ignore the issue that loomed largest over Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency: the Vietnam War.
Only by reclaiming an earlier ideal will Congress be able to counteract the influence of corporations and the affluent.
Two historians debate the role of universities in fostering a commitment to the open exchange of ideas.
Bipartisanship most often occurs in moments when one party has deep internal divisions, or when there are strong political incentives to cooperate.
Two historians look for precedents for Republican opposition to Trump.
Extended runs in office are uncommon in the United States—no matter the individual.
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.