U.T. Austin Acquires Archives That Give Insight Into the 1960s

The papers of Richard Goodwin, a speechwriter to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and his wife Doris Kearns Goodwin, a presidential historian, shed light on decision-making at crucial moments in American history.

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Democrats Used to Be Able to Get Things Done. What Happened?

They need a social movement powerful enough to force liberal elites to advance sweeping reforms, rather than tinker around the edges of a broken system.

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Why Biden’s Agenda Brings Him Closer to L.B.J. Than F.D.R.

The president’s agenda — big progressive change — has placed Democratic priorities over the voters’ desire for practical help on the pandemic and inflation.

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Fighting Inflation Means Taking On Corporations

Easing spiking prices will take more than raising interest rates.

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The Enduring Importance of the 1965 Immigration Act

How Asians arrived in America.

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America’s Military Is Too Big for America’s Good

Global military dominance has not lived up to its hype for American interests. 

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When Will Biden Join the Fight for Voting Rights?

It’s impossible to conclude that the president has been pulling out all the stops to defend voting rights.

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To Save His Presidency, Biden Must Tell the Truth About Afghanistan

He may not be able to save his ambitious legislative agenda unless he understands this crucial lesson from the past.

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Five Choices? New Yorkers Take a New Voting Method in Stride

New York City voters used a ranked-choice voting system for the first time in a mayoral race on Tuesday.

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The Pentagon Papers’ Lessons Went Unlearned

As a soldier in Vietnam, I already knew what the Pentagon Papers revealed. In the years since, America’s leaders have repeated the same mistakes.

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How One Epic Document Exposed the Secrets of the Vietnam War

With the Pentagon Papers revelations, the U.S. public’s trust in the government was forever diminished.

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A Progressive Vision Is Possible if We Spend Money Thoughtfully Now

The American Rescue Plan has the potential to be the most effective social care package since the 1960s.

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Ramsey Clark, Attorney General and Rebel With a Cause, Dies at 93

Mr. Clark oversaw the drafting of the Fair Housing Act in 1968 and went on to defend both the disadvantaged and the unpopular.

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Meet the New Cuomo. Same as the Old Cuomo.

We should have known who he was all along.

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Beneath Her Decorous Demeanor, ‘Lady Bird Johnson’ Was a Political Force

The new biography, by Julia Sweig, shows the wife of Lyndon B. Johnson to have been ahead of her time (and possibly her husband) on women’s rights, racial disparities and other issues.

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In Lady Bird Johnson’s Secret Diaries, a Despairing President and a Crucial Spouse

A new book reveals how the former first lady not only provided a spouse’s emotional ballast but also served as an unrivaled counselor who helped persuade Lyndon B. Johnson to stay in office.

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Why Is Space Command Moving Into Mo Brooks’s Backyard?

The congressman from Huntsville, Ala., was quick to claim that the 2020 election was stolen. His district continues to get special treatment.

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Nobody Wins in an Economy of White Resentment

But there is a way out of America’s zero-sum socioeconomic thinking.

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The Exponential Power of a $15 Wage Floor

Biden can improve the lives of hundreds of thousands with a single executive order.

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Biden Seeks to Define His Presidency by an Early Emphasis on Equity

Only two presidents before him have used their inaugural weeks to push for equality with the same force, according to one historian.

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Bryan Cranston Won’t Play Donald Trump

The actor who portrayed Lyndon Johnson and Walter White says he’s drawn to broken characters. But he’s got his limits.

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What We Found in Robert Caro’s Yellowed Files

The author of “The Power Broker” and a multivolume biography of L.B.J. is giving awed archivists — and New York — access to more than 50 years of research.

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Alan S. Boyd, Nation’s First Transportation Chief, Dies at 98

Lyndon B. Johnson chose him to lead a new department integrating vast air, sea and land systems. He also led Amtrak and the Illinois Central Railroad.

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Joe Biden and the Leaders of 2020: Educated by Public Universities

They’re the graduates of public universities, and they’ve stepped into the void of presidential leadership.

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Trump’s False Claim That ‘Nobody Has Ever Done’ More for the Black Community Than He Has

The records of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson, among others, beg to differ.

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No More Lynching!

Legislation won’t fix white supremacy. But a government response can ensure that cruelty is punished.

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State and Federal Agencies Use Pandemic to Stifle Oversight

Ignoring Freedom of Information Act requests during the crisis damages democracy.

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