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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