There are people in America who want the rest of us to be afraid. History shows that every democracy that has crumbled did so in an atmosphere of fear.
A slow-burning hostility to constitutional abortion rights runs through the career of the author of the Supreme Court opinion overturning them.
The killing of a Chinese American, David Chin, 40 years ago changed the way people of Asian descent began to see themselves.
President Biden needs to nominate jurists who share his commitment to revitalizing antitrust enforcement. So far, he has not.
Even as his beliefs on abortion shaped global policy, he was never entirely at peace with the issue.
The primaries are exposing the rage at the core of the G.O.P.
As national security adviser, he pleaded guilty in an illegal scheme to aid Nicaraguan rebels in the 1980s. Guilt-ridden, he attempted suicide.
Matthew Continetti traces the hidden populist history of the American right.
Recreational puritanism begets itself.
Valerie Biden Owens is one of a handful of presidential sisters who have taken the opportunity to dish on their brothers.
Gary Gerstle’s “The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order” traces the political shifts that have characterized modern American history.
A Soviet-era pipeline, opposed by the president but supported by the oil and gas industry, set up the dependency that today helps fund the Russian assault on Ukraine.
In the 1970s the Republican Party tried to muzzle gay identity
A sixth-generation Mexican American, he served briefly as secretary of education under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
If he emphasizes the positive, reality will be on his side.
The Supreme Court must be an representative institution in touch with all of American life.
To overcome the dark side of right-wing populism, American liberalism needs to first democratize itself.
President Biden’s pledge to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court has drawn conservatives’ criticism. But they may just have a short memory.
Why I am drawn to Didion’s earlier work and its ambiguities.
A closer look at a recovery for the record books.
It has become a willing participant in a war for the soul of the country.
It depends on whether Jerome Powell at the Fed can pull a reverse Paul Volcker.
President Biden saw more of his judicial nominees confirmed in his first year than any president since Ronald Reagan. The Senate confirmed 18 federal judges in Donald Trump’s first year.
Why an alienated movement sees American life more clearly than its rivals.
She doesn’t just make art about pollution, she makes art out of it. Now her “Smog Collectors” series is on view at California State University, Fullerton.
A theory of political time explains how he has become a prisoner of great expectations.
It is hard to act as an ambitious president without incurring a penalty, even if your policies are popular.
The Supreme Court has empowered a lower court that is out of control.
How 2021’s echoes of the 1970s are making politics easy for Republicans.
Social welfare has been a boogeyman of the right and left since Reagan.
Maybe it was always a myth. It’s at least a distant memory.
He was Black and Republican, a soldier and a diplomat — and his life holds a particular message for a nation whose democracy is increasingly in peril.
And the left should start.
Justices who once derided judicial “meddling” are now meddlers themselves.
Mr. Hinckley, 66, who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be “untethered to the court” next year after a judge’s ruling on Monday, his lawyer said.
A lot of what they think they know just isn’t so.
Forty years after her appointment as the court’s first female justice, it’s worth reflecting on the path she took.
An absorbing account of the Iran-contra scandal avoids lecturing, but the lessons are unavoidable.
If Democrats want to create an enduring coalition to prevent the unraveling of democracy, they must return to their labor roots.
And the president deserves a lot of the credit.
He hasn’t dislodged James Buchanan from the bottom ranking, but history is unlikely to be kind to him.
They must manage a relationship that has gone sour so things don’t get worse, and figure out how to cooperate where they need to.
He faced fraud charges when he left the Reagan administration, but a jury acquitted him, leaving him to ask, “Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?”
The cycles of queer progress.
Four decades later, another elder statesman seeks to transform Americans’ ideas about the size of government.
As we creep back toward normal, what should we do about the rise of sexually transmitted infections?
Trump tried to end a 30-year program that shielded migrants, many fleeing conditions that U.S. foreign policy helped foster. What does America owe them?
The American Irish Historical Society’s mansion on Central Park has long symbolized the ascent of immigrants in the United States. It’s now on sale for $52 million, but many are citing mismanagement and asking the attorney general to intervene.
An extraordinary career for the man, a long defeat for his ideology.
How should you spend your life?