Beware the Ruinous Optimism of Democratic Leaders

Millions of Democratic voters can see and feel that American politics has changed in profound ways since at least the 1990s.

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Donald Trump and the Romance of Regime Change

What made John Eastman so eager to foment a constitutional crisis?

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America’s Doug Mastriano Problem

The Republican Party’s strategy to contain populist rebellion didn’t work in Pennsylvania.

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Congress Clears Bill to Allow Lending Arms to Ukraine

House passage of the measure, which invoked the World War II-era Lend-Lease Act, sent it to President Biden for his signature.

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Cox/Roosevelt Campaign Button From 1920 Sells for $185,850

The political button business has been booming. A Cox/Roosevelt campaign button from 1920 was auctioned for a six-figure sum this week.

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The Road Ahead for the Democrats: Here Are Some Directions

As the Democrats seek a sharper message, readers have some ideas. Also: The world must act in Ukraine; encourage parents.

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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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Smedley Butler, America’s Wars, and the Threat to Democracy

The life of Smedley Butler shows us that we can’t fix American democracy without reckoning with its military interventions.

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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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What Is Joe Biden Thinking?

The strange strategy of a staggering presidency.

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F.D.R.’s Court-Packing Plan Had Two Parts. We Need to Bring Back the Second.

Roosevelt warned about courts becoming a “third house of the national legislature.” History may be on the verge of repeating itself.

#appeals-courts-us, #law-and-legislation, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

On Trump, Truth and Press Coverage

Responses to a column by Ross Douthat about Donald Trump, politics and the press. Also: Russia and Ukraine; keeping place names; F.D.R. and Churchill.

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The Disconnect Between Biden’s Popular Policies and His Unpopularity

Voters often punish a president for pushing an unpopular agenda. But President Biden has been learning that they rarely reward a president for enacting legislation.

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How the U.S. Lost Ground to China in the Contest for Clean Energy

Americans failed to safeguard decades of diplomatic and financial investments in Congo, where the world’s largest supply of cobalt is controlled by Chinese companies backed by Beijing.

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The Decision That Cost Hitler the War

“Hitler’s American Gamble,” by Brendan Simms and Charlie Laderman, examines Hitler’s ill-fated choice to declare war on the United States.

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Joe Manchin Doesn’t Like What Joe Biden Is Doing

Why is that?

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Eighty Years Later, Biden and Johnson Revise the Atlantic Charter for a New Era

The original was the work of Churchill and Roosevelt at the dawn of World War II. The new version pledges cooperation against 21st century global challenges and rivalries.

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Grading Biden on the F.D.R. Curve

Is the Biden honeymoon over? For some, it never started.

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Have Joe Biden’s First 100 Days Been That Transformational?

A politics driven by threats from angry voters, domestic uprisings and foreign states will not break the American impasse.

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Roosevelt Transformed America. Biden Could, Too.

My hometown in Oregon shows what the federal government can do — and also what happens when it stops trying.

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F.D.R. Didn’t Just Fix the Economy

He saved democracy itself.

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Can Biden Be Our F.D.R.?

President Biden wants to change the trajectory of the country. He’s off to a good start.

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Biden Creating Commission to Study Expanding the Supreme Court

The commission will also examine other potential changes such as term limits for justices. Progressives are pushing President Biden to add seats to balance the court’s conservative majority.

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On Monopolies, Biden Should Follow F.D.R.’s Example

Roosevelt’s choice to run the antitrust wing of the Justice Department, Robert Jackson, took just 14 months to change the country.

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Angelina Jolie’s Churchill Painting Fetches $11.5 Million

The painting, “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque,” was a gift to Jolie by Brad Pitt and is believed to be Churchill’s only World War II-era landscape.

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Can Biden Save Americans Like My Old Pal Mike?

A childhood friend’s deadly mistakes prompt reflection on our country’s — and my own.

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Biden to Revive Weekly Address That Faded Under Trump

A White House seeking to advance its agenda introduces a format that includes the president speaking with handpicked citizens.

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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’s Fast Start Echoes F.D.R.’s. Now Comes the Hard Part.

The most daunting challenge for Mr. Biden in the weeks ahead will be balancing his stated desire for bipartisanship with his sense of urgency.

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The First Post-Reagan Presidency

So far, Joe Biden has been surprisingly progressive.

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Sharpshooters, Protesters, a Secret Train Trip

The inaugural of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is not the first to take place at a tense moment in American history.

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When Biden Becomes … Rooseveltian!

Using a crisis to reduce child poverty and make America more truly a land of opportunity.

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Why Polling on The 2020 Presidential Election Missed the Mark

As politics becomes a high-stakes spectator sport, pollsters are reviewing their latest failures. But is part of the problem the public’s overly high expectations of precision?

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Biden Invokes F.D.R. to Reach Across Partisan Divide in Georgia

In the rural hills of Georgia, a state he is seeking to win, Joseph R. Biden Jr. called for “healing” and “restoration,” and a commitment to a common purpose to meet the challenges of the coronavirus.

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America Has No Reason to Be So Powerful

Eighty years ago, the United States made a tragic decision to pursue global supremacy. The project has outlived its purpose.

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Biden’s Covid Response Plan Draws From F.D.R.’s New Deal

Mr. Biden has staked his campaign on a more muscular federal role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. But some of his big government proposals may be difficult to put into effect.

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Book Review: ‘Eleanor,’ by David Michaelis

David Michaelis’s “Eleanor” describes an unstoppable force who had a profound effect on American politics.

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Managing the Bedbugs, Bathroom Shortages and Big Egos at Yalta

“The Daughters of Yalta,” by Catherine Grace Katz, recounts the events of the 1945 conference from the perspective of three daughters of Allied leaders who proved themselves indispensable.

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Down With Judicial Supremacy!

The Supreme Court was never meant to be the only arbiter of the meaning of the Constitution.

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The Secret History of America’s Only WWII Refugee Camp

At the height of the war, 982 refugees fleeing the Nazis were invited by President Roosevelt to a converted military base in upstate New York.

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Britain and the U.S.: A Forced and Unequal Marriage

“The Churchill Complex,” by Ian Buruma, examines the invented kinship of Anglo-American relations since World War II.

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How the U.S. Won the War Against Japan

Ian W. Toll’s “Twilight of the Gods,” the third volume of a trilogy, details the American triumph in the Pacific War.

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More Than Just a Tweet: Trump’s Campaign to Undercut Democracy

Floating the idea of delaying the election was the latest step in the president’s running effort to discredit the election, risking long-term damage to public trust in the system.

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The Future of American Liberalism

What Biden can learn from F.D.R.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capitalism-theory-and-philosophy, #liberalism-us-politics, #new-deal-1930s, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #united-states-economy

Mexico’s President Is All In for Trump

Mexican democrats will not forget Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s reverence to the man who has maligned us.

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It’s My 100th Birthday. It’s Been Quite a Century.

I grew up in the Great Depression and served in World War II. Trust me when I say America will survive this crisis, too.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-depression-1930s, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Pandemic Has Created a Youth Unemployment Crisis. We Can Fix It.

The Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps helped build America at a time of national crisis.

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Congress: Enact a Federal Job Guarantee

Congress should enact a federal jobs guarantee.

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How to Run for President in the Middle of a Pandemic

Turns out that 19th-century political campaigns offer some tantalizing clues.

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The Virus Won’t Revive F.D.R.’s Arts Jobs Program. Here’s Why.

The Federal Art Project, part of Roosevelt’s sweeping employment plan, gave work to thousands of artists, but politics and society were different then.

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