This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.

  • The new Detroit’s fatal flaw

    by Heather Ann Thompson

    Fifty years ago, Detroit burned. The new Detroit is making the same mistakes.

  • How Did We Become A Billionaires’ Republic?

    by Jedediah Purdy

    A new book argues that the Constitution’s framers believed that vast concentrations of wealth were the enemy of democracy — so what happened?

  • Revisiting H.L. Mencken in The Age of Trump

    by Frank Fear

    “On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of this land will reach their heart’s content at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

  • Why Trump and Mueller aren't Clinton and Starr

    by Julian Zelizer

    This comparison misses something pretty fundamental. Starr was working under the independent counsel law that Congress passed in 1978. So Clinton couldn't fire him.

  • Was the Founding Generation Right to Worry?

    by Sarah Swedberg

    Americans’ current level of concern about the mental health of the man serving in the White House goes beyond what many of us have seen in our lifetimes, but, like all concerns, this one, too has a history.

  • Summer of Love and Rage

    by Todd Gitlin

    If you were in the ghettoes of Newark, Detroit or scores of other cities that summer, you were not wearing flowers in your hair. Forget about utopia: You were staking out, in action, fury and bitterness.

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    This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.

  • Trump’s Austerity Politics

    by Kim Phillips-Fein

    How the president’s budget proposal grew out of New York’s financial crisis in the 1970s.