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 Myth of a Democratic Electoral Lock

    by Jeff Greenfield

    It wasn’t so long ago that Republicans though they had much of the country stitched up. Then a Clinton came along and that changed, fast.

  • The Year of the American Woman?

    by Manisha Sinha

    Trump’s unadulterated sexist criticisms of Hillary questioning her “mental capacity,” “physical stramina,” and recently claiming that she does not look Presidential, evoke arguments made by anti-suffragists nearly a century ago. 

  • Roundup Top 10!

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

  • Crazy, Fascinating & Horrifying

    This edition includes the story behind the infamous Chicago Trib "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline, Madison Grant's racist book, the odd black gravesite in the middle of a street, America's Marco Polo and more!

  • Pop Culture Roundup

    This Week:  Watch the building of the black history museum. See trailer for the new Beatles movie. Oliver Stone's "Snowden." Oscar Wilde's prison cell.  And much much more!

  • How racism has shaped welfare policy in America since 1935

    by Alma Carten

    With the continual unraveling of the safety net, the 20th anniversary of welfare reforms can be an impetus for taking a closer look at how racism has shaped welfare policy in the U.S. and to what extent it accounts for the persistently high poverty rates for black children.

  • There’s No Debate

    by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

    The candidates and the media have thoroughly corrupted the presidential debates. Our democracy deserves better. There's still time for a change.

  • How Much Latent Sexism Is Out There?

    by Ellen Fitzpatrick

    For much of the twentieth century, that opposition remained robust, with some 40 percent of Americans polled affirming as late as 1969 that they would not vote for a woman President.

  • Remember Working-Class Feminism!

    by Thomas J. Sugrue

    Most feminists aren’t on campuses demanding safe spaces. They’re getting up at 6 a.m. and heading to underpaid, “pink-collar” jobs.

  • Are we in for an October Surprise?

    by Julian Zelizer

    On the rare occasions when October Surprises have happened, they have not really impacted the outcome of the election.

  • When Donald Meets Hillary

    by James Fallows

    Who will win the debates? Trump’s approach was an important part of his strength in the primaries. But will it work when he faces Clinton onstage?