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  • Originally published 02/09/2016

    Trump’s 19th Century Foreign Policy

    Thomas Wright

    His views aren’t as confused as they seem. In fact, they’re remarkably consistent—and they have a long history.

  • Originally published 02/02/2016

    Foreign Policy Winners and Losers in Iowa

    Juan Cole

    The Iowa Caucus voters likely voted mainly on domestic policy issues, but it is worth considering the foreign policy implications of the winners of the primary.

  • Originally published 01/21/2016

    Reagan Historian Craig Shirley Thinks Trump, or Cruz Could Beat Hillary

    Shirley said that he thinks Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) could likely reassemble the old so-called Reagan coalition to beat Hillary, while adding that Trump’s “developing” conservatism, which he termed “Trumpism” could likely also beat her and perhaps even more handily.

  • Originally published 01/20/2016

    Clinton Library set to release Donald Trump records

    The library is set to make public nearly 500 pages of records pertaining to Trump, detailing the Clinton White House's interactions with Trump and his Trump Organization, as well as how Clinton aides prepared to field questions about Trump's entry into the 2000 presidential race.

  • Originally published 01/19/2016

    Natural-Born Presidents

    Jill Lepore

    To cling to the narrowest possible meaning of “natural born citizen” is to cling to the narrowest possible understanding of citizenship.

  • Originally published 01/15/2016

    Trump follows in the footsteps of man he claims to despise

    Bruce J. Schulman

    A Washington outsider, anathema to his party’s establishment, rides a wave of discontent with politics-as-usual to an early lead in the presidential nominating contest. Donald Trump in 2016? No, Jimmy Carter in 1976.

  • Originally published 01/12/2016

    Ted Cruz is not eligible to be president

    Mary Brigid McManamon

    When discussing the meaning of a constitutional term, it is important to go beyond secondary sources and look to the law itself. And on this issue, the law is clear: The framers of the Constitution required the president of the United States to be born in the United States.

  • Originally published 01/12/2016

    More ‘Progressive’ Than Thou

    Beverly Gage

    When Washington reformers became ‘liberals,’ ‘progressives’ in turn became more radical.

  • Originally published 01/08/2016

    What Donald Trump Owes George Wallace

    Dan T. Carter

    The real estate mogul won’t be the president, just as the former Alabama governor wasn’t. But losers as well as winners shape the future.

  • Originally published 12/21/2015

    Political Party Meltdown

    Kevin Baker

    The strategists who wanted greater ideological purity may have gotten more than they bargained for.

  • Originally published 12/15/2015

    Who’s Really ‘Radical’?

    Emily Bazelon

    Politicians and movements have long used the term to reference opposition or significant change. But these days, it’s most often used to describe terrorists.

  • Originally published 12/15/2015

    Trumping History

    Michael Kazin

    The Trump phenomenon is better understood as an amalgam of three different, largely pathological strains in American history and culture.

  • Originally published 12/15/2015

    GOP: A Neo-Fascist White-Identity Party?

    Michael Tomasky

    It started 20 years ago, with pandering to racist and xenophobic movements. But today, in Trump’s GOP, it’s not so fringe anymore.

  • Originally published 12/10/2015

    Trump: A Modern Day Joe McCarthy

    Max Boot

    Most reporters abhor Trump and everything he stands for. Yet they remain the instrument by which he is able to elevate himself to the top of the Republican race and to the center of the national conversation.

  • Originally published 12/08/2015

    Is Donald Trump a fascist?

    "My first reaction is that he is not principled enough to be a Fascist." -- Historian

  • Originally published 12/03/2015

    Know Nothings – The Sequel

    John Dickson

    The shameful ignorance on display in this presidential election – by the people running for high office.

  • Originally published 12/02/2015

    The History Behind Ted Cruz’s ‘Condom Police’ Joke

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may have amused his supporters Monday when he joked about the “condom police” during a presidential campaign stop in Iowa — but bans involving birth control were no laughing matter in the past.

  • Originally published 11/30/2015

    It Can’t Happen Here?

    Ron Briley

    The sad, depressing American history of xenophobia and repression during times of crisis. 

  • Originally published 11/19/2015

    Party Like It Is 1932

    Andrew Meyer

    Donald Trump's recent assent to the idea that Muslim Americans be given special identifications is so grotesquely reminiscent of the yellow "Star of David" badges issued by the Nazi regime as to boggle the mind. The situation might be tragically laughable if Trump himself were not still gaining in the polls.

  • Originally published 11/19/2015

    Two Clintons. 41 Years. $3 Billion.

    A Washington Post investigation reveals how Bill and Hillary Clinton have methodically cultivated donors over 40 years, from Little Rock to Washington and then across the globe. Their fundraising methods have created a new blueprint for politicians and their donors.

  • Originally published 11/17/2015

    The Front-Runner Fallacy

    David Greenberg

    Early U.S. presidential polls have tended to be wildly off-target. There’s no reason to think this time is different.

  • Originally published 11/16/2015

    A third-term Democrat? Hillary Clinton battles history

    Hillary Clinton likes to tell voters what she’s not doing: running for President Obama’s third term. That’s to downplay what she is doing: asking voters to pick a Democrat to occupy the Oval Office for 12 consecutive years.

  • Originally published 11/13/2015

    The real secret to Bernie Sanders’ success

    Alexander Heffner

    In choosing to run as a Democrat, Sanders has clearly learned a lesson from Henry Wallace’s unsuccessful 1948 third-party presidential campaign.

  • Originally published 11/06/2015

    Ben Carson admits fabricating West Point scholarship

    Carson's campaign on Friday conceded that a central point in his inspirational personal story did not occur as he previously described. West Point has no record of Carson applying, much less being extended admission.

  • Originally published 11/04/2015

    For Trump, it’s the branding strategy, stupid

    Brian Balogh

    Political pundits should stop asking what Trump plans to do as president. Instead, they should examine the impact that his campaign has had on the value of his brand’s bottom line.

  • Originally published 11/03/2015

    Can Government Function Without Privacy?

    Lawrence Cappello

    The release of Hillary Clinton’s emails signals a sharp break from the confidentiality traditionally afforded to top officials.

  • Originally published 10/26/2015

    The Republican click-bait primary

    Julian Zelizer

    Snappy one-liners have been commonplace for a while, especially in the era of television campaigns. But in 2015, invective is on the verge of becoming the norm.

  • Originally published 10/20/2015

    The ancestral immigrant history of anti-immigrant crusader Donald Trump

    Gwenda Blair

    Trump's anti-immigrant rant and follow-up pledge to deport all undocumented immigrants and their families have proved a shrewd campaign tactic. But despite Trump's repeated claim to "tell it like it is," he has often failed to do so with regard to his own family's immigrant past.

  • Originally published 10/14/2015

    The real reason Hillary Clinton won the debate: optimism

    Jonathan Zimmerman

    Where Bernie Sanders was sour and dour, Clinton projected a sense of confidence in America's future. And when it comes to electing people for the White House, American prefer sunnier dispositions to darker ones.

  • Originally published 10/01/2015

    Ben Carson: 'Hitler' could happen here

    At a campaign event in New Hampshire, Carson noted that many people believe a situation like what took place in Germany in the 1930's and 1940's could never happen in America.

  • Originally published 09/24/2015

    The Real Presidential-Age Question

    Jeffrey Frank

    In the fifties, Dwight D. Eisenhower worried about cultivating a new generation of Republican candidates. Democrats face similar concerns today.

  • Originally published 09/22/2015

    Bernie, Donald, and the Promise of Populism

    William Greider

    Both candidates have been mislabeled as populists. The movement of that name was a genuine people’s rebellion that reinvigorated democracy. We can do it again.

  • Originally published 09/18/2015

    How the Republican Party became a haven of resentment and rage

    Randall Stephens

    The latest Republican presidential primary debate had it all: denunciations of President Obama, angry rants about America’s future, and all manner of bile. It seems like a new low – but in reality, Republican candidates have been singing this tune for years.

  • Originally published 09/16/2015

    Donald Trump Is Reagan’s Heir

    Matthew Pressman

    The real-estate mogul is deploying similar tactics, but can he convince America to take a chance on him like the nation once did with Reagan?

  • Originally published 09/16/2015

    Can Bernie Keep Socialism Alive?

    David Greenberg

    Sanders’ best hope today is to do precisely what Eugene Debs did a century ago: to win by losing.

  • Originally published 09/15/2015

    If Goldwater can win the GOP nomination, why not Trump?

    Christopher Parker

    After Republican nominee Richard Nixon lost a close election in 1960, the more conservative faction of the GOP sought a “real” conservative standard-bearer in 1964, and found one in Goldwater. He would go on to win the Republican nomination.

  • Originally published 09/07/2015

    The Forebears of Trumpism

    Leo P. Ribuffo

    Where does Donald Trump fit into the bricolage of countersubversives, bigots, and opportunists?

  • Originally published 09/04/2015

    Ronald Reagan, Heretic

    Timothy Egan

    There’s a gaping disconnect among Republicans in 2015 between their worship of the 40th president and the reality of his long public career.

  • Originally published 09/02/2015

    Could a Supreme Court justice be president?

    Lewis L. Gould

    Bill Kristol has another bright idea to free the Republican Party from the looming prospect of a Donald Trump presidential candidacy. Why not, he inquires, Justice Samuel Alito from the Supreme Court?

  • Originally published 08/31/2015

    Trump reminds me of _____.

    Politico Magazine asked a handful of historians to weigh in on the historical figures to which Trump has been compared.

  • Originally published 08/13/2015

    Why the Left Should Fear Donald Trump

    T. Evan Faulkenbury

    As Arthur Schlesinger Jr. warned 65 years ago, candidates like Trump can unleash forces that undermine democracy.

  • Originally published 08/12/2015

    What History Teaches Us About Trump's Lead in Polls

    For now, Donald Trump continues to be the "Teflon Don" of the 2016 presidential race, with very early indicators showing his frontrunner status is still intact after the first GOP debate. But just how much does it matter?

  • Originally published 06/15/2015

    Scott Walker and the Fate of the Union

    Dan Kaufman

    In Wisconsin, where the labor movement took root a century ago, a campaign by the governor has broken its power. His political allies hope he can take a similar campaign nationwide.

  • Originally published 06/02/2015

    Will Americans Vote for a Democratic Socialist?

    Lawrence S. Wittner

    Even if Hillary Clinton emerges as the Democratic nominee, as seems likely, a good showing by Sanders could strengthen the democratic socialist current in American life.

  • Originally published 01/25/2013

    Historic re-election pattern doesn’t favor Democrats in 2016

    It’s not too soon to start talking about the next presidential inauguration in 2017, and why the historical re-election trends favor the Republicans.Andrew Jackson.Maybe Hillary Clinton, the current very-early front-runner for the Democratic nomination, can break the struggles that Democrats have had trying to win a presidential election after its candidate (or his legal successor) won two prior elections.That’s only happened twice since 1828 for the Democrats, when the modern two-party era started in earnest. In 1836, the Democratic Vice President Martin Van Buren succeeded Andrew Jackson by defeating four Whig candidates, while President Franklin D. Roosevelt succeeded himself in 1940 by running for an unprecedented third term....

  • Originally published 01/22/2016

    Trump’s Genius

    Stone Age Brain

    He understands this one important truth about politics.  The election is not about him, it's about us and our feelings. -- Rick Shenkman

  • Originally published 06/18/2015

    Bernie Sanders for President?

    Steve Hochstadt

    It’s too early to say who will win the Democratic nomination. But it’s never too early to think about how we can win back our country from the billionaires and their political buddies.