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political history



  • The impeachment illusion

    by Donald A. Ritchie

    What is clear from the record is that politically-motivated impeachments fail. Only in cases where malfeasance has become overwhelmingly obvious to members of both parties in the House will there be any chance of conviction in the Senate, raising the question: is a losing effort worth the trouble?



  • Voter Restrictions Have Deep History in Texas

    by Laurie B. Green

    Texas’ speedy ratification of the 19th Amendment represents a beacon for women’s political power in the U.S., but a critical assessment of the process it took to win it tells us far more about today’s political atmosphere and cautions us to compare the marketing of voting rights laws with their actual implications.



  • The Coming Generation War

    by Niall Ferguson and Eyck Freymann

    The Democrats are rapidly becoming the party of the young—and the consequences could be profound.


  • The Value of Rating Presidents

    by Susan Swain

    Presidential rankings are quick, fun, and highly shareable on social media.  They foster lively debate about contemporary presidents and even help resurface some of our most obscure presidents.