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January 6 Commission



  • History's Guidance to the January 6 Committee

    by Stephen A. West

    The 1872 report of the Congressional Ku Klux Klan Committee offers lessons for the January 6 Commission: expect partisans to weaponize the report, and don't trust "the judgment of history" to clear up doubts about culpability. 



  • The US Keeps Failing the January 6 Test

    by Nicole Hemmer

    Between Republican obfuscation and Democratic indifference, "it is fair to say that American democracy is in a far more tenuous position today than it was during the January 6 insurrection."


  • The House January 6th Commission Begins Public Hearings

    After months of interviews with witnesses, the committee opened its public presentation on June 9. With Republicans, Trump allies, and Fox News preemptively denouncing the hearings, will they sway public opinion about the attempted coup or move Congress to protect democratic instititions in the future? 


  • The Story of January 6 Will be Told

    by Julian Zelizer

    Republican obstructionism makes it likely that the full story of the January 6 attack on the Capitol and the election certification will be told in popular culture. 



  • 9/11 and 1/6: How an American Nightmare Becomes Real

    by Timothy Snyder

    A historian and analyst of democratic collapse describes a slow-moving nightmare unfolding to ensure minoritarian rule. Will Americans, and their elected representatives, wake up in time? 


  • The New Meaning of "The Loyal Opposition"

    by Glenn C. Altschuler

    The concept of a loyal opposition depends on the deference of non-governing parties to the authority of democratic institutions and the normative framework in which they operate. That deference seems to be collapsing. 



  • We Don't Need a Commission to Study January 6

    by Claire Potter

    The Republicans' success in blocking a January 6 Commission is a disturbing sign of political extremism in one party, but there's no reason to believe that such a commission would have solved the problems underlying the insurrection.