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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Secret powers and the presidency
In matters of foreign policy, Congress, and especially the Senate, was designed as a hedge against the abuses exhibited by European monarchs who for centuries had whimsically entangled their countries…
Has the president lost control of his generals?
How Republicans hacked the Justice Department
From the Forum “Undoing Bush” One way to know that George Bush is going to do something is for him to say he doesn’t believe in it. The most famous…
From the Forum “Undoing Bush” No one has captured George W. Bush’s understanding of constitutional law more precisely or presciently than Richard M. Nixon, who famously (and incorrectly) told David…
A National Intelligence Estimate on the United States
The Reagan Administration's taste for autocracy