Post debate perspective by HCR

Letter by an American

***************************** September 29, 2020 by Heather Cox Richardson

My house is blissfully quiet, but my ears are still ringing.

The first presidential debate of 2020 was unlike anything we have seen before. CNN’s Jake Tapper said: “That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck.” “He […]

Constitutional crises?

Trump balloting machinations heighten fears of 1876 redux

Not long before he died in 2005, William Rehnquist wrote an excellent history of the disputed presidential election of 1876. The Stanford-educated chief justice became deeply fascinated in the subject while leading the Supreme Court during its deliberations in Bush v. Gore, the decision that settled the […]

Perspective: On SCOTUS

by Heather Cox Richardson – Sep 21st, 2020


The big story today is big indeed: how and when the seat on the Supreme Court, now open because of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, will be filled. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced within an hour of the announcement of […]

Perspective: The fate of SCOTUS

September 21, 2020 By David Leonhardt Surrendered court seats

In the final decades of the 20th century, liberals and conservatives each had their own problem that kept their preferred judges from dominating the Supreme Court.

For conservatives, it was the unreliability of the justices appointed by Republican presidents. Some turned into relative moderates […]

New Book Published by The Atlantic: “The American Crisis”

a discussion with some of the contributors…


Cullen Murphy: The title The American Crisis leans heavily on a word that often gets thrown around. The “crisis” explored in the book is existential—it transcends politics or ideology. How would you describe the condition the country is in?

Anne Applebaum: It’s a very specific kind of […]

Meanwhile – Afghanistan circa Sep 2020

by James Hohmann with Mariana Alfaro – Sept 11, 2020


Taliban prisoners linked to killing U.S. troops are released ahead of 9/11 anniversary

President Trump warned in characteristically over-the-top terms during a political rally in Michigan on Thursday night that Joe Biden, if elected, would invite “terrorists” into the suburbs by raising […]

Jeffrey Goldberg’s Article in The Atlantic

POLITICS Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’

The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic.



Donald Trump greets families of the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery […]