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  1. early and often
    The Man Who Shot Reagan Has Been Granted Full FreedomThis month, John Hinckley will be free of all remaining restrictions, 41 years after attempting to kill President Ronald Reagan.
  2. lgbtq rights
    The Long, Sordid History of the Gay Conspiracy TheoryToday’s right-wing campaign against “groomers” is America’s latest moral panic.
  3. politics
    The Fantasy of Future Republican CentrismPeggy Noonan, the self-appointed tribune of Reaganism, is calling for a boring, centrist GOP, which is all but impossible in the age of Trump.
  4. politics
    When Supreme Court Justices Go RogueRepublicans are accusing Biden of “politicizing” the nomination process. But they’re especially concerned about ensuring justices are on their “team.”
  5. 2022 midterms
    Larry Hogan and the Fantasy World of Moderate RepublicanismRepublicans are trying to talk Maryland governor Larry Hogan into a Senate run, but his brand of politics probably isn’t the party’s future.
  6. politics
    Ted Cruz (Mistakenly) Touts His 2024 Presidential OddsThe senator noted that “historically the runner-up is almost always the next nominee.” It’s a common but untrue hypothesis.
  7. politics
    RIP Bob Dole, Last of the Greatest Generation Presidential CandidatesDole was always a bit out of step with his party and his country, which may be considered a compliment now.
  8. abortion
    Anti-Abortion Movement Nears Victory 29 Years After a BetrayalAfter a surprise defeat in the Supreme Court in 1992, Roe v. Wade opponents demanded more from Republicans, and Trump kept his promises to them.
  9. past is prologue
    Politics Was Riddled With Celebrities Long Before TrumpActors, musicians, and athletes entering U.S. politics isn’t a new trend — in fact, it may be one of the oldest.
  10. past is prologue
    Biden May Bounce Back Like Other Presidents HaveHistory shows that presidents usually get reelected unless they are unlucky, or, like Donald Trump, they work hard at alienating voters.
  11. politics
    Why Dentists Oppose Democrats’ Plan to Add Dental Coverage to MedicareLike physicians before them, dentists are against so-called “socialized medicine” — even though it will help fill their own pockets.
  12. politics
    No, Gavin Newsom Isn’t Going to Sprint to the White HouseThe California governor deserves a lot of credit for crushing the recall. But he wouldn’t have been in such a jam without his own perceived arrogance.
  13. abortion
    The Anti-Abortion Movement’s Investment in the Republican Party Is Paying OffDonald Trump was the first president to keep his promises to them, and now the big moment of rolling back abortion rights may be near.
  14. economy
    When America Had a Moral Panic Over InflationThe economic crisis of the 1970s has valuable lessons for Joe Biden.
  15. democrats
    If Democrats Don’t Exploit This Trifecta, Another Could Be Far AwayDemocrats will probably lose their governing trifecta in 2022, and it won’t get easier in 2024 or 2026. Historically, they don’t come along often.
  16. afghanistan
    The Fall of Saigon Didn’t End Gerald Ford’s PresidencyEvents in Kabul are bringing back memories of 1975. Will Joe Biden get through his crisis as the 38th president did back then?
  17. inflation
    Why Inflation Panics Are Poison for Progressive PoliticsLessons from the Nixon era.
  18. dynasties
    George P. Bush Drifts Right, Continuing a Family TraditionThe Texas land commissioner’s toadying to Trump isn’t a betrayal; it’s what Bushes have always done to survive.
  19. religion
    Catholic Bishops Mull Communion Ban for Pro-Choice Politicians Like Joe BidenA formal ban is unlikely, but the conservative effort to nationalize decisions to deny communion on political grounds could have repercussions.
  20. 2022 mdterms
    A Historical Reminder: Iron Political Trends Sometimes Turn to DustThere’s only so much the last election can tell you.
  21. obituaries
    Fritz Mondale, Public ServantThe old-school liberal and party loyalist redefined the vice-presidency.
  22. gavin newsom recall
    Struggling California Republicans Gamble on Newsom RecallThese are grim times for the GOP in the Golden State. So they are calculating that a long-shot recall drive may be their best best for a win.
  23. politics
    The House Brings Back the Equal Rights AmendmentThis time, the effort to revive the ERA will get a vote in the Senate, where Republicans would suffer the consequences for killing it.
  24. politics
    Democrats Shouldn’t Count On a ‘Morning In America Midterm’Midterms are different from presidential elections, and 1984 isn’t 2022.
  25. neera tanden
    Tanden’s Nomination Won’t Make or Break the Biden PresidencySome Beltway pundits are inflating this story well beyond its significance.
  26. the national interest
    The Republicans’ Long War to Roll Back the New Deal Is Finally OverA decades-long quest quietly perishes.
  27. politics
    Biden Instantly Fires Trump-Appointed Anti-Worker AttorneyBrought back to Washington by Trump to defend employers and bust unions, the Reagan attorney who broke the PATCO strike got his own walking papers.
  28. republican party
    Can Republicans Bounce Back Like They Did After Nixon?The last GOP president to be impeached and disgraced shattered his party.
  29. vision 2020
    Biden’s Popular-Vote Win Is Beginning to Look More ImpressivePercentage-wise, he did better than any Democrat not named Obama in a half century.
  30. past is prologue
    The Reasons To Not Like IkeAs the new Eisenhower Memorial opens, a more measured examination of the 34th president and his legacy is appropriate.
  31. vision 2020
    The Big Liar Ends the RNC With Big Lies About Himself and BidenTrump ended the convention as it began — with efforts to salvage his record, make out Biden as a radical, frighten suburbanites, and ignore COVID-19.
  32. vision 2020
    Trump’s Train to Reelection Is on the Wrong TrackThe percentage of Americans who like the direction of the country under Trump is very low, just like it was for past incumbent losers.
  33. past is prologue
    Remembering the Reagan-Ford ‘Co-Presidency’ That Could Have BeenIf you find Biden’s veep selection process boring, look back 40 years to a wild ride at the Republican convention where Reagan eventually picked Bush.
  34. what’s past is prologue
    Trump Is Reviving the Disgraceful Legacy of ‘Law-and-Order’ PoliticsTrump’s rhetoric echos Nixon and Reagan — but unlike his predecessors, he’s incapable of posing as a force for unity as well as repression.
  35. politics
    Partisan Polarization Reaching Record LevelsTrump’s more popular with Republicans than Reagan, less popular with independents than Carter. It’s not just elites who are polarized.
  36. what the right is reading
    A New Conservative Theory of Why America Is So PolarizedAuthor Christopher Caldwell argues that since the 1960s the U.S. has functionally had two competing Constitutions – and that the straddle can’t last.
  37. vision 2020
    How Democrats Can Stay United in 2020At the other end of the tough primary battle, Democrats must rally around their nominee if they hope to beat Trump. Here’s how they can do it.
  38. wildfires
    Reagan Library Evacuated As Easy Fire Encroaches26,000 Ventura County residents were evacuated, and flames were 50 feet from the Reagan Library, though firefighters were able to prevent any damage.
  39. vision 2020
    How Early Is Too Early to Think About a Veep?Speculation about a Warren–Gillum ticket may be premature, but it’s a good excuse to think about the factors influencing the choice of a running mate.
  40. vision 2020
    For Presidents and Candidates, Heart Disease Is Not So UncommonBernie Sanders’s mild heart trouble is of concern, but it’s not like candidates and presidents with worse tickers and lifestyles haven’t preceded him.
  41. orange county
    Republicans Are Now Outnumbered in Conservative Bastion of Orange CountyRonald Reagan once called Orange County, California, “where all good Republicans go to die.” Now demographics and Trump are turning it blue.
  42. republicans
    Why Trump’s Takeover of the GOP Doesn’t Mirror Goldwater’sTrump won. Goldwater never had a chance.
  43. reread
    New York’s 1977 Blackout Issue: Reagan, Abzug, and the Mayor of Paris Weigh InWhat the powerful had to say after the lights came back on.
  44. vision 2020
    A Brief History of Old Guys Who Became President of the United StatesIn a shift from the early days of the presidency, septuagenarians Trump, Sanders, and Biden aren’t all that old compared to their peers.
  45. obits
    Thad Cochran Was a Vestige of a Non-Racist Southern GOPThe late senator was one of the last representatives of a southern Republicanism that pre-dated the region’s racial realignment.
  46. vision 2020
    Is Trump Suddenly Becoming More Popular?The president hit his highest job-approval ratings in more than two years. Here’s what it means.
  47. vision 2020
    Democrats, Don’t Forget How ‘Unelectable’ Trump Looked 4 Years AgoThose fixated on Democratic candidates’ “electability” should think about how the president they are trying to defeat appeared back in 2015.
  48. vision 2020
    Get Ready for a Biden Swoon, Sooner or LaterCandidates who poll as well as Biden is right now often go on to win — but rarely without encountering serious bumps in the road.
  49. vision 2020
    William Weld Isn’t Going to Save the GOP From TrumpThe former turned current Republican is as much of a threat to Trump as the gnats Richard Nixon swatted aside in 1972.
  50. historical revisionism
    Yes, Candace, the Southern Strategy Is RealIn an egregious statement of historical revisionism, right-wing controversialist Candace Owens denies some very basic facts.
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