On Politics

All American Presidents Have Lied – the Question Is Why and When

A political philosopher argues that while all American presidents may lie, those who appear to lie for the public good are often celebrated.

How America’s Partisan Divide Over Pandemic Responses Played Out in the States

States led by Republican governors generally had higher COVID-19 case and death rates in 2020.

It’s not Just Trump – Presidents and Politicians Have Long Shredded Etiquette

'Mind your manners' isn't just something your mother told you. Manners – and civility – are an essential component of how things get done in government, and the Founding Fathers knew it.

Talking Politics in 2021: Lessons on Humility and Truth-Seeking from Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin spoke and wrote in ways that, if taken up now, could begin to erode the polarization of the current era.

If Trump Refuses to Accept Defeat in November, the Republic Will Survive Intact, as It Has 5 out of 6 Times in the Past

Five of the six contested presidential elections in U.S. history were resolved and the country moved on -- one ended in civil war. What will happen if the upcoming election is contested?

Most U.S. Voters Value Party Over Democracy

Only 3.5% of US voters would cast ballots against their preferred candidates as punishment for undemocratic behavior, a new study shows.

The Bush-Gore Recount Is an Omen for 2020

An oral history of the craziest presidential election in modern history

The Marijuana Superweapon Biden Refuses to Use

Legalizing marijuana is extremely popular. So why won’t Joe Biden embrace the idea?

Will COVID-19 Disrupt Election Day 2020?

What if the nation is in the midst of another COVID-19 shutdown come Election Day in November? An expert weighs in.

Belief in Democracy Dropped after Trump Impeachment

A new survey of experts and average Americans shows a decline in perceptions of the health of U.S. democracy around the time of President Trump's impeachment.

Think the U.S. is More Polarized Than Ever? You Don’t Know History

A growing chorus of people say the U.S. has never been so politically divided. A Civil War historian reminds readers that there was once a far more divided time.

Americans on the Right and Left Change Their Minds After Hearing Where Trump Stands

In recent years, voters have shifted their views on issues based upon the positions of politicians -- even when that shift clashes with their ideology.

I Asked People Why They Don’t Vote, and This Is What They Told Me

In the 2016 election, more than a third of Americans didn't vote. What might be keeping them from going to the polls?

3 Big Ways that the U.S. Will Change Over the Next Decade

The number of old people will increase, while the proportion of white Americans will continue to fall.

The Legal Questions Still Unanswered by Trump’s Impeachment

What exactly is abuse of power? And, for that matter, what is “obstruction of Congress?”

One Thing About the 2020 Election Is Already Clear

Regardless of which side wins next year, the divide between red and blue America is likely to only grow wider.

Trump Becomes the Third President in U.S. History to Be Impeached

The voted capped a two-month investigation, but it was years in the making.