Up Front: Election 2012
“Hope and Change” Born Again: The New, Improved Version
The old slogan takes on a new meaning with a second term.
How Obama Won Ohio
Yes, he had a better ground game, but it was thanks to organized labor and Citizens United.
We All Live in Obamerica
Obama is no anomaly -- he's the emblem of a profoundly transformed America.
What Sunk Mitt: GOP Extremism
There's no getting around the fact that what the GOP was selling, the voters weren't buying.
Publisher Rick Shenkman, editor David A. Walsh, blogger Gil Troy, and historians Ed O'Donnell and K.C. Johnson liveblog election night.
If Initiative 1240 passes today, it'll be open season on public schools.
Obama vs. Boehner: Who is the True Jeffersonian?
The metropolis of government vs. the metropoles of big business.
After an incredibly bitter and divisive election, it's important to accept the legitimacy of the winner.
Morons in Africa
Why Charles Murray is dead wrong about IQ and race.
Finally, the Election is Over
After two years and hundreds of millions of dollars, few have changed their minds.
A boy and his inspiration.
News at Home
I Hope Obama Wins, But I’m Still Mad at Him
What happens when women’s rights become a means to someone else’s end.
Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have the incentive to bring it up.
Mitt Romney’s Leadership Style
His political personality can be best described as "dutiful conformist."
Campaign Finances and Original Intent
The Founders never intended something like Citizens United.
The Foreign Policy Case Against Barack Obama
He's consistently mismanaged crises in the Greater Middle East.
The U.S. *Has* Pulled Off Successful Embassy Rescues Before
Nanking in 1927, Saigon in 1968.
Ninety-Five Years Since the Balfour Declaration
The British didn't intend it, but they changed the course of Jewish history.
Letting Go of "Mother Nature"
Hurricane Sandy should teach us the dangers of anthropomorphizing and feminizing the natural world.
New York City and Hurricanes: A Brief History
Sandy was far from the first.
Hymn to Working-Class New York
It's the working people of New York who in moments of crisis sacrifice themselves for others.
Historians & History
1965: When the "Sixties" Really Started
In 1964, the country seemed on the cusp of a golden age. In 1965, things fell apart.
The seminal scholar proved that even at 92, a great thinker can have something new to say.
We won't see the likes of a public intellectual of Vidal's style again.
Like Dickens, there's a surprising toughness beneath the sentiment and humor.
In the wake of Sandy, a look back at other historic hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters in American history.
My plea to state and country officials: Let Election Day proceed as normally as possible
From “Who Lost China?” to “Who Lost Libya?”
Those familiar with U.S. foreign policy since the 1940s can hardly avoid drawing comparisons.
Why Obama Will Win This Election
Two words: Republican failures.
High Speed Amtrak: Part II
Amtrak's Quik-Trip from Chicago to St. Louis.
With Apologies to Browning...
The GOP's rape problem.
News at Home
The Framers would be aghast at our electoral politics today.
Presidential “Czars”: A Constitutional Aberration
Obama has appointed more executive branch czars than any other president.
Barack D. Eisenhower
Why Obama is like Ike.
Inside the efforts to drain the San Francisco reservoir.
Face/Off: The Last 2012 Presidential Debate
On foreign policy, the candidates are practically identical.
Don't count on the Pentagon ever changing its first principles.
Why the Only Solution is the Two-State Solution
A one-state solution means the end of a Jewish Israel.
Historians & History
The Importance of Doing Recent History
Navigating a bewildering world of new sources, new media, and information overload.
The Inevitability of the Cold War
Six months in 1945 determined the course of the next half-century.
The Forgotten Los Angeles Race Riot
Interview with Historian Scott Zesch on the Chinatown Massacre of 1871
'Tis the political season on-stage as well as off.
When History Repeats Itself on A Summer's Day
But does anybody really care?
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A solid, workmanlike, and inexpensive approach to U.S. history for students.