by Philip Gerard
"If we watched this scene play out in Argentina, Turkey, Ukraine, or Thailand, we would bemoan the failure of democracy, write about a fragile government battling rebel insurgents in its own capital, make dire predictions about how long such a government could stand."
by Jan-Benedict Steenkamp
George Washington is celebrated for his refusal to continue past two terms as President. But his earlier actions in refusing the leadership of a military coup against the Continental Congress in 1783 put the new nation on track to have civilian leadership under law.
Historian Robert Dallek interprets Franklin Roosevelt's core challenge at inauguration as producing a program of reform to stabilize the economy without indulging the currents of authoritarianism sweeping Europe.
SOURCE: University of Virginia
by Marc Selverstone
Taped recordings from the Lyndon Johnson White House reveal the conflict between LBJ and Richard Nixon over the degree to which a president-elect could expect to influence policy before being inaugurated.
SOURCE: Washington Post
by Jennifer Rubin
The Washington Post columnist argues that the delayed transition to the George W. Bush presidency in 2000 and 2001 limited the nation's preparedness for a terrorist attack.
SOURCE: Made By History at The Washington Post
by Eric Rauchway
Herbert Hoover's refusal to support FDR's policy agenda during his lame duck period delayed economic recovery at the cost of jobs, homes and lives.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
by Kate Shaw and Michael Eric Herz
"The civil service—technocratic, objective, neutral, and around for the long haul—is an insurance policy in many ways, of which its central role in the transition is just one."
SOURCE: New York Times
Historian Julian Zelizer says Trump has recently spoken aloud what many fear he has been thinking: he may refuse to hand over power willingly.
In a tabletop exercise days before an untested new president took power, officials briefed the incoming administration on a scenario remarkably like the one he faces now.
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