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Critics are accusing the Supreme Court of excessive partisanship and ideological rigidity. The court "has always been ideological," says one expert.
The Global War on Terror produced a string of intractable calamities, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives and costing U.S. taxpayers trillions of dollars. It is a story of colossal failure with tragic consequences.
The U.S., working with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, helped turn Afghanistan into a cradle of international jihadism four decades ago, a decision that continues to haunt Washington to this day.
Formidable peace movements used to challenge U.S. interventionism, from World War I to Vietnam. So why has antiwar activism almost disappeared at a time of permanent war?
A labor historian explains why union membership has dramatically declined, as income inequality worsens and global behemoths fight attempts at organizing.
The confounding founder's complicated legacy continues to command our attention. Why Thomas Jefferson remains as relevant as ever.
The uprisings that rippled across the Greater Middle East in 2011 did not lead to fundamental change, but the story is not over yet.
The chaos in Afghanistan is an opportunity to question the fundamental assumptions underlying U.S. interventionism after decades of "forever war."
Four summers after white nationalists and neo-Nazis marched on Charlottesville, the Confederate statues that they sought to defend were quietly removed. Is this racial progress?
How Hungary's authoritarian ruler uses and misuses history to stay in power.
Seventy-six years ago the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on two Japanese cities. Was there another way to end the war?
Vaccine aversion, political fanaticism, scientific ignorance, and complacency are causing hospitals to be overwhelmed again.
Historic protests in Cuba refocused attention on a relationship that once consumed Cold Warriors on both sides of the ideological spectrum. The Cold War is long over, but little has changed.
The violent decade before the Civil War can teach us something about the perils of endless political polarization.
The revolution's impact on religion is more complicated than we think.
Populism is a slippery term that eludes easy definition, even in this populist moment in American politics and culture.
ANALYSIS/OPINION: History repeats itself in Afghanistan as the hard lessons of Vietnam go unheeded.
ANALYSIS/OPINION: Fourth of July celebrations and our common memory of the Revolutionary War obscure the viciousness, misery and divisions in the fight for independence.
China's leaders and the nation's youth are picking and choosing from Mao's legacy as they look to the future.