Essays
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Trump at the Movies
Our Own Norma Desmond

President Trump’s fondness for Sunset Boulevard reveals more than his taste in film—though for reasons that he himself might not consciously realize.

Congress & the Presidency
Clawing Back Constitutional War Powers

As members of Congress seek to reassert greater sway over military matters, they must also be ready for the heightened obligations that will come with it.

In Hindsight
The Tragedy of Revolution: Lessons from the Past

Here’s one take-away: Moderates rarely grasp how dangerous the radicals are.

A Natural Security Strategy
Balancing the Climate Equation

How do we meet today’s needs for food, water, energy, and economic opportunity without sacrificing our ability, and the planet’s capacity, to meet these needs tomorrow? Here’s a bipartisan approach that can help.

Cause for Hope
Grassroots Reforms Around The Country

Look beyond the presidential horserace. The real excitement is at the state level, where efforts at reform are showing promise.

Democratic Deficits
Is the Constitution the Problem?

No. On the contrary, federalism creates space for reform.

Uneasy Fixes
Political Reform and American Democracy

Currently, our electoral system does not let voters vote their true preferences. We could change that.

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Tehran’s Bad Faith
Putting the Lie to an Iranian Fable

For decades Iran has claimed that Israel has been holding four of its diplomats in captivity. Before he died in January, Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani confirmed to an Iranian journalist that this is a lie.

A Way Out
The Case for Liberal Nationalism

The “liberal” element means that minorities receive the same rights as every other citizen. The “national” element means that a shared culture is acknowledged and cultivated.

Crisis of the Special Relationship
No Time to Die

This is no time for complacency about just how precarious a once-precious partnership has become.

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