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Republican Vice President Richard Nixon and Democratic Sen. John F. Kennedy

Document of the Week: The Birth of the Televised Presidential Debate Was a Sober Affair. Then Came Trump.

In an earlier age, the Democratic and Republican front-runners reserved their sharpest criticism for the Soviet Union and treated each other with respect.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden puts on his mask as he prepares to leave after speaking about the coronavirus pandemic and the economy in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 30.

Not So Fast: How Biden Could Still Lose

To win in November, Democrats must avoid being lured into Trump’s culture war.

Then-U.S Vice President Joe Biden attends a business leader breakfast at the St. Regis Beijing hotel in China on Dec. 5, 2013.

Biden Camp Tries to Walk Fine Line on China

The Democratic candidate wants to get tough with Beijing, but he’s responding to Asian American pleas not to provoke a backlash.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 2019.

Let the Referendum on Trump and Trumpism Begin

The November election isn’t just the most important political event of 2020 in the United States. It’s the most important political event in the world.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic presidential debate in Miami on June 27, 2019. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

How Republicans View a Biden-Trump Race

Our contributors weigh in on Bernie Sanders’s departure from the U.S. presidential race—and what it means for an election campaign overshadowed by the coronavirus.

The al-Nour refugee camp in Arsal, Lebanon, on June 10, 2019.

Our Top Weekend Reads

The limits of social distancing, the Middle East’s lackluster coronavirus response, and the dark underbelly of whistleblowing.

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to the media following a closed-door briefing on Iran at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on May 21, 2019.

How America’s First Jewish President Could Be Tougher on Israel Than His Predecessors

Bernie Sanders, if he wins the White House, could be the first U.S. leader in more than 40 years to declare Jewish settlements illegal.

Sections of the U.S.-Mexico border wall

Our Top Weekend Reads

Funding for Trump’s border wall, populism in Ireland, and a repurposed Middle East peace plan.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crowd during a campaign launch party in Columbia, South Carolina, on Feb. 11.

Biden’s World Experience Proves a Lead Balloon

Despite promising to restore U.S. leadership, the former vice president is fast fading from the 2020 race as his “most electable” pitch falls flat.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to the media after boarding a plane at the Des Moines International Airport on Feb. 4.

Berned Beyond Recognition: How Sanders’s Rise Changes U.S. Foreign Policy

After Iowa, Bernie Sanders’s progressive views will shape America’s approach to the world for a long time, especially on trade.

The six leading Democratic candidates at the presidential primary debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14.

In the Latest Democratic Debate, Finally, Some Foreign Policy 

With a trimmed-down field, Democratic hopefuls sparred over Iraq, Iran, military deployments, and the threat from climate change.

The Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., as seen on March 5, 2001.

The Mystery Man in the Senate Russia Report

New details suggest Moscow’s interference in the U.S. election may have been more extensive than thought, experts say.

Joseph Stiglitz speaks at the China Development Forum in Beijing on March 24.

An Icon of the Left Tells Democrats: Don’t Go Socialist

The economist Joseph Stiglitz still mistrusts markets. But he’s worried "democratic socialism" will cost the Dems the 2020 election.

A man is reflected walking outside Los Angeles City Hall on April 25.

City Hall Is the Best Prep for the White House

With cities leading global initiatives, the path from mayor to president makes sense.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 15, 2016.

How Biden’s Greatest Strength Could Prove a Weakness

No one can touch him on foreign-policy experience, especially Trump. But his long voting record will also be a vulnerability, starting with Iraq.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 15, 2015. (Jason Davis/Getty Images)

How Trump Stole the Democrats’ Best 2020 Foreign-Policy Stances

From trade to troop drawdowns, some Dem presidential contenders may have a hard time contrasting their views with the president’s.

Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 20. (Fernando Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

How Women Could Win It for Bolsonaro

Brazil’s far-right presidential front-runner made hateful comments a hallmark of his political life. That hasn’t held him back.

Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador delivers a speech at a campaign rally in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on April 6. (Julio Cesar Ahuilar/AFP/Getty Images)

Andrés Manuel López Obrador Is No Hugo Chávez

The real problem with the Mexican presidential frontrunner isn’t his populism. It’s his old-fashioned ideas.

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