U.S. 2016 Election

A police officer grips a corner of a torn U.S. flag at a memorial ceremony in New York on Sept. 11, 2004.

How Civil Wars Start

Three factors come into play, and the United States demonstrates all of them.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump protest inside the U.S. Capitol

Why Partisan Hostility Won’t End With Trump

The U.S. political system is designed for demonization and gridlock. Countries with proportional representation and parliamentary systems promote coalitions and cooperation among rivals.

Members of the U.S. National Guard walk the largely empty streets of Washington on Jan. 17.

Ahead of Biden’s Inauguration, a Solemn Eeriness Descends on the Capital

A maze of checkpoints stretches across Washington’s commercial and residential districts, webbed in caution tape and patrolled by thousands of troops.

Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) take the stage for the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida.

The Quiet and Dangerous Way U.S. Politics Is Becoming Europeanized

Americans are aware that Democrats and Republicans have become polarized—but they’ve misunderstood how.

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Let a Thousand Parties Bloom

The only way to prevent America’s two-party system from succumbing to extremism is to scrap it altogether.

Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin at the opening of the G20 summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Steffen Kugler/BPA via Getty Images)

Mueller’s Bombshells Are About Putin, Not Trump

The special counsel’s report reveals a disorganized government with unclear lines of authority—and not just in Washington.

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Make the Papal States Great Again

Italy’s most dangerous populists are the immigrant-hating Catholic fundamentalists of Forza Nuova.

Trump and Putin speak at an APEC meeting in Nov. 2017. (MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is What $1.25 Million Dollars a Month Bought the Russians

A birthday card! An all-American trip! Tweets! Stolen American identities!

Sen. Bob Corker (left) and Sen. Ben Cardin prepare to listen to testimony at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the U.S.-Russia relationship, on Feb. 9, 2017. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Republicans Are AWOL on Russian Election Meddling

The GOP's absence from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's report on Russian interference is sad and abnormal.

US President Donald Trump waits for a dinner with Latin American and US leaders at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly September 18, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

I Would Vote for (a Sane) Donald Trump

As Republicans and Democrats abandon the middle ground, America’s two-party system is due for disruption.

VILNIUS, LITHUANIA - NOVEMBER 23:  A mural depicts U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (R) blowing marijuana smoke into the mouth of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the wall of a bar-b-que restaurant on November 23, 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Many people in the three Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are concerned that Russia, because Trump has expressed both admiration for Putin and doubt over defending NATO member states, will be emboldened to intervene militarily in the Baltics.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Key Figure Behind ‘Trump Dossier’ Stonewalled Senate Investigators

Glenn Simpson invoked his First Amendment rights to protect sources for salacious claims of collusion.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford speaks at the Newsmaker Luncheon in Washington, DC, June 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Watch: Here’s What Senior U.S. Officials Say About Russian Election Interference

Top intelligence and administration officials answer questions about the 2016 presidential election.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18:  Donald Trump Jr. arrives at Trump Tower on January 18, 2017 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump is to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Could Trump Jr., Kushner, or Manafort Be Charged Under the Espionage Act?

If the meeting at Trump Tower feels to you like treason, that's probably because it may actually be espionage.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 09:  U.S. President Donald Trump meets with members of the airline industry at the White House February 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump held a listening session with the group to advance issues relative to the airline industry. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump Appears to Confirm He Is Under Investigation, Attacks DOJ

A Friday morning tweetstorm has Washington scratching its head.

Former FBI Director James Comey leaves after testifying before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Comey: Trump told ‘Lies, Plain and Simple’

The former FBI chief goes on the attack in his first public account of his firing, accusing the president of pressuring him to drop Flynn probe.

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Lebanon, USA

One Beiruti photographer went looking for America’s heart in 24 towns named for his homeland. This is his journey.

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U.S. Probes Into Trump’s Russia Links, Kremlin Meddling Gain Two Heavyweights

The Senate investigation gains a former NSA lawyer. The FBI probe gets a veteran prosecutor.

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Spy Chief Nominee Backs Probe Of Russia’s Election Meddling

In confirmation hearing, Dan Coates said Kremlin interference needs to be addressed.

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If Trump Tries to Make a Deal With Putin, He’s Already Lost

The international order is based on values, institutions, and moral leadership — not transactional politics.