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The Bill of Rights, Federalism and the Struggles of a United America

With incoming President Joe Biden pledging to unify the country, author David French talks about the nation’s current divide, whether the country is in decline and the prospects for a lasting union.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  January 6, 2021
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Presidential Transitions and the Vagaries of America’s History

Transfers of power, a hallmark of our constitutional system, often come with shocks to the system. Trump’s refusal to concede may seem unprecedented, but it’s not the first time this has happened.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  December 21, 2020
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America, Rome and the Slow Erosion of Republics

Editor-at-Large Clay Jenkinson and Professor Ed Watts explore what insights can be gained studying the last years of the Roman Republic and whether that has particular relevance in our own time.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  December 18, 2020
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The Strange History of the Office of the Vice President

For more than two centuries, the vice president has held little power, despite the position’s prominence. That may be changing, but the story of the No. 2 job in America is full of historical quirks.

By Lindsay Chervinsky, Historian and Contributor  |  December 8, 2020
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Why Did John Adams Skip Thomas Jefferson’s Inauguration?

The election of 1800 was the first time power was transferred from one political party to another. Hoping for a smooth transition involving prominent Founding Fathers, the country ended up with a constitutional crisis.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  December 2, 2020
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When Alexander Hamilton Tried to Steal the Election of 1800

Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election results isn’t the first effort to change the outcome of a close race. In 1800, Thomas Jefferson faced a similar and chaotic post-electoral problem.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  November 20, 2020
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The Electoral College Explained: Its History and the Tensions of Democracy

Presidential elections, your vote, and the quest for legitimacy. Unlike Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, President-elect Joe Biden appears to have won both the popular vote and the Electoral College.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  November 13, 2020
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The Presidency: From Rocky Transitions to Electoral Delays

The peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of American political life. But troubling talk from Trump, should he lose, has raised concerns and a reason to look back and examine the history of presidential changes.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  November 2, 2020
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Amy Coney Barrett Is in an Impossible Position. So Are We.

If Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee is confirmed by the Senate, there is no guarantee she will continue to hold views congenial to the president. But does America still want its justices to be unelected and unaccountable?

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  October 19, 2020
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Is it Time for Texas and California to Leave the Union?

David French’s new book, "Divided We Fall," is a warning of what might happen to America as it becomes less united than at any time since the Civil War. But there are concrete steps the country can take to bridge the gulf.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  October 15, 2020
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What Happens When a Sitting President Is Stricken?

President Trump’s illness from the coronavirus has become immediate news, with the entire country pondering what might happen. But previous presidents who became ill were able to keep their health problems under wraps.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  October 2, 2020
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