America’s History of Nasty, Tumultuous, and Strange Presidential ElectionsPocket Collections · 3 min
An electoral chaos reading list.
An electoral chaos reading list.
Millions will be displaced. Where will they go?
Massive ships, mind-boggling amounts of sand, and an appetite for expansionism in the South China Sea: the recipe for a land grab like no other.
One reason why the steel magnate spent much of his fortune building libraries is that he saw handing large fortunes to the next generation as a waste of money.
A 6,600-word internal memo from a fired Facebook data scientist details how the social network knew leaders of countries around the world were using their site to manipulate voters — and failed to act.
Many experts now view the individual mandate as a policy that did little to increase health coverage — but did a lot to invite political backlash. Health economists long had a favorite metaphor for explaining why Obamacare’s unpopular individual mandate was good policy: the three-legged stool.
Over the past 50 years, America has given up on the Enlightenment-era ideals of its Founders—and the country’s coronavirus disaster is the result.
The U.S. Air Force revealed this week that it has secretly designed, built, and tested a new prototype fighter jet. The fighter, about which we know virtually nothing, has already flown and “broken records.” (The image above is Air Force concept art from 2018).
Thousands of secret “suspicious activity reports” offer a never-before-seen picture of corruption and complicity — and how the government lets it flourish. And the US government, despite its vast powers, fails to stop it.
A respected, combat-tested Black colonel has been passed over three times for promotion to brigadier general. What does his fate say about the Corps?
The F.B.I. tried to recruit an Iranian scientist as an informant. When he balked, the payback was brutal.
Fixating on the open Supreme Court seat will provoke a culture war. I know that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s empty Supreme Court seat has provoked an epic, long-awaited clash between Democrats and Republicans, that the very principle of judicial independence hangs dangerously in the balance.
Most of my colleagues crossed the U.S. border with barely a glance. Why was I usually detained and harassed?
Imagine a Republican senator uncertain whether to vote for the Supreme Court nominee that President Trump is poised to put forward.
In Washington, grief yields quickly to calculation. The announcement of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court Justice and epic figure in American legal history, came in the early evening on Friday.
Our various undemocratic institutions are reenforcing each other in a deadly spiral. On a blustery November day, I found myself on the Boston Common with what turned out to be a very small group of protesters.
As Tropical Storm Higos blew in from the Pacific, Stephen Stanek, a covert CIA operative, faced a decision. It was time to either cancel the operation he was running or go forward with it.
To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. In early July of last year, the first draft of a classified document known as a National Intelligence Estimate circulated among key members of the agencies making up the U.S.
The immediate aftermath of the Presidential election of 2000 has taken on the air of legend. On Election Night, news organizations first called Florida for Vice-President Al Gore—then, about two hours later, withdrew the call and, about four hours after that, declared that George W.
John Roberts was 26 years old, and he was outraged that he’d just been outmaneuvered by older and much more experienced political hands. It was 1981.
I don’t have a particularly strong take on how the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg will affect either the presidential election or the race for control of the U.S. Senate. And I’d encourage you to avoid putting too much stock in anybody else’s take for now, too.
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Sixty years ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg applied to be a Supreme Court clerk. She’d studied at two of our finest law schools and had ringing recommendations. But because she was a woman, she was rejected.