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Fake News and Fervent Nationalism Got a Senator Tarred as a Traitor During WWI

3c06669v-wrThe fiery progressive Robert La Follette responded with a classic defense of free speech in wartime.

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Inside the Founding Fathers’ Debate Over Impeachable Offenses

scene_at_the_signing_of_the_constitution_of_the_united_statesJames Madison and other Founders thought a president should be impeached for abuses of power that subvert the Constitution, the integrity of government, or the rule of law.

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Group Therapy Is Saving Lives in Chicago

chi imageTeaching kids to think slowly interrupts the cycle of violence that has bedeviled one of America’s most violent cities.

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How Julián Castro Bet on 4-Year-Olds to Transform San Antonio

downloadThe former mayor created an elite pre-K program to make his city’s economy stronger.

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Fixing a Highway-Shaped Hole in the Heart of Black Boston

dudleysquarelead_1400_933_80In Dudley Square, residents are organizing to ensure that the next round of urban renewal benefits them.

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Where Did the Term “Gerrymander” Come From?

Elbridge Gerry was a powerful voice in the founding of the nation, but today he’s best known for the political practice with an amphibious origin.

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The Brief Period, 200 Years Ago, When American Politics Was Full of “Good Feelings”

independence_day_celebration_in_centre_squareJames Monroe’s 1817 goodwill tour kicked off a decade of party-less government – but he couldn’t stop the nation from dividing again.

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