Richard Nixon

How Ronald Reagan Rode America's Delusions to the White House
Reviewing Rick Perlstein's 'The Invisible Bridge'
July 30, 2014

Did Ronald Reagan unite the nation by dividing it? 

Howard Baker Was the Kind of Reasonable Republican That Hardly Exists Anymore
The Senate majority leader showed that decency, patriotism, and hardball politics can coexist
June 26, 2014

The Senate majority leader showed that decency, patriotism, and hardball politics can coexist.

Unpacking the 'Mad Men' Premiere: Can Don Draper Ever Change?
April 13, 2014

Who would Don be without his cool facade?

The Hillary Clinton Movie: The Winners and Losers
A Hollywood screenplay is full of political notables. Who comes off looking best?
May 20, 2013

We've read the screenplay for the upcoming Hillary Clinton biopic. It's full of political notables. So who comes off looking best?

Every President Since Nixon Has Been 'Nixonian'
A brief history of media hyperbole
May 15, 2013

A brief history of media hyperbole.

Why America Never Had Universal Child Care
In 1971, a national day-care bill almost became law. Therein lies a story.
April 24, 2013

Following The New Republic's recent blockbuster day-care story, a historian describes a 1971 effort to create a national child-care program–and the backlash that ensued. 

What the Jackie Robinson Film Leaves Out
'42' doesn't touch on his conservative politics, which are widely misunderstood
April 19, 2013

The 24-hour news cycle yielded one of its better sitcom interludes last week when Rand Paul went to Howard University, the historically black college, to tell its student body why it needed the Republican Party.

The Captive of San Clemente
December 21, 2012

THAT FAINT CLANKING SOUND, arriving through the open window of his home office: Was it coming from the courtyard? Was it being made by the pulley they’d attached to the house’s outside wall? Christ, it couldn’t be, thought Nixon, looking at his new digital watch: 6:15 p.m. No, they still had the round-the-clock nurse with them, and she wouldn’t be letting Pat get up from her long afternoon nap for another 15 minutes, when he’d join her for a glass of fruit juice and dinner off the TV trays. He heard the clanking again and realized it was just the halyard hitting the flagpole.

Can You Really Watch a Debate and Tweet It at the Same Time?
October 22, 2012

Are journalists really paying attention to what candidates say, or are they too distracted? The neuroscience behind media multi-tasking.

A Remembrance of George McGovern by His Former Campaign Manager
October 21, 2012

Many liberals will always think of him as “the best President we never had.”