The Great Debate

Why the ‘best and brightest’ can be dimmest and worst at governing

By Robert Dallek
December 18, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump speaks to the media in the spin room following the U.S. Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada December 15, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker

Donald Trump in the spin room after the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 15, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker

IRS at 100: How income taxation built the middle class

By John Buenker and Sam Pizzigati
October 2, 2013

Exactly a century ago, on October 3, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the first modern federal income tax into law. The sky did not fall.

Palmer Raids Redux: NSA v civil liberties

By Jeffrey Rosen
June 11, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency’s secret collection of telephone records from millions of Americans, June 7, 2013.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque