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Letters from an American

Heather Cox Richardson

A newsletter about the history behind today's politics.

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September 28, 2023

In Tempe, Arizona, today, President Joe Biden spoke at the dedication ceremony for a new library, named for the late Arizona senator John McCain, who died in 2018. Biden used the opportunity not only to honor his friend, but to emphasize th...

2 days ago

September 27, 2023

Exactly a week ago, Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News reported that Republican House leaders were talking about moving the government funding debate away from spending levels—their original complaint—to border security. “[T]he vast majority of...

3 days ago

September 26, 2023

Today, on the anniversary of the creation of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 1914, the FTC and 17 state attorneys general sued Amazon for using “a set of interlocking anticompetitive and unfair strategies to maintain its monopoly powe...

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September 25, 2023

Pundits struggle to decide whether Trump’s rise represents something new in the United States or whether it is a continuation of the growing anti-democratic politics of the Republican Party. As a card-carrying Libra, I’m going to suggest it...

5 days ago

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  • Heather Cox Richardson

    I'm a history professor interested in the contrast between image and reality in American politics. I believe in American democracy, despite its frequent failures.

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