This is small-town America in December 2016. Tinsel Christmas trees and golden stars hang from lampposts along Main Street in downtown Roxboro, North Carolina (population 8,632, according to the 2010 census).
It makes little sense to hire a man who doesn't really believe government can be a force for good to head an important government agency, particularly one so vital to Americans who live in poverty, writes Issac Bailey
After nearly 18 months of campaigning, President-elect Donald Trump has a little more than 60 days to prepare to take the helm of one of the largest entities in the world: the US government. Considering the scale and complexity of the task, every hour counts.
Saving the Supreme Court became for many conservatives the chief argument for Trump's candidacy, writes Brett J. Talley, and now that Trump has won, his decision will determine not only the future of the Court, but the future of his presidency.
In the wake of Donald Trump's stunning upset victory over Hillary Clinton, Democrats are scrambling to make sense of what happened. Many on the left think Trump's win was an aberration -- the last gasp of angry white voters.
Last week's election gave hope to death penalty proponents. Balloting in California, Oklahoma, and Nebraska as well as the election of Donald Trump seem to foretell a comeback of capital punishment, but Austin Sarat writes that it's not that simple.
After Tuesday's election, Republicans will continue to hold power in 67 of the 98 state chambers, and, for the first time in history, will control every statehouse in the South. Republicans also upped their control of governors' mansions to 33 by winning races in Missouri, Vermont and New Hampshire (the North Carolina race is still undecided).
When Richard Nixon had a hard time sleeping during the 1968 campaign, he would take a sleeping pill, have a scotch and start calling people. "[The calls] were filled with late at night anxiety," recalled campaign aide Leonard Garment in 2007 for the Nixon Library, "fear, sleeplessness, and the knowledge that he had to get to sleep. ..." These calls came at midnight or later and they often involved the candidate just rambling.
For those, like me, feeling absolutely devastated about the election of Donald Trump, it's important to remember that we've been through way worse. Ours is a nation that was literally born of the destruction of native peoples and was built through the brutal oppression of African slaves.
Peter Bergen says Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who played a key role in Trump's campaign and may be slated for a leading role in administration, favors an aggressive stance against "radical Islam" and some Islamic regimes
I didn't want to write this. I avoided making a decision as long as I could. I schlepped my absentee ballot all over the country for almost four weeks. I would periodically take it out of the envelope, look at it, shake my head in disgust, and put it back in my suitcase.
On a golden autumn morning eight years ago — the day after America elected its first black president -- I took a photo of my 14-year-old son walking out the front door to catch the school bus. And I noticed he was standing just a little taller than before, his high-top Afro fluffed up a bit bigger. His smile full of excitement about the future.
The blond woman at the next table in the tiny bistro on the Ile St. Louis in Paris said she'd spent her career as a "researcher." But a short time later, she confessed her "research" had been undertaken as a senior agent for Renseignements Generaux -- euphoniously translated, "general information," but in fact, it's the French equivalent of the FBI.
The growing danger of nuclear war has received scant attention in the election campaign beyond some understandable anxiety at the thought of Donald Trump's finger on the nuclear button. But the United States faces a fundamental decision about nuclear weapons, the Obama administration is making the wrong choice, and neither candidate has spoken out against this wrongheaded policy.
A pamphlet proclaiming that President Abraham Lincoln supported a program of interracial sex to create an "American race" meant to cost him his re-election. It didn't work, but the rumor never truly died.