• GREENVILLE, NC - JULY 17: President Donald Trump speaks during a Keep America Great rally on July 17, 2019 in Greenville, North Carolina. Trump is speaking in North Carolina only hours after The House of Representatives voted down an effort from a Texas Democrat to impeach the President. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

    Trump is a dangerous media mastermind

    By Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst
    Julian Zelizer writes that the nonstop coverage of Trump's racist tweets is exactly what the President has hoped for, because regardless of how the stories evaluate him or his supporters, the message itself keeps circulating in the public square.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) pause between answering questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on four progressive Democratic congresswomen, saying if they're not happy in the United States "they can leave." (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

    The 500-year battle over 'who is American' continues

    By Ben Railton
    Donald Trump's attack on four freshman Democratic congresswomen fits into a long tradition of people in power trying to define who is a real American—and an equally long tradition of resistance from those whom the powerful are trying to define out of the country.
  • Iranian military trucks carry surface-to-air missiles during a parade on the occasion of the country's Army Day, on April 18, 2017, in Tehran. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Mr. President, leave declaring war to Congress

    By William D. Hartung
    William D. Hartung writes that the Senate must pass Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee's House bill to restore Congress' constitutional authority and prevent the executive branch from launching unnecessary "wars of choice," like a potential one with Iran
  • A policeman holds a mace spray as he confronts a baton wielding student in a crowd of anti-Vietnam war protestors.   (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)