In the early 1960s, Barry Goldwater, a Republican U.S. senator from Arizona, called for the GOP to adopt racist principles.
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For much of the country’s history, the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln and racial equality, and the Democratic Party backed Jim Crow laws and white supremacy. The two parties switched.
An editorial cartoon from 1900 shows the Populist Party swallowing the Democratic Party.
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The most successful third parties in US politics don’t typically rise to dominance, but instead challenge the major parties enough to force a course correction.
Bills have a long journey that includes going through the parliamentarian’s office in the Senate. Here, a corridor in the Senate.
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The Senate has a lot of rules, and its parliamentarian interprets what those rules allow – and what they don’t. That can mean a bill will face either huge obstacles, or very few obstacles to passage.
Rep. Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, speaks to the press at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on May 12, 2021.
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Rep. Liz Cheney may have been exiled from her party’s leadership, but she’s after a bigger thing: the restoration of politically conservative values in the GOP and its voters.
The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have widened the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans on health care.
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States led by Republican governors generally had higher COVID-19 case and death rates in 2020.
Supporters of former President Trump gather outside of Trump Tower during a rare visit Trump made to his New York offices, March 8, 2021.
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The majority of Americans say they’d like to be able to vote for a third party. Donald Trump says he might start one. But neither is likely to happen.
Public protests over Georgia’s voting law likely contributed to many companies’ taking a strong stand.
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The growing rift between Republicans and US businesses has widened in recent weeks over efforts to restrict voting across the country.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and fellow Democrats address reporters on H.R. 1 at the Capitol in Washington on March 3, 2021.
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As GOP-run statehouses across the country tighten voting restrictions, a bill in Congress would, its Democratic sponsors say, undo more than 15 years of moves to make voting harder.
Donald Trump: social media was one of the former president’s main platforms.
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When social media platforms banned Donald Trump they acknowledged that sometimes social good is more important than shareholder profits.
Unemployed Blackjewel coal miners, their family members and activists man a blockade along railroad tracks leading to their old mine on Aug. 23, 2019, in Cumberland, Kentucky.
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The quest for significance and respect is a universal part of human nature. It has the potential to inspire great works – but lately, it has been much in evidence tearing society apart.
Legal rally of the National Socialist Movement, one of the major neo-Nazi groups in the United States, on April 21, 2018, in Draketown, Georgia.
The First Amendment to the US Constitution protects Americans’ freedom of speech, so much so that even the most hateful speech has the right to be quoted.
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With bitter divisions and sniping in the wake of an election defeat and Donald Trump’s second impeachment, the Republicans are trying to find a way forward – with or without him.
Farewell to a ‘Patriot’, Trump supporters saluting at a memorial for Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed during the riot at the US Capitol on January 6.
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The word ‘patriot’ has a particular meaning to many Americans. But some of them took their idea of patriotism a bit far on January 6.
Joe Biden at a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware, in January.
Endless filibustering has paralysed the US Senate, and with it all of Congress. Will this form of obstructionism be one of the main challenges facing Biden, as some Democrats fear?
In a post-Trump era, the GOP must decide which of the former president’s policies to keep – and which to scrap.
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‘America First’ may not be long for this world. Surveys show many GOP members under 35 are closer to Democrats on China, trade and defense spending.
Is ‘expressing regrets’ the equivalent of sticking air quotes around apologies?
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US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia may have expressed regrets over controversial comments and social media postings. But not to the public, and not in a way that would mitigate harm.
Rioters storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, seeking to intimidate politicians into overturning the presidential election.
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Death threats against Republicans who oppose Trump are not just the result of angry people. They are, instead, an attempt to intimidate people into sticking with his movement.
Armed white insurrectionists murdered Black men and burned Black businesses, including this newspaper office, during the Wilmington coup of 1898.
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A violent coup to overthrow the government, perpetrated and fueled by white supremacist ideology spread by the white media happened … in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1898.
More than 30% of Latinos voted for Trump in the recent elections – a significant result, but not a breakthrough by any stretch, and it can be explained by several factors.
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The transition between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has formally begun, yet the outgoing president still refuses to concede. How far can he go and has such a situation been experienced in American history?