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National Socialist troops marching in Berlin to celebrate Adolf Hitler taking over power. Hitler’s accession to chancellor on Jan. 30, 1933, gave the Nazi party its “in” to eventually consolidate absolute control over the country in the months soon after, setting it on the path to the Second World War. (AP Photo)

What can we learn from the history of pre-war Germany to the atmosphere today in the U.S.?

Adolf Hitler’s rise to power was aided by courts and lawyers in pre-war Germany. A similar situation exists today in the United States.
Supporters of Issue 1, which would codify reproductive rights, including abortion, in the Ohio Constitution, cheer election results on Nov. 7, 2023. Andrew Spear/Getty Images

Voters don’t always have final say – state legislatures and governors are increasingly undermining ballot measures that win

Election year 2024 will see citizen initiatives on the ballot across the country, some focused on abortion rights. But there’s a growing trend of lawmakers altering initiatives after they have passed.
Donald Trump has claimed that presidents are immune from prosecution for official acts. AP Photo/Toby Brusseau

Trump’s arguments for immunity not as hopeless as some claim

The former president has raised several legal arguments that do not yet have clear answers. A constitutional scholar says they’re questions worth asking.
Donald Trump at a campaign event in Waterloo, Iowa, on Dec. 19, 2023. Kamil Krzaczysnki/AFP via Getty Images

Trump barred from Colorado ballot – now what?

A historian and legal scholar of a key part of the US Constitution explains what happens now that the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled Trump cannot be on the state’s presidential ballots.
Mitt Romney, left, represents an old-fashioned GOP conservatism. Donald Trump, right, doesn’t − and Romney is leaving politics. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Reagan wouldn’t recognize Trump-style ‘conservatism’ – a look at how the GOP has changed

Republicans Mike Pence and Mitt Romney both spoke recently about the conservative ideals that animate their politics − and which Donald Trump has violated. Do voters care?
A display of books that have been banned in various places is on view at a community gathering space in Washington, D.C. Craig Hudson for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Where the Supreme Court stands on banning books

Current precedent relies on a 1982 case in which five justices generally agreed there were limits on a school’s power to ban books, but they didn’t agree on why.
Enrique Tarrio, leader of the Proud Boys, at left, and group member Joe Biggs were sentenced to many years in federal prison. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

How local police could help prevent another January 6th-style insurrection

The Proud Boys are more of a loosely affiliated street gang than they are a unified right-wing militia, researchers say. But police ignore the threats from these groups, and their threats grow.

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