Trump transition

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Can Trump make real change as president?

A scholar of presidential power looks at personality, rationality and the institution of the presidency for clues about what the incoming administration can accomplish.

Sultan Donald Trump?

A political scientist looks at the similarities between the new American president and the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. What might the parallels portend for US politics?

Military honor in the age of Trump

As commander-in-chief, Trump will have a major impact in upholding the U.S. military's honor and ethics. A scholar at the U.S. Naval Academy considers if he is up to the task.

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Normalizing fascists

In the 1920s and early 1930s, American journalists tended to put the ascendant fascists on a normal footing.

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Religion

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How Standing Rock became a site of pilgrimage

Thousands of people, both those within Native American communities and their non-Native allies, felt called to go to Standing Rock. What was the motivation?

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Immigration

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How Trump’s deportation plan threatens America’s food and wine supply

Trump's plan to deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants will likely end up rounding up many of the laborers Americans depend upon to pick their grapes and tend to their avocados.

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