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Trump’s approval rating has a lower ceiling and higher floor than that of past presidents. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Investigations usually hurt a president’s public reputation – but Trump isn’t usual

Investigations often damage the president's approval rating, particularly if the inquiry drags on for a long time. But that may not matter to a historically unpopular president like Trump.
As the impeachment inquiry gathers pace in the US, Donald Trump is likely to keep doubling down on his opponents. AAP/EPA/Chris Kleponis

How the impeachment inquiry might affect Trump’s 2020 re-election chances

As the impeachment inquiry gathers pace, both sides seem to be digging in. What happens in the inquiry in the next few months will have a huge impact on the 2020 presidential election.
President Richard Nixon, left, and President Donald Trump, right. AP//Frank C. Curtin; REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump’s bad Nixon imitation may cost him the presidency

President Trump solicited foreign help for his presidential campaign. So did presidential candidate Richard Nixon. The difference, writes scholar Ken Hughes, is that Nixon was more skilled at it.
Benjamin Franklin was a leading voice in the debates framing the Constitution. Howard Chandler Christy/Architect of the Capitol

Founders: Removal from office is not the only purpose of impeachment

The Founders saw impeachment as a regular part of ensuring presidential accountability. A constitutional scholar offers a possible process for a rapid and smooth impeachment inquiry.
Participants in the Women’s March gather near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in January 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Is the United States on the brink of a revolution?

The United States is exhibiting several of the signs that have historically resulted in uprisings and revolutions. Is another American revolution looming?
Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee. Reuters/Alex Brandon

The Mueller hearing and the death of facts

To one scholar of the post-truth era, tuning in to Robert Mueller's testimony Wednesday was to hear a duel over the facts. Not what the facts imply – but what the facts are.

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