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Across the state, Texans are keeping a closer eye on their government. They’re asking questions and demanding information. There’s a renewed awareness of our transparency laws.Times of trouble … more
Witnessing the faces of little Black girls across the nation light up with glee as they saw previews of actress Halle Bailey from the live action version “The Little Mermaid,” was both … more
This year, the U.S. military is behind recruiting goals by 23%, with the Army alone estimating it will miss goals by nearly 40,000 personnel over the next two years. Now, with the Supreme Court’s … more
The long march of religious liberty exemptions is gaining speed. The people who brought you contraceptive care exemptions and COVID rule and vaccine exemptions have now moved on to insurance for … more
The Inflation Reduction Act is now law. In the long run, the law is expected to have beneficial effects on deficit reduction as per the Congressional Budget Office. Through extensions of Affordable … more
It’s odd: You’re having dinner with friends in a nice restaurant. One of them reaches for the breadsticks and carelessly elbows his water glass, swamping the tablecloth.Immediately, his concerned … more
I’m confused.I got the flu a few months ago, the worst flu I’d ever had. It wasn’t COVID — I have never tested positive for COVID — but it was a humdinger.For more than a week, I was a lump … more
In 1987, the Senate resoundingly rejected the nomination of Judge Robert Bork for the Supreme Court because it found his originalist views unacceptable. As a law professor, Bork argued that the … more
In a remarkable move, the Biden administration on Wednesday announced that it would cancel millions of dollars in federal student loans, giving struggling student borrowers some concrete good news. … more
The Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 797 more than a year ago, but school districts and citizens were preoccupied with the pandemic. No one paid much attention to S.B. 797’s requirement that … more
A lot of people think that the pinnacle of journalism is working for a publication with national exposure, like The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal or The Chicago Tribune. These … more
Recently I was struck by a conversation I had with a progressive friend. When I noted the significant decrease in extreme world poverty over the past two decades — a remarkable achievement that has … more

Sam Wineburg is a professor of education at Stanford University and founder of the Stanford History Education Group, where Nadav Ziv is a research associate.

Comedian Carl Reiner was good at living well — and he lived well until the age of 98.I recently watched his 2017 HBO documentary, “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.”It introduces … more
Private citizen Joe Biden and the Democratic Party were absolutely right way back when they kept demanding an investigation of what we’d just learned: Russia had interfered big-time in … more
It was four in the afternoon on March 10, 1991, when the first planned explosion of Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons went off at the U.S. weapons depot in Khamisiyah, Iraq, and the first … more
Google and Facebook have enormous economic and political power in society — especially over the news industry. Many ask if they have played a role in the misinformation that erodes our free press … more
Trust me when I declare that I am not competing for sympathy against folks suffering from cancer, blocked arteries, diabetes or other serious ailments.I do nonetheless think that my body is out to … more
The Constitution is famously built on checks and balances, but nowhere does it specifically call for a "separation of powers" or insist on a "separation of church and state."Those two widely … more
It happens at least once a semester. My students and I will be discussing a contested political issue – say, affirmative action or capital punishment – and someone will ask, “Professor, … more
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