Stories by Heather Cox Richardson

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Posted on: May 15, 2016, Source: Salon

Trump's assault on legitimacy of the system is reminiscent of some of America's darkest hours.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2016, Source: Salon

For years, GOP intellectuals rationalized for the loons. Now it's too late for the men of ideas to regain authority.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2016, Source: Salon

Anti-government diatribes from the prime beneficiaries of government programs? How the GOP lies to white America.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2015, Source: Salon

The last time a U.S. political party put forth a radical like this was 1860. There are really frightening parallels.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2015, Source: Salon

Boehner and McConnell weren't conservative enough for them. Nor Eric Cantor. Right-wing purists won't stop here.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2015, Source: Salon

Today’s Republican Party is enslaved to Movement Conservatism, and Trump trumpets the rhetoric of that movement in crude sound bites.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2015, Source: Salon

Donald Trump did not happen overnight. He's the product of a dangerous, cynical GOP strategy that dates back years.

Posted on: Jun 21, 2015, Source: Salon

Turns out, decades of coded racism has negative consequences.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The new GOP war on universities is just the next step in an anti-intellectual struggle against critical thinking.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2015, Source: Salon

Blocking legislation, defunding the government and thwarting compromise is the real mission — and he's winning

Posted on: Mar 15, 2015, Source: Salon

The ideology of movement conservatives is not simply partisanship. It is an attack on American democracy.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2015, Source: Salon

The right knows that facts and reason have a liberal bent. That's why their decades-long strategy is to lie.