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Editing the President

"It's not so much that American life is more idiotic," Jill Lepore said, referring to both press coverage and the public discussion it spawns. "It's that so much more of American life is public. I think that goes a long way to explaining what seems to be a 'decline.' Everything is documented and little of […]

Presidents and the Constitution

"…faithfully preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God." With these words, forty-three men have assumed the powers of the Presidency. All have repeated the phrase "so help me, God" though it is not Constitutionally required. But Presidents have diverged in their interpretation of just what "preserve, protect and […]