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A view of the crowd at the women's march in Los Angeles on January 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

People are saying US democracy is falling apart — but it’s actually working like the Constitution intended it to

Two of the three branches of US government might currently be sputtering — if they're not completely broken — but there are other powerful engines the Constitution outlines that protect US democracy, and keep it moving forward.
Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 19, 2017 in New York City.

Trump’s second appearance at the UN could make America lose even more political clout on the global stage

Next week Donald J. Trump returns to the United Nations for the annual opening of the UN General Assembly. Despite exceeding expectations at last year's assembly, he will encounter a more skeptical global audience next week, woke to the reality that his administration is all take and no give.
Toad from Mario Kart ... running from shame.

Actually, Stormy Daniels making fun about Trump’s penis is great for democracy

Opinion: Stormy Daniels uses "Toad" from Mario Kart to describe President Trump's penis in her upcoming book, and the fact that we're all laughing at it shows all is not lost in this democracy.
Fall foliage.

All seasons are equally good

People will tell you that summer is the best season, or that fall is. Those people are wrong.
US President Trump speaks to Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto as he makes an announcement on NAFTA in Oval Office in Washington.

Donald Trump’s NAFTA approach is doomed

Trump hopes to jam Canada, Mexico and domestic free-trading interests into weakening NAFTA. He won't be able to pull it off. He should instead look for ways to strengthen the agreement.
Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City.

24 powerful and moving photos from the September 11 attacks that Americans will never forget

It's been 17 years since the attacks of September 11, 2001. But for millions of Americans, haunting memories of that day are still fresh, and many lives were changed forever. Every year, we look back on that tragic day through the lenses of photographers who captured the attack and its aftermath.

Photos show the moment President George W. Bush learned of the 9/11 attacks

Photos from the US National Archives show the moment when President George W. Bush learned that his nation was under attack.

Here’s why more brands, like Nike with Colin Kaepernick, are openly liberal

Brands are still afraid of losing customers if they participate in political controversies. What's new is, they think controversies can win them customers, too — if they engage from the left.
Term limits would eliminate a consequence of life tenure that is an essential feature of our democracy: the Court's relative lack of volatility.

I’m a lawyer, and Supreme Court justices shouldn’t have term limits — they should have age requirements

Supreme Court justices serve for life or until they retire. While some have called for enacting term limits, in hopes of depoliticizing retirements and the nomination process, attorney Matthew Stanford suggests age requirements are a better option, and would allow for greater ideological variety.

John McCain meant well. Is that still something Americans care about?

Sen. John McCain, who died at age 81, was consistently much more popular than John McCain's policy ideas. One driver of McCain's high popularity was his heroic sacrifice for the country in the Vietnam War. But there was also an important sense across much of the spectrum that McCain meant well.