Letters from an American

Heather Cox Richardson
A newsletter about the history behind today's politics.
Created 03 Nov 2019
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  • October 18, 2021
    19 Oct 2021about 18 hours ago • 5 min read • 799 275
    Today, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol recommended that the House of Representatives find Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon in contempt of C...
  • October 17, 2021
    18 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 2264 190
    It's pretty much peak leaf season in Maine now. Here's a picture of one of these glorious days to finish your weekend, and I'll see you tomorrow. I suspect it's going to be a busy week. [Photo by Budd...
  • October 16, 2021
    17 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1044 679
    On October 8, the executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas, told a teacher to make sure to follow Texas’s new law requiring teac...
  • October 15, 2021
    16 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 743 440
    Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told his colleagues that on Monday evening he plans to bring up the Freedom to Vote Act and to try to get it through the Senate. The Republicans ...
  • October 14, 2021
    15 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 793 514
    Today Stephen K. Bannon, a one-time adviser to former president Trump, was supposed to testify before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. Yesterday, B...
  • October 13, 2021
    14 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 868 421
    President Joe Biden has tried to move the country beyond the partisanship of the current Republican Party by focusing on making government work so that people forget their differences and direct their...
  • October 12, 2021
    13 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 736 292
    Tonight the House voted to raise the debt ceiling by $480 billion, which should keep the country afloat until December 3. The vote was 219 to 206, with all Republicans either voting no or refusing to ...
  • Speakers of the House: Velvet Gloves and Iron Fists
    12 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 13 0
    On this episode of Now & Then, “Speakers of the House: Velvet Gloves and Iron Fists,” Heather Cox Richardson and Joanne Freeman revisit significant Speakers of the House and the development of the rol...
  • October 11, 2021
    12 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1094 529
    Both the New York Times and the Washington Post today ran op-eds from Republicans or former Republicans urging members of their party who still value democracy to vote Democratic until the authoritari...
  • October 10, 2021
    11 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 749 470
    The fight over raising the debt ceiling reveals that the Trump wing has taken control of the Republican Party. Defaulting on our debt for the first time in our history would have crushed our economy a...
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