I remember the Obama years well. There was a massive surge of national pride when Barack Obama was elected. America had done something important. It had overcome a hurdle on its path to racial inclusion. It had dealt a blow to its past.

Donald Trump’s administration overpromised on coronavirus vaccines. In November, his secretary of health and human services said there would be 40 million doses available by the end of the 2020; he was off by about a month. Trump himself promised 100 million doses in that same period. Everyt…

PITTSFIELD — On Jan. 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden Jr. took the oath of office and was officially sworn in as America’s 46th president. Wasting no time, on day one, he took action to undo what he described as over a dozen of former President Donald Trump’s most harmful policies, which included r…

Now that I’ve finished watching almost every British mystery I could find on BritBox or Acorn TV, I have changed gears and begun to plant my virtual garden. With a stack of seed catalogs waiting on the table, I have looked for gardening inspiration in a new place this year, the weekly BBC ga…

Amid all the exhausted relief and Twitter euphoria, it’s worth being honest: The inauguration of Joe Biden to the presidency was a dark scene overall, with strong decline-of-the-republic vibes.

In January 1838, when Abraham Lincoln was a member of the Illinois state Legislature and two weeks shy of his 29th birthday, he delivered what was probably the most prophetic speech of his political career. It’s a speech whose time has arrived again in 2021.

Many Americans, myself included, were deeply relieved when Joe Biden is finally sworn in as president. But almost everyone has a sense of foreboding, not just because of the specific threat of right-wing terrorism, but also because Biden will take office in a political environment polluted by lies.

“This campaign isn’t just about winning votes. It’s about winning the heart and, yes, the soul of America,” Joe Biden said at the Democratic National Convention in August. “You see, I believe in the possibility of this country,” he told his listeners. “We’re always looking ahead, ahead to an…

Here we go again. For the second time in 12 years a newly elected Democratic president is inheriting an economy in deep distress. And while it’s hard to focus on such things after last week’s Trumpist putsch, a lot depends on whether Joe Biden’s plan to deal with our economic woes is effective.

PITTSFIELD — In the aftermath of the 2020 election, healing and coming together were a priority for many, including this very paper, which held a call for letters asking how to heal political division, as well as President-elect Joe Biden, who swore to be a “president not to divide, but unif…

Closer to the beginning of the Trump administration, I was asked by my editor at The Eagle to write a column answering the question: What is wrong with what Trump is doing? I began the answer with another question: What if America is an idea, and the strength of that idea is the number of ci…

Sports betting failed to make it into a recently passed economic development bill, although the House voted to legalize it. That debate is likely to get taken up early in the new legislative session, lawmakers say.

PITTSFIELD — The flood of media headlines regarding the bad news of the destructive action at our nation’s capital by an uncontrolled mob, incited by lame-duck President Donald Trump, has swept the story of some good news from the front pages of newspapers and from leading news stories on te…

For a long time, people have predicted the crackup of American conservatism, the end of a Republican Party dominated by the conservative movement as one of the major powers in our politics. Demographic trends were supposed to permanently marginalize the right. Barack Obama’s 2008 victory was…

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In a winter when most Americans could use a good news story to lift their patriotic spirits, we find one unfolding — albeit 4,000 miles from here — in snow-covered places like Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Finland. That’s where the women’s U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team, led by the standout p…

The Donald Trump administration is officially gone, but some of the deeper wounds it left in our republic remain — as do lessons on how to better fortify our political institutions against a similarly reckless executive.

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