Editor's note

Yesterday, on the eve of his much awaited appearance in front of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, former FBI Director James Comey released seven pages of prepared testimony. Among other things, he describes “imploring” Attorney General Sessions to “prevent any future direct communication between the President and me.” As Penn State historian Douglas Charles writes, FBI policies since the 70s have been designed explicitly to stop directors from getting too close to the president and from following the example of J. Edgar Hoover and his often questionable behavior in the service of six different presidents.

U.K. citizens head to the polls today to elect a new Parliament, with Prime Minister Theresa May’s once-sizable lead significantly smaller than when she called for snap elections in April. While recent terrorist attacks have brought security to the fore, Brexit – alongside Britain’s economic future – remains the top issue on voters’ minds. Charles Hankla, a Georgia State political scientist who has followed U.K. politics since the 1990s, explains what’s at stake for the U.S.

On the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth today, the University of Oregon’s Kevin Nute describes the deep influence Japanese art had on Wright’s work – and how it completely upended American architecture.

Danielle Douez

Associate Editor, Politics + Society

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Former FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

J Edgar Hoover's oversteps: Why FBI directors are forbidden from getting cozy with presidents

Douglas M. Charles, Pennsylvania State University

Hoover abused his power as FBI director to serve presidents' interests. The reforms that followed were set up to prevent it from happening again.

Economy + Business

  • What the UK election means for Brexit and America

    Charles Hankla, Georgia State University

    While security concerns have punctuated the campaign's closing days, Brexit remains the most important issue on voters' minds. How the EU exit is managed will matter a great deal to US interests.

Politics + Society

Arts + Culture

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Japanese education

    Kevin Nute, University of Oregon

    When the young Wright moved to Chicago to work for the architect Joseph Silsbee, he was introduced to Japanese prints. It changed his career, and very possibly the course of American architecture.

Environment + Energy

Ethics + Religion

  • What is the Shia-Sunni divide?

    Ken Chitwood, University of Florida

    The strike in Iran once again exposes the centuries'-old sectarian Shia-Sunni divide. What is at the heart of this schism?

  • Why is climate change such a hard sell in the US?

    Firmin DeBrabander, Maryland Institute College of Art

    While many people are willing to happily gamble with pharmaceuticals, which may offer the most trivial of benefits, they are not ready to believe the facts on climate change.

Health + Medicine

Science + Technology

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