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Presidential historian. 🐶 mom. ✒️ on John Adams @OUPAcademic. THE CABINET @Harvard_Press, 2020. Senior Fellow @CPHatSMU. Teach @SMPAGWU. Column @monthly.
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Oct 13 68 tweets 12 min read
Over the last year, the @January6thCmte has presented evidence of a multi-prong plan to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Today’s hearing functioned a finale - recapping their arguments, revealing new footage, and delivering a few bombshell moments. 🧵 .@BennieGThompson encouraged viewers to listen to the evidence with an open mind. He reiterated that the committee is not a partisan exercise. No president, until Trump, has ever “attempted a plan that led to an attack on a pillar of our democracy.” /1
Sep 27 13 tweets 4 min read
Tomorrow, the @January6thCmte returns with another hearing. In the last two months, the committee has acquired hundreds of thousands of documents and countless minutes of new testimony. Looking forward to what they share tomorrow. Catch up on the information so far. 🧵 In Hearing 1, the committee offered an overview of the multi-faceted attempt to overthrow the election, from the states, to the electoral college, to the vice president, to an armed mob. They also reminded Americans what is at stake:
Aug 8 7 tweets 2 min read
Long before I was a historian or writing a book about John Adams, I read David McCullough.

A tribute thread of sorts. /1 nytimes.com/2022/08/08/boo… I read McCullough when it came out. I was pretty young then and I loved it. I adored John Adams's sassy wife, I adored his commitment to virtue, and I adored his penchant for sticking his foot in his mouth.

In some ways, not much has changed. In other ways, everything has. /2
Jul 22 71 tweets 11 min read
The hearing last night was an emotional bookend to first round of hearings. The first hearing revealed the extent of the violence of the Capitol. Last night’s hearing depicted the same 187 minutes at the other end of Pennsylvania Ave. 🧵 If you missed previous hearings:
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Jul 12 61 tweets 11 min read
Today’s @January6thCmte hearing was all about former President Trump’s relationship to extremist groups and his efforts to summon them to the rally on January 6. The testimony was detailed, but Cheney’s bombshell at the end really caught my eye. 🧵 If you missed the previous hearings, here are recaps:

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Jun 28 65 tweets 11 min read
Today’s hearing was a surprise and scheduled at the last minute, which raised the stakes. The witness, Cassidy Hutchinson, aide to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows testified about what happened at the White House in the lead up to Jan. 6. It was🔥. A recap🧵if you missed it. If you want to catch up on the previous hearings before we start, here are recaps:

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Jun 24 70 tweets 11 min read
A recap of today’s hearing, which focused on the pressure campaign that targeted the federal agency charged with the enforcement of our laws—the Department of Justice. I’m not a lawyer, but spoiler alert: dead to rights. #HATH 🧵 The hearings today explored how Trump tried to misuse the DOJ to hold onto power, to investigate claims of fraud and legitimize his lies. When these efforts failed, he sought to replace Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Jeffrey Clark. /1
Jun 21 71 tweets 11 min read
A recap of today’s hearings, which focused on President Trump’s attempts to overturn the election in the states, including his calls *personally* with Arizona and Georgia officials. And the impact of his lies on election workers with some of the most compelling testimony yet.🧵 If you missed the previous hearings, here are recaps:

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Jun 16 57 tweets 9 min read
A recap of the third @January6thCmte hearing. Main takeaway: Donald Trump knew the vice president had no legal authority to overturn the election and his advisors agreed it would be illegal. He pressured Pence to break the law anyway. 🧵 If you missed the previous two hearings, here are summaries.

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Jun 13 49 tweets 8 min read
In today’s hearing, @RepLizCheney said the @January6thCmte would prove President Trump developed a 7-part plan to remain in office by any means necessary. The evidence today focused on part 1: convince millions of Americans that the election was stolen by overwhelming fraud. 🧵 In case you missed the hearing on Thursday night, here is a recap:
Jun 10 34 tweets 6 min read
Last night’s @January6thCmte hearing was crafted with a clear eye to the stakes for democracy, the moment, our history, our nation, and the world. A🧵for those who missed it. .@BennieGThompson’s opening statement was powerful. Four points stuck out to me. First, he reminded us that the world is watching. He’s right. I’ve received so many messages from citizens across the world hoping desperately our democracy will survive. /1
Feb 14 21 tweets 5 min read
As we head into a new week, a recap of where things stand with the Trump documents situation, why it matters, and why this criminal behavior could finally be the one that sticks. 🧵 We started last week with reports that the National Archives had turned over shredded documents to the Jan. 6 Committee. The amazing @washingtonpost team released a series of stories revealing that Trump had torn up documents throughout his presidency. /1 washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/…
Aug 1, 2021 20 tweets 4 min read
1/ #OTD in 1793 Washington convened a cabinet meeting to deal with the ongoing Neutrality Crisis. It's one of my all-time favorite cabinet gatherings and has *all* the things: partisan tensions! foreign intrigue! snarky comments! material culture! Buckle up, it's a wild ride.🧵👇 2/ A little backstory to start: the purpose of the cabinet meeting was to discuss what to do with Citizen Edmond Genet, the French foreign minister to the US. Genet had spent the last several months ignoring Washington's proclamation of neutrality and flouting the rules.
Dec 24, 2020 8 tweets 5 min read
In honor of the holidays, I wanted to share a few White House Christmas moments, as we could all use some extra cheer this year. Naturally they include doggos (including some pups welcoming the National Tree! c/o @PeteSouza). Let's start with Barney and Miss Beazley, the Bush's Scottish Terriers. Quite festive, no? (picture: @TheBushCenter)
Nov 9, 2020 12 tweets 5 min read
Lots of good questions about lame-duck firings, late turnover, etc. Moral of the story: lame-duck firings haven't happened before (regardless of whether they occur on Twitter or in person). A mini thread with a few answers, facts, and precedents. 👇 1. I went back through all the cabinets from President Trump to George Washington and found only three cabinets with post-election turnover: on Oct. 4, 1976, Sec. of Agriculture Earl Butz resigned after TIME magazine reported that he made inappropriate racial remarks.
Aug 10, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
This morning, inspired by @jbf1755, I called my Senators @MarkWarner @timkaine, and @RepDonBeyer to ask that they push back on the attacks on @USPS. I'd encourage you to do the same. USPS is not political. /1 It's how most veterans and retirees receive their benefits and medications. It's how many people receive their paychecks. It's how the military votes and has for decades. It's how most people send birthday and holiday gifts. /2
May 29, 2020 13 tweets 8 min read
In my conversation with @HC_Richardson @HarvardBooks on Wednesday, a viewer asked how we can spread historical literacy. We rattled off a list of ideas, so I thought it would be helpful to put them all in one place. A thread /1 We applauded the inclusion of civics curriculum in schools, including relatively new additions in states like Massachusetts, and organizations like @icivics that help with that effort. /1