Mr. Rasmussen, who served two terms as mayor of Silverton, Ore., defied many conventions, gender being just one of them.
The actions of the House Committee on Un-American Activities show how Congress’s power to hold witnesses in contempt is a tool prone to abuse.
The first Republican governor of the state in almost a century, he seemed to herald a new, post-racial South. He later became disillusioned with his own party.
A hawkish conservative, he believed that America was hamstrung at home and abroad by a progressive ruling class.
The current fight over raising the debt limit is proving to be another lesson in American political dysfunction.
The attention may be on House and Senate campaigns, but these races — some of which will be true tossups — may be just as important.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Democrats argued that he was running not on his record or against a particular candidate, but against Trumpism.