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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., far right, holds a proposed "postcard tax filing form" as they unveil the GOP's far-reaching tax overhaul, the first major revamp of the tax system in three decades, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

The lifeline of endowment aid

For many students, attending Harvard is tied to financial help; tax plan could undercut that and research too


"You don’t have to be born with this amount of charisma, or this amount of hard-charging energy, or this amount of decisiveness to be a great leader," says Nancy F. Koehn, HBS historian and author of “Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times.”

How leaders are shaped

They rise by responding effectively and thoughtfully to challenges, author Nancy Koehn says


Federal charges have been brought against two former Trump advisers, including Paul Manafort (center). If evidence links Trump to criminal activity, Congress may have to consider impeachment. But as Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein points out, the Constitution sharply limits the category of impeachable offenses.

Sunstein on impeachment

In new book, Harvard law professor explains the centrality of a cautious process that helps to ensure America thrives


From left, moderator David Gergen, Sens. Tom Cotton, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Elizabeth Warren, and Jack Reed.

For politics, a ray of hope

At Law School, 5 U.S. senators say obstacles to progress are great, but not insurmountable


On the steps of Langdell Library, Harvard Law School faculty surround six Supreme Court justices. Back row, from left: Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy ’61; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. ’79; Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer ’64; and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch ’91. Front row: Associate Justice (retired) David H. Souter ’66 and Associate Justice Elena Kagan ’86, the former dean of HLS.

A supremely jolly affair

Six high-court justices gather to mark Law School’s bicentennial, and the stories abound


MSNBC host Rachel Maddow (left) moderated a panel of former Obama cabinet members, including Ernest Moniz and Samantha Power, to discuss national security issues under Trump.

Fears of national insecurity

On several fronts, foreign policy flashpoints worry former Obama administration officials


Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) is likely to begin his second term as general secretary of the Communist Party as the nation prepares to solidify its status as a global leader.

China peers ahead

Its congress, gathering to outline policies for next five years, is likely to reaffirm Xi’s leadership


“The Truth about Crime,” a new book by Harvard Professors Jean and John Comaroff examines society’s obsession with crime.

Crime, fear, and loathing

Harvard professors turn a critical eye on safety, anxiety, and how they’re shaping society


Renowned lawyer and HLS professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., listens during a symposium celebrating his accomplishments, including the announcement of a professorship in his honor.

Honoring Charles Ogletree

600 colleagues, former students, friends gather to celebrate life and legacy of influential law professor