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Alexander Burns

Alexander Burns is a reporter for the New York Times covering politics. Burns was a reporter and editor at Politico before joining the TImes, covering the 2012 Presidential election. He graduated from Harvard College, where he edited the Harvard Crimson.

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Twenty-two years ago, the Soviet Parliament suspended the Communist Party after the failure of a dramatic coup attempt to remove Gorbachev.


Theodore Roosevelt made the dirt fly in building the Panama Canal. On November 9, 1906, 111 years ago this week, The New York Times ran an article declaring that the President of the United States was about to violate “the traditions of the United States for over a hundred years.” Theodore…
In the last days of August, 15 years ago, the Soviet Union imploded. The crash began with an abortive attempt to remove Mikhail Gorbachev from power, and it ended with a parliamentary decision to suspend the activities of the Soviet Communist Party. This last event was perhaps the most…