Leah Askarinam

Leah Askarinam
Leah Askarinam is a former assistant editor at The Atlantic.
  • Evan Vucci / AP

    What the GOP's Health-Care Gamble Means for 2018

    Most of the House Republicans whose districts have recently voted for Democratic presidential candidates supported the Obamacare-replacement bill. That might have been a risky move.

  • J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Older Voters Are Complicating the GOP's Plans for Health Care

    Republican members of Congress who oppose the Obamacare replacement have something in common: Their constituents—who tend to be older—fear losing benefits.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    What a New Study on Vouchers Means for Trump's Agenda

    The administration has promoted private-school scholarships as a means of empowering families. But they may undermine a child’s academic success.

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    The Districts Where Democrats Might Find the Next Georgia 6

    There are dozens of congressional seats nationwide that share similarities with this conservative area near Atlanta—where a special election scheduled for Tuesday has been unusually competitive.

  • New Alternatives for New York's Homeless LGBT Kids

    As part of our series of interviews with the winners of Allstate and The Atlantic’s Renewal Awards, I spoke with Kate Barnhart, the director of New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth in New York City.

    Barnhart explained how her activist mentality motivated her to dedicate her life to helping homeless, LGBT youth in New York transition into a more stable adulthood, through case management, education, and Sunday night dinners. She also discusses the struggles and freedoms of running an organization that isn’t dependent upon government funds. The transcript of our conversation has been lightly edited for space and clarity.

  • Working With Incarcerated Moms

    As part of our series with of interviews with the winners of AllState and The Atlantic’s Renewal Awards, I spoke with Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, the founder of Hour Children, an organization that houses, mentors, and supports incarcerated women and their families.

    Sister Tesa and I discussed how she started her New York-based organization and how it’s progressed in the 30 years since its founding. Our interview has been edited for space and clarity.

  • Finding the Lost Boyz of Chicago

    As part of our series with of interviews with the winners of the The Atlantic’s Renewal Awards, I spoke with LaVonte Stewart, the founder of Lost Boyz Inc., a baseball and softball program that steers children in his Chicago neighborhood away from violence through social-emotional development.

    Stewart explained how he used a social theory he hadn’t yet realized existed to build up the organization from scratch. Here’s our interview, which has been edited for space and clarity.

  • David Goldman / AP

    Do After-School Programs Positively Change Children?

    Proponents of President Trump’s budget say no. Their evidence may be faulty.

  • Jack Gruber / Reuters

    How Trump Could Rearrange the U.S. House

    The president could accelerate the demographic divides between Democratic and Republican districts.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    House Republicans and Democrats Represent Divergent Americas

    An Atlantic analysis finds that congressional districts’ racial makeup, and their residents’ level of education, largely determines which party represents them in the House.

  • Adam Fenster / Reuters

    Women May Decide the Election

    Cultural and demographic changes throughout the country are making female voters a more powerful force than ever.

  • John Minchillo / AP

    The Tipping Points of the 2016 Election

    An analysis of voting trends in key swing states hints that voter allegiances will be starker and more influential than ever.

  • Mary Altaffer / AP

    Can Trump Afford to Betray Anti-Immigrant Voters?

    Republicans who supported deportation gave the Republican presidential nominee his margin of victory in most key primary contests.

  • Andrew Harnik / AP

    Hillary Clinton's Edge Over Donald Trump

    A new poll shows a large share of Americans place faith in the presumptive Democratic nominee to achieve national objectives.

  • Ryan Kang / AP

    Why the Next President Will Inherit a Divided Country

    This election will widen the distance between the class and racial composition of each party’s core of support.

  • Brendan McDermid / Reuters

    The Deep Grooves of 2016

    This presidential contest has been marked by unusually consistent cultural loyalties since it began, which could say a lot about the final result.

  • Julie Jacobson / AP

    Strollers on Campus

    With families in tow, parents on campus require different support than traditional students.

  • Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

    When Low-Income Parents Go Back to School

    Earning a GED can have financial benefits for parents who didn’t graduate—and make it more likely that their children will get a diploma.

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    Asian Americans Feel Held Back at Work by Stereotypes

    A new survey reveals just how much racial misconceptions can impact people at work.

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    Schools in Poor Areas Have More Students with Mental Health Needs

    Across the country, schools are ill-equipped to provide necessary mental health screening and services to the neediest students. A new law may change that.