The Atlantic Daily: Hard Border

The NFL v. Kaepernick. Plus: Brexit and the hard border in Ireland, and a brief history of American presidential campaign announcements—and what they signal.

The border village of Speenogue, Ireland (Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters)

What We’re Following

The trajectory of Brexit may threaten hard-earned peace in Ireland. Brexit drama, before the March 29 deadline when Britain is set to legally withdraw from the EU, has taken on the thrum of a dull, persistent headache. A withdrawal with no formal terms in place will affect every aspect of life and commerce in the United Kingdom, from the makeup of its workforce to drug testing to supermarket food prices. But the spikiest issue in negotiations is the question of the return of a “hard border”—customs and surveillance checkpoints and all—between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The sectarian violence around the decades when a real, tangible border existed is a recent memory for many, who now worry what horrors a deal-less Brexit might bring back.

Did the NFL and team owners conspire to keep Colin Kaepernick out of a job? The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who hasn’t been signed to a team since the spring of 2017, officially reached a settlement on Friday with the league over allegations that he’d been blackballed for his spotlighting of issues of racial injustice, including police brutality. The details of the settlement weren’t disclosed, so findings from the process, and how much money the league will ultimately pay to Kaepernick, are unknown. But, Jemele Hill argues, “owners and coaches had already given depositions in Kaepernick’s case, and the details that emerged from those proceedings did not look good for the NFL.”

Evening Reads

Amy Klobuchar's wintry 2020 announcement, and what presidential announcements reveal about the candidates

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The act of announcing a run for the presidency of the United States is possibly the only campaign act over which a candidate has near-complete control, writes John Dickerson. Announce for the job you want; not the one you have:

“Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the youngest candidate, is presenting himself as a new-generation problem-solver. When Senator Bernie Sanders inevitably gets into the race, he’ll argue that all his life he has held the positions that Democrats are now getting excited about, which means he’s more believable.

In 1979, Ronald Reagan wanted to look like a president, so he announced his candidacy in a room that looked vaguely presidential. It had an imposing desk, a leather sofa, and a leather chair. (He could also have sold you a quality term-life-insurance policy.) As he spoke, he moved with an actor’s practiced nonchalance. At one point, he meandered over to a globe and spoke like a globalist.

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Dear Therapist

Dear Therapist column

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Every Monday, Lori Gottlieb answers questions from readers about their problems, big and small. This week, Lisa from New Jersey writes:

“My son is in the middle of the college-application process. He has very good grades and very good SAT and ACT scores; he is an Eagle Scout and a captain of the cross-country team. He is also white, male, and upper-middle-class—and that is the problem.”

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