The Atlantic Daily: Vladimir Putin Is Testing U.S. Foreign Policy

And scrambling domestic politics too.

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What to do about Vladimir Putin? Today the Russian president accused the United States of attempting to lure his country into armed conflict over Ukraine. But war with Russia is an ending that Americans—Republicans and Democrats, elected officials and the general public—very much hope to avoid. As we’ve noted before, this conflict represents a test of international order. Putin in particular seems to be forcing questions about the role of the U.S. on the international stage.


The rest of the news in three sentences:

(1) Build Back Never: President Joe Biden’s spending package is officially “dead,” according to the longtime holdout Senator Joe Manchin.

(2) More than a dozen HBCUs received bomb threats on Monday and Tuesday.

(3) Tom Brady, a man out of time, formally announced his retirement from the NFL.

Today’s Atlantic-approved activity:

Read a banned book. The school-library shelf is once again a flash point in states such as Tennessee. We round up a dozen titles that have come under fire in America’s schools, and that you should buy and read anyway.

A break from the news:

The Tumblr snowflakes won—and defined a generation of internet users.


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