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    The Necessity of Questioning the Military

    Honoring the sacrifice of servicemembers requires understanding why they were put at risk, and demanding that those who did so hold themselves to account.

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    Donald Trump Is Rush-Shipping Condolences to Military Families

    Three families of fallen servicemembers received next-day UPS letters from President Trump after a turbulent week in which Trump falsely claimed he had called “virtually all” of the families.

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    Steve Bannon's 'Season of War' Roadshow

    The former White House adviser has been spending the fall promoting and plotting his anti-establishment 2018 agenda, including attacking the previous Republican president.

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    Will DACA Parents Be Forced to Leave Their U.S.-Citizen Children Behind?

    The program offered beneficiaries a sense of security, but with work permits set to expire in the coming months, many of them are having to consider what comes next for their families.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: White House Defends Kelly’s Defense

    White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Chief of Staff John Kelly after his remarks criticizing Representative Frederica Wilson.

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    The History of Russian Involvement in America's Race Wars

    From propaganda posters to Facebook ads, 80-plus years of Russian meddling.

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    How the White House's Week Went Off the Rails

    On Monday, Trump set out to emphasize honor and integrity—and then he made a series of unsubstantiated claims.

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    Oklahoma Imprisons Two Times More Women Than Any Other State

    A short documentary investigates a tragic life event that underlies one Oklahoma woman’s incarceration.

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    Republicans Rally Around Raising the Deficit

    The Senate’s passage of a budget resolution on Thursday night was a victory for party unity, but a defeat for the GOP’s remaining fiscal hawks.

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    How Will Obama's Message Play in Trump's America?

    The former president reprised his favorite themes of hope and unity in his return to the campaign trail on Thursday.

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    Don't Forget to Adjust for Russian Trolls

    Americans aren’t quite as bad as the internet has led us to believe.

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    Why Trump Can't Handle the Cost of War

    The president relishes bellicose language and performative violence, but seldom acknowledges its human toll.

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    White Evangelicals Used to Dominate Christian Zionism, but Not Anymore

    Why thousands of Christians from across the globe travel to Jerusalem each year to celebrate a Jewish holiday

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    The Anguish of John Kelly

    The White House chief of staff decried the desacralization of military deaths—but it was the president he serves who politicized condolence calls.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Kelly's Defense

    During an emotional address at the daily White House press briefing, Chief of Staff John Kelly defended President Trump’s handling of a phone call with a Gold Star family.

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    Has the Supreme Court Legalized Public Corruption?

    By making it harder to punish official misconduct, the justices risk damage to America's republican institutions.

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    Rich City, Poor City

    An increasing number of American mayors are trying to channel recent economic growth to neglected neighborhoods.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Trump's Unforced Error

    A series of damaging stories about the president's methods of consoling grieving Gold Star families represent the president’s latest entirely self-inflicted wound.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Schrödinger’s Endorsement

    President Trump criticized a new bipartisan deal aimed at stabilizing Obamacare exchanges, a day after he publicly praised the proposal.

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    Puerto Rico's Environmental Catastrophe

    Hurricane Maria has exposed and intensified the island’s ecological crisis and its human consequences. Can it build a sustainable future?

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    The Federal Jail Blocking Some Inmates' Kids From Visiting

    Since last year, a detention center in Philadelphia has had one of the strictest visitation policies in the country. “Now it’s a different world in there,” one local lawyer said.