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  • Betsy Herzog / AP

    Donald Trump's Long History of Paying for Silence

    The president denies paying a porn actress not to speak about an alleged affair, but he’s often linked payments to confidentiality agreements in the past.

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    Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Republicans Scramble for Unity Ahead of a Government Shutdown

    For the GOP to stick it to Democrats, it's going to have to stick together first.

  • Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    Congress Produces Drama While Mueller Produces Results

    Steve Bannon stonewalled a House committee, then promptly agreed to an interview with the special counsel—the latest example of how Mueller is moving ahead as lawmakers feud and spin their wheels.

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    When the South Was the Most Progressive Region in America

    Groundbreaking elections in the late 1860s gave birth to real, if short-lived, interracial democracy—the likes of which America had never seen.

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    Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Et Tu, Kelly?

    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly told lawmakers that the U.S. will never build President Trump’s proposed border wall and that some of his campaign promises were “uninformed.”

  • Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    Turning the Hill's 'Me Too' Moment Into Legislation

    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are attempting to curb sexual harassment in Congress.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    The Resurgent Threat of White-Supremacist Violence

    A new report finds that white supremacists committed the largest share of domestic-extremist related killings last year—highlighting the danger of racist rhetoric and hateful ideas.

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    Trump Is Transparent About His Health—So Why Not His Finances?

    The White House deserves credit for its openness about the results of Friday’s medical exam, but has yet to extend that to other questions surrounding the president.

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    Evan Vucci / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Healthy, Wealthy, and Fries

    White House Physician Ronny Jackson said President Trump is in “excellent” health.

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Trump Discovers the Costs of Undermining Truth

    At the same time that the president sows doubt and confusion to undermine his adversaries, he finds those forces depriving him of credit he believes he deserves.

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    Evan Vucci / AP

    Trump Might Finally Get His Shutdown

    With the president fuming, a funding deadline looming, and a DACA deal far off, a climactic confrontation in Congress might be impossible to avoid.

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    When the Army Planned for a Fight in U.S. Cities

    In 1968, one retired colonel warned that urban insurrections could produce “scenes of destruction approaching those of Stalingrad.”

  • Darren Hauck / Reuters

    The Least Racist People We’ve Ever Interviewed

    Writers of The Atlantic reflect on President Donald Trump’s claim that he is “the least racist” subject.

  • Culture
    J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Five Decades of White Backlash

    President Trump is the embodiment of over 50 years of resistance to the policies Martin Luther King Jr. fought to enact.

  • Criminal Justice
    Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Can Government Officials Have You Arrested for Speaking to Them?

    The Supreme Court faces a test of the authority of politicians to use police to silence their critics.

  • Global Affairs

    How the Tet Offensive Undermined American Faith in Government

    Fifty years ago, the January 1968 battle laid bare the way U.S. leaders had misled the public about the war in Vietnam.

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    'I Think People Have to Find Ways to Send a Message'

    Representative John Lewis joins other associates of Martin Luther King Jr. in criticizing the president’s remarks about immigrants.

  • Alastair Grant / AP

    A Perfectly Postmodern White House Book

    What makes Fire and Fury important is that it is not just about Trump, but a product of the same culture that produced Trump.

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    Evan Vucci / AP

    Instead of Work Requirements, Why Not a Jobs Guarantee?

    Paying people to work would be a more direct—and less expensive—way to lift them out of poverty.

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    Umit Bektas / Reuters

    A New American Leader Rises in ISIS

    A two-year investigation identifies one of the very few Americans in the Islamic State’s upper ranks—and sheds light on the dynamics of radicalization.

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    Have They No Sense of Decency?

    In the “shithole era,” the Republican U.S. senators who object to the president’s vulgarity have a choice to make.