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The Future of the American Idea


  • Omar Sobhani / Reuters

    Trump's Speech Can't Change Recalcitrant Realities

    It was a performance that seemed designed to garner immediate approval, and it failed to grapple with long-term challenges.

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    Evangelicals Are Bitterly Split Over Advising Trump

    Members of the president’s faith board did not step down after Charlottesville. They say they’re fulfilling their duty to advise America’s leader.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Trump Backs a Surge into Afghanistan He's Unfit to Lead

    It’s not simply his reversal—it’s that his record suggests he lacks the consistency to stay the course he’s charted.

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    Growing Up in the Shadow of the Confederacy

    Memorials to the Lost Cause have always meant something sinister for the descendants of enslaved people.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Moon Trumps Sun

    Americans watched as the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in decades swept across the country.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Trump's Depressingly Normal Speech About Afghanistan

    The president’s defiance of the conventional wisdom on Afghanistan had been one of his strengths—but on Monday, he embraced the same approach as his predecessors.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Full Transcript: Donald Trump Announces His Afghanistan Policy

    “No place is beyond the reach of American might and American arms.”

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    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Trump Breaks a Taboo—and Pays the Price

    The past week brought violent conflict over symbols and values held sacred—and an act of sacrilege.

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    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    How to Repurpose a Bad Statue

    Cities around the world have recycled historically painful statues. There’s a lot we can learn from them.

  • Evan Vucci / AP

    Can a Decades-Old Immigration Proposal Pass Under Trump?

    The RAISE Act, with the backing of the White House, represents the best opportunity for immigration restrictionist groups in 20 years.  

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Scott Adams's Nihilistic Defense of Donald Trump

    The cartoonist defended the president in a podcast debate with Sam Harris. The portrait he painted of Trump supporters was not flattering.

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    Why They Parade by Torchlight

    The white supremacists in Charlottesville invoked the classic imagery of racist terror—from the Nazis to the Ku Klux Klan.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    The Other Devil's Bargain

    The Republican majorities in Congress gambled they could ignore Trump's misdeeds, and still get him to sign their bills—but it’s not working out as they expected.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Is It Time for Trump Aides to Resign?

    Many presidential appointees face an agonizing choice—leave the president with fewer restraints on his darker impulses, or stay to serve the republic even if it costs their integrity.

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    What Obligation Do White Christian Women Have to Speak Out About Politics?

    Jen Hatmaker says the “days of silence are over” in polite evangelical culture.

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    The Far Right's Day in Boston

    Participants in a “free speech” rally in Boston say they aren’t white nationalists, but claim there is a “war against whites” in America.

  • Stephanie Keith / Reuters

    'Free Speech' Event in Boston Met by Massive Counter-Protest

    The Boston Police Department said that 33 people have been arrested in connection with the rally and counter-demonstrations on Saturday.

  • Jonathan Drake / Reuters

    Durham's Anti-Klan Block Party

    Hundreds of residents came out to the streets after rumors of a white-supremacist rally protesting the removal of a Confederate statue.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    What Europe Can Teach America About Free Speech

    In an unregulated marketplace of ideas, private citizens need to take up the burden of holding the line against racist extremism.

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    Why I Changed My Mind About Confederate Monuments

    Empty pedestals can offer the same lessons about racism and war that the statues do.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Loose Bannon

    President Trump fired Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart editor who helped fuel Trump's rise.