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  • Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    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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    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: 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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    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.

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    Evan Vucci / AP

    Donald Trump's Obamacare Whiplash

    Does the president want Congress to strike a bipartisan deal on health care? As with so many other issues, it depends on the hour.

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    'President Trump Did Disrespect My Son'

    Despite claiming he was better at consoling the families of slain servicemembers than his predecessors, Trump offended the family of La David Johnson and skipped calls and letters to other grieving loved ones.

  • Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

    The Populist Right Tears Down a Press It Can't Replace

    Critics of the mainstream media were quick to charge that Harvey Weinstein’s misdeeds were an open secret, yet none of them were able to expose it.

  • Patrick Semansky / AP

    How Will the Boy Scouts' Decision Affect the Girl Scouts?

    The organization’s choice to admit girls is a major reversal that could ultimately hurt the Girl Scouts and undermine their mission.

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    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Is Obama's Foreign-Policy Legacy Disappearing?

    Several of his achievements are under threat—and it’s not all because of Donald Trump.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Fault in Our Czars

    Representative Tom Marino withdrew his name from consideration to be the White House drug czar.

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    Charles Mostoller / Reuters

    What John McCain Gets Wrong About Trump's Nationalism

    The last seventy-five years of American foreign policy are not the story of a country consistently pursuing democratic ideals, only to see them undermined now by a fearful “blood and soil” isolationism.

  • Healthcare
    Susan Walsh / AP

    A Bipartisan Obamacare Breakthrough

    A pair of key senators has reached a deal to stabilize the law, but Republican leaders in Congress—not to mention President Trump—could still sink its prospects.

  • Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    How Trump Changed the Topic to Obama's Consolation Calls

    Instead of explaining to Americans why four soldiers were killed in Niger, the president commandeered the news cycle, focusing on a narrow and unrelated claim.

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    Trump's Nominee for Drug Czar Is Out

    Representative Tom Marino withdrew from consideration after a recent news report detailed how a law he helped pass benefited narcotics distributors.

  • Jeff Roberson / AP

    The Great Undoer

    Donald Trump’s biggest political wins have come in dismantling existing policies, but constructive and proactive steps have eluded him.

  • Yoichi Okamoto / LBJ Library

    What Hollywood Forgets About LBJ

    Even as they stress his civil-rights legacy, popular portrayals ignore the issue that loomed largest over Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency: the Vietnam War.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Best Frenemies

    During a news conference, President Trump said he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are “closer than ever before.”