The Future of the American Idea


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    What Does Tucker Carlson Believe?

    “I’ve made a complete break mentally with the world I used to live in.”

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    Impeachment’s Inevitability Problem

    The House Judiciary Committee’s perfunctory vote was likely a preview of next week’s proceedings.

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    Why Impeachment Is Different This Time Around

    Steve Chabot, a House Republican who helped lead his party's impeachment fight against Bill Clinton, explains why he’s unconvinced by the Democrats’ case against Trump.

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    Ted Alcorn

    Reporting for Work Where You Once Reported for Probation

    Where mistrust between communities and law enforcement runs high, can people with criminal histories bridge the gap?

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: What Separates the Left From the Left

    The food fight within the Democratic Party plays out on all sorts of issues—including impeachment. Plus, Anne Applebaum on the false romance of Russia

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    The Votes That Could Deliver Democrats Another Majority

    Impeachment isn’t the most significant ballot lawmakers are casting this month—or even this week.

  • Jose Luis Magana / AP

    This Isn’t What Progressives Wanted From Impeachment

    They feel betrayed, and Democrats’ newly announced support for President Trump’s trade deal isn’t helping.

  • Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AP

    American Jews Are Terrified

    A deadly shooting at a kosher grocery store in New Jersey is the latest manifestation of anti-Semitic violence that doesn’t fit in a neat, ideological box.

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: Ukrainian Americans Recognize the Playbook

    “I was not surprised, because I come from Ukraine, and it’s a corruptive system. It’s everywhere, even here [in America].” Plus, how the young American left forms a third party.

  • Devin Yalkin

    When America Starts to Feel a Little More Soviet

    As the impeachment inquiry lays out central allegations that President Trump abused his power, Ukrainians living in America recognize a familiar playbook.

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    What Pete Buttigieg Says He Did at McKinsey

    In an exclusive interview, the presidential candidate reveals the clients he worked with, what he did for them, and how the experience shaped the way he solves problems.

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    It Was Never Just About Human Rights in Iran

    The administration's commitment to a better future for Iranians may last only as long as that commitment can be used to secure the regime’s demise or a better nuclear deal—whichever comes first.

  • Steve Marcus / Reuters

    Did Kamala Harris's Staff Damage Her Vice-Presidential Chances?

    Many campaigns end with leaking and backbiting—but not like hers did.

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: When Pete Buttigieg Was a Consultant

    “Spreadsheets,” he told our campaign reporter about his highly scrutinized time at McKinsey. Plus: Does Kamala Harris still have VP potential?

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    Impeachment Gets Weird

    Democratic Chairman Jerry Nadler virtually lost control of today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.

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    The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet

    Kamala Harris is the most significant candidate to leave the race, while it’s not clear whether Michael Bloomberg is major or mediocre.

  • Politics Daily

    The Atlantic Politics Daily: States Alone Can’t Fix It

    Dozens of states are still trying to keep the Paris Agreement alive. Plus: “Donald Trump’s lawyer is Benjamin Franklin’s night sweats.”

  • The Presence of Justice
    Katherine Lam

    When Mental Illness Becomes a Jail Sentence

    Arrestees who are mentally incompetent to stand trial are supposed to be sent for treatment. But thousands are being warehoused in jails for months without a conviction.

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    An American Prisoner Comes Home From Iran

    The Trump administration has made a priority of bringing prisoners home—and of pressuring Iran. With Xiyue Wang’s release, it can claim victory on two fronts.

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    This Is Not Where Nancy Pelosi Wanted to Be

    But she’s probably okay with that.

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: How Nancy Pelosi Hopes This Ends

    The impeachment inquiry is still partisan and divisive, and the Speaker seems to be resigned to it. Plus, how an old Democratic kingmaker might return to the scene.