The Future of the American Idea


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    What Will Happen When Red States Need Help?

    President Trump’s targets have been Democratic leaders. But the outbreak isn’t going to stay confined to Democratic states.

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    Exclusive: Kushner Firm Built the Coronavirus Website Trump Promised

    The extent of Oscar Health’s work on coronavirus testing hasn’t been previously reported.

  • Ina Jang

    The Social-Distancing Culture War Has Begun

    Across the country, social distancing is morphing from a public-health to political act. The consequences could be disastrous.

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: The Social-Distancing Culture War

    There once was a time at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when social distancing wasn't a polarized along party lines. That’s changing

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: When COVID-19 Comes to Trump Country

    When the coronavirus pandemic comes to Trump country, politicization can only last so long. Plus: What’s the deal with Oscar Health and COVID-19 testing?

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    Even Dead Bodies Pose Risks

    Undertakers are scrambling to adapt to the complexities of COVID-19.

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    The Ticket: Risking Exposure in Congress

    Representative Grace Meng of New York shares the view from the floor of Congress—and from the epicenter of the pandemic.

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    The Problem With China’s Victory Lap

    The Chinese Communist Party is trying to present itself as a global leader in pandemic response. If it declares success too early, it may lead the world back into disaster.

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    ‘We Are Like Sitting Ducks’

    Karlena Dawson is at high risk of complications from COVID-19. Where she lives makes her even more vulnerable: a Seattle immigrant-detention center.

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    What Do Progressives Do Now?

    Progressives are eager to use the coronavirus crisis to convince Joe Biden—and millions of other Americans—of the necessity of major reforms.

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    Cuomo and de Blasio: A Tale of Two Leaders

    The two Democrats have been a study in contrasts as the Empire State becomes the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak.

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    Watch New Orleans

    With the country’s attention turned north, the coronavirus pandemic is exploding in Louisiana.

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    The Coronavirus-Denial Movement Now Has a Leader

    Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has lashed out against local officials who have implemented severe lockdowns, accusing them of destroying the country.

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    How Los Angeles Is Preparing for a Worst-Case Scenario

    Will Southern California’s perceived lower density prevent a public-health emergency? Not necessarily.

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: It’s Up to the States Now

    How the leaders of the two most populous cities in America are handling the pandemic. Plus: Save the 2020 election and vote by mail, this law professor argues.

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    The COVID-19 Crisis Reveals an Old Divide Between the Parties

    The debate over reopening the country has an uncanny parallel to one of the ugliest political fights of the past decade.

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    It's Not Just the Presidential Race Adjusting to the Coronavirus

    COVID-19 has overshadowed nearly every facet of American life, including the 2020 elections.

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: There Are Other Elections

    Not just the 2020 presidential race. Plus: What the healthy owe to society, especially the more vulnerable, in the time of the coronavirus.

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    Why America Is Uniquely Unsuited to Dealing With the Coronavirus

    For decades other countries were shaped by the traumas of disease outbreaks while the United States remained largely untouched. No longer.

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    A Marine General’s Next Battle: Grocery-Store Logistics

    Larry Nicholson once led 20,000 troops in Afghanistan; now he’s making sure you don’t run out of food during the coronavirus crisis.

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger Plays Hero One More Time

    The former governor calls in to The Ticket from his house in California to discuss the coronavirus response.