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    The Democrats’ Dictator Problem

    The candidates’ attempts at moral clarity got muddled when conversation turned to the trade-offs inherent in actually conducting American statecraft.

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    The Sixty Trillion Dollar Man

    The price of Bernie Sanders’s agenda could be his biggest general-election weakness. But his rivals haven’t yet forced him to explain how he’d cover the full cost.

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    Will Trump Muzzle America’s Spies in 2020?

    With a loyalist as acting director of national intelligence, the official line on issues like Russian election meddling could bend closer to the president’s.

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    The Loudest Debate Yet

    Days before two race-defining contests, the seven Democrats seemed worried about what’s next.

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: Medicare for All—Maybe

    Why it isn’t Medicare for All or bust for some Bernie Sanders supporters. Plus: The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons isn’t what it might sound like.

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    A Sanders Visit to New Hampshire Set Off Alarms He’d Primary Obama

    His appearance at a local Democratic fundraiser in 2011 was the kind of move a potential presidential candidate would make to test the waters.

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    The Dissonance Between Sanders and His Supporters on Medicare for All

    Some of his own organizers are willing to make a deal. Is their position a preview of his general-election message?

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: ‘Namaste Trump’ Is a Sequel

    The Trump-Modi bromance may have something to do with their populist panache. Plus: what happens if presidents refuse to leave office after their term ends.

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    The Democratic Establishment Is Broken

    After the Nevada caucus, Democratic Party leaders have never looked more uncertain about their future.

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    Bernie Sanders’s Biggest Win Yet

    The Vermont senator’s dominant victory in Nevada solidifies his standing as the Democratic front-runner and gives a boost to the party’s progressive wing.

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    What Democrats Aren’t Admitting About Trump’s Record

    The episodes in which critics’ predictions weren’t borne out offer valuable lessons for Trump’s challengers, even if they still vigorously disagree with the moves the president has made.

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    The Ticket: The Unlearned Lessons of 2016, With Katy Tur

    “I don’t think we in the news media have figured out how to cover Donald Trump.”

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: Elizabeth Warren’s Last, Last Stand

    Her latest debate performance may have made for compelling television, but at least in Nevada, it may be too little, too late. Plus: Is Bernie Sanders another George McGovern?

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    The Russian Trolls’ Next Favorite Candidate

    Americans don’t need Russia’s polarizing influence operations. They are plenty good enough at dividing themselves.

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    Democrats Went After the Wrong Guy

    Bernie Sanders is the front-runner. But his opponents still aren’t treating him like one.

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: The United States of Jeff Bezos

    We’re talking about another billionaire. Plus: Russian trolls have a next favorite candidate.

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    Bloomberg’s Beating

    A notably aggressive Democratic debate in Las Vegas featured myriad attacks on the newest, wealthiest candidate onstage.

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    The Debate That Progressives Have Been Waiting For

    Michael Bloomberg will likely be an easy target in Las Vegas tonight.

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    What a Sanders Win in Nevada Would Really Mean

    In short: It would up the chances of a contested convention.

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    The Hidden History of Sanders’s Plot to Primary Obama

    Democrats’ previous president and maybe their next one have a particularly fraught relationship.

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: That Time Sanders Nearly Primaried Obama

    Barack Obama isn’t on the ballot, but he’s still a looming presence over the crop of 2020 contenders. Plus: Is America in the first days of the Trump regime?