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The Future of the American Idea


  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    How the White House's Week Went Off the Rails

    On Monday, Trump set out to emphasize honor and integrity—and then he made a series of unsubstantiated claims.

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    Oklahoma Imprisons Two Times More Women Than Any Other State

    A short documentary investigates a tragic life event that underlies one Oklahoma woman’s incarceration.

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    Republicans Rally Around Raising the Deficit

    The Senate’s passage of a budget resolution on Thursday night was a victory for party unity, but a defeat for the GOP’s remaining fiscal hawks.

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    How Will Obama's Message Play in Trump's America?

    The former president reprised his favorite themes of hope and unity in his return to the campaign trail on Thursday.

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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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    Don't Forget to Adjust for Russian Trolls

    Americans aren’t quite as bad as the internet has led us to believe.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Why Trump Can't Handle the Cost of War

    The president relishes bellicose language and performative violence, but seldom acknowledges its human toll.

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    White Evangelicals Used to Dominate Christian Zionism, but Not Anymore

    Why thousands of Christians from across the globe travel to Jerusalem each year to celebrate a Jewish holiday

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    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: 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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    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.

  • Mike Theiler / Reuters

    '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.

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    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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    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.