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  • Culture
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    Who Does the Anne Frank Center Represent?

    The organization has a flare for attracting media attention, but lacks a mass membership or scholarly expertise—and its connection to its famed namesake isn’t what it claims.

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    How Trump Is Upending the Conventional Wisdom on Illegal Immigration

    The president has been frustrated on many fronts in his first hundred days, but on his watch, unauthorized border crossings have fallen sharply.

  • Andrew Harnik / AP

    Don't Grade a President on His First 100 Days

    Good legislation often begins with a string of failures—and it’s hard to evaluate success after just three months.

  • Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    The Scandals of Donald Trump: Presidential Edition

    Tracking the controversies, allegations, and investigations into the president and his administration

  • Newsletter
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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Calm Before the Showdown

    President Trump said he plans to unveil a tax-reform package early next week.

  • Matt Rourke / AP

    The Gay, Conservative Christian Who Might Be Trump's NATO Ambassador

    Richard Grenell’s struggles with his faith and identity inform his public work.

  • Supreme Court
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    How the Coming Church-State Showdown Could be Avoided

    The Supreme Court has ample reason to avoid deciding a case that could erode the Establishment Clause.

  • Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

    Why Is Jeff Sessions Attacking the Police?

    The attorney general frequently claims that criticism of law enforcement can hurt morale. Now he’s doing the same.

  • Writers
  • Eric Gay / AP

    Texas Keeps Failing to Convince Federal Courts Its Voting Laws Aren't Racist

    This time, judges found the statehouse maps to be intentional racial gerrymanders.

  • Q of the Week: How Would You Assess Trump's First 100 Days?

    Since the 1930s, a president’s first 100 days in office have been used to measure the new administration’s progress and…

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    How Trump Fell Into His Own 100-Day Trap

    If the president didn’t want to be judged on the first three months of his presidency, why did he promise to get so much done in that period?

  • Reuters

    About That 'Island in the Pacific'

    Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions disparaged a Hawaii federal judge who blocked President Trump’s latest travel ban.

  • Science
    Yves Herman / Reuters

    How the March for Science Misunderstands Politics

    If protesters want to change policies, they need to target the values, interests, and power structures that shape how research is applied.

  • Next America: Criminal Justice
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    To Protect and Serve (and Pray)

    Alabama could soon create something unprecedented in American legal history: a police department run by a church.

  • LM Otero / AP

    Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is Overwhelming a Strained System

    The number of pending cases looks poised to grow as the administration begins arresting undocumented immigrants who weren’t previously targeted.

  • 2016 Distilled
    Mary Schwalm / Reuters

    Rifts Over Abortion and Economic Populism Threaten to Divide Democrats

    A debate over what it means to be a progressive is front-and-center as the party tries to rebuild.

  • Politics Daily
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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Repeal and Replace: Reloaded

    President Trump said he’d like to pass a health-care reform bill by the end of next week.

  • Andrew Harnik / AP

    The Growing Gap Between the House and the White House on Health Care

    There’s another potential deal to repeal and replace Obamacare, but despite the wishes of the White House, it’s unlikely to break the stalemate in the House anytime soon.

  • Sage, Ink: A New O’Reilly Classic

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    UC Berkeley Declares Itself Unsafe for Ann Coulter

    By allowing threats of violence to cancel a speech from the longtime right-wing provocateur, the university gave her the attention she craves, while threatening the free speech it was once renowned for defending.

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    Why Some Cities and States Are Footing the Bill for Community College

    Americans are often expected to have some level of higher education before they enter the workforce. These political leaders are asking: Shouldn’t government help them along?