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    Jake Tapper Would Prefer Not To Be So Agitated

    The CNN correspondent on journalism, hypocrisy, how a Twitter fave can ruin his morning, and why he has a poster of George Wallace hanging in his office

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    Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

    Donna Brazile's Tell-All Is Troubling For the Wrong Reasons

    Instead of contributing to our understanding of what happened in 2016, Hacks muddies the waters.

  • Alex Brandon / AP

    The Gun Control Legislation That Even Republicans Like

    Bipartisan support is still no guarantee that a bill to strengthen the federal background check system will pass.

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    Zimbabwe: How to Make and Break a Democracy

    A filmmaker obtains unprecedented access behind the scenes of a democracy-in-the-making.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: 'He Will Not Step Down'

    During a rally in Alabama, Kayla Moore, the wife of Senate candidate Roy Moore, said her husband isn’t letting the allegations get to him.

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    How Much Attention Should Extremists Get?

    “Even if you’re condemning it, you’re amplifying it.”

  • Marvin Gentry / Reuters

    Conservatives Reap the Whirlwind of Their War on the Media

    For years, Republican politicians have attacked the mainstream press. With Roy Moore’s Senate bid, they’re facing the consequences.

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    The Deepening Partisan Split Over Sexual Misconduct

    While the leadership of both parties views sexual misconduct as a political problem to minimize, the Republican and Democratic bases could not be farther apart.

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    Trump's Risky, Unearned Sanctimony About Al Franken

    The president’s jab at the Democratic senator for sexual harassment calls attention to his silence about Roy Moore—and his own past behavior.

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    What Hillary Knew

    Hillary Clinton once tweeted that “every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.” What about Juanita Broaddrick?

  • Culture
    Marvin Gentry

    Christian Support for Roy Moore ‘Looks Like Hypocrisy to the Outside World’

    Recent allegations against the aspiring Alabama senator fit a long and complicated history of religious debates about sex.

  • Manan Vatsyayana / Reuters

    Has the Mueller Probe Hamstrung Trump's Foreign Policy?

    Nixon and Clinton managed to get a great deal done of overseas while facing special prosecutors at home, but Trump has more weaknesses than they did.

  • Radio Atlantic: How an American Neo-Nazi Was Made

    Luke O'Brien and Rosie Gray join our hosts to discuss the radicalization of Andrew Anglin, and how far-right extremism is evolving.

  • Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Political Corruption Enters a New Golden Age

    A series of high-profile prosecutions have ended in failure or been overturned by courts, while high-profile leaders model bad behavior publicly.

  • Eduardo Munoz / Reuters

    What’s Next for Federal Corruption Cases After Bob Menendez?

    The New Jersey senator’s mistrial is the highest-profile setback yet for federal prosecutors after a major Supreme Court ruling last year.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: A Taxing Day

    The House voted to approve the Republican tax bill, and Senator Al Franken was accused of sexual misconduct.

  • Congress
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    Democrats Embrace Ethics Committee Inquiry for Senator Franken

    The Minnesota lawmaker’s colleagues are kicking the controversy over his sexual misconduct during a 2006 USO tour to the panel.  

  • Congress
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    A Major Step Forward for the Republican Tax Bill

    The House on Thursday approved its legislation in a surprisingly drama-free vote. But hurdles await in the Senate.

  • The Presence of Justice
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    Why It's Difficult for Former Inmates to Become Lawyers

    State bar associations often have ambiguous character requirements that preclude their admission.

  • Carolyn Kaster / AP

    Donald Trump Jr.'s Messages With WikiLeaks Point to Campaign-Finance Violations

    At the group’s request, the president’s son promoted Russia-hacked materials to the American public.

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    'Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent'

    Leeann Tweeden, a radio host, came forward to accuse the Democratic senator of inappropriate behavior on a 2006 USO tour.