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  • Eric Gay / AP

    ESPN's Robert Lee Blunder—and the Backlash It Provoked

    A sports commentator was reassigned from a football game at the University of Virginia based on his name—provoking howls of outrage.

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  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Trump's Vacation Is Over

    The president went to Phoenix to deliver a speech that was dishonest, assailed his own allies, and contradicted itself.

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    The Most Shortsighted Attack on Free Speech in Modern U.S. History

    A faction on the left wants to weaken the free-speech rights that protect marginalized people at the very moment when doing so would help Donald Trump to persecute them.

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    FDR's Message to Charlottesville—and to Donald Trump

    In his speech at Charlottesville in 1940, Franklin Roosevelt united America; in his remarks about Charlottesville in 2017, Donald Trump divided it.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Rallying Arizona

    President Trump will hold a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, at 7 p.m. MT.

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    Paul Ryan Doesn't Want to Fight With Trump

    In keeping with his non-confrontational approach, the House speaker offered the gentlest of criticism during a CNN town hall for the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville.

  • Omar Sobhani / Reuters

    Trump's Speech Can't Change Recalcitrant Realities

    It was a performance that seemed designed to garner immediate approval, and it failed to grapple with long-term challenges.

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    Evangelicals Are Bitterly Split Over Advising Trump

    Members of the president’s faith board did not step down after Charlottesville. They say they’re fulfilling their duty to advise America’s leader.

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  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Trump Backs a Surge into Afghanistan He's Unfit to Lead

    It’s not simply his reversal—it’s that his record suggests he lacks the consistency to stay the course he’s charted.

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    Growing Up in the Shadow of the Confederacy

    Memorials to the Lost Cause have always meant something sinister for the descendants of enslaved people.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Trump's Depressingly Normal Speech About Afghanistan

    The president’s defiance of the conventional wisdom on Afghanistan had been one of his strengths—but on Monday, he embraced the same approach as his predecessors.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Full Transcript: Donald Trump Announces His Afghanistan Policy

    “No place is beyond the reach of American might and American arms.”

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    Andrew Harnik / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Moon Trumps Sun

    Americans watched as the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in decades swept across the country.

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    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Trump Breaks a Taboo—and Pays the Price

    The past week brought violent conflict over symbols and values held sacred—and an act of sacrilege.

  • Global
    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    How to Repurpose a Bad Statue

    Cities around the world have recycled historically painful statues. There’s a lot we can learn from them.

  • Evan Vucci / AP

    Can a Decades-Old Immigration Proposal Pass Under Trump?

    The RAISE Act, with the backing of the White House, represents the best opportunity for immigration restrictionist groups in 20 years.  

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Scott Adams's Nihilistic Defense of Donald Trump

    The cartoonist defended the president in a podcast debate with Sam Harris. The portrait he painted of Trump supporters was not flattering.

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    Why They Parade by Torchlight

    The white supremacists in Charlottesville invoked the classic imagery of racist terror—from the Nazis to the Ku Klux Klan.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    The Other Devil's Bargain

    The Republican majorities in Congress gambled they could ignore Trump's misdeeds, and still get him to sign their bills—but it’s not working out as they expected.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Is It Time for Trump Aides to Resign?

    Many presidential appointees face an agonizing choice—leave the president with fewer restraints on his darker impulses, or stay to serve the republic even if it costs their integrity.

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    What Obligation Do White Christian Women Have to Speak Out About Politics?

    Jen Hatmaker says the “days of silence are over” in polite evangelical culture.