Politics & Policy

The Future of the American Idea


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    What Rick Gates’s Guilty Plea Means

    The former Trump campaign aide pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and lying to the FBI on Friday, the third Trump aide to admit he committed a felony.

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    'So What? Maybe It Is a Concentration Camp'

    Joe Arpaio made his name by building a harsh jail in the desert. Now, Trump is promising to take his punitive approach to immigration national.

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    The American Detention Machine

    “U.S. history is not about the nation of immigrants.”

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    Marco Rubio's Lonely Fight

    The Florida senator's political and cultural boundary-crossing is hurting him now, but it may be just what America needs in the future.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Great Gatesplea

    Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and making false statements, and agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the election.

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    The Spectacular Implosion of Eric Greitens

    How did Missouri’s Republican governor go from rising star to felony charges in barely one year?

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    What Does Trump Actually Think About Gun Control?

    The president’s suggestions range from arming teachers to Obama-style background-check regulation.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Gates to the Manafort

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed new fraud and money-laundering charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates.

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    Arming Educators Violates the Spirit of the Second Amendment

    The constitutional provision enshrined the principle of individual liberty—and extending a militarized state into the schools would only undermine it.

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    When Gun Owners Become Like Hypocritical Hippies

    David Frum questions the “self-indulgent permissiveness” of Republican gun law.

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    How The Atlantic Covered Billy Graham at the Start of His Career

    Sixty years ago, the late evangelist went to Scotland, preached the gospel, and cost the magazine subscribers.

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    Wayne LaPierre’s Cynical Exploitation of Outrage

    The NRA executive vice president’s pugnacious speech on Thursday provoked an indignant response—exactly as he’d aimed to do.

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    The Power of the Parkland Town Hall

    The CNN-hosted event highlighted the voices of student activists, and showed why the gun debate might actually be different this time around.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Could Conservatives Actually Pull Off a Coup Against House Leadership?

    “There are some who believe being relevant means throwing a hand grenade in the middle of the conference.”

  • Lisa Marie Pane / AP

    What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns

    They weren’t the first victims of a mass shooting the Florida radiologist had seen—but their wounds were radically different.

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    My High School’s Tragedy Actually Led to Change

    When seven of my classmates were killed, the government acted swiftly and decisively to prevent a recurrence. That’s because of one crucial difference.

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    'Sex Invades the Schoolhouse'

    Fifty years ago, panicked parents helped spread sex-ed programs to schools across the country, even as panicked critics mobilized to stop them.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    What Clarence Thomas Gets Wrong About the Second Amendment

    The justice’s consistent pro-gun arguments fail to reconcile rights with their lived consequences.

  • Rick Bowmer / AP

    Trump’s Hollow Gesture on Guns

    Experts and advocates on both sides of the gun debate say the president’s proposal to ban bump stocks is more performative than meaningful.

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    Where Gun-Control Advocates Could Win in 2018

    There’s a clear path to rebuilding a House majority that supports restrictive measures. It runs through America’s suburbs.

  • The Cultural Roots of a Gun-Massacre Society

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