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    The Shaky Underpinnings of Trumpian Diplomacy

    The president heads to the G-20 summit in Japan with his credibility on the line.

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    What the Iran Crisis Reveals About European Power

    Without a rival currency, there is none.

  • Brynn Anderson / AP

    Jay Inslee: ‘I Got a Whole Nother Story to Tell’

    The Washington governor realizes that voters care about more than just climate change.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Cancel Culture

    Bernie Sanders’s new $1.6 trillion debt-cancellation plan is the most expansive yet among 2020 contenders. Plus: There’s trouble in South Bend.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Greener Pastures

    Jay Inslee tried to make a splash as a single-issue candidate—now he knows it’s time to expand beyond climate change. Plus: an immigration attorney on what she saw at the border.

  • Alex Brandon / AP

    Trump Goes After Iran’s Supreme Leader

    After pulling back from a strike on Iran, the Trump administration opted to impose sanctions on Ali Khamenei. But it’s unclear how effective they’ll really be.

  • Tim Shaffer / Reuters

    The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet

    Joe Sestak is jumping into the crowded Democratic race—just in time for the coming postdebate cull of the field.

  • David Williams

    What Do You Do When No One Takes You Seriously?

    The political rookies Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson will get their shot at Thursday’s Democratic debate, sharing the stage with eight politicians with a combined 150 years of elected experience.

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    Pete Buttigieg’s Crash Course in Crisis

    For all those nationally who’ve been dazzled by the mayor, the voters of South Bend aren’t satisfied with his response to a fatal police shooting last week.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: No More Mr. Tough Guy

    The week ahead in national security. Plus: Trump now finds himself in the surprising and peculiar position of trying to stop further escalation in Iran. Plus: G20 is coming.

  • Leah Millis / AP

    Democrats’ Grand Plan to Contain Iran? Just Beat Trump

    What the president does in the coming days could reshape the world order. But in the race to beat him, the crisis has barely made a ripple.

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    Is There Still a Deal to Be Done With Iran?

    Below the surface, there are faint signs of how both parties can exit the crisis.

  • Radio Atlantic: The Fight for Reparations

    Vann R. Newkirk II discusses the Juneteenth congressional hearing on reparations.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: ‘And That Was My Last Hideous Man.’

    President Donald Trump faces a new sexual-assault allegation. Plus: Newspaper archives are filled with Joe Biden’s struggles to explain himself on race and civil rights.

  • Bebeto Matthews / AP

    Joe Biden’s Endless Search for the Middle on Race

    Newspaper archives are full of the former vice president’s efforts to explain his thinking on civil rights.

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    The Iran Crisis Is Forcing Trump Into Uncomfortable Territory

    The president is fighting two impulses: not backing down against an adversary, and his aversion to a new conflict.

  • Elijah Nouvelage / Reuters

    Cory Booker’s One-State Plan

    The senator from New Jersey doesn’t want to be considered a 2020 also-ran.

  • Henry Griffin / AP

    The Old Senate Is Hardwired Into Joe Biden

    The body he was elected to in 1972 required even the bitterest rivals to maintain a veneer of civility. But the country has long moved on from that brand of politics.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: More Roy

    Republican Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, announced he would run for Senate again. Plus: Who’s steering policy on Iran?

  • Andrew Harnik / AP

    The White House Is Nowhere Near Ready for Impeachment

    The president is stewing over the possibility Democrats could try to remove him from office. His reelection-minded advisers want him focused on just about anything else.

  • Evan Vucci / AP

    The Biggest Obstacle to Trump’s Victory in 2020

    There may be an unprecedented level of discontent with the president among voters satisfied with the economy.