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  • Denis Poroy / AP

    This Isn’t Dianne Feinstein’s Democratic Party

    The longtime senator from California is likely to win reelection. But the state’s liberal, anti-establishment wing is already winning the future.

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    Scott Audette / Reuters

    How NFL Players Can Avoid Playing Into Trump’s Hands

    The protestors are embracing the spirit of the Founders, but leaving themselves vulnerable to being demagogued.

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    Ronen Zvulun / Reuters

    Israel's New Law Inflames the Core Tension in Its Identity

    Critics, especially Jews in the diaspora, see it as a definitive declaration in favor of a Jewish identity at the expense of a democratic one.

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    Trailer: The Fight to Reunify Separated Families

    An upcoming Atlantic documentary follows a pro bono attorney on her quest to help a migrant mother get her son back.  

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Planet of the Tapes

    President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen reportedly recorded Trump before the 2016 election discussing payments to an ex-Playboy model.

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    Can the Cohen Tapes Bring Down Trump?

    In 1973, Nixon was confident the secret White House recordings would help his cause. That’s not how it worked out.

  • John Bazemore / AP

    The Democratic Party Apologizes to Black Voters

    The DNC’s bid to energize African American turnout this fall began with these words from Chairman Tom Perez in Atlanta: “I am sorry.”

  • Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters

    Barack Obama Still Doesn’t Understand Donald Trump

    In his most important speech since leaving office, the former president outlined a grand global theory of liberalism—one that can’t get past the ethnonationalist roadblock in its way.

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  • Andrew Harnik / AP

    Collective Disbelief Among Intelligence Officials

    At the Aspen Security Forum, senior intelligence and law-enforcement officials stood firmly behind U.S. assessments on Russian election interference—no matter what President Trump said this week.

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    Leah Mills / Reuters

    The Unmonitored President

    Trump is the first president who, rather than striding forward and speaking, just gets up and talks.

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    The Worst Russia Blunder in 70 Years

    The president’s absolution of Putin will stand as the most surreal moment in 70 years of Russian-American relations, and maybe the most bizarre and troubling utterance by any chief executive in American history.

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    ICE Is the Ugly Face of Big-Government Populism

    Rather than address its egregious abuses, the Republican Party is uniting in praise for the agency.

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    Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters

    The Fourteenth Amendment Can’t Be Revoked by Executive Order

    A former Trump aide twists the words of the Constitution to advocate depriving American-born children of their citizenship

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    Sergei Karpukhin / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: RSVPutin

    The White House said that President Trump asked National-Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this fall.

  • Alex Brandon / AP

    A New Talking Point From the Pro-Trump Fringe

    A new line of punditry is bubbling up among the president’s followers online: It was a positive thing that the Russians hacked the 2016 election.

  • Grigory Dukor / Reuters

    Trump’s Missing A-Game

    Helsinki may be the extraordinary moment when Donald Trump’s worst traits were so blatantly self-exposed that even some of his own partisans were forced to say, “Enough.”

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    Alex Brandon / AP

    Jeff Flake Hints at the T-Word

    The retiring Arizona senator criticizes President Trump like no other Republican. On Thursday, he accused the commander in chief of “giving aid and comfort to an enemy of democracy.”

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    Leah Millis / Reuters

    Donald Trump Is No Patriot

    It’s not clear he even understands the distinction between self and country upon which the idea of patriotism rests.

  • Leah Millis / Reuters

    The White House Can't Contain the Russia Story

    President Trump’s communications shop has little control over his message on a normal day, let alone in a news-heavy week like this one.

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    Carlos Barria / Reuters

    The Trump Administration Contradicts Itself on Putin’s Offer

    The White House and U.S. State Department had very different answers to Russia’s request to interview 11 Americans.

  • Aaron P. Bernstein / Reuters

    Trump Can Never Go Too Far for Republicans

    Even the most serious GOP senators were willing to take the president at his word on Russia—no matter how transparent his excuses.