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    When Calling the Police Is a Privilege

    Getting the authorities involved is more dangerous for black Americans—which is why they do it less.

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    Bad News for President Trump

    The Comey memos are more revealing than they seem.

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    The Comey Memos Won't Derail the Mueller Probe

    The release of the documents seems unlikely to harm the current stage of the investigation, but if Congress keeps tipping the special counsel’s hand, that could change.

  • What Comey Did Wrong

    As mentioned last week, I’m nostalgically trying to piece together some elements of the olden-days blogging culture in the current…

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Blunt Talk

    In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced plans to introduce legislation to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, saying his thinking on the issue “has evolved.”

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    The Rift Between McCabe and Comey Could Help Trump

    Both former top FBI officials are potential witnesses in the obstruction probe focusing on the president—and each is now attacking the other's credibility.

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    Is Rural America Getting Tired of Tough-on-Crime Policies?

    Across political, racial, and geographic lines, more Americans seem ready to move past the age of mass incarceration.

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    White Evangelicals Can't Quit Donald Trump

    New polling finds that their support for the president remains strikingly high. But are they mortgaging the future of the faith?

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    Trump’s Attacks on Comey Collide With Reality

    The president’s allies were looking for vindication—but were led astray by their reliance on a closed information system.

  • Lucas Jackson / Reuters

    Four Things the Comey Memos Reveal

    From Putin to Flynn, the highlights of the former FBI director’s conversations with President Trump

  • Jim Bourg / Reuters

    The Skillful Foreshadowing of Neil Gorsuch

    The newest Supreme Court justice issued two high-profile opinions that are different in tone but say a great deal about his worldview.

  • Bryan Woolston / Reuters

    Rudy Giuliani Isn't the Big Trump Legal Story

    The former New York mayor is the splashy hire, but the addition of two other attorneys to the president’s team may say more about where the Mueller probe is going.

  • Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    Will Andrew McCabe Be Prosecuted?

    Former Justice Department attorneys said a criminal referral for the former FBI deputy director and frequent target of President Trump was expected, given the contents of a recent Inspector General’s report.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Baby Steps

    Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth, the first sitting senator to give birth while in office, brought her newborn baby to the floor to cast her “no” vote.

  • The Future of Elite Schools, Continued

    Last week I quoted a long dispatch from a Harvard graduate now living in New Haven, on why he thought…

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    The 2018 Congressional Retirement Tracker

    The Senate’s confirmation of Oklahoma Representative Jim Bridenstine to serve as NASA administrator creates another open seat for Republicans to defend in November. Here's a running list of all the lawmakers calling it quits.

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    NASA Finally Gets a New Leader

    Nearly 15 months after President Trump was sworn in, the space agency has a permanent administrator.

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Why Do Trump’s Defenders Assume He’s Guilty?

    With friends like these, the president should probably reconsider his messaging strategy.

  • Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

    Is It Too Late to Stop the Rise of Marijuana, Inc.?

    America is on the path to legalization, but as pot becomes a big business, lawmakers aren't yet wrestling with how to regulate it effectively.

  • Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters

    The GOP's Problems Are Bigger Than Trump

    President Trump’s hold on the Republican Party is overstated. But that doesn’t mean that his downfall would resolve its challenges.

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    New York’s Double-Jeopardy Loophole

    The state attorney general asked the legislature to change state law so that the president or his associates could be tried in New York even if pardoned under federal law.