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I Miss America

I miss America, Land that I loved,
Stood beside her, and held herAmerican Flag
Through the night with a light from above.

From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
I miss America, My home sweet home
I miss America, My home sweet home
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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Off the Wall

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rescinded his offer to increase funding for Trump’s proposed border wall as part of a broader DACA deal. The New York Times reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed last week by the special counsel as part of the Russia investigation, and former FBI Director James Comey was questioned by the office last year. Two students were killed and 17 were wounded in a shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. The Senate confirmed Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell to serve as chairman of the bank. And Trump will host French President Emmanuel Macron for an official state dinner on April 24.

Today on The Atlantic

  • Can Earth Sustain 10 Billion People?: We have 30 years to find out. (Charles C. Mann)

  • Refusing Treatment: The Trump administration is making it easier for medical workers to object to procedures on religious grounds. Reproductive-rights advocates worry that’s a slippery slope. (Olga Khazan)

  • The Pot and the Kettle: President Trump has reportedly criticized Cabinet members for transgressions that he himself has been accused of. Is he becoming more self aware? (David A. Graham)

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Russia’s Retaliation Against a Doping Whistleblower

By Julia Ioffe

On December 11, 2017, Russian authorities filed drug-trafficking charges against Grigory Rodchenkov, the whistleblower who exposed Russia’s state-sponsored doping program. It was his testimony, and the series of investigations it launched, that ultimately got the Russian national team banned from next month’s Olympic Games in South Korea.

News of the charges against Rodchenkov was reported by state-owned Russian outlets the next day, but The Atlantic has since learned that the timing was seemingly not accidental. A lawyer for Rodchenkov believes Russian authorities are retaliating for his client’s disclosures by making it more difficult for him to remain in the United States, where he fled in 2015 on a tourist visa. The day Rodchenkov was charged in Russia also happened to be the day he met with U.S. immigration officials in hopes of securing a more permanent basis for remaining in the United States. His lawyer, Jim Walden, rejects the charges. “It’s Russia,”  Walden says. “They can make up whatever they want to make up.”(In response to repeated requests for comment, the office of the prosecutor that filed the charges demurred, asking for the request to be faxed.)

The charges could significantly undercut Rodchenkov’s immigration case, and if the immigration …read more

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Is Trump Becoming Self-Aware?

By David A. Graham

Taking a job with Donald Trump means agreeing to sometimes be attacked by Donald Trump. This week’s victims are Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

“These trade deals, they’re terrible,” Trump told Ross, according to Jonathan Swan at Axios. “Your understanding of trade is terrible. Your deals are no good. No good.” The president rejected a trade deal that Ross thought was closed. Ross also reportedly falls asleep repeatedly in meetings.

Zinke’s problem is different. First the administration announced a major expansion of offshore oil drilling. Then Florida Governor Rick Scott protested, because drilling is unpopular among Floridians, and since Scott is a Republican Trump ally and likely 2018 U.S. Senate candidate, Zinke hastily announced Florida would no longer be covered by the change. That, of course, led governors in other states to demand the same treatment. More recently, the Interior Department has had to walk back the exception.

Swan again: “Trump has made clear to Zinke that he’s angry about this move, according to two sources with direct knowledge. Zinke’s decision is both legally and politically dangerous for the Trump administration. Zinke did not coordinate with anybody, and gave the White House no …read more

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Trump and Russia Both Seek to Exacerbate the Same Political Divisions

By Conor Friedersdorf Last week, nearly 700,000 Twitter users were told that they unwittingly interacted with the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm that tried to influence the 2016 election. “Twitter said that it had identified 3,814 IRA-linked accounts, which posted some 176,000 tweets in the 10 weeks preceding the election, and another 50,258 […]

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Has the Tide Turned Against Partisan Gerrymandering?

By David A. Graham Across the nation, judges are discovering that if you look for it, partisan gerrymandering actually is all around you. Courts have historically been reluctant to strike down redistricting plans on the basis of political bias—unwilling to appear to be favoring one party—but Monday afternoon, the Pennsylvania state supreme court ruled that […]

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Cashing in Their CHIP

By Elaine Godfrey Today in 5 Lines A three-day shutdown of the federal government came to an end after Senate Democrats accepted an offer from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass a continuing resolution funding the government and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, while postponing debate on immigration legislation. The Senate voted 81-18 to […]

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How Federal Workers Spent Their Unexpected Day Off

By Elaine Godfrey It was almost 60 degrees in Washington on Monday, without a hint of snow in the forecast, but some federal workers got the day off, anyway. One analyst working in the Government Accountability Office told me in an email that he was mentally preparing himself for a days- or even weeks-long period […]

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Why Can’t People Hear What Jordan Peterson Is Saying?

By Conor Friedersdorf My first introduction to Jordan B. Peterson, a University of Toronto clinical psychologist, came by way of an interview that began trending on social media last week. Peterson was pressed by the British journalist Cathy Newman to explain several of his controversial views. But what struck me, far more than any position […]

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‘We’re Back at Square One’

By Priscilla Alvarez Pro-immigrant activists reacted to news of a bipartisan pact to reopen the federal government with disappointment, resignation, and in some cases, outright anger at Democrats for agreeing to the deal. “[Democrats] turned their back on us,” said Eliso Magos, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiary, and an organizer for CASA, a […]

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Republicans Claim Victory in the Shutdown Fight

By Elaina Plott This story was updated on Monday, January 22 at 2:15pm On Monday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer addressed a scrum of reporters in the Capitol to announce that Democrats would provide the votes to keep the government open until February 8, given Mitch McConnell’s agreement to address “Dreamers” on the Senate […]

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‘An Assault on the Body of the Church’

By Emma Green A woman fled El Salvador in fear of violence, just months before a deadly series of earthquakes destroyed many Salvadorans’ lives and homes. She settled in Maryland with her husband’s family and started to build a life. She worked first in hotel housekeeping, then as a teaching assistant at a neighborhood school. […]


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