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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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Is America on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis?

By Quinta Jurecic

Here is something that, even on its own, is astonishing: The president of the United States demanded the firing of the former FBI deputy director, a career civil servant, after tormenting him both publicly and privately—and it worked.

The American public still doesn’t know in any detail what Andrew McCabe, who was dismissed late Friday night, is supposed to have done. But citizens can see exactly what Donald Trump did to McCabe. And the president’s actions are corroding the independence that a healthy constitutional democracy needs in its law enforcement and intelligence apparatus.

McCabe’s firing is part of a pattern. It follows the summary removal of the previous FBI director and comes amid Trump’s repeated threats to fire the attorney general, the deputy attorney, and the special counsel who is investigating him and his associates. McCabe’s ouster unfolded against a chaotic political backdrop which includes Trump’s repeated calls for investigations of his political opponents, demands of loyalty from senior law enforcement officials, and declarations that the job of those officials is to protect him from investigation.

All of which has led many observers to wonder: Are we in the midst of a constitutional crisis? And if …read more

From:: The Atlantic

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We’re All Watching the Donald Trump Show

By McKay Coppins

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the latest torrent of “White House in chaos” headlines is the degree to which President Trump seems to be enjoying it all.

He isn’t lashing out in anger over the breathless Beltway speculation about which aide or cabinet secretary he will fire next. He isn’t acting swiftly to tamp down coverage of the ongoing shakeup, or to change the news cycle, or to return the administration to a state of relative calm and stability. Instead, it appears, he’s leaning into the maelstrom—relishing it, joking about it, maybe even courting it.

“So many people have been leaving the White House,” Trump said at the Gridiron Dinner earlier this month. “It’s actually been really exciting and invigorating ’cause you want new thought. So, I like turnover. I like chaos. It really is good.” Then, he joked, “Now the question everyone keeps asking is, ‘Who is going to be the next to leave? Steve Miller or Melania?’

This week, as cable-news talking heads obsessed over the tumult in Trumpworld, the president took in the coverage “with amusement,” according to the Associated Press. Discussing the staff shakeup in the Oval Office with his vice president and chief of staff, Trump …read more

From:: The Atlantic

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McCabe’s Firing Chips Away at the Justice Department’s Independence

By Adam Serwer

Andrew McCabe, a former acting and deputy FBI director who had drawn the ire of President Trump, was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday evening, a decision that raises important questions about the independence of both the Justice Department and the FBI.

Trump and his associates are a focus of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and McCabe’s firing could send the message to federal law-enforcement officials that they risk their jobs and reputations if they displease the president.

In his first public comments on the matter, just after midnight, Trump effusively praised McCabe’s dismissal:

McCabe was fired two days short of his planned retirement, which puts his benefits in danger. Late Friday, Sessions released a statement saying that the department’s Office of the Inspector General, which …read more

From:: The Atlantic

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: McMaster of Suspense

By Elaine Godfrey Today in 5 Lines White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Chief of Staff John Kelly has reassured West Wing staffers that there will be “no immediate personnel changes at this time,” despite media reports that National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, among others, will be replaced. Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for […]

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Fixing the World’s Oldest Health Problem

By Vann R. Newkirk II Even with futuristic advances in medicine and science, and increased access to food and other forms of nutrition, the oldest human health problem has remained stubborn—and, sometimes, seemingly impossible to fix: Young children and infants still die at epidemic rates in the poorest corners of the globe. Those deaths are […]

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The Unlearned Lesson of My Lai

By Conor Friedersdorf Editor’s Note: This is part of The Atlantic’s ongoing series looking back at 1968. All past articles and reader correspondence are collected here. New material will be added to that page through the end of 2018. When U.S. Army soldiers ended their massacre of elderly men, women, and children in a South […]

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The Nancy Pelosi Problem

By Peter Beinart Last May, The Washington Post’s James Hohmann noted “an uncovered dynamic” that helped explain the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare. Three current Democratic House members had opposed the Affordable Care Act when it first passed. Twelve Democratic House members represent districts that Donald Trump won. Yet none voted for repeal. The “uncovered […]

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‘I Think We Have a Leadership Problem’

By Elaina Plott Wednesday marked just one month since a 19-year-old man opened fire in a Parkland, Florida, high school and murdered 17 people. One month since Twitter brimmed with thoughts and prayers from some, and renewed calls for gun control from others. And one month since President Donald Trump told lawmakers he didn’t want […]

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What’s Next for Trump’s Border Wall?

By Priscilla Alvarez This week, during a visit to California, President Trump inspected eight prototypes for his proposed border wall. The president has made no secret of his intent to erect a physical barrier along the border. After touring the structures, he tweeted: “If we don’t have a wall system, we’re not going to have […]

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What Is Robert Mueller Looking For?

By Adam Serwer Thursday afternoon the New York Times broke the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether the Trump campaign assisted Russian operation to swing the 2016 election to the president, had issued a subpoena for the Trump Organization’s records. The subpoena reportedly “ordered the Trump Organization to hand over all […]

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Mnuchin Ado About A Lot of Money

By Elaine Godfrey Today in 5 Lines Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents, some of which are related to Russia. The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Russian organizations and individuals for meddling in the 2016 presidential election and other “malicious cyber attacks.” The White House is reportedly finalizing a plan […]


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