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The Mystery of Brett Kavanaugh’s Baseball-Ticket Debt

By David A. Graham During his confirmation hearings in 2005, Chief Justice John Roberts told senators that he saw his job as a judge as a matter of calling balls and strikes. Brett Kavanaugh, whom President Trump has nominated to sit alongside Roberts on the Supreme Court, has apparently spent a great deal of time […]

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The High-Water Mark of the Trump Presidency

By David A. Graham The good news for Donald Trump is that the period from December through early July has been the most productive stretch of his presidency so far. The bad news for Trump is it seems likely to end up as the peak of productivity for his presidency. From the passage of a […]

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What Democrats Can Learn From Yogi Berra

By Dick Polman As Democrats prepare to pitch themselves to midterm voters—in a potentially historic election that may determine whether Donald Trump can be checked and balanced—they appear poised to heed the wisdom of Yogi Berra: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” But that advice might actually work, because if […]

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Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Would be a Gift to Big Business

By Ronald Brownstein For all the uncertainty over Brett Kavanaugh’s views on abortion, the real key to his legal—and political—impact on the Supreme Court could eventually be his demonstrated resistance to the federal regulation of business. Kavanaugh’s repeated votes as an appellate-court judge to overturn federal regulatory actions point toward a Court even more adamantly […]

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Don’t Abolish ICE—Reform It

By Conor Friedersdorf Immigration policy will loom large in the 2018 elections. Democrats hope Americans will punish Republicans for the Trump administration’s decision to snatch little boys and girls away from their parents—to separate families in the hope that the primal pain of the ordeal discourages future migrants from crossing the border with children. Meanwhile, […]

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Torn NATO

By Elaine Godfrey -Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) Today in 5 Lines President Trump joined 28 other leaders in signing the NATO declaration, reflecting months of negotiation. Earlier in the day, Trump accused Germany of being a “captive to Russia” because of an energy agreement with the country and urged allies to increase their military […]

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ICE Is a Godsend for One Small Town in Texas

By Jeremy Raff RAYMONDVILLE, Texas—The immigrant jail outside this remote South Texas town erupted in a riot in 2015, after years of alleged sexual abuse, vermin infestation, and overcrowding had made it one of the most notorious lockups in the country. Advocates hailed the prison’s closure shortly after the riot, but the loss of hundreds […]

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What ‘Abolish ICE’ Actually Means

By Elaine Godfrey Updated July 11 at 12:32 p.m. ET While it began as little more than a hashtag on the fringe left, “Abolish ICE” has unfurled, almost overnight, into a small movement. A growing number of Democratic candidates and lawmakers have come to view U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as representative of all that’s […]

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Can the Trump Administration Solve Its Own Disaster?

By Alex Wagner This week marked an inflection point in the chaos that began after the United States first started forcibly removing migrant children from their families several months ago: Tuesday was the court-ordered deadline for the government to reunite the youngest of these children, ages five and younger, with their parents. The deadline was […]

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The West Will Survive Trump

By Richard Fontaine As President Trump kicks off a bruising NATO summit, trans-Atlantic relations are said to be in the grip of an unprecedented crisis. On multiple fronts—defense spending, Iran sanctions, trade, and immigration—the United States appears to be on a collision course with its European allies. Running through these disputes is a deeper sense […]

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Meet the Trumpverstehers

By Eliot A. Cohen A few years ago, the Germans created one of the compound nouns in which their language excels. The Russlandverstehers—literally, “Russia understanders”—were those who while not openly supporting Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea expressed sympathetic acceptance of it. They would never openly endorse the stealing of elections or the assassination of journalists, […]


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