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Trump Is Making Everyone a Little Like Him

By David A. Graham In an interview Tuesday morning, NPR’s Steve Inskeep asked former FBI Director James Comey about some of the most discussed portions of his new book. No, not the ones where he calls President Trump a chronic liar untethered from reality, or where he discusses briefing Trump on the Steele dossier: The […]

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American Voters Are Turning to Direct Democracy

By Vann R. Newkirk II American democracy is in trouble—and that’s expert opinion. According to The Economist’s annual Democracy Index report, the United States in 2017 qualified as a “flawed democracy” for the second year running, which indicates citizens’ deepening distrust of the country’s electoral system and its politicians, among other issues. Other recent analyses […]

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Why a Statue of the ‘Father of Gynecology’ Had to Come Down

By Adam Serwer J. Marion Sims is known as the “father” of modern gynecology, and also as a monster. On Tuesday, the city of New York took down a statue honoring Sims in Central Park and will move it to his grave, after a city commission convened by Mayor Bill de Blasio decided that the […]

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Catch A Sketch

By Elaine Godfrey Today in 5 Lines During an interview on ABC’s The View, adult-film star Stormy Daniels released a sketch of the man she claims threatened her to “leave Trump alone” in 2011. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that his office may have discovered evidence of criminal wrongdoing by state Governor Eric Greitens, […]

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Big, Ambitious Plans From Smaller-Town Leaders

By James Fallows In a few days, the May issue of the magazine will arrive for subscribers ( ! ) and appear on newsstands. It includes an article I’ve done as a more analytically explicit companion to Our Towns, the mainly narrative book that I’ve written with my wife, Deb, and that will come out […]

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The Humbling of Mike Pompeo

By Russell Berman President Trump’s second round of Cabinet picks haven’t drawn the attention his original selections did last year, but they aren’t getting a free pass in the Senate. CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to serve as secretary of state is facing opposition from most Democrats and a key Republican on the Foreign Relations […]

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Sean Hannity’s Ties to Two More Trump-Connected Lawyers

By Rosie Gray Sean Hannity has had no shortage of lawyers. In court on Monday, his name was disclosed as the third “mystery client” of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Though Hannity says he was never actually Cohen’s client, he does appear to have used the legal services of other well-connected Trump-world lawyers in […]

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The FBI Was Accused of Bias—and Its Response Helped Tip the Election

By Adam Serwer Public statements from former FBI Director James Comey, as well as an internal investigation focusing on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, have shed light on the extent to which leaks from the Bureau influenced a series of late-October decisions that damaged Hillary Clinton’s chances in the 2016 election. Pressure from the […]

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The Michael Cohen Case: A Definitive Guide to Key Players

By Natasha Bertrand The longtime attorney for President Donald Trump’s real-estate empire, Michael Cohen, went to federal court on Monday in a bid to block federal prosecutors from reading documents and other materials that were seized from Cohen’s home in a sweeping raid. The porn star Stormy Daniels, whom Cohen allegedly paid off to protect […]

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The Sanctions on Russia That Never Came

By Krishnadev Calamur There is a certain pattern to foreign-policy announcements from the Trump administration: A senior official foreshadows a new, tough announcement that’s widely applauded or criticized, depending on the policy. Later, it emerges that the president might actually want to do something else. The latest example: a fresh round of sanctions against Russia […]


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