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Yale Law Fails the Kavanaugh Test

By Conor Friedersdorf Each Supreme Court vacancy renews the perennial debate about the best way forward for constitutional law. Law-school graduates have a special obligation to inform that discussion. But this week, as Americans confronted Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Yale’s legal community twice failed to responsibly discharge its civic duty. A statement […]

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Emmett Till and the Ghosts of the Mississippi Delta

By Vann R. Newkirk II JACKSON, Miss.—If there is a fight to be had for the future of America, it will be waged in the Delta. The great alluvial plain to the west and north of here, stretching from Vicksburg on up to Memphis, and expanding out like a fan from the mighty Mississippi River, […]

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The ‘To Be Sure’ Conservatives

By Peter Beinart Donald Trump’s brazen violation of principles American conservatives were once thought to cherish—from free trade to family values to a hard line against America’s foes—has split right-leaning pundits into three camps. At one extreme are the pure sycophants. For them, conservatism is whatever Trump says it is. Many, like Sebastian Gorka, were […]

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FBI Investigator Rejects Accusations of Anti-Trump Bias

By Natasha Bertrand Republicans hammered FBI Agent Peter Strzok over several hours of testimony Thursday, seeking to discredit the long-running federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and portray Strzok as a symbol of an agency hopelessly tainted by bias against President Trump. The hearing quickly descended into a partisan spectacle that Strzok […]

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Strzok in the Middle

By Elaine Godfrey -Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) Today in 5 Lines During a contentious hearing before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok denied accusations that his private political views influenced his official duties overseeing the Russia investigation. President Trump released a letter he received from North Korean leader Kim […]


The Trade War Will Make Everything More Expensive

By Sophia Myszkowski With the onset of Trump’s trade war, diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China—the world’s largest and second-largest economies, respectively—have reached a crisis point. Yasheng Huang, a political economist, MIT professor, and the author of Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics, argues that “a trade war would negatively affect the interest of U.S. consumers, […]

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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 […]