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Wisconsin Republicans Consider Cracking Down on Campus Protests

By Conor Friedersdorf The national controversy surrounding attempts to shut down controversial speakers on college campuses entered a new phase this week, with the Senate Judiciary Committee holding a hearing, “Free Speech 101: The Assault on the First Amendment on College Campuses.” But even as they held that hearing, Republican legislators in the Wisconsin State […]

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Witness to a Saturday Night Massacre

By Richard Ben-Veniste Watching the national controversy over the White House and Russia unfold, I’m reminded of Karl Marx’s oft-quoted observation: “History repeats itself: first as tragedy, second as farce.” I was a close witness to the national tragedy that was Richard Nixon’s self-inflicted downfall as president, and I’ve recently contemplated whether a repeat of […]

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Javier Valdez and the Drug War That Killed Him

One month ago today a burly, middle-aged reporter set out from the offices of the news weekly Riodoce that he co-founded some fourteen years ago, walking toward his car at high noon. In the preceding days, the internationally renowned journalist had admitted to people close to him that he felt anxious about his safety. He […]

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Economic Update: Capitalism's Self-Destruction

This week’s episode discusses the declining California State University system, Trump vs. coal industry realities, Hudson Yards for the mega-rich vs. New York’s social needs, and how lotteries and legalizing pot have the same economic motives. Also included are major discussions on politics and economic betrayal, Trump’s new austerity budget, why worker co-ops deserve government […]

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The Perilous Path Ahead for the Senate Health-Care Bill

By Russell Berman In the hours after Senate Republicans released their long-awaited plan to roll back the Affordable Care Act, it was nearly impossible to find an enthusiastic supporter of the proposal—even among the lawmakers it was most aimed to please. There was no grand unveiling of a bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell […]

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Old McConnell Has a Plan

By Elaine Godfrey Today in 5 Lines Senate Republicans released a 142-page proposal that would dismantle parts of the Affordable Care Act. Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, and Mike Lee said in a joint statement that they are “not ready” to vote for the GOP health-care bill, but are open to negotiations. Former […]

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Obama: ‘This Bill Will Do You Harm’

By Vann R. Newkirk II On Thursday, Senate Republicans released a draft version of their Obamacare replacement, the American Health Care Act. The bill looks similar to the version passed by the House in May, and would accomplish much of the same: a large increase in the number of uninsured people and drastic cuts to […]

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The Supreme Court Defends the Integrity of U.S. Citizenship

By Matt Ford The U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the scope under which the federal government can strip naturalized Americans of their citizenship on Thursday, ruling that false statements made during the naturalization process had to be relevant to gaining citizenship in order to justify revoking it later. Justice Elena Kagan, writing for a unanimous Court […]

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The Lasting Damage of Trump’s ‘Tapes’ Bluff

By David Frum This is a first for the Trump presidency: the first formal presidential retraction of a presidential untruth. President Trump tweeted a warning to James Comey: The fired FBI director had better hope that no “tapes” existed that could contradict his account of what happened between the two men. Trump has now confessed […]

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Trump: There Are (Probably) No Tapes

By David A. Graham President Trump said on Thursday that, despite his repeated teases about the existence of recordings of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, he did not make any tapes. But he added a paranoid flourish, nodding toward frequent leaks from the government and his claims of persecution by the intelligence […]

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