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The Quantified Presidency

By Elaine Godfrey First, it was crowd size. Then, it was health-care bill size. On Tuesday, the Trump administration continued its habit of conflating quantity with quality by releasing a list detailing President Donald Trump’s “historic accomplishments” from his first 100 days in office, a milestone he will officially reach on Saturday. The list boasts […]

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Why Is Trump Risking a Trade War With Canada?

By David A. Graham Donald Trump is not the first U.S. president to tangle with Canada over lumber. In fact, the first U.S. president to do so was the first U.S. president. George Washington’s administration saw a dispute over ownership of valuable forests on the border between New Brunswick and present-day Maine. So despite Trump’s […]

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How Democrats Learned to Love Trump’s Negotiating Style

By Michelle Cottle Mock Donald Trump’s legislative ignorance if you will, but for a brief, shining stretch during the past week, he managed to bring about a rare Washington phenomenon: House and Senate Democrats saying nice things about their GOP counterparts. Publicly. With straight faces. That the president accomplished this entirely by accident makes the […]

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A Tax Plan That Befits the ‘King of Debt’

By Russell Berman “I am the king of debt,” Donald Trump famously boasted during last year’s campaign. On Wednesday, the president is going to set about proving it—but perhaps not in the way he originally meant. All indications are that the tax plan the White House is slated to unveil will include what Trump has […]

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What Trump Still Doesn’t Understand About the Holocaust

By Peter Beinart Given his administration’s bizarre rhetorical struggles when it comes to anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, the bar for Donald Trump’s speech on Tuesday at the Holocaust Memorial Museum was low. All he really had to do was show he understands that anti-Semitism is bad, and that the Holocaust happened mostly to Jews. He […]

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Coal Miners' Futures in Renewable Energy

Most experts agree, despite Trump’s promises, that coal-mining jobs are not coming back. But this month Berkeley Energy Group announced plans to put coal miners back to work by building the largest solar project in Appalachia on top of a closed mountaintop strip mine near the town of Pikeville. Workers instal solar panelsin upstate New […]

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Brace for Government Shutdown as Republicans Face Impossible Tasks

House Speaker Paul Ryan at a news conference following a House Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, April, 26, 2017. With the deadline to avert a government shutdown looming, lawmakers are negotiating a spending bill that would supply no money for a border wall but would increase funding for the military and […]

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Monuments to White Supremacy Are Finally Falling in New Orleans

A statue of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee sits atop a large monument at the center of Lee Circle in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana. The monument is one of four being removed after years of protest by racial justice activists. (Photo: Mike Ludwig) New Orleans — On May 7, 1954, […]

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A Federal Judge Blocked Trump’s ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Executive Order

By Matt Ford A federal district court in California on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing part of a January executive order to defund “sanctuary cities,” ruling that the directive likely exceeded federal law and unfairly targeted those jurisdictions. “Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement cannot be threatened merely because […]

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Wall They or Won’t They?

By Candice Norwood Today in 5 Lines President Trump insisted that the border wall “will get built,” despite backing down on demands to fund the project in this week’s spending bill. A federal judge in San Francisco blocked a portion of Trump’s January executive order on immigration aimed at cutting federal funding to so-called “sanctuary […]

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