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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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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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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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Breitbart Can’t Convince a Committee to Let It Cover Congress

By Rosie Gray Breitbart News’ application for permanent congressional press passes was denied on Tuesday, after a months-long attempt by the right-wing news outlet to obtain credentials. The Standing Committee of Correspondents of the Senate Press Gallery voted to table Breitbart’s application and also to not extend its temporary passes, which are valid through May […]

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Trump’s Border-Wall Blink

By Russell Berman The president blinked. Donald Trump wants his border wall funded, but he apparently wants to keep the government open on his 100th day in office a little bit more. Facing the prospect of a government shutdown in four days, the president reportedly backed off his demand that a must-pass spending bill include […]

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