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The House Intelligence Committee’s Civil War

By David A. Graham The top Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee escalated their feud on Friday, with GOP Chairman Devin Nunes announcing that he wished to cancel a public hearing next week and Ranking Member Adam Schiff charging Nunes with bad faith and attempting to choke off an independent hearing. In a […]

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Q of the Week: What Would You Ask Gorsuch?

By Elaine Godfrey Monday marked the beginning of what will probably be Judge Neil Gorsuch’s toughest job interview: his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. This week, we asked Politics & Policy Daily readers what they would ask Gorsuch if they were on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Here are some of our favorite questions from readers. Keli […]


A Better Way to Argue About Politics

By Daniel Lombroso Liberals and conservatives have fundamentally different moral codes, which makes arguing about policy complicated. Many people have found themselves locked in debates surrounding the now-suspended travel ban, with little success in convincing the other. “One reason it’s so hard to reach across the ideological divide is that people tend to present their […]

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Much Ado About Manafort

By Julia Ioffe MOSCOW—The reports that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had had a contract for tens of millions of dollars to “greatly benefit the Putin Government” were not exactly news here. And, in a certain sense, they didn’t have to be news in Washington, either. Manafort, who has reportedly just volunteered to testify […]

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The Dangers of Blaming Trump for Anti-Semitism

By Peter Beinart At a press conference in mid-February, Donald Trump said something that was, even for him, astonishing. He predicted that when authorities discovered the perpetrators of the anti-Semitic attacks that had broken out since his election, “It won’t be my people,” who had committed them. “It will be the people on the other […]

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Does Trump’s Resident Intellectual Speak for His Boss?

By Rosie Gray Michael Anton warned last year that 2016 was the Flight 93 election: “Charge the cockpit or you die.” Americans charged. Donald Trump became president of the United States. And Anton, the author of that now-notorious essay, is helping to fly the plane—running communications for the National Security Council. Anton cuts a curious […]

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Trumping Trump and Howling at the Moonves

Les Moonves cannot lose … and he knows it. The all-too-well compensated CEO of CBS said as much back in late February of 2016. The Bataan Death March of presidential campaigns had finally kicked into high gear and a month-long barrage of primaries, caucuses and televised debates portended just the sort of never-ending story-line that […]

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Paul Ryan as Punchline: The Impending Failure of the AHCA

House Speaker Paul Ryan discusses the proposed American Health Care Act at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 9, 2017. (Photo: Gabriella Demczuk / The New York Times) Guy walks into a bar. Second guy ducks. This is, far and away, the worst “Guy walks into a bar” joke in the history […]

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Empire Files: The Sikh Experience in the US

People of the Sikh faith, commonly mistaken for both Muslims and Hindus, are frequent targets of bigoted hate crimes — in fact, the first victim of post-9/11 hate crimes was a Sikh man. In 2016, attacks against Muslims — and people perceived to be Muslims, in particular Sikhs — has reached an all-time high. With […]

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Losing Home

As is true in many Native communities around the world, the Quinault have borne witness to the marked signs of climate change over the past century. In Taholah — which is home to some 825 people — these signs are becoming increasingly impossible to ignore. Fawn Sharp grew up in Taholah village, a small community […]

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