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    What the DNC Hack Could Mean for Democracy
    Aug02

    What the DNC Hack Could Mean for Democracy

    Analysts largely agree that the hacking of various arms of the Democratic Party, and the release of hacked emails that deepened divisions with the party just ahead of its presidential convention, is a big deal. But there’s less agreement about whether what we’re witnessing is fundamentally old or new. The answer to that question could...

    Where Republicans Stand on Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet
    Aug02

    Where Republicans Stand on Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet

    What would it take for more Republicans to abandon Donald Trump?One might imagine that a week in which the presidential nominee, among other things, picked a very public fight with the parents of a slain American soldier, advocated for ceding Crimea to Russia, and blatantly lied about receiving a letter from the NFL might do it. (And that’s...

    The Myth of Gerald Ford’s Fatal ‘Soviet Domination’ Gaffe
    Aug02

    The Myth of Gerald Ford’s Fatal ‘Soviet Domination’ Gaffe

    Over the weekend, Donald Trump offered some unusual remarks about Ukraine during an interview with George Stephanopoulos. Speaking about Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Republican presidential nominee said, “He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down and you can put it down, you can take it anywhere you...

    The Atlantic Daily: Trump’s Sacrifices, Brazil’s Broken Promises, Communal Living
    Aug02

    The Atlantic Daily: Trump’s Sacrifices, Brazil’s Broken Promises, Communal Living

    What We’re FollowingDonald Trump Does it Again: At a rally in Columbus, Ohio, the Republican nominee suggested that he would recognize Russia’s seizure of Crimea, which the U.S. and most other nations consider illegal, and that the upcoming presidential election is “gonna be rigged.” Over the weekend, Trump appalled leaders of his own...

    Trump’s Turn Toward Appeasement
    Aug02

    Trump’s Turn Toward Appeasement

    Is it going to be like this every day for the next 98 days?Speaking on Monday in Columbus, Ohio, Donald Trump delivered a new series of head-spinning remarks. Most notably, Trump defended controversial comments he made about Ukraine and Crimea over the weekend, and he preemptively questioned the legitimacy of the elections, suggesting that the...

    Trump Time Capsule #66: Khan, Koch, Crimea, and the NFL
    Aug01

    Trump Time Capsule #66: Khan, Koch, Crimea, and the NFL

    Trump on TwitterI’ve been offline for several days writing a magazine article. (Debates!) On return, I see that Donald Trump has lit off another string of firecrackers, Chinese New Year-style. As a short recap:His campaign against the bereaved parents of a decorated American combat casualty, Army Captain Humayun Khan, goes on. His associate...

    Why Can’t Hillary Clinton Stop Lying?
    Aug01

    Why Can’t Hillary Clinton Stop Lying?

    This is a note to Clinton Democrats—a desperate plea, actually. Your candidate staged a winning convention in Philadelphia: big stars, tight messaging, and a compelling case against her rival, Donald Trump.The Republican nominee followed up by smearing a war hero’s family, revealing his ignorance about Russia’s incursions into...

    Gaffe Track: The Victim or the Crimea
    Jul31

    Gaffe Track: The Victim or the Crimea

    The candidate: Donald TrumpThe gaffe: Speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Trump said of Russian President Vladimir Putin, “He’s not going into Ukraine, OK? Just so you understand. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down and you can put it down, you can take it anywhere you want.” Stephanopoulos...

    How Trump Turned the U.S. Foreign-Policy Consensus Upside Down
    Jul29

    How Trump Turned the U.S. Foreign-Policy Consensus Upside Down

    The word “unprecedented” gets thrown around a lot in conversations about Donald Trump’s presidential run. It’s a risky label to affix: History doesn’t always validate its use, and besides, the term has become diluted unto meaninglessness through constant repetition.To understand the ways in which Trump’s candidacy...

    The Olympics Have Always Been Political
    Jul28

    The Olympics Have Always Been Political

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has always recognized the power of sports. In 2007, with energy prices steadily rising, and Russia’s economy bolstered by oil earnings, he flew to Guatemala City to meet with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). There he wooed officials in English and in French, promising an Olympic Games on a scale...

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