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    American Elections Remain Unprotected
    Dec29

    American Elections Remain Unprotected

    Two weeks before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the U.S. intelligence community released a declassified version of its report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. It detailed the activities of a network of hackers who infiltrated voting systems and stole documents from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary...

    America and the Great Abdication
    Dec28

    America and the Great Abdication

    When great powers fade, as they inevitably must, it’s normally for one of two reasons. Some powers exhaust themselves through overreach abroad, underinvestment at home, or a mixture of the two. This was the case for the Soviet Union. Other powers lose their privileged position with the emergence of new, stronger powers. This describes what...

    The Atlantic Daily: The Next Day
    Dec14

    The Atlantic Daily: The Next Day

    What We’re FollowingMoore Loss: Alabama voters elected Doug Jones, a Democrat, as their next U.S. senator in a historic upset that followed a series of strategic mishaps by Republicans. The victory comes as a blow to President Trump, who failed to mobilize his supporters at both the primary and the general levels of the race. The Republican...

    A Mafia State Within a Totalitarian Society
    Nov28

    A Mafia State Within a Totalitarian Society

    It is a skill, actually, to make someone feel as though they are drowning in words. If you’ve ever read a transcript of a Donald Trump interview, you know what the experience is like. Next-level incoherence is disorienting—and can be oddly powerful.The American-Russian journalist Masha Gessen has thought a lot about Trump’s rambling...

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: You’re Pardoned
    Nov22

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: You’re Pardoned

    Today in 5 LinesPresident Trump pardoned a pair of turkeys as part of the annual Thanksgiving tradition. Asked about whether he supports Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Trump told reporters voters shouldn’t support Moore’s “liberal” rival, adding that Moore denies the sexual-misconduct allegations against him. The Federal...

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: You’re Pardoned
    Nov22

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: You’re Pardoned

    Today in 5 LinesPresident Trump pardoned a pair of turkeys as part of the annual Thanksgiving tradition. Asked about whether he supports Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Trump told reporters voters shouldn’t support Moore’s “liberal” rival, adding that Moore denies the sexual-misconduct allegations against him. The Federal...

    Can Russia ‘Help’ as Much as Trump Says It Can?
    Nov13

    Can Russia ‘Help’ as Much as Trump Says It Can?

    Donald Trump has a message for the “haters and fools”—those who pounced on him when he suggested, aboard Air Force One this past weekend, that he placed greater faith in Vladimir Putin’s denials about interfering in the 2016 U.S. election than in the conclusions of the “political hacks” in his own intelligence agencies.“Having a good...

    For Trump, the Interpersonal Is Political
    Nov13

    For Trump, the Interpersonal Is Political

    Man is a complex creature, and Donald Trump is no exception. The president is often willing to turn his ire on even his closest aides and allies, yet in other situations, he seems like he just wants to get along with everyone.During his trip to Asia, Trump’s comments about and with Vladimir Putin and Rodrigo Duterte produced predictable...

    Taking Putin’s Word For It
    Nov12

    Taking Putin’s Word For It

    When asked on Saturday about his conversation with Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific economic summit in Vietnam, President Donald Trump reported that the Russian president denied interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. That, of course, directly contradicts the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community. “Every...

    Gangsters of the Mediterranean
    Nov10

    Gangsters of the Mediterranean

    Among the wealthy sophisticates who came and went from their seaside villas on the Spanish island of Mallorca, there was something that didn’t quite fit about the Russian who lived in a neoclassical mansion on the Avenida Portals Vells. Tall and powerfully built, with a flattened nose and graying, short-cropped hair, he looked more like an...

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