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How Much Do You Trust Bill Barr?

Bill Barr, the once and likely future attorney general, had one mission on Capitol Hill on Tuesday: convince the Senate that he would be an honorable man. In a day-long confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the nominee reassured lawmakers that he would maintain the Justice Department’s independence from […]

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Resistance Training

Since Donald Trump became president, the United States has seen over 20,000 street protests. While this number includes some pro-Trump rallies, most of the events voiced opposition to the administration. Between hundreds of Women’s Marches, the airport protests, the Tax March, the March for Science, the March for Truth, the […]

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Mommy and Data

In 2009, Piraye Yurttas Beim, a molecular biologist from Texas, started pitching investors on her vision for a new kind of women’s health company. The startup she had founded, Celmatix, would bring the power of big data and cutting-edge genetic testing to bear on a problem that had long resisted […]

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Republicans Have Learned Nothing From the Midterms

Ahead of last year’s midterms, President Trump telegraphed his electoral strategy. “Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won’t approve legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our […]

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Does Your Box of “Ugly” Produce Really Help the Planet? Or Hurt it?

“I’m an environmental journalist, not an environmentalist.” I’ve said this countless times over the course of my career, usually to make a distinction between myself and the people I write about. But last year, while reporting on a growing number of climate crises, I realized I could no longer pretend that […]

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It’s Not a National Emergency. It’s Also Not the Dawn of Dictatorship.

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? The unstoppable force declares a national emergency to go around it. That option appears to be President Donald Trump’s endgame to resolve the current standoff over the border wall. His demand that lawmakers provide $5.7 billion for a concrete barrier […]

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A Database Showed Far-Right Terror on the Rise. Then Trump Defunded It.

In May 2017, Erin Kearns, an adjunct instructor at American University, gave a lecture on terrorism in the United States. Jihadists, she said, commit only a small portion of attacks on American soil, just 12 percent—far fewer, in fact, than right-wing extremists do. People with far-right beliefs, like white supremacists […]

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Jailed, Raped, Deported, Robbed

This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. Leer en español By the time thunderstorms hit the eastern Montana prairie just after seven on the morning of August 2, 2017, Audemio Orózco Ramirez had been up and driving south for a couple of hours. He was making the […]

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Trump’s Gentrification Scheme to Enrich Real Estate Developers

Buried within the more than 500 pages of Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cut was an unobtrusive line item with potentially damaging consequences. Proposed by Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, the provision allows governors to select certain census tracts in their states, in economically distressed areas, as “opportunity zones.” The […]

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‘We Have to Show People What’s Going On’

Justin Sullivan, a photojournalist with Getty Images, was watching a KFC restaurant burn to the ground in Paradise, California, when he decided to lay down and take a picture. Thousands of tiny embers flew toward his face as he steadied his camera. Noah Berger, an Associated Press photojournalist nearby, saw […]

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The Dickensian Tragedy of Britain’s Growing Poverty

Onehundred and seventy-five years after it was published, Charles Dickens’s AChristmas Carol is still drawing audiences. This year its nearly sold-out adaptationat The Old Vic theatre in London has a post-show collection for The Felix Project, an organization that collectssurplus food and redistributes it to charities—a classic pairing for a workwhich, […]

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The Merciful End of the “Adults in the Room” Fantasy

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’s decision to resign over foreign policy disagreements with President Trump has instilled panic across the political spectrum. “The departure of Mattis—the last ‘grown-up in the room’—is sure to set off tremors of anxiety” among America’s allies, wrote Slate’s Fred Kaplan. In The Daily Beast, Republican […]

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Trump Thinks Democrats Have an Immigration Problem. Is He Right?

President Trump is ready to shut down the government over his central campaign promise—building a wall along the southern border—and he seems to believe he has the upper hand in this debate. The Democrats, who know Steel Slats (Wall) are necessary for Border Security, are putting politics over Country. What […]

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Trump Is Outsourcing the Migrant Crisis to Mexico

In late November, a group of migrant women from Central America stood outside the Enclave Caracol community center in Tijuana, and announced the beginning of a hunger strike. They would not eat, they said in Spanish, until the United States and Mexico expedited the process for letting asylum seekers across […]

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Lobbyists Are Feasting in Trump’s Swamp

Let’s say Washington is a swamp, as Trump calls it. Then lobbyists are the gators, and strong ethics rules are the fence that keeps Americans from getting bit. In President Donald Trump’s swamp, the gators keep getting bigger and the fence is in tatters. On Saturday, Ryan Zinke submitted his […]

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Trump’s Weaponization of the ‘Administrative State’

Since reentering politics several years ago, Donald Trump has defined himself in opposition to a single figure: Barack Obama. He was the leading proponent of birtherism in 2011, and continued to promote the conspiracy theory publicly until 2015. (He reportedly has remained a birther in private.) Some believe Trump only […]

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