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'White Male Privilege' and Other Themes of Gun Culture

'White Male Privilege' and Other Themes of Gun Culture

Previously in this series:“A Case Against Gun Control” “The Cultural Roots of a Gun-Massacre Society” “A Veteran on the Need to Control Civilian Arms” “‘Show Us the Carnage,’ Continued” “Only in
How the Supreme Court Could Reshape Employment Law

How the Supreme Court Could Reshape Employment Law

During Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination hearing last year, then-Senator Al Franken asked the nominee whether he had read a recent New York Times series about the use of arbitration to thwart
Better 'Lisa Simpson 2020' Than Four More Years of Homer

Better 'Lisa Simpson 2020' Than Four More Years of Homer

On Thursday at a conference sponsored by the American Conservative Union, Ben Domenech, the publisher of The Federalist, had an illuminating exchange with Senator Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who
Chronicles of Civic Engagement: The Leafblower Battle in D.C.

Chronicles of Civic Engagement: The Leafblower Battle in D.C.

Back in the fall of 2015, in the midst of travels around the country in which my wife, Deb, and I saw countless examples of citizens taking responsibility for changing their own communities, I
A Democratic Memo Undercuts Key Republican Complaints About the FBI

A Democratic Memo Undercuts Key Republican Complaints About the FBI

The Republican charge that the FBI misled a secret surveillance court in order to spy on a former Trump campaign operative seemed to unravel on Saturday, when Democrats on the House Intelligence
Paul Manafort's Fate Is Sealed

Paul Manafort's Fate Is Sealed

There should be no denying Paul Manafort’s fate. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s list of charges keeps on swelling—a repeatedly amended compendium of malfeasance that is now so long and so
Trump’s Hardline Approach Is Forcing Immigrant Advocates to Readjust

Trump’s Hardline Approach Is Forcing Immigrant Advocates to Readjust

For years, activists have urged lawmakers to provide a path to citizenship for so-called “Dreamers,” immigrants brought to the United States illegally as minors. They’ve staged sit-ins, protested at
<i>The Atlantic</i> Politics & Policy Daily: The Great Gatesplea

<i>The Atlantic</i> Politics & Policy Daily: The Great Gatesplea

Today in 5 LinesRick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and making false statements, and agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into
What Rick Gates’s Guilty Plea Means

What Rick Gates’s Guilty Plea Means

Updated on February 23 at 4:01 p.m.Rick Gates, a former top aide to President Trump on his campaign and in the White House, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy against the United States and making
'So What? Maybe It Is a Concentration Camp'

'So What? Maybe It Is a Concentration Camp'

On the eve of the Iowa Caucuses in January 2016, when Donald Trump’s presidential campaign still seemed a long-shot, he landed a crucial endorsement. Joe Arpaio, the Phoenix-area sheriff hailed by

The American Detention Machine

“Maybe it is a concentration camp; I don’t want to make it look nice.” Joe Arpaio stands by his 2008 description of his infamous “tent city” jail. The former Arizona sheriff cultivates an image of
Marco Rubio's Lonely Fight

Marco Rubio's Lonely Fight

There’s something about Senator Marco Rubio that inspires seething hatred in his detractors. But what is it, exactly? It’s natural that progressives wouldn’t be terribly fond of him, as he is an
The Spectacular Implosion of Eric Greitens

The Spectacular Implosion of Eric Greitens

It’s customary to refer to a politician’s quick rise as “meteoric.” Overlooked in that cliché is a truth about what happens to meteorites: They strike the ground violently and destructively.That’s
What Does Trump Actually Think About Gun Control?

What Does Trump Actually Think About Gun Control?

Crises are crucibles, bringing out a leader’s core characteristics. The aftermath of the shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has thrown two sides of
<i>The Atlantic</i> Politics & Policy Daily: The Gates to the Manafort

<i>The Atlantic</i> Politics & Policy Daily: The Gates to the Manafort

Today in 5 LinesSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller filed new fraud and money-laundering charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates. During a roundtable with
Arming Educators Violates the Spirit of the Second Amendment

Arming Educators Violates the Spirit of the Second Amendment

The Second Amendment is a remarkable piece of the Constitution. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be

When Gun Owners Become Like Hypocritical Hippies

“Rights come with responsibilities,” argues The Atlantic writer David Frum. “Understanding this principle is what distinguishes an adult from a child. Yet the gun lobby rejects this basic bargain.” In
How <em>The Atlantic</em> Covered Billy Graham at the Start of His Career

How <em>The Atlantic</em> Covered Billy Graham at the Start of His Career

Baptist preacher Billy Graham conducted the first of his many crusades in 1947, at the age of 28. In the nearly six decades that followed, these evangelical campaigns brought him to 185 countries and
Wayne LaPierre’s Cynical Exploitation of Outrage

Wayne LaPierre’s Cynical Exploitation of Outrage

It’s been a strange few days in the American gun debate—with teenagers shaking an otherwise moribund discourse into new territory, senators being cowed on national television, and President Trump
The Power of the Parkland Town Hall

The Power of the Parkland Town Hall

I was 10 years old when, in 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered 12 students at Columbine High School, in what was then the most-deadly school shooting in American history. What I can recall