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Does Congress Care About Trump’s Emergency?

Does Congress Care About Trump’s Emergency?

Amy Davidson Sorkin writes on a lawsuit filed in federal court, on Monday, by sixteen states, against Donald Trump and members of his Cabinet, in response to the President’s declaration of a national
Is Gavin Newsom Right to Slow Down California’s High-Speed Train?

Is Gavin Newsom Right to Slow Down California’s High-Speed Train?

Nathan Heller on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal to scale back a high-speed-rail plan intended to link San Francisco to Los Angeles.
What Marjory Stoneman Douglas Understood About the Fight for What Is Right

What Marjory Stoneman Douglas Understood About the Fight for What Is Right

Amy Davidson Sorkin on the namesake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, her writing and conservation work in Florida, and her status as an inspiration to the Parkland students who started March
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Isn’t Looking to Retire Yet, But Is Another Supreme Court Justice Ready to Go?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Isn’t Looking to Retire Yet, But Is Another Supreme Court Justice Ready to Go?

Jeffrey Toobin writes about the potential retirements of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas, and about President Trump’s judicial legacy.
In El Paso, Donald Trump Attacks Beto O’Rourke—and All Democrats

In El Paso, Donald Trump Attacks Beto O’Rourke—and All Democrats

Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about Donald Trump’s speech in El Paso, Texas, about the border wall, the Democrats, and the government shutdown.
Benjamin Netanyahu Finally Faces a Real Challenger in Benny Gantz—If the Opposition Can Unite Behind Him

Benjamin Netanyahu Finally Faces a Real Challenger in Benny Gantz—If the Opposition Can Unite Behind Him

Bernard Avishai on the upcoming Israeli national election on April 9th and on the candidacy of Benny Gantz, the former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces and the head of a newly formed party
The Echoes of Trump Rallies at the State of the Union

The Echoes of Trump Rallies at the State of the Union

Amy Davidson Sorkin on Donald Trump’s second State of the Union address, and how, at times, it resembled the President’s rallies.
A Racial Reckoning for Democratic Leaders in Virginia

A Racial Reckoning for Democratic Leaders in Virginia

Jelani Cobb writes about the scandal in Virginia regarding Governor Ralph Northam’s medical-school yearbook and his confession of dressing in blackface.
“She Persists”: An Unprecedented Show of Art by Women in “the People’s House”

“She Persists”: An Unprecedented Show of Art by Women in “the People’s House”

Andrea K. Scott on “She Persists,” an exhibition at Gracie Mansion that was curated by Jessica Bell Brown, at the invitation of Chirlane McCray.
Can Elizabeth Warren and Adam Smith, Defying Trump, Persuade Americans to Get Serious About Nuclear-Arms Control?

Can Elizabeth Warren and Adam Smith, Defying Trump, Persuade Americans to Get Serious About Nuclear-Arms Control?

James Carroll on Elizabeth Warren and Adam Smith’s new bill, that seeks to enshrine in law the informal moral consensus of “No first use,” according to which America is not a nation to start a nuclear
Is Trump Trying to Bully America’s Intelligence Agencies Into Silence?

Is Trump Trying to Bully America’s Intelligence Agencies Into Silence?

David Rohde on the Senate testimony of the intelligence chiefs Dan Coats, Gina Haspel, and Christopher Wray, and the possible long-term consequences of President Trump’s bullying of the intelligence
Brexit Enters the Realm of Science Fiction

Brexit Enters the Realm of Science Fiction

Amy Davidson Sorkin writes on the latest in the U.K.’s Brexit negotiations, including the so-called Brady amendment and Malthouse compromise, which complicate the question of the Irish border.
Donald Trump’s Chance to Bring Peace to Afghanistan and End America’s Longest War

Donald Trump’s Chance to Bring Peace to Afghanistan and End America’s Longest War

David Rohde on the opportunity that peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan present for President Trump to secure a breakthrough foreign-policy achievement.
Is the Speaker of the House of Commons Trying to Stop Brexit?

Is the Speaker of the House of Commons Trying to Stop Brexit?

Sam Knight writes about John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, who has upended the traditional neutrality of his office and allowed opponents of Britain’s separation from Europe
Trump Says that Nicolás Maduro Is No Longer Venezuela’s President. Maduro Disagrees

Trump Says that Nicolás Maduro Is No Longer Venezuela’s President. Maduro Disagrees

Jon Lee Anderson on the Trump Administration’s decision to recognize Juan Guaidó, the newly elected leader of Venezuela’s opposition National Assembly, as the country’s legitimate President.
The Investor Seth Klarman, in a Rare Interview, Offers a Warning. Davos Should Listen

The Investor Seth Klarman, in a Rare Interview, Offers a Warning. Davos Should Listen

Evan Osnos interviews Seth Klarman about how the practice of maximizing shareholder value has eroded public confidence in capitalism, and argues that those who attend the World Economic Forum, in
Trump Says That His Wall Will Stop Opioids—Two High-Profile Legal Cases Suggest That He’s Wrong

Trump Says That His Wall Will Stop Opioids—Two High-Profile Legal Cases Suggest That He’s Wrong

Margaret Talbot on two legal preceedings—one against the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, the other against the reputed drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo—and how they show that
Can an American Get Excited About Brexit? A Six-Part Test

Can an American Get Excited About Brexit? A Six-Part Test

Amy Davidson Sorkin outlines the reasons for an American to care about Brexit, including the threat to Ireland and other European countries and the fear of populism.
For a Besieged F.B.I., the Shutdown is the Latest Trump-Era Assault

For a Besieged F.B.I., the Shutdown is the Latest Trump-Era Assault

David Rohde writes about the impact of the government shutdown on morale in the F.B.I., and the political challenges that the Bureau has faced during the Trump Presidency.
What Does Socialism Have to Do with Sex?

What Does Socialism Have to Do with Sex?

Rebecca Mead writes about Kristen R. Ghodsee's new book, “Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism,” which expounds on studies that suggest that East German women reported higher levels of