Norms and Burgers
The hubbub over the president’s food choices is making his critics look like uptight elitists.
German LeaksA massive data breach is a nightmare for the country’s politicians, and a dilemma for its journalists.
Donald Trump Does Not Represent the Real AmericaTuesday might not have been the massive repudiation Democrats were hoping for. But it showed that the country is far from united behind the president.
The Nature of Trump’s Culpability in the Pittsburgh Synagogue MassacreThe shooter may despise him, but the president’s dehumanizing language has made political violence—and hate crimes like this—more likely.
The Supreme Court Is Now a Partisan InstitutionKavanaugh’s confirmation means Trump controls all three branches of government. There’s only one check left on the president.
The Rosenstein LineThe deputy attorney general is keeping his job for now, but our democratic institutions aren’t looking so healthy.
The Failure of the Center-RightEurope’s conservatives are failing to prevent the spread of right-wing authoritarianism.
Light in the Darkest TimelineCould this week’s Manafort and Cohen developments finally do real damage to the Trump presidency? We’d better hope so.
Liberals Don’t Have to Defend Sarah Jeong’s TweetsThe impulse to bash “old white men” is satisfying, but it’s also wrong and counterproductive.
An “Extraordinarily” Trumpian Day in HelsinkiScenes like the Helsinki summit still seem strange to us. But we’re getting numb to them.
So Much For the InstitutionsKennedy’s retirement proves we can’t count on elites to constrain Trump’s worst excesses
Trump Finally Went Too FarThe reaction to family separations proved the public outrage still matters—and that attitudes on immigration are more complicated than we often think.
Even Canada Is Not Immune to the Rise of PopulismHow Doug Ford, brother of Rob Ford, quickly surged to drag the once-liberal bastion to the right.
The Conversations We Need to HaveA new forum for cross-partisan dialogue sparks a tiny bit of hope for the Trump era.
Trump’s Speech Was Too Effective for ComfortThe president probably failed to win anyone over to his message. But that doesn’t mean the public is immune to that message.
Debatable LivesThe legacies of figures like George H.W. Bush are too complex for simple partisan narratives.
Lessons From BrazilA disturbing election shows that we can’t count on the lessons of history—or multiculturalism—to save democracy.
Rally the Base or Persuade Moderates? Why Not Both.The two groups Democrats need in order to win have more in common than you might think.
The Kavanaugh Stakes Just Got HigherTo confirm him now would be dangerous to the survival of our democratic institutions.
As the Trump Scandals Grow, Believe What You’re SeeingJust because a constitutional crisis hasn’t come yet, doesn’t mean it won’t.
The Right Kind of PartisanJohn McCain respected those he profoundly disagreed with. His adversaries should do the same.
Trevor Noah Doesn’t Get to Decide Who’s FrenchThe Daily Show host says his critics in Europe missed the context of his World Cup commentary. But he’s making the same mistake.
Turkey’s WarningWhy Erdogan’s consolidation of power should be cause for concern in every liberal democracy.
A New ChoiceMaine’s experiment in ranked-choice voting is a rare cause for optimism about our democracy.
Destroying Democracy to Save ItThe president of Italy’s move to block the populists will only make them stronger.
The Red and the BrownItaly’s emerging political order shows how easily the far-left and far-right can join forces.