Category: The Atlantic

Is This the End?

The announcement seemed to catch everyone off guard: Early Thursday afternoon, the government told Americans that if they were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they did not need to wear a mask—indoors or outside, in groups small or large.

People who have gotten their shots, Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said at a White House press briefing, “can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

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The Trouble With the Gavin Newsom Recall

This pattern has some California Democrats now talking openly about making fundamental changes to the recall law—an idea rarely discussed since Governor Hiram Johnson, a Progressive icon, pushed it through the legislature in 1911. “This thing is going to be defeated by Newsom pretty handily,” says the Democratic strategist Garry South, who was the chief adviser to Davis in his two gubernatorial races, in 1998 and 2002.

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Liz Cheney’s Unforgivable Sin

Republican lawmakers do tolerate criticism of the former president; in fact, many of them are eager to express their dissent, but only if their names are not attached to their words. Reporters don’t have to search hard within the House or Senate GOP conferences to find members willing to trash Trump “privately” or “on the condition of anonymity.” The same goes for party officials and members of his administration. Most infamously, “a senior Republican official” Read original

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The Texas Republican Asking His Party To Just Stop

Hurd: Here’s the secret sauce: Everyone—I don’t care what country you come from, Latino, African American—you care about putting food on your table, a roof over your head, and making sure that the people you love are healthy and happy. When you talk about those issues, that’s going to resonate.

Too often, we get caught up in the conversations going on on social media and cable news. When I went into these communities to do town halls, nobody brought up those issues on the chyron at the bottom of the newscast.

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I’d Do It Again

The embittered outsiders appealed to British Lieutenant General Frederick E. Morgan, as he arrived at the Headquarters. He said he’d intercede in their behalf. Morgan told Allen he thought something ought to be done about those correspondents outside. Allen misinterpreted this as a complaint and sent MPs out to chase them away under threat of arrest. That did not lessen their indignation.

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Bidenomics Really Is Something New

Biden’s greater willingness to channel benefits by race is one of the biggest surprises of his presidency. His infrastructure plan includes billions to ensure the participation of  historically Black colleges and universities in new federal research on clean energy; to train more women and people of color for the clean-energy jobs his plan would create; and even to ameliorate the historic impact of highway construction in isolating minority and low-income neighborhoods.

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Why Larry Krasner’s Defeat Would be ‘Disastrous’ for Criminal-Justice Reform

Although incumbency gives Krasner a sizable advantage, there’s been no public polling, and low-turnout races are, by their nature, volatile. Vega is trying to mobilize both police officers and the middle- and working-class voters most alarmed by the rise in gun violence. Vega’s main challenge is getting his name out against his more well-known opponent. Krasner, meanwhile, needs to energize the progressive grassroots organizations that helped him win four years ago and are backing him again, albeit somewhat less enthusiastically.

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