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The characters and issues shaping American politics.
Will Hurd and the Crisis of the Moderate Republicans
The lone African-American in the House Republican caucus will not be running for reëlection, but he seems likely to play a role in the coming inquiry and in the political path of the G.O.P.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsNovember 1, 2019
The French Economist Who Helped Invent Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax
After doing more than just about any other economists to describe the powerful effect that accumulated wealth has on global inequality, Gabriel Zucman and his colleagues are now advocating for a solution.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsOctober 19, 2019
How the Security Democrats Came Around to Impeachment
Over group chats and Google Docs, seven freshman Democrats in the House, all with military or intelligence backgrounds, debated how to take action after learning of Trump’s Ukraine call.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsSeptember 28, 2019
Nancy Pelosi: An Extremely Stable Genius
When asked if impeachment might backfire, the Speaker of the House insisted that politics has nothing to do with it. “It doesn’t matter,” she said. “He has given us no choice.”
By David RemnickSeptember 26, 2019
David French, Sohrab Ahmari, and the Battle for the Future of Conservatism
Ahmari seems to see Donald Trump as having made a halfway break with the conservatism of the recent past—a conservatism embodied by French—which Ahmari wants to complete.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsSeptember 12, 2019
How Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro Respond to Trump’s War on Immigrants
That the two Democratic candidates from Texas, who are nominal antagonists, have sounded so similar on immigration points to the weaknesses of both.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsAugust 7, 2019
A Louisiana Republican Reckons with Climate Change
Garret Graves wants to help the Gulf Coast adapt to sea-level rise, but Democrats are skeptical about how far he will go.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsJuly 27, 2019
John Hickenlooper’s War on Socialism
The former Colorado governor is at odds with the implied passivity of programs such as Medicare for All and employment guarantees.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsJuly 1, 2019
David Brooks’s Conversion Story
In recent years, the conservative columnist has divorced, remarried, broken with Republicans over Trump, and explored Christianity. How deep was his transformation?
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsApril 29, 2019
Bernie Sanders Imagines a Progressive New Approach to Foreign Policy
In Sanders’s account of global affairs, Americans have been as likely to be villains as heroes.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsApril 13, 2019
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