Matt Pavlov

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Decoding Stephen Miller’s Nationalist Mind

Trumpism, which was formed in rebellion against the dominant mindset, is actually an unusually thought-out political ideology. Refuting it requires similar clarity.<p>In the opinion section of last Wednesday’s <i>New York Times</i>, journalist <b>Masha Gessen</b> and retired tennis star <b>Martina Navratilova</b> wrote an …

Political Science

Two top Republicans open to repairing Obamacare ahead of repeal

Two top Republicans long expected to lead the Senate’s role in repealing the Affordable Care Act said publicly this week that they are open to repairing former president Barack Obama’s landmark health-care law ahead of a wholesale repeal, which has been a GOP target for eight years.<p>Coming one week …

Health Care
Silicon Valley
South Asia

Obama’s White House worked for months on a plan to seize Raqqa. Trump’s team took a brief look and decided not to pull the trigger.

Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more than seven months. There had been dozens of meetings of President Barack Obama’s top national security team, scores of draft battle plans and hundreds of hours of anguished, …

Middle East

The Brain’s Connections Shrink During Sleep

This mass downscaling stops neurons from becoming saturated—which may be one of the reasons why sleep exists at all.<p>In your every waking moment, whether you mean to or not, you are absorbing new experiences, and changing your brain. Specifically, some of your neurons become more strongly connected. …


Why Fake News Targeted Trump Supporters

Multiple studies suggest social conservatives are more attuned to threats—even when they are not real.<p>One of the few comforts liberals had in the aftermath of the election was the anecdotal reporting that fake-news purveyors found it easier to get conservatives to believe their baloney.<p>As one such …

Critical Thinking

Government Economists Are Going to Produce Statistics Trump Doesn't Like

When they do, how will he respond?<p>On the evening of September 1, 2011, I had the unpleasant task of delivering the confidential August jobs report to President Obama before it would be made public the next day. “I don’t like the look on your face,” I remember the president saying to me in the Oval …

Donald Trump

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Rights & Freedoms

Red State, Blue City

The United States is coming to resemble two countries, one rural and one urban. What happens when they go to war?<p>The United States now has its most metropolitan president in recent memory: a Queens-bred, skyscraper-building, apartment-dwelling Manhattanite. Yet it was rural America that carried …

North Carolina

Donald Trump's Blunder Down Under

Citizens of an unusually close ally now regard the president as a volatile, vainglorious, untrustworthy bully after he needlessly disrespected their leader in a phone call.<p>Dishonor and distraction. That is what Donald Trump brought the United States Wednesday when news broke that he inexplicably …

Donald Trump

How Did Cybersecurity Become So Political?

It wasn’t always this complicated.<p>Less than a month before he was elected president, Donald Trump promised to make cybersecurity “an immediate and top priority for my administration.” He had talked about technology often on the campaign trail—mostly to attack Hillary Clinton for using a private …

Jared Kushner

Donald Trump Declares a Vision of Religious Nationalism

At the annual prayer breakfast in Washington, the president focused on the violent, ideological threats to America.<p>When Donald Trump looks out on the world, he sees a landscape of potential threats to the United States and its values. “Freedom of religion is a sacred right, but also a right under …

Richard Spencer
Donald Trump
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David Shulkin

Democratic leaders — and Trump — aren’t making it easy to build bipartisan support for Gorsuch

President Trump urged Senate Republican leaders Wednesday to be prepared to tear up the rules of the Senate and “go nuclear” if Democrats try to block his Supreme Court nominee from winning confirmation — complicating the beginning of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s delicate courtship of the lawmakers who …

U.S. Politics