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    Andrew Sullivan: America’s Fever Is Still RisingTrump exits the midterms normalized and strengthened for 2020.
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    Andrew Sullivan: Can the Republic Strike Back?Trump’s anti-democratic impulses have shaped American public life for two years now. Election Day is a chance to shift that dynamic.
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    Democrats Can’t Keep Dodging Immigration As a Real IssueTrump’s lies and fear-mongering about the migrant caravan only prove the point.
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    Andrew Sullivan: The Danger of Trump’s Political AccomplishmentsThe Trump administration has been more successful on its own terms than many of us want to believe. But where is that headed?
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    Andrew Sullivan: Everyone Lost at the Kavanaugh-Ford HearingsThe process was broken. Justice was ill served. And democracy is worse off for all of it.
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    Andrew Sullivan: America, Land of Brutal BinariesThe Kavanaugh and Buruma controversies show how little room there is in our national conversation for uncertainty, complexity, or restraint.
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    Andrew Sullivan: America Desperately Needs a Healthy ConservatismRepublicans are upending institutions and norms to shield an unfit president. But true conservative values could save America — and liberalism.
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    We Are Trump’s HostagesThere’s a fine line between trying to thwart an unhinged president and provoking him to greater extremity.
  9. Andrew Sullivan: Here’s Where Things Get Dangerous With TrumpHis new legal troubles are the beginning, not the end. He will defend himself, like every other mafia boss, to the bitter end.
  10. Cleansing the Catholic Church of Its SinsAfter the Pennsylvania priest abuse scandal, it’s time to end the shame around homosexuality, open up the priesthood, and toss out enablers of evil.
  11. Saudi Arabia Is a Brutal Human-Rights Violator — and Trump Appreciates ThatCanada is feuding with an absolute monarchy that tortures dissidents, oppresses women, and crucifies criminals — yet the president can’t pick a side.
  12. Andrew Sullivan: When Racism Is Fit to PrintThe left defended New York Times hire Sarah Jeong’s tweets attacking white people because in their worldview, anti-white bigotry simply can’t exist.
  13. Andrew Sullivan: Portrait of the President As a Con ManMichael Cohen’s ongoing revelations show Trump for who he is: a world-weary operator in sleaze and outright deception. But the scam is fraying.
  14. Andrew Sullivan: Why Trump Has Such a Soft Spot for RussiaThe key thing to keep in mind is that his worldview is a lot like Putin’s. It’s the simplest explanation for everything we’re seeing.
  15. Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?Trump just humiliated Theresa May, but the endorsement of a despised U.S. president might prove to be the Brexit hard-liners’ undoing.
  16. Anthony Kennedy and the Death of True American ConservatismHis style of thinking, which values restraint and stability, is essential to liberal democracy. Its eclipse suggests danger ahead.
  17. If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It’s Time to Give Trump His WallThe humanitarian situation will only get worse if we don’t tackle illegal immigration — and there’s one way to get a deal under this president.
  18. Trump Is Making Us All Live in His Delusional Reality ShowClinging to empiricism, facts, and what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears is the central and most essential task of resistance.
  19. Another Glimpse of State Terror in Trump’s AmericaThe administration is separating families at the border just to send a message. That’s straight out of the totalitarian playbook.
  20. Andrew Sullivan: Is the World Done With Liberal Democracy?Elites see the rise of “strongmen” like Trump as a detour, but Italy’s election is yet another sign that populist nationalism is here to stay.
  21. Andrew Sullivan: Why We Should Say Yes to DrugsOur society is starved for compassion, gratitude, spirituality, and connection. Psychedelics can help.
  22. Andrew Sullivan: Obama’s Legacy Has Already Been DestroyedAs Trump systematically undoes Obama’s policy achievements at home and abroad, the left is gutting his post-racial cultural vision.
  23. Kanye West and the Question of FreedomAs American politics have become increasingly tribal, our willingness to disagree has been replaced with an impulse to loathe and expel.
  24. Kanye’s Comments Were Troubling. But So Was the Response.As American politics have become increasingly tribal, our willingness to disagree has been replaced with an impulse to loathe and expel.
  25. Will There Always Be an England?Anxiety is a predictable and understandable response to the U.K.’s ethnic and cultural transformation. Ignoring it gave us Brexit (and Trump).
  26. Andrew Sullivan: Pope Francis Isn’t Catholicism’s TrumpHis embrace of change isn’t an existential threat to the church — rather, it may be key to the institution’s salvation.
  27. Andrew Sullivan: A Democracy DisappearsAmericans should watch what is happening in Hungary with a great deal of attention — and alarm about similar trends playing out at home.
  28. Trump Isn’t Merely Tolerating Torture — He’s Celebrating ItNominating Gina Haspel to head the CIA sends a clear message to the world: From now on the U.S. won’t punish war criminals, it will reward them.
  29. Denying Genetics Isn’t Shutting Down Racism, It’s Fueling ItSuppressing scientific findings on group differences among human beings is both intellectually dishonest and politically counterproductive.
  30. America Takes the Next Step Toward TyrannyTrump’s staff purge is the start of a dark and dangerous new phase in which no constraints on his whims will be tolerated.
  31. Andrew Sullivan: The World Is Better Than Ever. Why Are We Miserable?The evidence of human progress is irrefutable, but it’s been accompanied by a loss of meaning that’s harder to quantify.
  32. Andrew Sullivan: Is This the Beginning of Trump’s End?Trump maintains a cultish following, but with a new wave of scandal, his incompetence and boundless corruption may start to seep through.
  33. Andrew Sullivan: How Do We Cope With Trump?The antidote to our toxic political and cultural climate: Look to figures who found themselves in similar circumstances yet kept their heads.
  34. Andrew Sullivan: We All Live on Campus NowWhen universities embrace an identity-based “social justice” movement, it puts the broader culture in danger of drifting away from liberal democracy.
  35. Andrew Sullivan: When Two Tribes Go to WarIn a tribalized society, there’s no room for an independent inquiry — which is why Republicans are doing all they can to undermine Robert Mueller.
  36. Andrew Sullivan: The Gay Rights Movement Is Undoing Its Best WorkThe rise of Trump is the most obvious answer, but the profound shift in the tone and substance of gay-rights advocacy is having an impact, too.
  37. Andrew Sullivan: #MeToo and the Taboo Topic of NatureThe new breed of feminists — and liberals in general — are going to have to choose between reality and ideology.
  38. Andrew Sullivan: It’s Time to Resist the Excesses of #MeTooHonor complexity. Make meaningful distinctions between offenses. Defend due process, privacy, and sex itself.
  39. Trump’s First Year Has Been a Disaster. Here’s Why I Have Hope.2017 gave us reason to think that might not leave America irrevocably damaged — but we still have a long way to go.
  40. Andrew Sullivan: Putin’s First Year in the White HouseHow successful has the Kremlin’s investment in shaping America’s governance been?
  41. Andrew Sullivan: The Assault on MuellerWe’ve learned a new and sickening thing this month: GOP tribalism demands that the special counsel be aggressively smeared.
  42. Andrew Sullivan: America Is Trapped in Trump’s DelusionsDread the day when reality catches up to us all.
  43. Andrew Sullivan: The Danger of Knowing You’re on the ‘Right Side of History’The bipartisan sexual-abuse reckoning is an opportunity to tear down tribalism as well.
  44. Andrew Sullivan: Hope Arrives in VirginiaThis week’s elections showed that America is deeply polarized — but now Democrats have the edge.
  45. How the Democrats Are Failing the ResistanceA dose of political reality from Virginia.
  46. Andrew Sullivan: The Issue That Could Lose the Next Election for DemocratsThe left increasingly sees any distinction between citizens and noncitizens as racist — and that will only benefit President Trump.
  47. Andrew Sullivan: Trump’s Mindless NihilismAmerica is seeing how dangerous and bankrupt political reactionaries’ politics are. In fact, so is Britain.
  48. Kaepernick’s Message Is Getting Lost — Along With the Facts on Race and PolicingWe must honor the spirit of the protests without losing sight of the underlying statistical reality.
  49. It’s Win-Win When Trump and the Democrats Work TogetherBut the GOP health bill threatens to destroy their fledgling relationship.
  50. Yes, I’m Dependent on WeedAnd perfectly happy to be so.
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