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    Why Joe Biden Might Be the Best Bet to Beat TrumpHe can run on a platform deeply informed by the left’s ideas, without the baggage of wokeness or socialism. And he flummoxes the president.
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    Andrew Sullivan: The Appeasement of Donald TrumpThe angry king is banking every concession and, empowered and emboldened, getting more aggressive and more power hungry.
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    Sullivan: There Was No Russia Conspiracy. But Trump Is More Dangerous Than Ever.The Mueller report reveals a man who is a constant threat to the rule of law. Impeachment is the only answer.
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    Andrew Sullivan: The Opportunity of White AnxietyThe answer to the disturbing rise of far-right politics might lie in a new liberal politics that recognizes the legitimacy of some conservative fears.
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    Is Pete Buttigieg a Transformational Candidate?There are signs that he could change American politics. There are also a lot of open questions.
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    Why the Mueller Summary Is a Big Win for AmericaLet’s count all the ways we got lucky and dodged disastrous scenarios.
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    Andrew Sullivan: Trump Is a Massive Failure — and Getting Exactly What He WantsAt the level of governance, he’s a catastrophe. But meanwhile he keeps tightening his grasp on the country.
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    How Should We Talk About the Israel Lobby’s Power?Representative Ilhan Omar failed to address it effectively. But it’s a legitimately difficult thing to do.
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    Andrew Sullivan: A Radically Moderate Answer to Climate ChangeSometimes moderation isn’t just the mushy middle between two extremes; it’s a form of pragmatic and even revolutionary imagination.
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    Andrew Sullivan: The Corruption of the Vatican’s Gay Elite Has Been ExposedA jaw-dropping new book destroys the remains of the Vatican’s moral authority.
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    Andrew Sullivan: New Hope and New Danger on the LeftAs a tide of youthful energy pulls Democrats to the left, they should pay close attention to the successes and failures of Britain’s Labour Party.
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    Andrew Sullivan: The Nature of SexThere are enormous dangers in trying to legislate away the differences between social constructs and biological realities on the question of gender.
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    Andrew Sullivan: The Abyss of Hate Versus HateAfter the Covington debacle, it is clearer than ever: Liberal democracy is being dismantled before our eyes — by all of us.
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    Andrew Sullivan: Welcome to Act III of the Trump TragedyThreatening the unnecessary use of emergency powers to accomplish a trivial political goal marks a new phase in America’s anti-democratic spiral.
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    Andrew Sullivan: The Establishment Will Never Say No to a WarKeep that in mind when listening to the many defenders of the shadowy and unconstitutional occupation in Syria and the endless slog in Afghanistan.
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    Theresa May Might Be the Most Important Person in the World Right NowUnder ridiculous conditions, she’s trying to find a way to keep the U.K. — and perhaps all of Europe — from spinning off into populist chaos.
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    Andrew Sullivan: America’s New ReligionsPolitical cults are increasingly filling the empty space in our lives left by the decline of organized faiths.
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    The Right’s Climate Change ShameRepublicans are out of arguments, and the Earth is out of time.
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    Andrew Sullivan: What Happens If Americans Stop Trusting the System?Our fractured politics — and growing distrust by many of key institutions — suggest a burgeoning national crisis of political legitimacy.
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  32. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Andrew Sullivan: Why We Should Say Yes to DrugsOur society is starved for compassion, gratitude, spirituality, and connection. Psychedelics can help.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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).
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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