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Ideas From The Atlantic
A White Man’s Republic, If They Can Keep It (Adam Serwer)
“The census case is not ultimately about administrative procedure; it is, more fundamentally, about whether the Trump administration can use the federal government for the explicit purpose of increasing white political power.” → Read on.
Democrats Are Suddenly Obsessed With the Supreme Court (David A. Graham)
“The appointments of two young, very conservative justices ([Brett] Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch) in Trump’s first two years, and especially the messy fight over Kavanaugh’s confirmation, energized progressives. By September 2018, 81 percent of Democrats named the Court as a very important voting issue, an amazing 19 percent rise from two years earlier.” → Read on.
Too Many People Want to Travel (Annie Lowrey)
“Crowds of Instagrammers caused a public-safety debacle during a California poppy super bloom. An “extreme environmental crisis” fomented a “summer of action” against visitors to the Spanish island of Mallorca. Barcelona and Venice and Reykjavik and Dubrovnik, inundated. Beaches in Thailand and Mexico and the Philippines, destroyed. Natural wonders from the Sierra Nevadas to the Andes, jeopardized. Religious sites from Cambodia to India to Rome, damaged.” → Read on.
What Else We’re Reading
‣ Botched Family Reunifications Left Migrant Children Waiting in Vans Overnight (Jacob Soboroff and Julia Ainsley, NBC News)
‣ A Better Way to Fix the Supreme Court (Matt Ford, The New Republic)
‣ Interior Department Border Deployments Are Mired in Secrecy (Jessica Kutz, High Country News)
‣ What Are Conservatives Actually Debating? (Ross Douthat, The New York Times) (🔒 Paywall)
About us: This newsletter is a daily effort from The Atlantic’s politics writers: Elaine Godfrey, Madeleine Carlisle, and Olivia Paschal. It’s edited by Shan Wang.