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Elaine Godfrey


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is questioned by reporters at the Capitol about rising tensions between Iran and the Trump administration. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

Ideas From The Atlantic

How Harvard Should Handle the Kyle Kashuv Mess (Conor Friedersdorf)

“Harvard might conserve the valuable stigma that the college and its defenders want attached to racial slurs, while still alleviating the concerns of its critics, by affirming its desire for ideological diversity among its undergraduates and pledging to replace Kashuv with an openly conservative wait-listed applicant.” → Read on.

Trump’s Sinister Assault on Truth (Peter Wehner)

“Many other presidents have been viewed as divisive figures, but none have taken as much delight as Trump in provoking acrimony, malice, and bitterness for their own sake; in turning Americans against one another in order to turn them against one another. He seems to find psychic satisfaction in doing so.” → Read on.

Birth Is Not the Finish Line (Belle Boggs)

“As the anti-abortion movement poses the question of fetal personhood, deciding what to do with our embryos has been instructive to me in thinking it through. Leaving those vials in the freezer would be unthinkable if a 0.1-millimeter embryo, or a pea-size fetus, was truly a child. Instinctively, though, we know otherwise.” → Read on.

Julián Castro Wants to Hold Police Accountable (Adam Serwer)

“The former secretary of housing and urban development under President Barack Obama and former mayor of San Antonio, has put forth perhaps the most ambitious immigration and police-reform plans in the Democratic primary.” → Read on.

What Else We’re Reading

‘Crickets. They’re Gone’: Why the Mercers, Trump’s Biggest 2016 Backers, Have Bailed on Him (Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair)

Cities Start to Question an American Ideal: A House With a Yard on Every Lot (Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui, The New York Times) (🔒 Paywall)

McConnell’s Blockade of House Legislation Is About to Face Its Toughest Test (Ronald Brownstein, CNN)

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