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A sign reading “Extraterrestrial Highway” stands along the road in Rachel, Nevada.


Ideas From The Atlantic

Only the Right Can Defeat White Nationalism (Adam Serwer)

“White nationalism is a far greater threat to American democracy than jihadism, and always has been. But there are actually two challenges posed by white nationalism: One is the threat posed to American communities by attacks like the one in El Paso, which law enforcement can and should prevent. The other is the threat the ideology the attackers support poses to American democracy, which can be defeated only through politics, and only by the American people themselves.” → Read on.

They Just Wanted to Entertain (Brian Rosenwald)

“No one set out to turn the airwaves into a political weapon—much less deputize talk-radio hosts as the ideological enforcers of a major American political party. Instead the story of how the GOP establishment lost its power over the Republican message—and eventually the party itself—begins with frantic AM radio executives and a former Top 40 disc jockey, Rush Limbaugh.” → Read on.

The Most Powerful Member of the Ruling Class (Conor Friedersdorf)

“The greatest trick the president and elites who support him ever pulled was convincing a large swath of the American public that they aren’t members of the ruling class.” → Read on.

No More Corporate Lawyers on the Federal Bench (Brian Fallon and Christopher Kang)

“If Democrats hope to reverse Trump’s success in seeding the federal judiciary with extreme ideologues, they need to do more than nominate and confirm judges swiftly. They need to start nominating a whole different kind of judge.” → Read on.


What Else We’re Reading

Sean Spicer to compete on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ (Quint Forgey, Politico)

The summer of Elizabeth Warren (Julia Ioffe, GQ) (🔒Paywall)

Bernie Sanders wanted to play softball with the press. But his campaign got in the way. (Ruby Cramer, BuzzFeed News)


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