Politics

Explaining Trump, Brexit and Other Expressions of Nationalism

With that context established, his focus is on the here and now and on explaining the current nationalist surge. Such an endeavor always carries a risk: that in seeking to explain a phenomenon, you stray into justifying it. Judis crosses that line more than once. Straining hard to see the world from the point of view of a voter for ...

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Zinke’s Likely Successor Is a Former Oil Lobbyist Who Has Influenced Trump’s Energy Policy

Mr. Bernhardt’s presumed rise to acting secretary echoes the events at the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year. In July, Scott Pruitt, then head of the E.P.A., was forced to step down amid a series of ethics scandals. He was succeeded in an acting capacity by his deputy, Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist with a low professional profile but ...

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In North Carolina, Voting Controversies Are Common. Here’s the Recent History.

In the past decade, North Carolina has been a central battleground for the partisan fight over voting restrictions. Since their takeover of the state’s General Assembly in 2010, Republicans have devised district maps and pushed through voter identification laws that have prompted a series of high-profile court cases. In a state that retained literacy tests until the 1970s, the potential ...

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Two Leading Intellectuals Analyze What Ails America

Certainly, there are reasons this era is different, but blaming a lack of intellectual heft both overemphasizes the importance of intellectuals and largely dismisses a pretty impressive collection of present-day thinkers, including many of the Never-Trumpers calling for a reassertion of conservative values from the right, and scholars of political thought, race and authoritarianism showing courage and fortitude from the ...

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