Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic

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The Atlantic

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Past articles by M.:

Planned Parenthood Was Always Meant to Be Controversial

Cecile Richards stepped down at a perilous moment for the reproductive-rights movement—but she leaves behind a potent legacy. → Read More

Hillary Clinton's Finger-Pointing Show Will Cost the Democrats

She dismisses those who tell her to step aside, but at this rate she will harm her political future and aid the GOP. → Read More

The High Cost of Free Labor on Capitol Hill

Congress will have to study the effect of this long-standing practice, while renewed attention to the issue is bringing it out of the shadows. → Read More

Why Sexual-Harassment Legislation Stalled in the Senate

Unless reformers can figure out a way to get iron-fisted Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to say “MeToo,” Congress may very well miss its reform moment. → Read More

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up on Gun Reform

If there are any new restrictions on guns, expect them to be minor. → Read More

How Parkland Students Changed the Gun Debate

Possessed of that blend of innocence and savvy peculiar to teenagers, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors indeed have emerged as a rare, perhaps even unique, voice in the dispute over guns. → Read More

Echoes of the Mommy Wars in #MeToo

In many ways, this intra-gender debate feels appropriate, healthy even. But is it inhibiting the movement’s progress? → Read More

Turning the Hill's 'Me Too' Moment Into Legislation

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are attempting to curb sexual harassment in Congress. → Read More

How Trump Made Special Elections Great Again

Off-year contests are often snoozefests, but last year voters turned out in droves. → Read More

What Does 'Sexual Misconduct' Actually Mean?

The almost infinite shades of creepy misbehavior on display are challenging the legal and cultural categories used to describe them. → Read More

Women Exit the Party of Trump

After laboring for years to close the gender gap, GOP strategists are suddenly facing a gender chasm. → Read More

Capitol Hill's Sexual Harassment Problem

Congress has all the necessary elements for a perfect storm of predation. → Read More

Reckoning With a Powerful Man's Bad Behavior

Women who once worked at The New Republic reflect on their experiences with the legendary literary editor who is now facing allegations of workplace “misconduct.” → Read More

Alabama's GOP Primary Is Just a Preview

Despite controlling all three branches of government, Republican voters are still angry with their representation in Congress. → Read More

Alabama's Republican Primary Is Just a Preview

Alabama's Republican Primary Is Just a Preview | RealClearPolitics → Read More

Who Will Lead the Republican Moderates After Charlie Dent?

The retirement of Pennsylvania’s Charlie Dent puts his like-minded colleagues in a tough position. → Read More

The Lawlessness of Roy Moore

The would-be Alabama Senator has made it clear that neither facts nor the law matter to him. → Read More

Cutting Taxes Will Be Harder Than Trump Thinks

Failure is always an option—especially in Congress. → Read More

Trump's Buck Passing on Immigration

The president’s decision to try to shift responsibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to Congress could turn out to be one of his politically shrewder moves. → Read More

Republicans Need a Villain for the Mid-Terms

With the GOP currently running everything, coming up with a suitably electrifying bogeyman could prove challenging. → Read More