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Past articles by Yoni:

Moderate Republicans Can Save America

A tectonic demographic shift is under way. Can the country hold together? → Read More

Impeach Donald Trump

Starting the process will rein in a president who is undermining American ideals—and bring the debate about his fitness for office into Congress, where it belongs. → Read More

Americans Aren’t Practicing Democracy Anymore

As participation in civic life has dwindled, so has public faith in the country’s system of government. → Read More

Which America Is Trump Celebrating?

Here’s the thing about the pilgrimages that championship sports teams make to the White House each year. It’s a tradition rooted in efforts to achieve national unity. Like the broader American project, at their best these visits promote an expansive vision of America, a diverse society finding commonality in shared symbols and common rituals. But the first such visit was rooted in a very… → Read More

The Banality of White Nationalism

The existence of extremists like Tony Hovater doesn’t require extraordinary explanations—they stand in a long American tradition. → Read More

Take the Confederate Statues Down

A multi-ethnic democracy requires grappling honestly with the past—and recognizing the symbols of the Confederacy for what they are. → Read More

A Scout Is Trustworthy—but Is the President?

President Trump claims a top Scout official told him his “was the greatest speech that was ever made to them.” The Scouts deny the call was made. → Read More

Trump's Revealing Mistake at the Boy Scout Jamboree

The president addressed the quadrennial gathering like a campaign rally—talking to a group devoted to service as if it valued self interest. → Read More

Is Big Philanthropy Compatible With Democracy?

A Stanford professor argues that it’s largely not—but that it could be reformed to promote equality, rather than undermine it. → Read More

Memo to Trump: This Is Why You're Losing

Why the president, who appears allergic to the logic of bureaucracy, keeps getting defeated by that humblest of technologies, the office memorandum → Read More

Trump’s Ignorance Won’t Save Him

If the president obstructed justice, inexperience will not work as a defense. → Read More

Comey Fulfills His Duty to Correct

It’s the principle that may have cost Clinton the election and Comey his job—and now it’s costing Trump. → Read More

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

A White House statement said he acted on the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general. → Read More

Why Was There a Civil War?

Some issues aren’t amenable to deal-making; some principles don’t lend themselves to compromise. → Read More

Rumana Ahmed and the Weekly Standard

The National Security Council staffer, who explained her decision to resign in The Atlantic, was not a political appointee. → Read More

The Ingenious Marketing Strategies Behind Trump's Success

A conversation with a longtime media and advertising executive about how the president-elect sold himself to the public. → Read More

Donald Trump's Case for 'Honest Graft'

The president-elect’s insistence that the public interest and his private interests are aligned recalls the creed of Tammany Hall. → Read More

Three Things Donald Trump Might Mean When He Says the Election is 'Rigged'

Two ways he uses the charge are absurd. The third is absurdly dangerous. → Read More

Donald Trump Says He'd Put Hillary Clinton in Jail. That Violates the Basic Principles of Democracy.

A candidate who accepted the nomination to chants of “Lock her up!” crosses a dangerous line. → Read More

Donald Trump Is No Moral Exemplar—He's a Champion

The conservative, Christian voters backing the Republican nominee are looking for someone who can defend them, not someone who embodies their values. → Read More