He doesn’t talk like a revolutionary, but he won’t be satisfied with a placeholder presidency.
Adrienne LaFrance"One of the great failings of the modern Democratic Party is that its technocratic elite often permitted themselves to govern in the realm of abstraction, to construct overly elaborate blueprints." Read @FranklinFoer's latest
This week’s COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations make clear that the U.S. is once again sinking deeper into the pandemic.
Adrienne LaFranceThings are getting worse. Must-read @COVID19Tracking:
⬆️ Spike in cases outpacing increased testing
⬆️ 7-day average case count in Northeast more than doubled in a month
⬆️ Case count up 81 percent Midwest
⬆️ Hospitalizations up in 42 states this week
Polling suggests that the president dealt a severe blow to his reelection chances with his performance in the first debate.
Adrienne LaFrance“When you get Trump only in small doses, it’s possible to overlook his incoherence, to dismiss his espousal of conspiracy theories, or to claim that the media are misrepresenting him... with no commercial breaks, those excuses start to dissolve.”
Adrienne LaFrance🌎 Something very big and very important launching at @TheAtlantic today. Introducing Planet, a new approach to covering climate change that @yayitsrob has been dreaming up for years
America survived one Trump term. It wouldn’t survive a second.
Adrienne LaFrance“The man the Founders dreaded entered the high office they created—and proceeded to abuse that office in just the ways they feared. Now that man is seeking a second term, which would be even more abusive and dangerous.”
Throughout the pandemic, Americans have been tempted to violate public-health experts’ recommendations. The winter holidays might be the strongest temptation yet.
Adrienne LaFranceFor a lot of people, the the answer will be "no, not really." Double Christmas next year instead? Good advice here from @jpinsk for those who feel like skipping the holidays isn't an option
Conservatives are relishing Amy Coney Barrett’s potential Supreme Court appointment, even if it took Trump to get them there.
Adrienne LaFranceHere's a thing @BenSasse told @emmaogreen about Barrett’s confirmation hearings, which begin today: “Right now, I think there are a whole bunch of arsonists in Washington, D.C., who don’t think about the public trust.”
Typically, presidential campaigns are all about noise and change, but Eisenhower instinctively understood how deeply Americans wanted to calm down and get back to normal.
Adrienne LaFrance"As Joe Biden finishes up the last few weeks of his campaign, in a country marred by hyperpartisanship and disorder, he could do worse than to study the quiet way Eisenhower helped his party to win."
The American poet, who was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, examines our compulsion to tell the same stories, again and again.
Adrienne LaFranceThe best essay I have read about Louise Glück, by the great Walt Hunter. One striking aspect of her genius is this: "beginning with optimism despite the knowledge of the sadness to come"
Fears from the summer appear to have been overblown.
Adrienne LaFrance“One might argue, again, that any risk is too great, and that schools must be completely safe before local governments move to reopen them. But this approach ignores the enormous costs to children from closed schools.”
Talking and reading too much about politics could damage your well-being and your relationships.
Adrienne LaFrance“Those watching the most partisan television news sources—on both the left and the right—were often less knowledgeable about world events than those who consumed no news at all...”