War with Iran would repeat the mistakes of the Iraq War, only on a much bigger scale: without allies, without justification, and without any plan at all.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Compared with the accelerating drive to confront Iran, the Iraq War looks like a masterpiece of meticulous preparation." @davidfrum supported the Iraq War, but he argues war with Iran would be a disaster
Special Counsel Robert Mueller objected that the attorney general was mischaracterizing his investigation, but by then it was too late.
The Atlantic: Ideas"By the time anyone outside the Justice Department saw the Mueller report, they’d already been exposed to Barr’s misleading letter and press conference." @GrahamDavidA argues Barr misled the public—and it worked.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Liberals must recognize that many Americans define 'fairness' in terms other than aid to the neediest—and should craft their messages for 2020 accordingly." @DanMeeganJr on why conservatives hate Elizabeth Warren's loan-debt relief plan
The Canadian prime minister faces a political crisis of his own making.
The Atlantic: Ideas"There were always two cracks visible in the face Trudeau presented to the world," argues @davidfrum. "Together, those two fault lines create a dangerous formula for bad decision making in times of crisis."
After a celebrated rapper is murdered, some admirers turn to wild theories, because the reality is too hard to face.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Hussle wanted to show members of a vulnerable community that he genuinely cared about their well-being," argues @jemelehill, "so that maybe some of them wouldn’t feel the need to resort to their worst instincts."
The parents indicted in the college-admissions scandal were responding to a changing America, with rage at being robbed of what they believed was rightfully theirs.
The Atlantic: Ideas"These parents are furious that what once belonged to them has been taken away ... The changed admissions landscape at the elite colleges is the aspect of American life that doesn’t feel right to them," argues @CaitlinPacific
The Atlantic: Ideas"It would be absurd to blame any anti-racist New York City cosmopolitan for an ethno-fascist’s decision to murder Muslims in a gambit to start a race war," argues @conor64. "The choice to blame Chelsea Clinton is particularly silly."
The terrorist attacks on mosques in New Zealand bring to mind Martin Luther King Jr.’s response to white-supremacist murders.
The Atlantic: Ideas"They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers.” @conor64 remembers Martin Luther King Jr.'s response to a white-supremacist attack
It was anti-Semitic then, and it’s anti-Semitic now.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Representative Omar is repeating some of the ugliest stereotypes about Jews ... She is casting Jewish Americans as the other, suggesting a dual loyalty that calls our devotion to America into question," argues @RahmEmanuel
If we are going to fund a Green New Deal, we need to acknowledge how the original actually worked.
The Atlantic: Ideas"What was the original New Deal about, again? Most kids are taught that it was a decidedly left-wing project ... But the high-school narrative is not quite right," argues @louishyman
His national-emergency declaration is setting a precedent that all Americans, but conservative Americans in particular, will long regret.
The Atlantic: Ideas"This is a moment of extreme national cowardice ... A precedent has been established that all Americans, but conservative Americans in particular, will long regret." @NoahCRothman on Trump's national-emergency declaration
I’m more willing to listen to those I once thought didn’t have much to teach me.
The Atlantic: Ideas"The main thing I’ve gained in unfastening myself from the GOP is critical distance and detachment ... One can see certain things from outside the silo that one cannot see within it," argues @Peter_Wehner.
Court stenographers often misunderstand Black English, and their mistakes could affect people’s lives at crucial junctures.
The Atlantic: Ideas"27 Philadelphia stenographers, presented with recordings of Black English grammatical patterns, made transcription errors on average in two out of every five sentences ... The Black English gap, as one might call it, matters." @JohnMcWhorter explains why
The public doesn’t want it. Congress won’t authorize it. So why is the Trump administration declaring it an option?
The Atlantic: Ideas"If the Trump administration unilaterally wages war in Venezuela, violating the separation of powers in the Constitution—a document that the president is sworn to protect and defend—the House should move to impeach the president," argues @conor64
The tradition has mutated into something bigger, dumber, and more dysfunctional than the Framers ever could have imagined.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Ours is an era in which pretty much everyone participates in pretty much every political discussion, pretty much all day, pretty much everywhere ... In such an environment, we need less pageantry, not more," argues @DanFosterType
It’s not how hard immigrants work that determines whether they are incorporated into the mainstream or consigned to the margins of American society.
The Atlantic: Ideas"The difficulty is that it’s not how hard one works at assimilation that determines whether one is incorporated into the mainstream or the margins of American society," argues @reihan