Slow-walking or flat-out disobeying Trump’s fleeting obsessions has become common practice across various sectors of government.
Elaina PlottI’d always wondered what happened after the president issued a fly-by directive, whether at a press conference or on Twitter, once the initial frenzy died down. Turns out, in a lot of instances, nothing
Elaina PlottSix days later, the FBI finally responded to my query about whether they're "reviewing" the Jussie Smollett case as President Trump claimed they were: "The FBI declines to comment." Backstory
The president plans to use his trade war with China to attack the Democratic front-runner.
Elaina PlottNews: Trump's campaign is prepping to use Biden's trade record as newest line of attack—and a senior campaign official tells me they sincerely hope a trade deal with China doesn't happen. “The fight is more important than the resolution."
The firebrand writer died unexpectedly over the weekend at the age of 37.
Elaina Plott"Evans did not lead a denomination or a movement or even a church, but she did invite people to come along as she worked through her relationship with Jesus." @emmaogreen on Rachel Held Evans
Should Biden remain atop the 2020 field, Donald Trump and his allies may attack the former vice president’s family.
Elaina Plott"As they weigh Biden’s weaknesses, some in Trump’s orbit plan to zero in on the candidate’s only living son, Hunter, a move that will almost certainly spark a backlash." @PeterAtlantic scoops Trump's strategy against Biden
In a time of outsider politics, can the ultimate insider resurrect his family’s brand?
Elaina PlottIn my second print piece for @TheAtlantic, I profiled George P. Bush, the scion moving to claim his title as the future of the GOP
Elaina PlottGeorge P. Bush is running. For what? Probably governor of Texas. When? It’s too soon to say. But he’s betting that a “renaissance of classical conservatism” can soon steer Republicans back to mainstream political favor.
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.
Elaina Plott“That so many of them were (literal) limousine liberals lent the meetings an element of radical chic. They were down for the revolution, but there was no way *their* kid was going to settle for Lehigh.” Everything @CaitlinPacific writes, sings
Elaina Plottwriting for @TheAtlantic is the best because I get to claim people like @CaitlinPacific as colleagues but it's also the worst because fuuuuuck I will never be able to write like this
Republican lawmakers and strategists fear that the president would be fixating on the wrong message at the wrong time.
Elaina PlottNEW: Trump wants investigations into the collusion narrative's origins. “Goddamn right he [does]," Giuliani said. "This is not ‘Oh, gee, it’s over, let’s forget about it.’” Meanwhile, congressional Republicans and strategists are urging him to move on
Elaina PlottSource says RNC and America First are prepared to attack reporters. “Any reporter who tries [to attack Trump] will be hit with 30-second spots of all their ridiculous claims about collusion. Their tweets have all been screencapped. It’s all ready to go.”
Elaina PlottOn PARDONS: Giuliani says “Flynn is a very sympathetic case, and in some ways [former Trump campaign chairman Paul] Manafort is, because he’s already spent a year in jail.” It's always "really bothered" Trump that Manafort was in solitary confinement