Amid a convulsive week in American politics, at one of the darkest rallies Donald Trump has ever held, his base showed up in force to tell the president he’s done nothing wrong.
Elaina Plott"Trump’s coarsening of political debate always leads to the same question: Did he go so far as to alienate even some of his own supporters? Did his blowing past the boundaries of acceptable discourse render him unelectable?" Read @PeterAtlantic
Inside the president’s orbit, the gravity of the accusations against him no longer seems to register.
Elaina PlottMy latest: Trump Allies’ Radical Indifference to a Sexual-Assault Allegation
Elaina PlottFor current and former officials, the increase in the number of women seemed to mirror the increase in their indifference. Another accusation, they seemed to say, was like another dollop of numbing cream.
Elaina Plott“Like, what are you gonna do?” the official said. “This is the guy you got.”
Changes in the makeup of the Domestic Policy Council have already had broad national effects.
Elaina PlottNew: My and @PeterAtlantic’s deep dive on how policy *actually* gets made in the Trump era. While Trump and Kushner focus on “shiny objects,” as policy staffers put it, Mulvaney’s team is quietly bringing deeply conservative policies to life
An inquiry into a few fundamental questions: How
did spaghetti and meatballs, a dish no Italian recognizes, become so popular
here? What makes some brands of pasta much better than others? What's so special
about fresh pasta? What do...
Elaina PlottIt can’t be, I thought when @JeffreyGoldberg first told me, that we once ran a cover story about...pasta. Just pasta. “But what was the *story*?” I asked. “It was pasta,” he said. “The story was pasta.” It appears this was in fact the case
When did we lose the ability to interpret the signs of a girl in bad trouble?
Elaina Plott"Maybe she had gained...the impression that the she lives in a society where the center holds, and where promising girls are not left to drift so far beyond the shoreline that no one feels impelled to consider a rescue." Always read @CaitlinPacific
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