On today's Bulwark Podcast, McKay Coppins from The Atlantic joins host Charlie Sykes to breakdown Thursday's Democratic debate, and his recent Atlantic cover story "The Heir" about the fight for the future of the Trump dynasty.
Is the divorce rate rising or dropping? What about the number of teen pregnancies? Or single-parent homes?
McKay Coppins"Nearly 9 in 10 U.S. adults are unaware that the divorce rate is dropping. More than three-quarters incorrectly assume that more teens are having sex today than 10 years ago. Sixty-one percent don’t know that fewer babies are born out of wedlock."
The marriage had long ago unraveled; the only question was when Trump would tweet the divorce.
McKay Coppins“Those who work for President Donald Trump understand the basic bargain. They stay in the job only so long as Trump wants them around, and when he doesn’t, they’re liable to be booted in humiliating fashion.” Read @PeterAtlantic
When the terrorist attacks happened, trivial decisions spared people’s lives—or sealed their fate.
McKay Coppins"These mundane choices, travel schedules, and breaks in routine that dictated whether someone lived or died on 9/11 belie the structure and order we try so hard to give to our lives," writes @vermontgmg.
McKay Coppins@TheAtlantic The Trumps have labored to project an image of unity. But over the past several months, I spoke with dozens of people close to the First Family. The power struggle they described is marked by old grievances, petty rivalries—and deceptively high stakes.
McKay Coppins@TheAtlantic Trump always saw Ivanka as his heir. But Don Jr. is the one who's emerged as a MAGA celebrity. As the two jockeyed for power, tensions within the family sharpened. (I'll post details from the story in this thread later. In the meantime, please read!)
McKay CoppinsYesterday, @TheAtlantic launched a new online subscription model. If you want to continue to support a magazine that has published Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf (and, uh, me), please subscribe!
Tomorrow’s wars will be faster, more high-tech, and less human than ever before. Welcome to a new era of machine-driven warfare.
McKay Coppins"When you’re dealing [with war] at machine speed, at what point is the human an impediment?” The Pentagon is developing machines capable of autonomously deciding to kill. Should they be allowed to? @ZachFB's story
Electability is king in the 2020 Democratic primary as voters are choosing candidates they think their fellow citizens would support—not the ones they actually like best.
McKay Coppins“I like the other platforms better, but I think [Biden's] the only one the middle of the country might vote for. I usually vote for the person I want. But this year I’m going to be more thoughtful. I look at polls.”
McKay CoppinsI had no idea Yang was polling ahead of Booker, Beto, Castro, etc., which I guess sort of confirms the thesis. (Though when you're at 2.5% nationally I'm not sure you can complain *that* much about a lack of coverage.)