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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: Greta Thunberg Makes Adults Squirm

    We’re trying something new with The Atlantic’s signature politics newsletter. Comments or questions? Send us an email anytime. Were you forwarded this email? Sign yourself up here. We appreciate your continued support for our journalism. Today in Politics The Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg watches as U.S. President Donald Trump enters the United Nations to speak with reporters. (Andrew Hofstetter / Reuters) Greta Thunberg Brings the Heat This July was the hottest month ever measured for the planet. Greenland, of recent can the U.S. acquire it? fame, is literally falling apart. The latest climate report from a United Nations–led scientific panel has nothing but frightening things to say about land…

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    ‘Howdy, Modi!’ Was a Display of Indian Americans’ Political Power

    HOUSTON, Texas—The morning twilight was still shifting to daylight as throngs of Indians and Indian Americans assembled in a giant parking lot in Sugar Land, Texas, yesterday. A line of 14 buses was waiting to charter them free of charge to Houston’s NRG Stadium, where they would soon catch sight of both Narendra Modi and Donald Trump at “Howdy, Modi!,” the Indian prime minister’s latest address to his supporters in the United States. They’d adorned their bodies in the name of both ancestry and functionality. The spectrum of colors that spanned their saris and kurtas was an homage to their homeland, while others wore jackets despite Houston’s humidity. The latter…

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    Against Washington’s ‘Great Power’ Obsession

    Shortly after signing the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin, a Founder of the republic and America’s first diplomat, famously told his fellow revolutionaries: “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” This week, leaders and diplomats, activists and CEOs from around the world will gather in New York for the annual UN General Assembly. From the halls of the United Nations to the hotels of Midtown Manhattan, the issues on everyone’s lips will be climate change, the trade war, tensions in the Gulf, or any of the world’s conflicts and humanitarian crises. But the question on everyone’s mind will be whether the multilateral system…

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    The Problem With the Whistleblower System

    “I don’t think that [Edward] Snowden was a patriot,” Barack Obama said in 2013 after the former NSA contractor leaked revelations of mass surveillance to a small group of journalists. Obama’s argument then—one that has been made many times since—was that Snowden had legal channels available to him to address his concerns, which would have protected the classified information in his leaks and, by extension, U.S. national security. In particular, Obama said, Snowden could have made use of formal whistleblower procedures within the U.S. government. “I signed an executive order well before Mr. Snowden leaked this information that provided whistleblower protection to the intelligence community,” Obama said. “So there were…

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    We’re Now in the Hot Zone for Impeachment

    Few Democratic leaders have seemed less eager to impeach President Donald Trump than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She’s warned that the public doesn’t want it and the Senate would never go for it. But a rolling series of disclosures may force her to recalculate the politics. A report in the Wall Street Journal today, quickly confirmed by other major outlets, introduced an explosive new twist to a story that already had the trappings of one of the biggest threats yet to Trump’s presidency. The fresh details about Trump’s apparent effort to strong-arm Ukraine into investigating his political rival Joe Biden may have irreversibly pushed the president into the impeachment hot…

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    The Atlantic Daily: Trump at the Modi-eo

    We’re trying something new with The Atlantic’s signature politics newsletter. Comments or questions? Send us an email anytime. Were you forwarded this email? Sign yourself up here. We appreciate your continued support for our journalism. Today in Politics India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs President Donald Trump after giving a joint statement from the Rose Garden on June 26, 2017. (Kevin Lamarque / Reuters) This weekend, Donald Trump will do what he does best: Fire up a crowd at a MAGA (or KAG) rally. But this one is different. Most of the expected 50,000 rallygoers won’t make the trek to see the president of the United States, they’ll be there…

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    DHS Is Finally Going After White Supremacists. It’s Not Going to Be Simple.

    Kevin McAleenan took the El Paso shooting personally. The acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security had visited the city more than a dozen times. He recalled in an interview yesterday that among his first thoughts were the safety of the DHS workforce, which numbers some 4,000 people there, many of them Hispanic. The shooter’s motivation quickly became clear, with 22 people dead in a Walmart and an online manifesto attributed to the shooter citing an “invasion” of immigrants. “This,” McAleenan recalls thinking, “was an attack on all of us, on our family.” Speaking to The Atlantic more than six weeks after the attack, he had an “El Paso…

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    A Step Toward Blowing Up the Presidential Voting System

    The 2016 presidential election pitted the two most disliked candidates in the history of public polling against each other. In the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, millions of Americans found themselves forced to vote for a major-party nominee they plainly couldn’t stand or to risk electing the candidate they hated even more by casting their ballot for a third-party contender. For the first time next November, a slice of the American electorate will have a way out of that lesser-of-two-evils scenario. Under a law set to take effect in 2020, Maine will become the first state to adopt ranked-choice voting in a presidential election—a method in which people…

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    The Atlantic Politics Daily: Just Keep Swimming

    We’re trying something new with The Atlantic’s signature politics newsletter. Comments or questions? Send us an email anytime. Were you forwarded this email? Sign yourself up here. We appreciate your continued support for our journalism. Today in Politics Only one of these candidates remains in the Democratic presidential race. (The Atlantic) Why aren’t the minnows getting winnowed? The realization among some of the Democratic presidential candidates that eh, maybe this isn’t going to work out has led to a great winnowing in recent months (from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York to Washington Governor Jay Inslee to Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, who may have gotten more coverage dropping out…