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The Atlantic
115 min read

Trump’s Interests vs. America’s, Pensions Edition

Though much of the focus on President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest has gone to whether his hotels around the world violate the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause, there is an additional clause that the president’s ownership of the Trump Organization may violate: the domestic emoluments clause, which holds that the president “shall not receive ... any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them,” aside from his official salary. Through Trump has renounced that official salary, there appear to be ways he could make money from sources through his business empire; for exam
13 min read

Breitbart News, Donald Trump’s Pravda, Is in Crisis

Earlier this year, reporter Lee Stranahan was in the White House press room when another journalist asked him which outlet he worked for. “Breitbart News,” Stranahan answered, recalling the exchange in a recent phone conversation. The other journalist laughed, thinking this had to be a joke. Breitbart, after all, was largely known, whether justly or not, as a hothouse where the alt-right tended to its most outlandish, paranoid creations: Clinton conspiracy theories, anti-immigrant fearmongering, garden-variety misogyny. One of its story tags was “black crime.” The tag is no longer used, yet it
New York Magazine
5 min read

Deluded Social Darwinist

LAST WEEK, DONALD Trump appeared before a rally in Iowa, where he regaled a crowd of supporters with stories of the great wealth of his inner circle of advisers. “When you get the president—this is the president of Goldman Sachs—smart!—having him represent us, he went from massive paydays to peanuts!” he boasted. The crowd applauded, as people passionate enough about a politician to attend a rally are wont to do. But the thing about Trump’s core supporters is that Trump doesn’t have enough of them. To win the election, he had to pry away some former Obama voters in the Midwest, and he did it
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From the Editors

Nuanced perspective…

William D. Cohan uniquely sees both sides of the stock market: As a former investment banker and respected financial journalist who has frequently criticized the excesses of Wall Street, he nonetheless believes in the necessity of the institutions for a well-functioning society. It’s a fascinating and nuanced read that does a great job of countering the current waves of contempt without implying that the finance sector should have a free pass.