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At last, a backlash against bad government in Eastern Europe

The Economist · 3 min

CORRUPTION, AUTOCRACY, overbearing government—these were the perils many hoped eastern Europe was escaping when its fledgling democracies joined the European Union in the early 2000s. Instead, the rest of Europe now worries, the eastern members have simply smuggled these vices into the EU.

The Liberal Attack on Government

The Atlantic · 16 min

The left criticized administrative power, and then lost control of both the government and the narrative that surrounded it. About the author: Paul Sabin is a professor of history and American studies at Yale University.

The Kremlin’s Strange Victory

Foreign Affairs · 23 min

Donald Trump wanted his July 2018 meeting in Helsinki with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to evoke memories of the momentous encounters that took place in the 1980s between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.


The Economist · 4 min

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Is Biden Doing Enough to Protect Democracy?

The Atlantic · 8 min

As a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer in the early 2000s, I once received a call from a couple of Republican campaign operatives who said they had something to show me. We met at their office in Washington, D.C., a few days later.

The ballad of the Chowchilla bus kidnapping

Vox · 63 min

In 1976, a school bus carrying 26 children and their driver disappeared from a small California town, capturing the world’s attention. Forty-five years later, we revisit the story.