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Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
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Can Clinton Reconstruct Trump Supporters' Hope?

April 1, 2016 Hillary Clinton will soon face the strangest general-election campaign in modern American history. In a conventional sense, it’s the easiest. That’s because her likely opponent, Donald Trump, is almost certainly too unpopular to win. A full two-thirds of Americans view him unfavorably. To be sure, Clinton’s unfavorability rating is high...

What Trump Got Right About Brussels

March 23, 2016 Right after the attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, Donald Trump did something bizarre. He spoke the truth. Appearing on Fox and Friends, the GOP presidential frontrunner declared that, “This all happened because frankly there is no assimilation.” OK, Trump’s comment wasn’t entirely true. The attacks are also likely related to...

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Should Learn These Lessons From Belgium

March 23, 2016 Right after the attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, Donald Trump did something bizarre. He spoke the truth. Appearing on Fox and Friends, the GOP presidential frontrunner declared that, “This all happened because frankly there is no assimilation.” OK, Trump’s comment wasn’t entirely true. The attacks are also likely related to...

Hillary Clinton's Long Career as an Insider

February 12, 2016 Some commentators think Hillary Clinton’s problem in wooing the progressive young is her lack of authenticity. I disagree. In the way she talks about political change, Clinton is entirely authentic. She believes in working inside the system for incremental change. She always has. Were Hillary Clinton a college student today,...

Why Attacking ISIS Won't Make Americans Safer

February 4, 2016 For close to a decade, the trauma of the Iraq War left Americans wary of launching new wars in the Middle East. That caution is largely gone. Most of the leading presidential candidates demand that the United States escalate its air war in Iraq and Syria, send additional Special Forces,...

The Republican Conflation of ISIS and Immigration

January 29, 2016 You can learn a lot from the words politicians use, and even more from the words they don’t. At last night’s Republican debate, candidates and moderators mentioned “immigration” 27 times. No surprise there. It may the single biggest issue in the GOP race. The word “Mexican,” however, wasn’t mentioned once,...

When It Comes to Iran, Bernie Sanders Is Less Naive Than You Might Think

January 26, 2016 In the final days before she and Bernie Sanders face the voters of Iowa, Hillary Clinton is leveling the same attack she leveled against Barack Obama. She’s saying that on foreign policy, she’s the only adult in the race. In their January 17 debate, Sanders declared that, “What we’ve got...

Swooning for Saudi Arabia

January 5, 2016 Once upon a time, Republican leaders said the United States should push the Middle East toward democracy because Arab dictators were breeding Arab terrorists. Not anymore. In the party George W. Bush once ran, his fight-terrorism-with-democratization thesis has been largely orphaned. The new buzzword is “stability.” Donald Trump publicly bemoans...

On Terrorism, Obama's Break from Bush-Era Thinking Unsettles GOP

December 7, 2015 At the core of Barack Obama’s terrorism speech on Sunday night lay a contradiction. He gave the address to convince an increasingly fearful nation that he takes the terrorist threat seriously. But he doesn’t, at least not in the way his political opponents do. For George W. Bush, the fight...

Why Obama Is Standing by the Syrian Refugees

November 23, 2015 Once upon a time, liberals criticized Barack Obama for only taking on fights he knew he could win. Not anymore. In 2013, Obama responded to the Sandy Hook shooting with a fervent, if unsuccessful, push for gun control. Now, over the past week, he’s met the nativist hysteria sparked by...