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Vann R. Newkirk II

Vann R. Newkirk II is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers politics and policy.
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Clinton's Roads to Victory

August 15, 2016 They are the two longest north-south highways in the United States, and main arteries of the Interstate Highway System. Like a massive asphalt river, the I-95 corridor stretches through the eastern seaboard from the Canadian border to Miami, creating the Northeastern megalopolis, connecting the nation’s financial capital with its political...

Medical Marijuana Won’t Become Legal Anytime Soon

August 11, 2016 The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday that it would reject petitions to reschedule marijuana as a Schedule II drug or lower. As a Schedule I drug, marijuana use is strictly prohibited outside of research. A Schedule II classification would have allowed its usage as a federally-approved prescription medical therapy.The rejection,...

America's Cities Fight Trump

July 28, 2016 If nothing else, Donald Trump is a New Yorker. Born in Queens and now a high-rise real-estate tycoon who was regularly the subject of Daily News stories even before his aspirations for political office, Trump is a larger-than-life caricature of New Yorkness. He lives for the city. That naked metropolitanism...

Is Obamacare Becoming the Less Affordable Care Act?

June 15, 2016 A spate of news stories about the undeniable successes of the Affordable Care Act in providing insurance coverage to the vast majority of Americans also underlines one of its core failures: That coverage remains unaffordable for many of those who don’t have employer or public insurance. While a record number...

Puerto Rico’s Dream, Denied

June 14, 2016 Status questions are now settled for Puerto Rico and other United States territories. They will remain congressional dependencies with little to no self-determination—colonies, in effect—until Congress says otherwise, allowing them to become states or become independent. This week, the Supreme Court decided a case involving Puerto Rico’s debt structure and...

Puerto Rico Belongs to Congress

June 10, 2016 Thursday was a big day for Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million citizens. First, a ruling from the Supreme Court established that defendants cannot be tried for the same crime in both federal and Puerto Rican courts. Later, a landslide vote in the House of Representatives in favor of Puerto Rican debt...

Congress' Latest Puerto Rico Bill Just Might Prevent Economic Collapse

May 20, 2016 Late Wednesday evening, the House Committee on Natural Resources introduced a revision of the PROMESA Act (Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act), the latest version of a bill designed to help give Puerto Rico the tools to address its economic crisis and looming humanitarian disaster. The bill will...

Is Puerto Rico a Humanitarian Disaster Waiting to Happen?

May 13, 2016 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico––Elizabeth Claudio pointed to the lone outlet in the wall of her classroom of fourth graders. She complained to Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla that it was the class’s only outlet and that running multiple devices––such as a television, air conditioner, or a fan––would trip the...

Why Zika Needs An Ounce of Prevention

April 29, 2016 In all likelihood, Congress was never all that close to finding a way to push past factional politics and fund efforts to fight Zika. Lawmakers have adjourned for recess after a failure to find common ground on the issue, and as my colleague Nora Kelly notes, the divide comes mostly...

Virginia Governor Ends State's History of Disenfranchisement

April 27, 2016 Over a century ago, Virginia first enshrined felon disenfranchisement in its constitution. A Jim Crow-era provision stated that all people who had been convicted of felonies were barred from voting without first receiving formal restoration of their rights from the state’s governor. Its rationale was explicitly racist. The policy resulted...