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Conor Friedersdorf

Conor Friedersdorf

Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.
Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.
Management

A Once Unthinkable Proposal for Refugee Camps

A political scientist has suggested closed camps on Western soil. Only the awfulness of the status quo makes it worth considering.

Management

Why Did the Border Patrol Union Switch Its Position on the Wall?

The NBPC once opposed “wasting taxpayer money on building fences and walls along the border.”

Oversight

Analysis: Oversight Is the Biggest Winner of the Midterm Elections

The Democratic victory in the House provides an opportunity to drain the swamp, after two years of willful Republican cover for dodgy behavior.

Defense

The American Who Says He’s Been the Target of Five Air Strikes

A federal judge is allowing his suit to proceed, finding that his “interest in avoiding the erroneous deprivation of his life is uniquely compelling.”

Management

What the New JFK Papers Will Reveal About Excessive Secrecy

How many of the documents being released a half century after his assassination could’ve been made public a decade or two ago without harming the public?

Defense

Analysis: Giving the Deep State More Leeway to Kill With Drones

President Trump is poised to compound the most grave moral failing of his predecessor by making targeted killings less safe, less legal, and less rare.

Defense

Trump Shows the Flaws of NSA Surveillance

His call for Russian hackers to break into Hillary Clinton’s email validate the worst suspicions of security-state critics.

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Defense

John Kerry: "We Are Not Frozen in a Nightmare"

Defending the Obama Administration’s geopolitical record, the secretary of state laid out a vision of an America that is globalist, engaged, and deeply interventionist.

Defense

The Senate's Anti-Encryption Bill Could Become a Problem

A newly proposed anti-encryption bill would put every American at greater risk from foreign governments, hackers, and President Trump.

Defense

Explosions Hit Brussels Airport and Metro Station, Killing at Least 26

U.S. Embassy in Brussels asks American citizens to shelter in place and avoid public transportation.

Defense

The Obama Administration's Drone-Strike Dissembling

Debunking John Brennan’s claim that “the president requires near-certainty of no collateral damage” to allow a drone killing to go forward.

Defense

The Rise of Federal Surveillance Drones in the U.S.

A lot of government agencies are exercising their ability to look down on ordinary citizens.

Oversight

Will Conservatives Mount a Third-Party Challenge If Trump Is the Nominee?

Doing so would hobble the billionaire’s ability to take the White House—making it the most potent piece of leverage left to conservatives.

Management

Reciprocal Drug Approval Between the FDA and Europe Surfaces in the Presidential Race

Ted Cruz and his Senate colleague, Mike Lee, want Americans to be able to buy drugs that have been approved by other developed countries.

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Management

Ben Carson Wants to Intensify the War on Drugs

The retired neurosurgeon is as prohibitionist as anyone running for presidency this cycle—and the reasoning he offers is surprisingly weak.

Management

Is There Enough Evidence For a Criminal Investigation Into Hillary Clinton's Email?

The situation shows the dysfunction of our system for classifying documents and prosecuting leaks.

Defense

When Security Screening Crosses the Line

A screener at the Denver airport allegedly conspired to grope the genitals of male passengers he found attractive

State & Local

Utah May Bring Back the Firing Squad to Kill Death-Row Inmates

The executions of death-row inmates would be barbaric, but perhaps preferable to lethal injections.

State & Local

Can California Textbooks Criticize Slave Traders?

A quirk in the Golden State's anti-discrimination law

Oversight

The CIA's Most Important Overseer Is Abetting Its Torture Coverup

Senator Richard Burr now leads the Senate committee charged with keeping tabs on the spy agency. But he's behaving more like a CIA asset.