The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: A Sign of The Times



Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, NC, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast. (Chuck Burton / AP)

What We’re Reading

An Appalachian Democrat: In Virginia’s conservative 9th congressional district, Anthony Flaccavento, an organic farmer, is mounting a left-wing challenge against the Tea Party incumbent. Can he win? (Sarah Jones, The New Republic)

The Senate Could Flip: Democrats now have a serious, if surprising, shot at gaining control of the upper chamber, argues Stuart Rothenberg. (Roll Call)

Catalyst for Change: Sohrab Ahmari argues that the fatal shooting of Botham Shem Jean last week should spur conservatives to rethink their attitudes toward race and policing in America: “[C]onservatives should be a little less quick to insist that we don’t have systemic problems,” he writes. (Commentary)

No Quick Fix: Americans like to think that jobs are the solution to poverty. But what if those jobs don’t pay enough to live on? (Matthew Desmond, The New York Times)


One Year Later: Watch what Puerto Ricans have to say about the government’s response to Hurricane Maria in this video from The Washington Post. Spoiler: it’s not good.

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Olivia Paschal is an editorial fellow at The Atlantic.

Elaine Godfrey is an assistant editor at The Atlantic.

Madeleine Carlisle is an editorial fellow at The Atlantic.


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