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The Atlantic Daily: 'The Degradation of Our Politics'

Senator Jeff Flake’s critique, the threats facing liberal democracy, what climate change means for New York City, and more
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Senate Defections: Jeff Flake, the senator from Arizona, announced he won’t run for reelection next year in a speech that condemned “the degradation of our politics” and “the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals” by President Trump. Read the full transcript of the senator’s remarks here. Flake’s criticism echoes that of fellow Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has been vocal in his disapproval of the president since he announced his retirement last month—and who now says he won’t support Trump for reelection in 2020, describing him as “an utterly untruthful president.”

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