(Un)Covering Trump

In the 818 days since the 2016 election, the Washington Post has used the word “unprecedented” in reference to President Donald Trump, or his associates, about 657 times­ — or almost every day.

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ConflictAmanda Ripley
Inequality, Broken Marriages & Donald Trump

“Let it be said at once: Trump’s victory is primarily due to the explosion in economic and territorial inequality in the United States over several decades and the incapacity of successive governments to deal with these.” – Thomas Piketty, economist and author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, in Le Monde on Nov. 15, 2016

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GeneralAmanda Ripley
The 14 y.o. Who Inspired Me to Leave the Country

The boy who inspired me to leave the country was named Wilfried Hounyo. I met him while reporting in DC public schools for Time a few years ago. Wilfried's parents had recently moved him and his four brothers and sisters to the U.S. from Benin, a tiny country in West Africa, so that the children could get a better education and have a brighter future.

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EducationAmanda Ripley
Sports Psychology

If you were an alien tasked with understanding the educational mediocrity of planet Earth’s wealthiest economy, this would have been the perfect week for a reconnaissance mission to America.

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EducationAmanda Ripley
First Day Home

Fourteen years ago, I met Jean Sanders on a sidewalk in Harlem. I was supposed to be writing about Bill Clinton's new office space, but Jean, who had just gotten out of prison, turned out to be more interesting.

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ResilienceAmanda Ripley