As the president delivers his State of the Union address to Congress tonight, we, too, pause to ponder where we stand at this complicated juncture in American public life. Today, we’ve three stories: One written long before Trump became president and attempting to capture his appeal to his voters; one contemplating the future of liberalism as so much of the progressive left grows more radical; and one recalling the shameful saga of Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin.

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Left Behind

As progressive movements move toward radical positions, will liberal youth stay away?

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The Ballad of Huma and Bad, Bad Anthony Weiner

‘Weiner’ is an intimate, unflinching documentary about the former congressman’s doomed 2013 mayoral run, and the people who stuck with him through his Trumpian circus act

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Trump and the Joys of Hatred

Explaining the nihilist candidate’s brutish appeal

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