President Donald Trump boards Marine One as he departs the White House on January 20. Photo: Eric Thayer/Getty Images

There was no adoring throng of supporters wishing him well from the White House lawn. There were no final goodbye tweets. There was no friendly welcome to the Bidens, no participation in the pageantry of the peaceful democratic transition of power. A president who never called his successor to concede…


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Right before the presidential election, GEN published Rumors of War, a package of stories about what might happen after the election.

The signs and portents of trouble are all around us. We all know and feel like something unusual has been happening in the country these past years, that the…


Joe Biden is 78 years old today. He will be the oldest president ever when he takes office in January. But is 78 actually that old? Will Leitch has some…


Medium in Conversation

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This article is adapted from the first installment of a new live-event series called Medium in Conversation. Ian Bremmer is a New York Times bestselling author and the president of the Eurasia Group, a political risk-analysis firm. Garance Franke-Ruta is the executive editor of GEN. …


I went for a walk midday today and found embedded in a tree an old sign indicating that the area, more than 100 miles from New York City, was “City of New York Water Supply Property.” …


Donald Trump waves as he walks off stage at the end of a rally in Carson City, Nevada. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

If you had asked any disappointed Hillary Clinton voter on January 20, 2017, what they thought the country would look like on the eve of the 2020 election, I think they may have been surprised by the specifics, but not the scale, of the destruction of the country under President…


President Trump has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. So has first lady Melania Trump. It’s not the first time people who work inside the White House have caught the…


Welcome back to Flux, a weekly newsletter from GEN about the powerful forces reshaping America.

What’s in flux?

A strongman versus sanity. But what can a debate actually achieve in the chaos year of 2020?

By releasing his taxes yesterday, Joe Biden signaled that he wanted last night’s debate to be about economic…


Speakers at the Republican National Convention addressed the future of New York City, the national debate over policing and racial justice, and the uproar over the shooting of James Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin—and rolled them all up into an argument for reelecting Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump after delivering his acceptance speech for the Republican Party nomination for reelection on the South Lawn of the White House. Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images.


Welcome back to Flux, a weekly newsletter from GEN about the powerful forces reshaping America. I’m Garance Franke-Ruta, executive editor of GEN.

The essence of propaganda is that it includes just enough truth to make a big lie believable.

This week the conversation about the future of New York City…

Garance Franke-Ruta

Executive Editor, GEN by Medium. Previously: Yahoo News, The Atlantic, The Washington Post. garance-at-medium-dot-com.

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