How would Obama’s success in online campaigning translate into governing?

The Amazing Money Machine

How Silicon Valley made Barack Obama this year’s hottest start-up

Redeeming Dubya

The national memory often confuses hubris with greatness. That’s good news for George W. Bush.

Conspiracy Theory

Climate-change litigation is heating up. Will the legal strategy that brought down Big Tobacco work against Big Oil?

Mr. Conservative

John McCain hasn’t betrayed conservatism; his party has.

Only Connect

The digital age demands that political candidates be authentic and accessible. But please—hold the carrots.

He’s Not Joking

Al Franken’s political future—and maybe Democratic dominance of the Senate—depends on his ability to keep a (mostly) straight face between now and November.

The Case for Partisanship

Why polarization is good for us

The Atlantic's State of the Union

What, after Iraq, are the problems most urgently confronting us?

Google’s Tar Pit

Can Google “not be evil” and still fend off the government?


Teacher and Apprentice

Hillary Clinton tried to teach Barack Obama about power, but then he got ideas of his own. A story of nasty surprises, dueling war rooms, and the Drudge Report

Goodbye to All That: Why Obama Matters

Is Iraq Vietnam? Who really won in 2000? Which side are you on in the culture wars? These questions have divided the Baby Boomers and distorted our politics. One candidate could transcend them.

Thinking in Real Time

Andrew Sullivan speaks candidly about why he supports Barack Obama, how he became a blogger, and why he's not afraid to change his mind.

A Man for All Reasons

In the debate over the war on terror (and just about everything else, too), neocons and liberals, theocons and Christian pacifists, idealists and realists have all called upon the writings of the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. What does the promiscuous invocation of his work tell us about the man—and about his would-be acolytes?

Commanding Heights

Has presidential power reached its zenith under Bush? Don’t bet on it.

Blue Period

Can the Democrats succeed where Karl Rove failed?

Classify This

The Bush administration’s pathological hiding of information

The Rove Presidency

Karl Rove had the plan, the power, and the historic chance to remake American politics. What went wrong?

Present at the Creation

The only person the speechwriter Michael Gerson made look better than President Bush was Michael Gerson. The shaping of a Washington reputation, as witnessed by a White House colleague

The World According to Rove

Atlantic senior editor Joshua Green discusses Karl Rove's political fantasies and fatal mistakes.


Marriage, Vegas-style; Harry Potter bows out; the United States of Africa

Campaign Seasoning

Why early primaries will make for a better president

Three's Company

Warrior Politics

The U.S. military is becoming more politically assertive. This is not a welcome development.


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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