Running Mate

What role will Hillary’s husband play in the campaign?

Travels With Condi

David Samuels, author of "Grand Illusions," discusses his travels with Condoleezza Rice and her ambitious efforts to secure peace in the Middle East

A Separate Peace

The way to end culture wars is to slug them out state by state.

The Shots Heard 'Round the World

Inside the Bush administration’s steroids scandal

They Won’t Know What Hit Them

The software mogul Tim Gill has a mission: Stop the Rick Santorums of tomorrow before they get started. How a network of gay political donors is stealthily fighting sexual discrimination and reshaping American politics

The Message in the Budget

The alternative minimum tax is a nuisance, but the Bush administration is relying on it to balance the budget.

Presidential Lies

Carl M. Cannon, the author of "Untruth and Consequences," talks about the lies our presidents tell us—and the ones they tell themselves.

Will Moderation Win in 2008?

The Atlantic recently asked a group of political insiders—selected for their campaign experience, political knowledge, and ties to key voting blocs—about the strength of the religious right and the antiwar left.

The Rancor Dividend

The new Democratic Congress just might help the White House mend the country’s broken fiscal policy.

Closing the God Gap

How a pair of Democratic strategists are helping candidates talk about their faith

Surprise Party

Dismayed by the system they helped to create, some veteran political strategists are out to subvert it—and create a better choice for 2008.

Roberts's Rules

In an exclusive interview, Chief Justice John Roberts says that if the Supreme Court is to maintain legitimacy, its justices must start acting more like colleagues and less like prima donnas.

Untruth and Consequences

From Washington to FDR to Nixon, presidents have always lied. Here’s what makes George W. Bush different.

Do Polls Still Work?

The last two elections have left pollsters somewhat bloodied but unbowed

Take Two: Hillary's Choice

How Hillary Clinton turned herself into the consummate Washington player

The Fight to Lose Congress

Some political strategists are hoping for defeat in November

Running for Their Lives

Neglected children, hellish commutes, shrill coworkers, and first pitches at Little League games— why it’s no picnic to be a moderate in the House of Representatives

Catastrophe Management

Michael Chertoff tells Atlantic contributor Stuart Taylor Jr. what it’s like to run the Department of Homeland Security. An edited transcript. (For the full transcript, click here)


The Reverend

Rudolph Giuliani learns to speak “evangelese”—and tests the waters for a presidential bid

All the Presidents’ Doodles

A history in sketches

Ford’s Theater

Can Harold Ford become the first black senator from the old Confederacy since Reconstruction?

Purple Mountains

Could the interior West—long seen as an archetypal red region—be turning blue? The fate of the Republican Party may hinge on the answer

Of Clerks and Perks

Why Supreme Court justices have more free time than ever—and why it should be taken away

The Day After Roe

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, it will set off tectonic shifts in the American political landscape not seen since the civil-rights movement—or perhaps even the Civil War


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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