After Roe

Jeffrey Rosen, the author of the June cover story, on what Roe v. Wade has done to the country, and what might happen without it

The Man With the Golden Phone

Before Mark Warner was a politician, he was a wildly successful entrepreneur—and his success as a huckster shows why he may be a formidable challenger for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination

Who Has Bush's Ear?

The Atlantic recently asked members of Congress about their perceptions of influence in the White House

Telephone Surveillance Permission Form

Humor by Bruce McCall


The national divide over gay marriage is a recipe for legal confusion—but we should learn to live with it

Gingrich's Long Game

The former speaker of the House is looking for a second act. Will he get it?

Jock Itch

Lynn Swann's run for governor shows why political pros are big fans of star athletes

Big Brother Is Listening

The NSA has the ability to eavesdrop on your communications—landlines, cell phones, e-mails, BlackBerry messages, Internet searches, and more—with ease. What happens when the technology of espionage outstrips the law’s ability to protect ordinary citizens from it?

Schools for Scandal

Republicans might—or might not—want to look backward for lessons on handling life under a cloud

The Six-Year Itch

Whose Court Is It Really?

John Roberts is the new chief justice, but the Supreme Court isn't his to lead just yet

Company, Left

There's something different about the latest crop of military veterans running for Congress

Our Faith-Based Future

The White House remains unperturbed by the growing prospect of economic calamity

Disasters and the Deficit

Things Left Undone

Why has an administration that talks so much about homeland security been so unable to secure the homeland?

What Would Zimbabwe Do?

"Comparativism"—using foreign legal rulings to help interpret the Constitution—is startlingly on the rise in the U.S. Supreme Court

Progressive Dementia

The president may not get his way on Social Security reform, but one element of the plan will rise again. It shouldn't

White House Sleuths

Fatwa City

Behavior modification gets down to business

Lincoln's Great Depression

Abraham Lincoln fought clinical depression all his life, and if he were alive today, his condition would be treated as a "character issue"—that is, as a political liability. His condition was indeed a character issue: it gave him the tools to save the nation

Roy and His Rock

Roy Moore, the "Ten Commandments Judge," has embarked on an odyssey that is taking him and his controversial monument far beyond his home state of Alabama. He wants the Republican Party to bow down

Hillary in 2008?

James A. Barnes and Peter Bell, reporters for National Journal, regularly poll more than a hundred political insiders—selected for their campaign experience, political knowledge, and ties to key voting blocs. Recently, for The Atlantic, they asked about the presidential prospects of Hillary Clinton. A list of poll participants can be found at the bottom of this article

Marathon Men

Wolfowitz: The Exit Interviews

As he prepared to leave office, the deputy secretary of defense engaged in a series of conversations with the author on Iraq, democracy, intelligence, 9/11, and how he believes America must make its way in the world

The Odd Couple

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, old-fashioned Democrats, have the charge—but so far few signs of the ability—to sell their party to America


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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