Lobbying, power, and the evolution of Washington, D.C.

This is a special edition of The Masthead, the result of reporting that began two weeks ago with our conversation with Franklin Foer, Atlantic national correspondent and writer of The Atlantic’s March cover story.

We’re curious to hear what you think of this format—so please let us know.

—Matt Peterson, editor, The Masthead

How Paul Manafort Influenced the Media How an American Lobbyist Stoked War Halfway Across the World Behind the Scenes with Reporter Franklin Foer How a "double-breasted" political firm works How to find a foreign client for your lobbying firm How Vladimir Putin and Paul Manafort connect How to ethically report on hacked text messages How Congressional Republicans are navigating the Russia investigation How to preserve democracy as a citizen of the United States

This issue left questions The Masthead couldn’t answer. For that, we turn to you.

  • What will it take to change Washington D.C.’s culture of corruption?
  • Will the revelations of Paul Manafort’s dealings have a lasting impact on how lobbying is done?
  • What are the other open secrets that are yet to become common knowledge?

Write to us with your experience and expertise, on these or any other questions you have at themasthead@theatlantic.com. We look forward to hearing from you.