Molly Ball
Molly Ball
Molly Ball is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers U.S. politics.
  • Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

    Trump's Last Stand?

    The Republican frontrunner’s weak showing in Wednesday’s debate has political observers (nervously, tentatively) predicting he’ll finally start to fade.

  • Mark J. Terrill / AP

    Who Won the Second Republican Presidential Debate?

    The GOP rivals squared off at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and a surprising victor emerged.

  • Mike Stone / Reuters

    What to Watch in the Republican Debate

    Really, it’s pretty simple.

  • Darren Hauck / Reuters

    Meet the New Hillary

    Can the Democratic frontrunner turn around her struggling campaign—or is it time to panic?

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    Rick Perry's Long Journey

    The former Texas governor ended his campaign on Friday, but not without a parting warning to his fractious party.

  • Are Super PACs Hurting Their Candidates More Than Helping?

    One subplot of my story yesterday on Scott Walker’s troubles is the fact that two of his most trusted advisers can no longer talk to him.

    Keith Gilkes, who ran Walker’s 2010 campaign and 2012 recall effort, and Stephan Thompson, who managed his 2014 reelection bid, are now in charge of Unintimidated PAC, the super PAC that backs Walker’s 2016 run. And since super PACs can’t coordinate with campaigns, Gilkes and Thompson can’t talk to Walker. In my conversations with Walker watchers in Wisconsin, this was a problem they cited repeatedly.

    This is the weirdness of the campaign in the age of the super PAC:

  • Brian Snyder / Reuters

    Can Scott Walker Save Himself?

    The Wisconsin governor’s presidential campaign is in free fall—a development that puzzles the state he has dominated.

  • Airport Lactation Pods, Reviewed

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    I spotted this on my way through the Milwaukee airport: a lactation pod, offering “privacy for lactation or breastfeeding.” (“They really love their milk here in Wisconsin,” a friend observed.) Apparently the company, Mamava, has been putting them in airports and other public places since 2013.  There’s one at Fenway Park.

    At the time I passed the pod, my carry-on was weighted down with a breast pump and several bottles of stored-up milk, so naturally I was interested. I took a peek inside—it was brightly lit, with two iPhone-white plastic benches and a mirror; about as roomy as a handicapped bathroom stall; and less claustrophobic than I expected.

    It’s cool that these exist—everyone likes to be accommodated! If they were everywhere, my life would be a tiny bit easier. But I do wonder if the number of travelers pumping on the go justifies the expense and space of these pods.

  • What Is Jeb Bush Thinking?

    Jeb has gone on the attack against Trump. A lot of people think this is a mistake. It makes Bush look panicky and desperate, and is more likely to make him look bad than to damage the elaborately coiffed August frontrunner. Here’s Rich Lowry in Politico:

    In the argument with Trump over mass deportation, clearly Bush is right. But the split screen with Trump doesn’t necessarily do him any favors. Trump is such a forceful communicator that he comes off as some sort of throwback alpha male, whereas Bush is such an earnest wonk he looks and sounds like a sensitive dad from a contemporary sitcom. It’s like watching a WWE wrestler get a stern talking to from Ned Flanders.

    My colleague David Frum:

    Trump certainly hurts Bush, but he hurts other candidates more. Bush’s most immediate problem is not that the base doesn’t trust him…but that his donors enjoy too many plausible alternative choices. … Why jump into this wrestling match? … It’s in Jeb Bush’s interest to avoid tangling with a rival who seems to care more about damaging everyone else than electing himself.

    And Josh Kraushaar in National Journal:

    By get­ting dis­trac­ted by the ele­phant in the room…Bush risks be­com­ing an early cas­u­alty to a Trump cam­paign that, like a good real­ity show, needs en­emies for its polit­ic­al oxy­gen. … Bush shouldn’t feel threatened by Trump. His biggest con­cern should be that the es­tab­lish­ment lane he wanted to claim for him­self is get­ting crowded.

    I’ve heard similar sentiments from Republicans sympathetic to Bush.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Joe Biden and the Democratic Vacuum

    Nervous Democrats are looking for alternatives as Hillary Clinton falters. But is the VP the right person for the job?

  • Al Graham / AP

    Can the Republican Party Survive Trump?

    The GOP frontrunner’s surprising staying power has inspired soul-searching and agony among party elites.

  • Tami Chappell / Reuters

    Donald Trump and the Search for the Republican Soul

    The mogul’s rise has baffled those who thought they understood the GOP and highlighted the party’s longstanding divisions.

  • Brian Snyder / Reuters

    ‘The Republican Party Created Donald Trump’

    RedState editor Erick Erickson, caught in the middle of Trump’s latest media feud, says he thinks GOP voters will eventually tire of the tycoon’s antics.

  • Brian Snyder / Reuters

    Whose Party Is It, Anyway?

    Republican frontrunner Donald Trump turned in a characteristically outrageous performance, but candidates who refused to play his game also managed to stand out.

  • Jim Young / Reuters

    There's Something About Bernie

    The Vermont senator’s revolutionary zeal has met its moment.

  • LM Otero / Reuters

    There's No Stopping the Trump Show

    Republicans wish their bombastic frontrunner would go away—but they can’t figure out how to get rid of him.

  • Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    John Kasich Barges In

    The Ohio governor is launching his campaign for the presidency on a platform of trickle-down economics and Christian compassion. Does he have a constituency in the Republican party?

  • Elijah Nouvelage / Reuters

    What Other Activists Can Learn From the Fight for Gay Marriage

    The success of the gay-rights cause has many in politics—particularly on the left—hoping to replicate the model.

  • Bruno Domingos / Reuters

    How Gay Marriage Became a Constitutional Right

    The untold story of the improbable campaign that finally tipped the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Joe Skipper / Reuters

    Can Jeb Bush Make Republicans Believe?

    He may be the frontrunner on paper, but his campaign has fallen apart. In his official launch, he tried to turn the tide.