Politics & Policy

The Future of the American Idea


  • Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    How Trump Is Torturing Capitol Hill

    As Republicans in Congress try to fend off the flurry of scandals, they are haunted by a question: Is this as good as it’s going to get?

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    The Battle for Memorial Day in New Orleans

    A century and a half after the Civil War, Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked his city to reexamine its past—and to wrestle with hard truths.

  • Culture
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    The Disappearance of Virtue From American Politics

    In his new book, Ben Sasse has identified the right project for America: rehabilitating a shared moral language.

  • Congress
    Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    The Upcoming Votes Republicans Are Really Dreading

    In the next two months, Congress will have to raise the debt ceiling and pass a budget. GOP leaders don’t know how they’re going to do either of them.

  • Newsletter
    Andrew Medichini / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Like a G7

    Trump’s views on climate change are “evolving” after meeting with European leaders during the G7 summit in Italy, according to a top aide.

  • Susan Walsh / AP

    The Challenge of Memorializing America's Wars

    Honoring the cause while confronting and remembering sacrifice can be a complicated endeavor.

  • Global
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    Trump's Trip Was a Catastrophe for U.S.-Europe Relations

    Angela Merkel has served formal notice that she will lead the German wandering away from the American alliance.

  • Global
    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    What Did Trump Accomplish on His First Foreign Trip?

    Some firm handshakes, forced smiles, and awkward sword dances. In short, nothing.

  • Writers
  • Supreme Court
    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Trump's Travel Ban Is Headed for a Supreme Court Showdown

    Will the justices, many of whom worked in the executive branch, hold the president’s words against him?

  • Executive
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    Why Would Jared Kushner Trust Russian Officials So Much?

    A Washington Post report suggests the president's son-in-law and adviser sought to give Moscow information he wanted to conceal from America's own intelligence agencies.

  • AP

    Zbigniew Brzezinski

    An active, impatient man who evolved a steady, long-term view.

  • Jim Bourg / Reuters

    Report: Jared Kushner Asked Kislyak for Use of Russian Communications Facilities

    The Washington Post reports that the president’s son-in-law suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities to create a secret channel to Moscow.

  • Executive
    Stringer / Reuters

    The Lesser Part of Valor

    Preston Brooks, Greg Gianforte, and the American tradition of disguising cowardice as bravery

  • Q of the Week: What Was Your Favorite Moment From a Presidential Trip?

    A photo of President Trump, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi placing their hands on…

  • Education
    Brian Snyder / Reuters

    Hillary Clinton’s Wellesley Homecoming

    Returning to her alma mater to celebrate the class of 2017, she acknowledged her defeat—and offered a vision for the next generation of women leaders.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Trump's Moral Holiday

    The permissiveness of Republican leaders who acquiesce to violence, collusion, and corruption is encouraging more of the same.

  • Health
    Kevin D. Liles / AP

    How the American Health Care Act Would Affect Mental-Health Coverage

    The Republican bill would decrease access for millions, and in the process dismantle the tools used to fight substance abuse.

  • Rebecca Cook / Reuters

    Losing Planned Parenthood

    The organization is closing one-third of its health centers in Iowa, and local clinics are scrambling to pick up the slack.

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    Greg Gianforte Wins the Montana Special Election

    The Republican nominee, charged with assaulting a reporter, defeated Democrat Rob Quist in a battle for the vacancy left by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    The FBI Turns Its Attention to Jared Kushner

    The president’s son-in-law and senior advisor is reportedly being investigated over his contact with Russians.

  • Congress
    Alex Brandon / AP

    Republicans Reckon With a Rushed Health-Care Vote

    The Congressional Budget Office’s damning report on the party’s replacement for Obamacare stunned some GOP lawmakers. They shouldn’t have been surprised.