Politics & Policy

The Future of the American Idea


  • Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    How Trump's Reaction to Charlottesville Threatens the GOP

    Over and over again, the president has explicitly identified his party with white backlash—just as the most diverse generations in American history are gaining power in the electorate.

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  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Democrats Mount an Effort to Censure Donald Trump

    The House resolution faults the president for failing to adequately condemn white supremacists “and assure the American people of his resolve to opposing domestic terrorism.”

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    Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    The Road to Radicalism in Charlottesville

    Violent extremism—whether in jihadist or white supremacist form—is often driven by the same processes.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    The White House Is Under Siege

    President Trump, forced to choose between working with business leaders and espousing white identity politics, has chosen the latter.

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    Alex Brandon / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The President's Manufacturing Cancel

    President Trump announced on Twitter that he was dissolving two of his advisory councils, after business leaders had stepped down from the groups.

  • Patrick Semansky / AP

    Baltimore Takes Down Its Confederate Monuments

    The city removed them less than a week after violent protests broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, over a statue of Robert E. Lee.

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Trump Knows Exactly What He’s Doing

    The president used a narrow condemnation of neo-Nazis to mount a defense of the politics of white resentment.

  • Sage, Ink

    Sage, Ink: Off Message

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  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    The Chilling Effects of Openly Displayed Firearms

    Charlottesville marks a new era of even bolder assertion of the right to threaten violence for political purposes.

  • Congress

    ‘A Treacherous President Stood in the Way’

    Frederick Douglass’s 1866 essay for The Atlantic on how Congress can cope with a chief executive who refuses to recognize the rights of all citizens

  • Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

    The Alabama Senate Race Gets Moore Strange

    A Bible-thumper and a tainted insider advance to the GOP runoff in an election that tested red-state Republican loyalties in the age of Trump.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    What Trump Gets Wrong About Antifa

    If the president is concerned about violence on the left, he can start by fighting the white supremacist movements whose growth has fueled its rise.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    'The President Was Entirely Correct'

    President Trump’s remarks on the deadly white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville have sparked widespread outrage. But the White House is asking congressional Republicans to follow his lead.

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    ‘Really Proud of Him’: Alt-Right Leaders Praise Trump’s Comments

    Hard-right activists say they’re “energized” by the president’s Tuesday press conference, at which he said there were “some very fine people” among the Charlottesville protesters.

  • Congress
    Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    Republicans Rebuke Trump All Over Again

    The president’s return to “both sides” rhetoric on Charlottesville brings a familiar round of criticism from GOP lawmakers practiced in the art of presidential scolding.

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    Strange and Moore Advance to Runoff In Alabama Special Election

    The Republican race tested the power of President Trump’s endorsement.

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    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: ‘Some Very Fine People on Both Sides’

    During a news conference, President Trump again asserted that there was “blame on both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

  • David A. Graham / The Atlantic

    Arrests Begin Following Durham Confederate Statue Toppling

    Moments after a press conference demanding amnesty for protesters, sheriff’s deputies arrested Takiyah Thompson, who placed a rope around a Confederate monument Monday night.

  • Religion
    Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Why the Charlottesville Marchers Were Obsessed With Jews

    Anti-Semitic logic fueled the violence over the weekend, no matter what the president says.

  • Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Trump's Threat to End Obamacare Insurer Payments Would Actually Cost More

    The independent scoring agency finds suspending cost-sharing reductions, if carried out, would increase the costs of premiums and also increase the federal deficit.

  • Culture
    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Trump Defends White-Nationalist Protesters: 'Some Very Fine People on Both Sides'

    The president backtracked from his remarks on Charlottesville just a day earlier.