Politics & Policy

The Future of the American Idea


  • Supreme Court
    Daniel Becerril / Reuters

    When Corporations Are Good Citizens

    In many recent social and legal battles, large consumer companies have weighed in on the side of marginalized and endangered groups.

  • Most Popular on The Atlantic
  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Donald Trump Is a Lame-Duck President

    Just seven months into his presidency, Trump appears to have achieved a status usually reserved for the final months of a term.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    How the President, the Police, and the Media Embolden the Far-Right

    A Q&A with Brennan Center fellow Michael German, a former FBI special agent and counterterrorism expert

  • Congress
    Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    The Tax Break Dividing the Republican Party

    A big proposed deduction is pitting some larger corporations against the GOP’s small-business base.

  • Newsletter
    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.

  • Nick Oxford / Reuters

    The Legacy of Confederate Symbols

    Selections from The Atlantic’s coverage of the enduring debate over rebel flags and monuments

  • Global
    Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    Steve Bannon Goes After Asia Officials

    The White House chief strategist said he was aiming to replace experts at the State and Defense departments.

  • Business
    Justin Ide / Reuters

    How to Win Friends and Stigmatize Nazis

    Businesses are right to fire people with heinous views. But it's important to do so under a well-defined framework.

  • Writers
  • Executive
    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Why Military Chiefs Are Condemning White Supremacy

    The U.S. Armed Forces have had troubles with extremists enlisting in the past, and they don’t want it to happen again.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Global
    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.

  • 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

  • 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.