Politics & Policy

The Future of the American Idea


  • Brendan McDermid / Reuters

    Collusion Happened

    Despite what the president says, the question is answered.

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  • Neil Hall / Reuters

    A Top Bannon Ally Leaves Breitbart

    The site, whose influence has faded since last year, is losing its London editor Raheem Kassam.

  • Stephen Lam / Reuters

    The Undemocratic Spread of Big Brother

    The ACLU is protesting new surveillance systems being peddled by Amazon—but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Criminal Justice
    J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Democrats Split Over Trump's Prison Pitch

    The party is torn over a reform bill that just passed the House with the president’s support: Should it back modest changes to the criminal-justice system or hold out for more?

  • Newsletter
    Christopher Aluka Berry / Reuters

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: A Tale of Two Staceys

    Two progressive women—Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans—are running in Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary.

  • Culture
    Jonathan Bachman / Reuters

    The GOP’s 'Unbelievably Absurd' Response to Santa Fe

    Anything-but-the-guns mentality has reared explanations that even fellow Republicans find unnerving.

  • John Bazemore / AP

    Reverse Migration Might Turn Georgia Blue

    More black people from the Northeast and Midwest are moving to Atlanta. That could help elect the nation’s first black female governor.

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    The Only Way to Find Out If the President Can Be Indicted

    Scholars disagree on existing precedents—and the question won’t be settled until evidence leads a prosecutor to try it.

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  • Global
    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Trump Almost Always Folds

    From trade deals to gun control and immigration to military deployments, the president has a consistent pattern: Talk a big game, then back down.

  • Brian Snyder / Reuters

    John McCain’s Greatest Fear

    A conversation with Mark Salter about the core tenet of the senator’s worldview: Always speak up. Especially in Donald Trump’s America.

  • Supreme Court
    Carolyn Kaster / AP

    An Epic Supreme Court Decision on Employment

    The 5-4 ruling in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis could weaken workplace protections—and the justices on both sides knew it.

  • Education
    Charlie Neibergall / AP

    Arne Duncan Is Serious: Americans Should Boycott School

    The former education secretary thinks parents need to take radical action to change the country's gun laws.

  • Andrew Kelly / Reuters

    Trump’s Business Schemes Warrant Their Own Investigation

    The many signs of flagrant corruption that surround the president and his associates demand a separate probe.

  • Spencer Platt / Getty

    Impeachment Is Not the Answer

    A new book from Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz argues that removing a president, even when justified, can be an unwise move.

  • Politics Daily
    Jim Bourg / Reuters

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Obama Pivots to Video

    Netflix announced that former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama signed a multi-year deal with the company.

  • Mike Blake / Reuters

    The President Who Cried Wolf

    Will the president’s claims of political spying on his campaign prove true? The long string of failed vindications he’s rolled out in the past counsels skepticism.

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    There Is Only One Trump Scandal

    The myriad Trump scandals can obscure the fact that they’re all elements of one massive tale of corruption.

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Donald Trump Has All the Power

    The president’s alarming Sunday tweet could genuinely produce a crisis between the White House, on the one hand, and the Justice Department and the FBI, on the other.

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    Is the 'Cynthia Effect' Real?

    Cynthia Nixon’s strong debut has New York Governor Andrew Cuomo scrambling to the left in a heated primary. But can Democratic voters trust a celebrity candidate in the age of Trump?

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    Who Does the Democratic Party Stand For?

    The primary race between two Democratic candidates for governor in Georgia exposes the larger questions facing the party.

  • Alex Brandon / AP

    Where ‘America First’ Once Led

    A new exhibit reveals America’s isolationist attitudes and policies during the Holocaust—and speaks to where the country still stands today.