Politics & Policy

The Future of the American Idea


  • Congress
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    The House Is on the Brink of Forcing Votes on Immigration

    The bid by a group of GOP moderates to bypass Speaker Paul Ryan on DACA is just five signatures away from success.

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  • Global
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    Trump’s Reckoning Arrives

    The president’s unpredictability once worked to his advantage—but now, it is producing a mounting list of foreign-policy failures.

  • Global
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    Trump’s Very Trumpian Letter to Kim Jong Un

    The text reflected not only the president’s signature syntax, but also the clash between his desire for credit and his intuition to walk away.

  • Technology
    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    What the @RealDonaldTrump Ruling Actually Means

    The judge’s reasoning was clever and nuanced—but the case is hardly a slam-dunk.

  • Newsletter

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Dear Jong Un Letter

    President Trump cancelled his June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, writing in a letter that Kim “has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth.”

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    'Maybe You Shouldn’t Be in the Country'

    That was President Trump’s suggestion to NFL players who protest racial injustice. His comments, made in an interview with Fox News, highlight a dissonance in his thinking on free speech.

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    Will Texas Follow Houston’s Lead on Drug-Policy Reform?

    District Attorney Kim Ogg is rapidly implementing progressive policies in Harris County—and she intends to be a model for the rest of her state.

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    Michael Avenatti Is the 1990s-Style Celebrity Lawyer of the Trump Age

    The bombastic legal adviser to Stormy Daniels is taking cues from the era of O.J. Simpson and Monica Lewinsky.

  • Writers
  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Fifteen Unanswered Criminal-Law Questions About Trump

    A short—and by no means exhaustive—list of the open questions swirling around the president, his campaign, his company, and his family.

  • Executive
    Jonathan Ernstl / Reuters

    Breaching Norms Has a Price

    Trump may not care that he is upsetting the safeguards imposed on intelligence agencies in the wake of Watergate—but the damage will prove lasting.

  • Politics Daily
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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Thou Shalt Not Block

    A federal judge ruled that it’s unconstitutional for President Trump to block people from his Twitter account.

  • Brendan McDermid / Reuters

    Collusion Happened

    Despite what the president says, the question is answered.

  • Neil Hall / Reuters

    Breitbart's Raheem Kassam Is Out

    The editor of the site's London bureau was one of the last Steve Bannon allies left within the organization.

  • 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
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    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?

  • Culture
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    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.

  • 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.

  • Politics Daily
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    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.

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    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.