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  • Global
    KNCA via Reuters

    The Meaning of Kim Jong Un's Rebuttal to Trump

    The Trump administration has been sleepwalking through a dream. It’s time to wake up.

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  • Reuters / Andrew Kelly

    Giving the Deep State More Leeway to Kill With Drones

    President Trump is poised to compound the most grave moral failing of his predecessor by making targeted killings less safe, less legal, and less rare.

  • Executive
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    Honoring the Best in a Workforce 'Under Siege'

    A Treasury Department investigator and two groundbreaking engineers will receive annual awards for government service, which come at a time of peak anxiety for federal employees.

  • Health
    Alex Brandon / AP

    Graham-Cassidy and the Fog of War

    Nobody knows exactly what the latest Obamacare-replacement legislation will do. That may be the point.

  • Newsletter
    Carlos Giusti / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: 'It's in Very, Very, Very Perilous Shape'

    President Trump said he plans to visit Puerto Rico, after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

  • J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    The Paradox of an Explosive Week in the Mueller Investigation

    What feels like information overload reveals how little the public actually knows about the probe's findings.

  • Mike Segar / Reuters

    What the Waiting List for Legal Residency Actually Looks Like

    Politicians argue immigrants should just “get in line” if they want to live in the United States. But the process itself can take decades.

  • Carlo Allegri / Reuters

    Trump Has Filled, Not Drained, the Swamp

    The president has made a mockery of a promise at the core of his campaign. It is time for the #MAGA media to tell his supporters the truth.

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  • Culture
    Mike Blake / Reuters

    Accountability Is for Non-Celebrities

    Sean Spicer at the Emmys? It’s the latest illustration that members of the establishment are held to different standards.

  • Pavel Golovkin / AP

    How Much Do Tax Cuts Really Matter?

    The economic records of former presidents hold a lesson for Donald Trump.

  • Congress
    Jose Luis Magana / AP

    How Democrats Gave the GOP One More Chance to Repeal Obamacare

    Their debt-ceiling deal with President Trump cleared up a busy congressional calendar and may have removed a big hurdle for Republicans facing a September 30 deadline.

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    A Trump Nominee's Illegal Vote Exposes the Voter-Fraud Charade

    Jeffrey Gerrish’s decision to cast a ballot in Virginia isn’t so much a gotcha on him as it is on the president’s voter-fraud commission.

  • Politics Daily
    Evan Vucci / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Deal or No Deal

    President Trump told reporters he has made a decision on whether to abandon the Iran deal, but refused to comment further.

  • Health
    Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    The Real Losers of the Graham-Cassidy Health-Care Bill

    The bill would take funding from governments facing public-health crises to provide a short-term boon to a smaller number of states that have refused to expand Medicaid.

  • Global
    Eduardo Munoz / Reuters

    A Presidential Misunderstanding of Deterrence

    Trump’s bellicosity undermines his ability to deter the Kim regime’s nuclear weapons and missiles programs.

  • Mike Segar / Reuters

    Why ESPN Is More Political Than Before

    The sports network’s controversial transformation is driven more by the audience and less by elites than many observers realize.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Republican Donors Are Helping Cover Trump's Legal Bills

    Amidst aggressive fundraising to support his reelection, the wealthiest president in American history is tapping the Republican National Committee and his campaign to pay Russia-related lawyer fees.

  • Politics Daily
    Mary Altaffer / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Elton Don

    During his first address before the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “rocket man.”

  • Congress
    J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    The Two Republicans Who Will Likely Determine Obamacare's Fate

    A last-minute repeal vote could come down to Senators John McCain and Lisa Murkowski, who opposed the GOP’s most recent proposal in July and are facing competing pressures from their state’s governors.

  • Mike Segar / Reuters

    Is Trump's 'Wiretap' Claim Vindicated?

    The president’s defenders say reported surveillance of Paul Manafort justifies an accusation against Barack Obama, but they overstate the facts.

  • Global
    Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

    Trump Threatens to 'Totally Destroy North Korea'

    The president also hinted at the UN General Assembly that the U.S. might quit the Iran nuclear agreement.