The Future of the American Idea


  • Evan Vucci / AP

    Read President Trump’s Speech Declaring a National Emergency

    In long, rambling remarks, the president announced that he’s reprogramming billions of dollars to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Most Popular on The Atlantic
  • Michael Sohn / AP

    The Trump Administration Can’t Get a United Front Against Iran

    But the Warsaw conference did bring together Gulf Arabs and Israel against their common enemy.

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    Trump’s Bizarre, Rambling Announcement of a National Emergency

    The circus in the Rose Garden threatened to distract from what the president actually did on Friday.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Trump’s Emergency Declaration Is a Test Republicans Didn’t Want to Take

    For weeks, GOP senators have warned the president against pursuing extraordinary measures. What now?

  • Newsletter
    Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Anything to Declare?

    California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state will sue President Donald Trump for declaring a national emergency over the border wall.

  • Alex Wong / Getty

    The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet

    William Weld is set to be Donald Trump’s first challenger for the Republican nomination. Who else is running, who’s not, and who can’t decide? A quick guide to the crowded presidential field.

  • J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    The Senate’s Russia Probe Is Facing a Reckoning

    Meanwhile, the Democratic-led House committee is gearing up for a reinvigorated inquiry.

  • Radio Atlantic: Pecker Pics and Tabloid Tricks

    Jeffrey Toobin helps Alex Wagner make sense of the National Enquirer: its strange history, its devotion to Donald Trump, and why it’s at war with the world’s richest man.

  • Writers
  • Politics Daily
    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Emergency Contact

    As a compromise spending bill passes Congress, the White House says the president will commit to signing it, while taking an “executive action” to get funding for his wall

  • Michael Conroy / AP

    Howard Schultz Is Already Helping President Trump

    The former CEO has staked out a platform few Republican-leaning voters would endorse.

  • Susan Walsh / AP

    Trump’s Fantasy Vision of the Police

    The president’s core beliefs about law enforcement don’t always align with those of the officers he claims to represent.

  • Jacquelyn Martin / AP / Mark Reinstein / ...

    Every Day Is a New Low in Trump's White House

    The president steps over bright ethical and moral lines wherever he encounters them. Everyone in America saw it when he fired my boss. But I saw it firsthand time and time again.

  • Global

    Germany Preps a Plan B for Trump’s Foreign-Policy ‘Zigzag’

    One of Washington’s closest allies in a fractured Europe struggles to adapt to the Trump administration’s unpredictable policy moves.

  • Culture
    Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe / ...

    Why Does the Catholic Church Keep Failing on Sexual Abuse?

    Cardinal Seán O'Malley has spent decades cleaning up after pedophile priests. Now he's once again found himself in the middle of a crisis.

  • Politics Daily
    Andrew Harnik / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: So Long!

    The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, is resigning after less than two years on the job.

  • Congress
    Evan Vucci / AP

    Why Trump Isn’t Sweating a Shutdown This Time

    The president says he doesn’t like Congress’s border-funding deal. But he’ll probably sign it anyway.

  • Politics Daily
    Mary F. Calvert / Reuters

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: ‘Not Happy’ as a Clam

    Trump said he’s “not happy” with lawmakers’ proposed border wall deal—but didn't decline to sign it, either

  • Politics Daily
    J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Tick Tock

    Congress has until Friday to avoid another government shutdown.

  • Congress
    Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Ilhan Omar Just Made It Harder to Have a Nuanced Debate About Israel

    The Minnesota congresswoman has given credence to caricatures of critics of Israel.

  • Gary Robertson / AP

    Walter Jones Was the Real Maverick

    The congressman from North Carolina was famous for “freedom fries,” but his real signature was unorthodox politics.

  • mpi04 / MediaPunch / IPX

    Taking Gun Control to the People After Parkland

    After the Florida legislature voted down an assault-weapons ban, an insurance agent whose nephew was killed started gathering signatures.