Politics & Policy

The Future of the American Idea


  • Culture
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    Should Pro-Life Clinics Have to Post Information About Abortion?

    The Supreme Court will consider the rights of crisis pregnancy centers, which help women “imagine what the choice of life would be like.”

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    ‘I’ve Personally Sacrificed My Entire Career for This’

    The debate around sexual-harassment legislation is playing out in the Maryland General Assembly, where reform advocates say leadership is loath to embrace changes.

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    President Taft, the Anti-Trump

    Much more than time separates the 27th president from the 45th: from their vastly different views on economics, to their conceptions of the presidency itself.

  • Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

    Firing McCabe Is Just the Start

    Congressional Republicans and conservative pundits had the chance to signal Trump his attacks on law enforcement are unacceptable—but they sent the opposite message.

  • Newsletter
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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: McMaster of Suspense

    White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders continued to deny reports that National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, among others, will be replaced.

  • Business
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    Why CEOs Like Rex Tillerson Fail in Washington

    Although the former secretary of state’s contentious relationship with the president didn’t help matters, Tillerson’s management style left a department in disarray.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Is America on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis?

    As the Trump presidency approaches a troubling tipping point, it’s time to find the right term for what’s happening to democracy.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    We're All Watching the Donald Trump Show

    And that’s just how he likes it.

  • Writers
  • Alex Brandon / AP

    McCabe’s Firing Chips Away at the Justice Department’s Independence

    Shortly after he was dismissed Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the former FBI deputy director pinned the blame directly on President Trump.

  • Health
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    Fixing the World's Oldest Health Problem

    A new intervention from researchers, philanthropists, and government officials in Mali uses universal health care and basic public-health strategies to address child mortality.

  • 1968
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    The Unlearned Lesson of My Lai

    A half-century after a brutal massacre in Vietnam, the United States still struggles to hold itself accountable for atrocities.

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    The Nancy Pelosi Problem

    The first female speaker of the House has become the most effec­tive congressional leader of modern times—and, not coinciden­tally, the most vilified.

  • Congress
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    'I Think We Have a Leadership Problem'

    Growing numbers of congressional Republicans are pressing for action on guns.

  • Evan Vucci / AP

    What's Next for Trump's Border Wall?

    This week, the president inspected eight prototypes, but his administration still has a long way to go before bringing his campaign pledge to fruition.

  • Stephanie Keith / Reuters

    What Is Robert Mueller Looking For?

    The New York Times reports that the special counsel has demanded records from the Trump Organization.

  • Politics Daily
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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Mnuchin Ado About A Lot of Money

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spent nearly $1 million on military flights between the spring and fall of 2017, according to documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

  • Jorge Silva / Reuters

    The Words Trump Refuses to Speak

    For the most verbally belligerent president in history, Trump’s comments about Russia’s nerve-agent attack have been conspicuously weak.

  • Global
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    Mike Pompeo's Allies on the Anti-Muslim Right

    The new secretary of state nominee hasn’t merely consorted with anti-Muslim bigots. He has echoed their arguments.

  • Congress
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    A Win for Democrats, but Not for Nancy Pelosi

    Conor Lamb won a red district in Pennsylvania after ditching his party’s leader. Will other Democratic candidates follow his lead this fall?

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    Telling the Truth About CIA Torture

    Trump’s nominee to lead the agency should answer a number of tough questions about her role in its now-defunct “enhanced interrogation” program.

  • Global
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    The Rise of Right-Wing Foreign Policy in America

    Rex Tillerson may have represented the last gasp of a certain kind of moderate Republican thinking about the world.