The Future of the American Idea


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    Denmark Learns What It’s Like to Be at the Center of Trump’s Attention

    The U.S. president canceled his visit to the kingdom over his failed attempt to buy Greenland. Danes are reacting with bewilderment, anger, and humor.

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

    Jay Inslee didn’t get much traction as a candidate, but his pet issue, climate change, has become a major part of the Democratic campaign.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Trump’s Riskiest Bet

    That old truism of American politics—“It’s the economy, stupid”—could come back to haunt the money-minded president in 2020.

  • Lucas Jackson / Reuters

    The Last Days of the Other 1 Percent

    Next week’s deadline to qualify for the third Democratic debate could leave half of the large field of candidates on the sidelines.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Much Ado About Nuuk Things

    President Trump canceled a meeting with the prime minister of Denmark after she rejected his interest in purchasing Greenland. Plus: Which candidates made the cut for the next Democratic debate?

  • Politics Daily

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Taxing Times

    Universal background checks are off the table, Trump reportedly said in a call with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre. Plus: The president confirms he’s “been thinking about” implementing a payroll-tax cut.

  • Jim Bourg / Reuters

    Trump’s Phone Calls With Wayne LaPierre Reveal NRA’s Influence

    Days after considering the implementation of universal background checks, President Donald Trump has sidelined the issue.

  • Lawrence Bryant / Reuters

    Planned Parenthood Makes a Huge Bet

    The women’s-health organization will stop taking money from Title X, a government family-planning program, in light of a new rule that bars doctors from making referrals for abortion procedures.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Ben on Board

    Representative Ben Ray Luján said he supports an impeachment investigation into President Trump. Plus: Meet America’s electability voters.

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    Did Bill Clinton See This Coming?

    On his 73rd birthday, the former MVP of the Democratic Party has been sidelined—perhaps for good.

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Why Some Christians ‘Love the Meanest Parts’ of Trump

    The writer Ben Howe grew up in the world of conservative evangelicalism. When he looks at the religious right now, all he sees is a thirst for power and domination.

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    A Nation of Pundits

    Electability is king in the 2020 Democratic primary as voters are choosing candidates they think their fellow citizens would support—not the ones they actually like best.

  • An American Revolution
    Lucy Jones

    America Moved On From Its Gay-Rights Moment—And Left a Legal Mess Behind

    Half a decade after the Supreme Court’s same-sex-marriage decision, the justices and Congress are still trying to figure out what federal law should say about LGBTQ rights.

  • Politics Daily
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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Stacey’s Nom?

    Stacey Abrams hinted this week that she’d be open to being vice president. Plus: Israel reversed course, but Representative Rashida Tlaib won’t go.

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    Stacey Abrams Is Playing the Long Game

    After skyrocketing to political stardom in 2018, the Georgia Democrat is now trying to get her party to care about voter suppression in 2020.

  • Patrick Semansky / AP

    Sometimes Winning Gets Old

    Rallies allow Trump to return to a time when his presidency was nothing more than an aspiration, uncomplicated by the demands of the job.

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    He Fought for Migrant Kids. Then He Got Rich.

    Juan Sanchez built his career fighting for migrant children. Later, he made millions off them.

  • Science
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    Trump Is Thinking of Buying a Giant Socialist Island

    The president has reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Greenland for the United States.

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    How Family Separations Brought Down a Migrant Mogul

    Juan Sanchez was once hailed as a champion for social justice. Then his network of shelters started taking in children split from their relatives.

  • Politics Daily
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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Gone Hickenlooper

    The former Colorado governor dropped out of the presidential race today. Plus: Israel banned Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country.

  • Culture
    Erin Scott / Reuters

    Trump Has Enabled Israel’s Antidemocratic Tendencies at Every Turn

    The president tweeted that Israel should ban Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country. Now Israel has barred the women from visiting.