Politics & Policy

The Future of the American Idea


  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    The Brazenness of Trump's White House Staff Using Private Email

    How could six senior presidential aides mimic the strategy for which Trump lacerated Hillary Clinton? Only if they believe they are as immune to the usual rules as he is.

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  • Congress
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    The Obamacare Repeal Effort Might Finally Be Dead

    With Maine Senator Susan Collins announcing her opposition to the health-care bill, Republicans are three votes short of the support they need.

  • The Presence of Justice
    Kamil Krzaczynski / Reuters

    America's Uneven Crime Spike

    Violence in a few major cities drove the national murder rate higher in 2016, according to new FBI statistics.

  • Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

    Kaepernick's Triumph

    When he began taking a knee during the National Anthem, earning the attention of the president and the entire press was the best outcome he could possibly have desired.

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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Randstanding

    Despite new revisions to the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill, Republican Senator Rand Paul said he remains opposed.

  • Mark Makela / Reuters

    How Trump Turns Unpopular Outbursts Into Political Winners

    The president has already backed down from his most strident attacks on athletes and adopted a less controversial celebration of the American flag.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Trump's Red Light Letter to the NFL

    The alliance between presidents and sports was perhaps the last fully functioning bipartisan tradition left in Washington. This weekend, Trump blew it up.

  • Reuters

    Kneeling for Life and Liberty Is Patriotic

    NFL athletes are protesting on behalf of America’s founding values––and Donald Trump neither loves nor understands them.

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  • Congress
    Tami Chappell / Reuters

    Alabama's Strange Senate Rivalry

    The contest between Luther Strange and Roy Moore raises the question of who has more sway with Trump’s base: the president or conservative firebrands like Steve Bannon?

  • Congress
    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    America's Red and Blue Judges

    Justice Neil Gorsuch exemplifies how the Supreme Court has become fully enmeshed in the rankest partisan politics.

  • James Lawler Duggan / Reuters

    Trump's Newest Travel Ban

    The administration enacted new restrictions on foreign travel on Sunday as key parts of its previous order expired.

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    Trump's Shocking Recklessness

    The president’s latest comments shouldn’t be surprising—but his deliberate inflammation of tense situations is no less stunning.

  • Andrew Boyers / Reuters

    Why Cede the Flag to Trump?

    Colin Kaepernick and other athletes have a better claim on the United States’s symbols and their meaning.

  • Energy and Environment
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    Will Trump Change the Way Presidents Approach National Monuments?

    Since Theodore Roosevelt, administrations have designated land across the country, but never before have they scaled down sites to the extent proposed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

  • Marvin Gentry / Reuters

    Donald Trump and the Depressing Politicization of Everything

    One reason the president cannot resist commenting on every issue in American life is that he seemingly cannot stand the actual work of American politics.

  • Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

    Trump's War of Words With Black Athletes

    In a speech Friday night, Trump urged NFL owners to fire players who protest. “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!”

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Democratic Megadonor Tom Steyer Still Isn't Ruling Out a 2020 Run

    The former hedge-fund manager is making a populist pitch, but hasn’t made a decision yet on whether to seek public office.

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    The People Who Pledge Allegiance to the U.S. Constitution

    How patriotism among American immigrants is uniquely linked to the country’s founding document

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    Cliff Owen / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: McCain’t Gonna Happen

    The Arizona senator announced that he could not “in good conscience” support the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    James Comey's Rough Reception at Howard University

    The former FBI director has been at the center of controversy for months, but protestors at the historically black university on Friday focused on his history of comments about race and policing.

  • Culture
    Lucas Jackson / Reuters

    How Milo Yiannopoulos's Berkeley 'Free Speech Week' Fell Apart

    The former Breitbart editor’s attempt to schedule a provocative event on the liberal campus featuring high-profile conservative speakers didn’t work out as planned.