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  • Health
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    Obamacare Isn't Out of the Woods Yet

    Even after the failure of the Republicans’ health-care bill, there are still significant ways Trump and his allies can roll back the Affordable Care Act’s provisions.

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  • Congress
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    Nobody Knew Governing Could Be So Complicated

    The Obama years left Republicans with excellent ratings from the Heritage Foundation, and no idea how to whip a vote.

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    It's Never Trump's Fault

    Speaking after the collapse of the Republican health-care bill, the president assigned blame to plenty of parties but cast himself as a mere bystander.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Who Will Republican Voters Blame for the Failure of the GOP Health-Care Bill?

    Conservative voters may side with the president if Trump clashes with congressional leaders.

  • Newsletter
    Mark Makela / Reuters

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Killed Bill

    House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the GOP’s new health-care legislation, after Republicans didn’t have the votes to pass it.

  • Congress
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    The Republican Waterloo

    Conservatives once warned that Obamacare would produce the Democratic Waterloo. Their inability to accept the principle of universal coverage has, instead, led to their own defeat.

  • Congress
    Alex Brandon / AP

    The Republicans Fold on Health Care

    The House abandoned its legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, handing President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan a major defeat.

  • ‘Trump Hasn't Been the Wrecking Ball I Anticipated’

    In the wake of the shocking results of November’s election, readers in Notes had a robust discussion titled…

  • Writers
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    Why Trump Thinks He Can Bounce Back From a Health-Care Rout

    In the business world, a catastrophic deal can be forgotten. The president may find it’s not that easy in politics.

  • Business
    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Holy Ethics Disaster, Batman!

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin may have violated federal ethics rules when he endorsed The LEGO Batman Movie, which he executive produced.

  • J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Where's the Best Place to Live Under the American Health Care Act?

    New data shows just how arbitrary premium increases might be for Americans if the GOP plan becomes law.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    The House Intelligence Committee's Civil War

    Republican Chairman Devin Nunes has canceled a public hearing, as Democrats accuse him of bowing to pressure from the White House and demand an independent investigation.

  • Q of the Week: What Would You Ask Gorsuch?

    Monday marked the beginning of what will probably be Judge Neil Gorsuch’s toughest job interview: his Supreme Court confirmation hearings…

  • Video

    A Better Way to Argue About Politics

    There’s a simple psychological trick that might change people’s minds.

  • Global
    Carlo Allegri / Reuters

    What Exactly Did Paul Manafort Do Wrong?

    If the lobbyist’s work did indeed “greatly benefit the Putin Government,” the contract wouldn’t be especially out of the ordinary for an American lobbyist—or for Russia.

  • Bryan Woolston / Reuters

    The Dangers of Blaming Trump for Anti-Semitism

    The arrest of an Israeli American for making bomb threats points to the flaws in the narrative that many Jews have constructed about President Donald Trump and his supporters.

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    The Populist Nationalist on Trump's National Security Council

    Michael Anton actively courts controversy with his extreme views. But how much influence does he have in the White House?

  • Congress
    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Trump's Obamacare Ultimatum

    At the president’s behest, House Republicans will render what might be a final verdict on the Affordable Care Act in a high-stakes vote on Friday.

  • Alex Brandon / AP

    The Trouble With Killing Obamacare's 'Essential Health Benefits'

    Comprehensive insurance, with benefits like maternity or mental-health coverage, could become unaffordable—if not unavailable—under the GOP’s replacement plan.

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    Why Banning Laura Kipnis Would Betray Wellesley's Academic Mission

    Six professors at the college insist that campus speakers like the feminist intellectual will cause students “damage” or “injury.”

  • Politics Daily
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    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Somewhere John Boehner Is Sipping Merlot

    The U.S. House is postponing its vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.