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  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Republican Donors Are Helping Cover Trump's Legal Bills

    Amidst aggressive fundraising to support his reelection, the wealthiest president in American history is tapping the Republican National Committee and his campaign to pay Russia-related lawyer fees.

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  • Congress
    J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    The Two Republicans Who Will Likely Determine Obamacare's Fate

    A last-minute repeal vote could come down to Senators John McCain and Lisa Murkowski, who opposed the GOP’s most recent proposal in July and are facing competing pressures from their state’s governors.

  • Mike Segar / Reuters

    Is Trump's 'Wiretap' Claim Vindicated?

    The president’s defenders say reported surveillance of Paul Manafort justifies an accusation against Barack Obama, but they overstate the facts.

  • Global
    Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

    Trump Threatens to 'Totally Destroy North Korea'

    The president also hinted at the UN General Assembly that the U.S. might quit the Iran nuclear agreement.

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    Mary Altaffer / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Elton Don

    During his first address before the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “rocket man.”

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    Five Questions About the Manafort Investigation

    CNN and The New York Times on Monday shed new light on the federal investigation into the former Trump campaign chairman, but some aspects of the probe remain mysterious.

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Can Conservative Journalism Survive?

    The right’s old guard faces an existential threat in populism. But it isn’t yet clear that they understand the stakes or possess the confidence to fight back.

  • Brennan Linsley / AP

    How the GOP Prompted the Decay of Political Norms

    The Republican Party laid the groundwork for dysfunction long before Donald Trump was elected president.

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  • Politics Daily
    Andrew Harnik / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Third Time's the Charm?

    Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy's health-care proposal received the endorsement of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, which could lead to Senator John McCain backing the measure.

  • Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    Why Is Trump's Legal Team So Messy?

    Ty Cobb, a lawyer for the president, kvetched about a colleague in public and sent several bizarre emails. And that’s only the latest West Wing attorney problem.

  • Congress
    Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    Groundhog Day for Obamacare Repeal

    The GOP is still missing the crucial 50th Senate vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. But a looming deadline is providing new momentum, and the legislation has advanced from no-shot to long-shot.

  • Health
    Andrew Harnik / AP

    The Graham-Cassidy Obamacare Repeal Bill Still Covers Fewer People

    The new Affordable Care Act replacement currently making rounds in the Senate looks different than previous efforts, but the fundamentals are still the same: fewer funds, fewer rules, and fewer people covered.

  • Supreme Court
    Yuri Gripas/ Reuters

    When Beliefs and Identities Clash in Court

    The Supreme Court may not be the right place to settle the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which pits marriage equality against religious freedom.

  • Culture
    Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

    Challenging the Dogmas of Right and Left

    Two authors, Mark Lilla and Henry Olsen, see a politics rejecting the broad messages of Roosevelt and Reagan for the narrow claims of victim-group grievance and purist ideology.

  • Culture
    Jim Urquhart / Reuters

    When Mormons Aspired to Be a ‘White and Delightsome’ People

    A historian looks at the legacy of racism in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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    The Rust Belt Needs Legal Immigration

    President Trump supports a plan that would halve the number of newcomers—and cut off the Midwest’s “demographic lifeline.”

  • Culture
    Mike Segar / Reuters

    Mike Huckabee and the Rise of Christian Media Under Trump

    The former Arkansas governor has a new television show on Trinity Broadcasting Network, and a powerful first guest.

  • The Presence of Justice
    Allen Breed / AP

    What's the Right Punishment for Tearing Down a Confederate Monument?

    In Durham, the sheriff and district attorney appear divided over whether civil disobedience deserves greater leniency from the judicial system.

  • Congress
    Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Cutting Taxes Will Be Harder Than Trump Thinks

    Failure is always an option—especially in Congress.

  • J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Why Trump Should Worry More About Congress Than About Mueller

    It’s public hearings that tend to galvanize opposition and jeopardize presidents.

  • Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    Federal Court Blocks Trump's Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

    A judge in Illinois temporarily put the initiative on hold while legal proceedings continue.