Politics & Policy

The Future of the American Idea


  • Andrew Harnik / AP

    'Who Will Fill That Void in the White House Now?'

    The departure of chief of staff Reince Priebus could jeopardize the administration’s tenuous connection with Republican institutions in Washington.

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  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Can John Kelly Stop the Chaos Inside Trump's West Wing?

    President Trump replaced his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, with the current secretary of Homeland Security, a retired Marine general.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Trump's Vision of Lawless Order

    The president suggests he sees the rule of law as an impediment to getting tough on crime.

  • Trump's Dangerous Incitement of Police Violence

    Today the president of the United States openly called on police officers to rough up suspects they were bringing into…

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    Carlos Barria / Reuters

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Goodnight, Sweet Reince

    President Trump has chosen Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to replace Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    'As I Have Always Said': Trump's Ever-Changing Positions on Health Care

    The president insists on his consistency, even as he continually reverses his views.

  • Q of the Week: What Would Your Slogan Be?

    On Monday, Democrats unveiled a new agenda, “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future,” that they hope…

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    The 10 Challenges Republicans Now Face

    With efforts to repeal Obamacare collapsing, the GOP faces a difficult landscape as it looks ahead to 2018.

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  • Congress
    Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Health Care's Bipartisan Moment?

    After the failure of the Senate Republican repeal plan, Democrats say they are ready to deal.

  • Health
    Drew Angerer / Getty

    How Repeal Died—And Could Rise Again

    The failed seven-month drama over rolling back Obamacare illustrates just how far the Republican Party has drifted from constituents and good governance.

  • J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    John McCain Is Not Here to Be Your Hero

    The Arizona senator keeps confounding partisans on both sides who don’t understand that his alliances of convenience are rooted in his deep respect for Senate traditions.

  • Executive
    Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    Anthony Scaramucci's Empty Feud With Reince Priebus

    The new White House communications director’s profane rant at a reporter shows how similar to the president he really is.

  • Collins, Murkowski—and McCain

    The rushed, secretive, reckless effort to get a “win,” any win, by undoing the Obama health care plan is…

  • Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

    The Limits of Bullying

    Trump’s opponents have often been accused of naïveté for their appeals to norms and civility. But early Friday morning, at least, that faith was rewarded.

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    Yuri Kochetkov / Pool / Reuters

    Why Russia Ordered the U.S. to Reduce Its Diplomatic Staff

    The step comes a day after the U.S. Senate passed a sweeping sanctions bill, which now awaits President Trump’s signature.

  • Criminal Justice
    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    Trump's Battle Over LGBT Discrimination Is Just Beginning

    The Trump administration steps into an on-going legal battle over civil rights—and steps on another agency’s turf.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    The Return of the One-Term Presidency?

    Extended runs in office are uncommon in the United States—no matter the individual.

  • Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    Could Trump’s Immigration Agenda Ever Get Through Congress?

    Even groups supportive of the president’s plans have their doubts.

  • Congress
    Cliff Owen / AP

    John McCain's 'No' Vote Sinks Republicans' 'Skinny Repeal' Plan

    The Arizona veteran cast an unexpected vote against Mitch McConnell’s last-ditch proposal to partially repeal the Affordable Care Act, leaving the GOP once again without a way forward.

  • Health
    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    The Health Care Freedom Act Hits The Senate Floor

    The “skinny repeal” would eliminate Obamacare’s mandates, defund Planned Parenthood, and lead to 16 million more uninsured.

  • Andrew Harnik / AP

    How Long Can This Go On?

    One of Trump’s top aides viciously attacks the others, even as the president lambastes his own attorney general. Is there any limit on this administration’s dysfunction?