The party appears to be struggling to convince the public it represents a better alternative to President Trump and the GOP.
Conflicts over reproductive rights have raised questions about who the party will accept, and who it will reject, in its coalition.
A debate over what it means to be a progressive is front-and-center as the party tries to rebuild.
The Democratic challenger had a strong showing in a conservative district on Tuesday, but failed to earn enough votes to prevent another contest in June against Republican Karen Handel.
Anyone can create political power, Eric Liu argues in a new book, but opposition alone won’t win converts to a cause.
The Democratic Party has lost power at the national level and in state legislatures. Even so, Ruy Teixeira argues that liberals should feel hopeful about the future.
In response, some GOP members of Congress are attempting to show sympathy for voter concerns.
The Massachusetts senator is in the spotlight for criticizing the president’s agenda. The louder she opposes Trump, however, the more she may find her own actions closely scrutinized, and harshly judged.
A conversation with Robert Jervis of Columbia University on the potential consequences of the president’s combative rhetoric
Dan P. McAdams, the author of The Atlantic’s June 2016 cover story “The Mind of Donald Trump,” shares what he learned about Trump and what might be expected during his presidency.
“Trump is absolutely trying to attack our democratic institutions and to make the country more authoritarian,” one Democratic lawmaker warns.
They were Ronald Reagan’s allies during the Cold War. But some now want the president-elect to build bridges with Vladimir Putin.
Republican Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, has taken aim at a federal watchdog.
“This isn’t the way the presidency has worked since Congress passed the Ethics in Government Act in 1978,” the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics said on Wednesday.
Conservative women who oppose the incoming president must decide whether to stay in the GOP or leave.
These voters overwhelmingly oppose the Affordable Care Act. Yet millions of them have gained health-care coverage under the law.
It won’t be easy for the party to win back voters lost to the GOP.
The editor of First Things on Donald Trump and the limits of multi-cultural democracy
Selections from The Atlantic’s coverage of 2016—from religious-liberty bills to Donald Trump's polarizing effect on evangelicals.
Selections from The Atlantic’s coverage of 2016, when longstanding tensions over race and identity erupted into conflict.
A conversation with Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, about the party’s illiteracy on and hostility toward white evangelicals
From mosque surveillance to new religious-exemption laws, a look at some of the issues likely to come up under Trump
The science of man-made global warming has only grown more conclusive. So why have Republicans become less convinced it’s real over the past decade and a half?
Representative Mark Meadows, the group’s new chairman, is hoping an early push for deregulation will do the trick.
His tone and temperament haven’t changed since the campaign, and he’s poised to enter office with historically low approval ratings.
The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold opened up to his audience, using crowdsourcing to explore the president-elect’s charitable activities.
Texas’s slate of electors put him over the top.
He summed up the president-elect’s plans simply: “Donald Trump’s gonna kick over the table.”
The states with the highest emissions levels mostly voted for the president-elect. Now, he’s selecting officials for his Cabinet who likely won’t try to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
The former Texas governor has questioned the scientific consensus on climate change and once forgot the name of the agency when listing those he wanted to eliminate.
The president-elect and Silicon Valley leaders are foils, with contrasting values, interests, and visions for the future.
A post-election survey has good news for the outgoing commander in chief—and suggests Republicans are optimistic about a GOP takeover of Washington.
Some mainline congregations have seen a bump in attendance since the election. But the most powerful changes to come may be theological.
Members disillusioned by support for the president-elect can more easily effect change if they stay put.
Progressive groups will launch a coalition aimed at pressuring Republicans bent on repealing the Affordable Care Act.
A new survey suggests many might prefer a kind of multipolar Washington, with three distinct orbits of power checking each other.
Political parties there are benefiting from the same working-class alienation over demographic and economic change that helped the U.S. president-elect.
Long-shot efforts to stop Donald Trump or change the election system risk taking up time and energy with little to show at the end.
Trump’s election has reopened questions that have long seemed settled in America—including the acceptability of open discrimination against minority groups.
A conversation with the Purdue University professor Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, whose new book documents the connection between Islam and hip-hop culture in the United States
The president-elect’s allies are seeking to stop recounts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Critics say she failed to energize the Democratic base. But vote totals show her biggest shortcomings were in counties that opposed Barack Obama the most.
Maybe. But they may never have had much of a chance in the first place.
They’re worried about poverty, hunger, drug addiction, and the “softness” of the country. And they’ve got high expectations for their president.
Big cities are economically ascendant, but politically isolated—and ready to fight to maintain economic growth and cultural diversity.
There’s no shortage of parallels between the two populists—but there’s at least one crucial difference.
In the battle for power in Washington, GOP leaders on Capitol Hill are scoring early victories with key appointments.
A legal analysis of a provision in the contract that may pose problems for the president-elect
The Trump administration will determine the future of the Third Offset, a plan for ensuring the long-term competitive advantage of the U.S. armed forces.
Her high-profile loss could discourage women from running for office—but it might also motivate them to become more politically engaged.
In a future campaign, the president-elect would need to keep his supporters faithful, while not further alienating groups who opposed him this year.
It’s a reminder to her supporters that more Americans voted the way they did than voted for her opponent.
There’s a case to be made for routine election audits—but not for spreading unsubstantiated claims or speculation about the outcome of an election.
The president-elect is testing the limits of political convention.
Millions of mail-in and absentee ballots haven’t been counted yet. They won’t change anything, though.
The president-elect has tapped Senator Jeff Sessions for the role.
The early days of his transition have looked like chaos, but veterans of the process say the president-elect has time to catch up.
The Vermont senator has outlined an agenda where Democrats might find common ground with the next president.
Clashes between the media and presidents over access aren’t new—but that doesn’t make them any less important.