The commander-in-chief’s speech to a disabled veterans’ group was a counterweight to Donald Trump’s comments on the military.
The most personally moving, and most fundamentally patriotic, moment of the Democratic National Convention was the appearance by the bereaved…
The Atlantic’s Molly Ball explores Hillary Clinton’s image of composure in the midst of a troubled country.
Mark Salter, former chief of staff to Sen. John McCain, has written an essay for Real Clear Politics on why…
Last night, in her overall very successful acceptance speech, Hillary Clinton said with ruthless precision about her opponent: …
Can Hillary Clinton’s projection of steadiness resonate with an unsettled country?
The placards at the Democratic National Convention had more than symbolic importance.
It's the issue at the heart of the convention: a policy they helped create, and are now debating how to fix.
Those who demonstrate at the RNC and DNC have extreme views within their faith. But they are increasingly mistaken for the mainstream.
The Democrat promised voters she’d do her job intelligently and doggedly—and help them be the heroes of their own lives.
In her acceptance speech, the Democratic nominee took on her Republican rival by throwing Donald Trump’s own words back at him.
The father of a Muslim American who died in Iraq confronts Donald Trump.
The Democratic nominee for United States president made a play for progressives, moderates, and Independents alike during her address in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
The comparatively less flashy, less spirited former First Kid managed to show her mom’s softer side at the DNC on Thursday.
The former secretary of state made history by winning the presidential nomination. Can she do it again by winning the presidency?
Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia, ratifying a promise made there 240 years before—that all are created equal.
Just a quick place-holder note on where things stand, near the end of the DNC and in the middle of…
Experience the senator’s press-conference speech in virtual reality.
Are die-hard Bernie Sanders supporters willing to compromise and vote for Hillary Clinton?
His call for Russian hackers to break into Hillary Clinton’s email validate the worst suspicions of security-state critics.
A casual survey at the DNC reveals not youthful folly, but Millennial pragmatism.
Sketches of voters whose life experiences caused them to see the election through the lenses of gender and race.
Does the Democratic Party—open to all immigrants, races, genders, and sexual orientations—have enough room for less educated white voters?
Twelve years after introducing himself to the American public as the son of an immigrant, the president recast himself as a bearer of Scotch-Irish values.
The billionaire former New York mayor denounced the Republican nominee as a “dangerous demagogue” and a “risky, reckless, and radical choice.”
At the Democratic National Convention, history repeats itself ...
A reader who is a veteran lawyer on the West Coast writes about Donald Trump’s argument that he can’t/won’t release…
Without elaboration, I will note for the record something, yet another thing, that to the best of my knowledge has…
In a press conference right now, Donald Trump says that he’d be happy to release his tax returns but can’t…
The president took the DNC stage on Wednesday, showing why he will be his one-time rival's best advocate this fall.
Liberal mayors see the Republican nominee’s rhetoric as a threat to their diversity and inclusivity.
Delegate Anthony Woods, a former congressional candidate and veteran, is familiar with the DNC’s narratives of inclusion.
In his convention speech, he suggested that Muslims need to earn the rights that all other Americans enjoy.
Hillary Clinton made history on Tuesday night—and her husband reintroduced the first woman to secure a major-party nomination to America.
Four decades after he asked his wife to set aside her own ambitions, he asked Americans to return her to the White House in her own right.
His convention speech re-introducing his wife to the country was an uneven, but ultimately effective, performance.
The women who cheered Hillary Clinton into her official nomination showed why this moment in American history is so important—and fragile.
Bernie Sanders told his supporters to get in line, but some aren't buying it.
Identity politics loomed large on the first night of the Democratic National Convention.
When something goes wrong, I start with blunder, confusion, and miscalculation as the likely explanations. Planned-out wrongdoing is harder to…
Hillary Clinton is running as the candidate of continuity—but Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and most white Democrats think America is headed in the wrong direction.
The First Lady took to the stage at the Democratic National Convention, and united a divided hall.
The majority of Democratic voters, however, are with her.
A call from the Vermont senator urging support for Hillary Clinton was met with boos from delegates in Philadelphia.
Suspicions about foreign interference in U.S. politics have arisen before. In 1980, the Ayatollah’s Iranian government may have delayed the…
The Vermont senator closed the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with a show of unity, but his supporters weren’t necessarily with him.
This will be the Ruby Gilliam’s eighth national convention—and she says she has a few more left in her.
In response to recent items on what Donald Trump is doing, four readers offer views on why. 1)…
The editorial page of the Washington Post, though chronically hawkish in foreign policy, usually ends up endorsing the Democratic candidate…
As the Democratic National Convention prepares to kick off, a massive leak of hacked emails renews old questions about how the Clintons and their associates operate.
When I saw this online video last night, I assumed it was a parody, perhaps a less fantastical version of…
Meet the Clinton and Sanders delegates attending this week’s gathering—with their children, parents, and siblings.
There’s a special “debut” category for vice-presidential selections who very suddenly find themselves in the world’s media glare. VP…
Donald Trump sent out the second tweet, saying people should never be mocked for their heritage, thirteen minutes after the…
For three days now, Donald Trump has been the official nominee of the Republican party. For many decades now,…
Delegates in Cleveland answer a nightmare question: Would they take four more years of Barack Obama over a Hillary Clinton presidency?
The morning after he accepted the Republican nomination with a serious, long speech, Trump dredged up old feuds, praised the National Enquirer, and had his fun.
Nonpartisan prognosticators and party officials seem bleak about the GOP’s chances in November. But delegates in Cleveland were at least somewhat more optimistic.
Amid the chaos of the Republican National Convention, the city of Cleveland was quiet.
No one will ever be able to say, looking back, that Donald Trump was concealing the kind of leader he…
Bikini trading-card king Brian Wallos expands his empire to politics, training his gaze on 2016’s winners, losers, and rookies as well as the future stars of 2020.
In his speech to the Republican National Convention, the presidential nominee revealed a deeply flawed political strategy.
Breaking with two centuries of political tradition, Donald Trump didn’t ask Americans to place their trust in each other or in God, but rather, in Trump.
Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention speech was full of misleading statements, twisted facts, and false characterizations.
Will the men and women who sabotaged the Republican party also be the ones to save it?
If there’s one thing everyone can agree on at the Republican Convention, it’s how they feel about Hillary Clinton.
When he takes the floor tonight, the Republican nominee faces an impossible task.
In a series of posts, I’ve been arguing that the well-publicized chaos of the Republican National Convention…
Readers respond to this stage in our national pageant. Is it all just kayfabe? From a reader in the…
Photographs of the delegates, the demonstrations, and the Donald
In the previous installment of our archive series, Fallows featured a popularity poll of Donald Trump in 1990 that…
At the Republican National Convention, reactions to Donald Trump range from lackluster enthusiasm to outright defiance.
Months ago I published a note from a reader whose work, in the TV industry, involved exposure to virtually all…
The Republican nominee's comments to The New York Times are likely to be received very differently by his base than by Washington's elites.
For any normal candidate in any normal year, an interview like the one Donald Trump has just given to David…
Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination and spoke of a dark, troubled, crime-riddled nation—that only he could heal.
Was the Texas senator’s bold move at the Republican National Convention a principled stand, or a mistake?
It was supposed to be Indiana Governor Mike Pence's big night—but all eyes were on the unrepentant Texas senator, instead.
The first convention I remember watching, on television at home as a kid, was the 1964 Republican convention, featuring Barry…
As the governor steps out on the national stage, Indiana delegates recall a devoted friend, who has grown into his role as an executive.
Late in the U.S. Republican primary, the Texas senator denounced his then-rival in strong moral terms. He may not hold his ground during the convention.
For some, it's about protecting police. For others, it's about keeping protesters safe.
The long odds facing Donald Trump have ambitious Republican politicians already jockeying for position in the next presidential race.
On the morning after Donald Trump officially became the Republican party’s nominee, we learned these two things about his approach…
Artists brought their work to the streets of Cleveland—from portraits to cosplay to sex dolls—taking advantage of the crowds.
The Constitution assigns executive authority to the president—but a President Trump would hand it off to Mike Pence.
Both parties are trying to convince undecided voters that their candidate is the lesser of two evils.
Donald Trump’s successful campaign is genuinely something new. But Trump himself, plus many of the distinctive Trump moves with which…
The demand to put Clinton in jail (or worse) is bringing together Republicans.
Even as I type, Donald J. Trump Jr’s speech on his father’s behalf at the Republican convention is receiving lots…
The party’s establishment mounted the stage in Cleveland to line up behind their new leader.
After a series of planned demonstrations amounted to little, a tense situation broke out in Public Square downtown Tuesday afternoon.
The blunder by the Republican nominee’s wife underscores a campaign rife with problems.
This is a further spelled-out version of what I was trying to say Tweet-storm style a little while ago. …
Monday night, Trump’s supporters suggested that America went to hell under Barack Obama—without ever mentioning what things were like under the Republican who preceded him.
In this video, The Atlantic asks residents of the blue city what it's like to host the red party's event.
Donald Trump acts as if he isn’t a regular politician. One sense in which that is true: His political organization is even more mendacious than the lying norm.
For the Republican presumptive presidential nominee and his wife, attractiveness is the measure of a woman's worth.
Imagining what would happen if the Republican candidate uses the same speechwriters as his wife.
The Trump campaign botched the vice-presidential rollout, insulted a key state’s popular governor, saw chaos erupt on the convention floor, and ended with a plagiarism scandal.
Univision has established itself as a powerful and influential voice in politics. Republican candidates ignore the network at their own peril.
The wife of the Republican nominee apparently borrowed passages from the first lady’s speech at the 2008 Denver Democratic National Convention.
No potential 2020 candidate has as much going for him as Senator Ted Cruz.
Far from the action at the Republican National Convention, Trump demonstrators of all political persuasions voiced their concerns for America.
For millions of Americans eager to hear her story, Melania Trump’s speech was perhaps most remarkable for what she didn’t say.
While a loyal group of speakers came out to support Donald Trump, dissenters tried to derail the proceedings.
On the first day of the Republican National Convention, the candidate beat back a challenge on the floor, demonstrating his control of the GOP.
This is not a systematic or conclusive assessment of conditions in Cleveland. But on the basis of walking around downtown…
A reader argues that Donald Trump, who has free-wheeled his way through his last few major “speeches” (as examined in…
Delegates made a last-ditch effort to block the impending Republican presidential nomination during a chaotic opening session in Cleveland.
Stephen Colbert has already stolen the show in Cleveland. The comedian-turned-commentator’s career is a good analog of Donald Trump’s.
Greetings from Cleveland! Where to start? Well, here’s one possible starting point. Everything about Donald Trump’s rise suggests a…
An American who has lived and worked in Asia for several decades writes: You might cast a future…
“I’m completely mystified,” says one Indian reporter.
Ahead of the Republican National Convention, Cleveland’s Middle Eastern community has mixed feelings about the candidate’s views.
Drake University student, Westhenry Ioerger, is heading to the party’s national convention to participate as an alternate delegate—though he had hoped to see Ted Cruz as the nominee.
Excuses include “I've got to mow my lawn” and “I’ve got to really do my hair that week.”
What Patrick Healy and Helene Cooper of the NYT report today is highly unusual and deserves attention. The unusual aspect…
I am again impressed by and grateful to the crew at C-Span, which has promptly put up a full, high-rez…
Until this week, three episodes of choosing a vice presidential nominee stood out in post-World War II history as the…
The city says its police are ready for the Republican National Convention, but in the year of Trump, everyone is on edge.
An eccentric band of conservatives thought they could make a last stand against the presumptive nominee, but wound up only strengthening Trump as he marches to the nomination next week.
The presumptive Republican nominee is widely reported to have settled upon the Indiana governor as his running mate.
Despite their waning influence over the years, the process leading up to the 2016 national conventions has underscored intra-party conflicts.
His home state is hosting the GOP convention. So why hasn’t the Ohio governor endorsed Donald Trump?
Mitt Romney’s chief campaign strategist imagines an event that’s even crazier than the GOP’s get-together in Cleveland—but not by much.
The gatherings of Democrats and Republicans are more than just funny hats and canned speeches.
What if a convention rule change allowed delegates to reject any candidate on the first ballot who hasn’t made them public?
The party conventions provide an opportunity for protesters to reassert themselves on a national stage.