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Impeachment Is Not the Answer

Impeachment Is Not the Answer

The title and timing of To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment might lead the unwary reader to expect a polemic. But no. Inside these covers is a learned, judicious, and surprisingly cautious
<em>The Atlantic</em> Politics & Policy Daily: Obama Pivots to Video

<em>The Atlantic</em> Politics & Policy Daily: Obama Pivots to Video

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)Today in 5 Lines Following a meeting between President Trump and top law-enforcement and intelligence officials, the White House announced that Chief of
The President Who Cried Wolf

The President Who Cried Wolf

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The president of the United States is seizing on vague news reports to allege a vast political conspiracy against him, demanding an investigation, and searching for
There Is Only One Trump Scandal

There Is Only One Trump Scandal

The sheer volume of Trump scandals can seem difficult to keep track of.There’s the ongoing special-counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign aided a Russian campaign to aid Trump’s
Donald Trump Has All the Power

Donald Trump Has All the Power

Sunday afternoon, President Trump tweeted an extraordinary threat—extraordinary even by the standards of Donald Trump’s norm-busting use of Twitter and abusive conduct toward the Justice Department
Is the 'Cynthia Effect' Real?

Is the 'Cynthia Effect' Real?

NEW PALTZ, N.Y.—“I’m Cynthia Nixon, standing in the mud!” the candidate declared by way of introduction to a rally of students, professors, and activists near a State University of New York campus
Who Does the Democratic Party Stand For?

Who Does the Democratic Party Stand For?

There are two Staceys angling to become Georgia’s first woman governor.One Stacey—Stacey Abrams—is black. She’s the former minority leader of the state House of Representatives. The other, Stacey
Where ‘America First’ Once Led

Where ‘America First’ Once Led

According to the authoritative Freedom House rankings, we have seen over a decade of deterioration in free institutions. Outright massacre is the order of the day in countries from Burma to the
The Real Risk of Trump’s Dehumanization of Immigrants

The Real Risk of Trump’s Dehumanization of Immigrants

“You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people—these are animals.”That was President Trump earlier this week, when, according to The New York Times, he “lashed out at undocumented
It’s the Guns

It’s the Guns

Americans of high-school age are 82 times more likely to die from a gun homicide than 15- to 19-year-olds in the rest of the developed world.This stark discrepancy is often treated as a baffling fact,
<em>The Atlantic</em> Politics & Policy Daily: ‘I’ve Always Kind of Felt Like Eventually It Was Going to Happen Here, Too’

<em>The Atlantic</em> Politics & Policy Daily: ‘I’ve Always Kind of Felt Like Eventually It Was Going to Happen Here, Too’

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)Today in 5 Lines Nine students and one teacher were killed after a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, according to Governor
Trump’s New Strategy for Responding to Robert Mueller

Trump’s New Strategy for Responding to Robert Mueller

Rudy Giuliani’s first weeks as President Trump’s lawyer have been hectic and full of contradictions—both Giuliani contradicting himself, and the president contradicting Giuliani.Underneath the chaos,
A House Republican Rebellion on Two Fronts

A House Republican Rebellion on Two Fronts

A deepening rupture within the House Republican ranks over immigration policy has claimed another casualty: the farm bill, a far-reaching priority of Speaker Paul Ryan that would impose work
The North Korea Summit Isn't a Real-Estate Deal

The North Korea Summit Isn't a Real-Estate Deal

It’s often hard for outside analysts to determine what’s driving North Korea’s tactical decisions, but it’s fun to imagine that someone in Pyongyang has been reading The Art of the Deal ahead of a
The House Republican Blockade on Immigration Finally Ruptures

The House Republican Blockade on Immigration Finally Ruptures

For the better part of five years, a small but vocal group of congressional Republicans has been pushing the party’s leadership in the House to act on immigration—either to address the issue
<i>The Atlantic</i> Politics & Policy Daily: Madame Director

<i>The Atlantic</i> Politics & Policy Daily: Madame Director

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)Today in 5 Lines On the first anniversary of the special counsel’s Russia probe, President Trump reiterated his claim that there was no collusion between
The Donald Trump Cabinet Tracker

The Donald Trump Cabinet Tracker

Updated on May 18 at 1:18 p.m. ETPresident Trump’s latest pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs is the man who’s been doing the job for the last month-and-a-half.The president on Friday made
Trump’s NASA Chief: 'I Fully Believe and Know the Climate Is Changing'

Trump’s NASA Chief: 'I Fully Believe and Know the Climate Is Changing'

The new administrator of NASA held a town hall Thursday at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jim Bridenstine is about four weeks into the job, and his path here was mired in controversy.
Trump Can't Afford to Admit His Failures With North Korea

Trump Can't Afford to Admit His Failures With North Korea

Think of the past few months of President Trump’s Korea policy as a drama, unfolding in multiple acts.Act I: Trump impulsively agrees to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Perhaps unaware that
‘Without Personal Honor There Is No Leadership’

‘Without Personal Honor There Is No Leadership’

Rex Tillerson spent 10 years as CEO of ExxonMobil before Donald Trump tapped him to be secretary of state, only to fire him from the position 14 months later. On Wednesday, he delivered a commencement