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The ‘Bright Spot’ for Trump in the Government Shutdown

The ‘Bright Spot’ for Trump in the Government Shutdown

In a world in which the U.S. government is functioning somewhat normally, the president right now would be preparing for his delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, next
Women Are Not a Monolith

Women Are Not a Monolith

This weekend, women will take to the streets. The third annual Women’s March will bring thousands of women to Washington, D.C., and other cities across the country to mark “two years of resistance to
What to Expect From Trump-Kim Take Two

What to Expect From Trump-Kim Take Two

For roughly 40 minutes on Friday, a sleepy boutique hotel in Washington, D.C., burst to life as the epicenter of nuclear talks with North Korea.As reporters and camera crews crowded into the lobby of
<em>The Atlantic</em> Politics & Policy Daily: How’s It Cohen?

<em>The Atlantic</em> Politics & Policy Daily: How’s It Cohen?

What We’re Following TodayIt’s Friday, January 18. President Donald Trump will reportedly meet with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February.How It All Could End: As the government shutdown
America Scrambles to Catch Up With Chinese and Russian Weapons

America Scrambles to Catch Up With Chinese and Russian Weapons

“We have some very bad players out there,” President Donald Trump warned from a Pentagon podium on Thursday. Advanced missile technologies are spreading among great powers and rogue actors alike, and
Trump’s Entire Shutdown Approach, Encapsulated in One Tweet

Trump’s Entire Shutdown Approach, Encapsulated in One Tweet

Imagine you were charged with choosing an artifact to put in a time capsule so that future Americans could understand the current government shutdown. This is an unrealistic scenario, of course. No
Why Democrats Have Suddenly Started Talking About Impeachment

Why Democrats Have Suddenly Started Talking About Impeachment

Updated at 9:16 p.m. ET on January 18.Late Thursday night, BuzzFeed News published a report that, if true, could prove historic: President Donald Trump allegedly directed his then–personal lawyer,
Waiting for a Shutdown to End in Disaster

Waiting for a Shutdown to End in Disaster

As the longest government shutdown in American history lurches toward its fifth week, a grim but growing consensus has begun to emerge on Capitol Hill: There may be no way out of this mess until
Trump Flirts With Leaving NATO, and ‘Zero’ Republicans in Congress Are Impressed

Trump Flirts With Leaving NATO, and ‘Zero’ Republicans in Congress Are Impressed

It’s a familiar pattern: President Donald Trump’s Republican allies disagree with him on a major issue. They send statements and tweets, and repeat talking points on cable news. But will those in
<em>Radio Atlantic</em>: Is the President a Russian Asset?

<em>Radio Atlantic</em>: Is the President a Russian Asset?

Subscribe to Radio Atlantic: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PlayOn this week’s show, Alex Wagner chats with the Atlantic staff writer Franklin Foer about the startling news of an FBI
<em>The Atlantic</em> Politics & Policy Daily: No-Fly Zone

<em>The Atlantic</em> Politics & Policy Daily: No-Fly Zone

What We’re Following TodayIt’s Thursday, January 17. The partial government shutdown is now in its 27th day.‘Zero-Tolerance’ Policy: Donald Trump’s administration likely separated thousands more
A Vengeful Start to the Trump-Pelosi Rivalry

A Vengeful Start to the Trump-Pelosi Rivalry

She disinvited him from delivering the State of the Union during a government shutdown. He grounded her plane, abruptly canceling her taxpayer-funded trip to a foreign war zone.Two weeks in, the
Trump Isn’t Even Trying to Convince Voters on the Shutdown

Trump Isn’t Even Trying to Convince Voters on the Shutdown

A government shutdown that most Americans oppose, on behalf of a border wall that most Americans oppose, might be the logical end point for a president and a political party that appears more and more

It’s Time to Impeach Trump

Impeachment is a powerful tool. The time to wield it is now, argues the Atlantic senior editor Yoni Appelbaum. In the latest Atlantic Argument, Appelbaum invokes Andrew Johnson’s impeachment in 1868
Democratic Operatives Are Building Beto O’Rourke’s Campaign Without Him

Democratic Operatives Are Building Beto O’Rourke’s Campaign Without Him

He’s running—or they hope he is, and for now at least, they’ll settle for a shot of him running in a new web video they’re putting out Thursday to try to drum up support and convince Beto O’Rourke
Impeach Donald Trump

Impeach Donald Trump

On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump stood on the steps of the Capitol, raised his right hand, and solemnly swore to faithfully execute the office of president of the United States and, to the best of
Impeachment: An Argument

Impeachment: An Argument

In the March 1976 issue of The Atlantic, Elliot Richardson, the former attorney general, made a silver-lining argument about the then-recent constitutional crisis:Beyond its own sordid confines,
<em>The Atlantic</em> Politics & Policy Daily: Date of the Union

<em>The Atlantic</em> Politics & Policy Daily: Date of the Union

What We’re Following TodayIt’s Wednesday, January 16. The partial government shutdown is now in its 26th day. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked that President Donald Trump postpone—or deliver in
The Deadliest Day for the U.S. in Syria

The Deadliest Day for the U.S. in Syria

Mere weeks after President Donald Trump declared on Twitter that the Islamic State was defeated in Syria and it was time to leave, the militants claimed credit for an attack that, in one stroke,
Nancy Pelosi’s Power Move on the State of the Union

Nancy Pelosi’s Power Move on the State of the Union

The latest casualty of the partial government shutdown might be President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a letter to the president on Wednesday, suggested