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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 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
The Citizenship Question Isn’t Quite Dead Yet

The Citizenship Question Isn’t Quite Dead Yet

On Tuesday, a federal judge struck down the infamous citizenship question. Judge Jesse M. Furman, in the Southern District of New York, decided to block the Commerce Department from “adding a
Trump's Chief Shutdown Negotiator Is Unknown to Most Americans

Trump's Chief Shutdown Negotiator Is Unknown to Most Americans

The ongoing government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has crystallized for many Americans that Washington skews more “day-care center” than “center of the free world.” And as Republicans and
Why Would Bill Barr Even Want to Be Attorney General?

Why Would Bill Barr Even Want to Be Attorney General?

When nominees for Cabinet jobs come before the Senate, the burning question is often how they would handle a particular policy matter. But in the case of Bill Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee
There’s a Way for Democrats to Sue Trump—Thanks to the Republicans

There’s a Way for Democrats to Sue Trump—Thanks to the Republicans

As the partial shutdown of the federal government has stretched to 25 days, Democrats are mulling a possible lawsuit: If Donald Trump declares a national emergency and reappropriates funding for his
The Racial Wealth Gap Could Become a 2020 Litmus Test

The Racial Wealth Gap Could Become a 2020 Litmus Test

When Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that she’d formed a presidential exploratory committee, she hit all the populist notes that have become standard in her career, addressing a besieged middle
Cambodian Deportees Return to a 'Home' They've Never Known

Cambodian Deportees Return to a 'Home' They've Never Known

PHNOM PENH—Thuch Sek’s skin is an ink-filled canvas, his Cambodian heritage and American life woven across his back and down his limbs. Thug life marks his right forearm; a misspelled tattoo extolling
Bill Barr Breaks With Trump on the Mueller Probe

Bill Barr Breaks With Trump on the Mueller Probe

Senate Democrats were undoubtedly heartened to hear from President Donald Trump’s attorney-general nominee, Bill Barr, that he does not believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller is on “a witch hunt” and
<em>The Atlantic</em> Politics & Policy Daily: No Holds Barred

<em>The Atlantic</em> Politics & Policy Daily: No Holds Barred

What We’re Following TodayIt’s Tuesday, January 15. A bipartisan meeting of senators on Monday led to no consensus, and a group of Democrats rejected the president’s invitation for lunchtime talks