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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
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

<em>The Atlantic</em> Bears Witness to Trump’s Destructive Presidency

In a November 2016 editorial, The Atlantic warned that Donald Trump would be a threat to the republic—and a danger to democracy itself. In the course of making our case that he was unfit to command,
Federal Employees, On Dealing with the Shutdown

Federal Employees, On Dealing with the Shutdown

In response to these past few items — “Let Them Eat Vacation Days,” “3 Simple Facts About the Shutdown,” and “Yet Another Reason to End the Shutdown” — furloughed federal workers write in about their

Inside a Historic Win on Election Day 2018

On Election Day 2018, Malcolm Kenyatta, a third-generation activist from North Philadelphia, hoped to become a Pennsylvania state representative in the 181st District, which has a 26 percent

Americans Should Be ‘Screaming Mad’ About Amazon’s Free Money

You may have heard by now that Amazon’s new headquarters will soon call the New York and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas home. This decision has engendered much criticism. But the Atlantic staff

A Visitor’s Guide to America’s Great Big Border Wall

As the border between the United States and Mexico began to figure more and more prominently in the news cycle, the filmmaker David Freid noticed a consistent blind spot: No one, it seemed, was

Trump and His Supporters Thrive on Cruelty

The binding agent between Donald Trump and his backers is the president’s consistent demonstration of cruelty, argues writer Adam Serwer in the latest Atlantic Argument. From the president’s mockery
What Donald Trump and Dick Cheney Got Wrong About America

What Donald Trump and Dick Cheney Got Wrong About America

I. A Dangerous IdeaCan America still lead the world? Should it? If so, how? These fundamental questions have lurked in the background for years. Donald Trump brought them front and center.The
The Real Roots of American Rage

The Real Roots of American Rage

I. An Angry Little TownSoon after the snows of 1977 began to thaw, the residents of Greenfield, Massachusetts, received a strange questionnaire in the mail. “Try to recall the number of times you

He Served the Longest Sentence of Any Innocent U.S. Inmate

To experience the full scale of this 360° video, use the arrows on the top left of the video window to change angles, or just click and drag the image in any direction. In 1975, Rickey Jackson was 18
Ending Weed Prohibition Hasn’t Stopped Drug Crimes

Ending Weed Prohibition Hasn’t Stopped Drug Crimes

James GrahamLegalizing POT was supposed to reduce crime, or so advocates argued. The theory was simple: As cannabis buyers beat a path to the nearest dispensary, the black market would dry up, and
What the President Could Do If He Declares a State of Emergency

What the President Could Do If He Declares a State of Emergency

In the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump reached deep into his arsenal to try to deliver votes to Republicans.Most of his weapons were rhetorical, featuring a mix

A Crisis of Conscience in Fake News

Once upon a time, an economically depressed and largely forgotten town in the Balkans experienced a digital gold rush. The average monthly salary in Veles, Macedonia, had been $371; now young denizens
Agnosticism and the Gary Hart Case

Agnosticism and the Gary Hart Case

Last month I had an article in the print magazine about a reported deathbed confession, by the GOP operative Lee Atwater, that he had intentionally set up the Monkey Business escapade that effectively
The Animals of California’s Devastating Camp Fire

The Animals of California’s Devastating Camp Fire

Stephen Lam / Reuters The Camp Fire, now California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire ever recorded, is 70 percent contained, after raging for 12 days. The Sacramento Bee reports that the
The Democrats’ White-People Problem

The Democrats’ White-People Problem

“I want them to talk about racism every day,” Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former strategist, told The American Prospect last year. “If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go

Trump Is Exposing a Major Flaw in American Democracy

“The Trump years have cast a hard light on many of the ancient flaws in American democracy,” says writer David Frum in a new Atlantic Argument. One of these flaws, Frum argues, is the fact that the 93
The Clinton Impeachment, as Told by the People Who Lived It

The Clinton Impeachment, as Told by the People Who Lived It

In 1998, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted to impeach President Bill Clinton on one charge of perjury and one charge of obstruction of justice. The articles of impeachment had their

Something’s Wrong With Fall in America

With all the problems plaguing America today, it can be difficult to prioritize which to address. But just because a problem may not be headline-worthy doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem. Take