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'There's Nothing Better Than a Scared, Rich Candidate'

... online-fund-raising experts, and social-media-analytics firms. Whole companies exist just to manufacture the throwaway trinkets campaigns hand out, from stress balls with a candidate's name...

What Has Clinton Actually Learned From Her Iraq 'Mistake'?

The Atlantic - The ...The AtlanticOn Wednesday, the Democratic nominee stressed the importance of learning from her vote for the war. But she won't say...

Which Republicans Oppose Donald Trump? A Cheat Sheet

The former Senate majority leader and 1996 GOP presidential nominee endorsed Trump on May 6. He will also be the only living GOP .... Racicot,...

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Chris Christie's Major Truss Issues

... is expected to be released by the end of next week. (Nancy A. Youssef and Shane Harris, Daily Beast). The Trump Diaries: Politico's Shane...

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: One Primary, Two Paul-iticians

Donald Trump said at a rally that “the Second Amendment” is the only way to prevent Hillary Clinton from appointing federal judges if elected, and...

The Time Is Ripe for Détente, 2.0

In 1990, a year before the Soviet Union's collapse, then-U.S. Secretary of State James Baker offered his Russian counterparts “iron-clad guarantees” that NATO would not...

Trump Time Capsule #68: We Wuz Robbed Trump Time Capsule #67: 'Unfit' Trump Time Capsule #66: Khan, Koch ...

The debates will be worlds more difficult than an interview by George Stephanopoulos. .... Update: According to ABC, Trump has told George Stephanopoulos this about...

Trump Time Capsule #67: 'Unfit' Trump Time Capsule #66: Khan, Koch, Crimea, and the NFL Trump Time Capsule #65 ...

She begins, “He called me on Mother's Day.” Then watch for the next minute. ... For me, the Khans have offered as close as we...

Hillary Clinton Begins Building Her Coalition

NewsweekAs Clinton acknowledged early on, her platform has been heavily shaped by the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont progressive who gave her a...

Trump Time Capsule #60: Tim Kaine of the Garden State Trump Time Capsule #59: 'I Hope Putin Has Hillary's Emails ...

After nearly a week awash in news about Hillary Clinton's vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine — current Senator from Virginia, former governor of that...

'I Am Your Voice'

As Priscilla noted, Bernie Sanders got a shout-out tonight from Trump, who's looking to embrace the Vermont senator's voters. “Nobody knows the system better than...

Ted Cruz Steals the Show

Austin ChronicleCLEVELAND—Senator Ted Cruz strode out on stage at the Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday to thunderous, extended applause. He left, smiling tightly, to equally...

Is a Ph.D. Worth It Anymore? Cont'd Is a Ph.D. Worth It Anymore? NIH Funding: It's Personal, Cont'd Researchers Vent ...

In fiscal-year 2017, the NIH looks poised for another increase: A House subcommittee just approved a $1.25 billion boost at a meeting Thursday, and last...

Where Republicans Stand on Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet

Conservative columnist George Will, who had already declared himself against Trump, has now officially left the GOP over his presumptive nomination. If Trump is making...

The Edge: 'This Is a Devastating Attack on All Americans'

Democrats in the Senate are pushing for a vote on a proposal that would restrict people on government watch lists from purchasing guns. The U.S.

The Donald Trump Veepstakes: A Cheat Sheet

Here's a cheat sheet of some of the names being floated—either by Trump and his aides; or by the candidates or their supporters themselves; or...

Where Republicans Stand on Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet

The Maine senator and moderate said, “I have always supported the Republican nominee for president, and I suspect I would do so this year, but...

What Is History's Most Influential Feud?

... Charles Sumner made an impassioned speech criticizing Andrew Butler of South Carolina. Butler's cousin Preston decided Sumner wasn't enough of a gentleman to duel...

Arch Enemies

Victor Chu, a shoe designer who teaches a class about how to walk in heels, recommends that you “engage your abs—this gives you poise and...

The Donald Trump Veepstakes: A Cheat Sheet

WTHRHere's a cheat sheet of some of the names being floated—either by Trump and his aides; or by the candidates or their supporters themselves; or...

American Sheriff

Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.'s podcast, The People's Sheriff, begins with a slide-guitar and a boot-stomp beat before segueing into the rich baritone of...

Trump Accelerates Down the Track

In Maryland, Representative Chris Van Hollen beat Representative Donna Edwards to win the Democratic nomination for Senate. Van Hollen will be a favorite to replace...

How Race and Gender Shaped the Senate Race in Maryland

“Diversity is important,” Rushern Baker III, the county executive for Prince George's County in Maryland and a Van Hollen supporter, said earlier this month, according...

'A Scandal in Czechia' People of Czechia, Turn Back! It's Not Too Late

Before I disappeared into article-writing land, I put up an item arguing that today's Czech Republic, homeland of all of my wife's forebears back when...

The Edge: Just Don't Eat the Pizza With a Knife and Fork

The president visited the University of Chicago Law School, where he was once a professor of constitutional law, to make the case for Senate Republicans...

The People v. OJ Simpson: Case Closed?

There were so many different endings here. The Cochran ending, with plastic-cupped office champagne and a “Congratulations” cake. The Clark/Darden ending, with that lovely, terribly...

The Nest: A Tale of Family, Fortune, and Dysfunction

In a prologue made for the screen (champagne, hand job, speeding Porsche), the drug-addled, sex-driven Leo Plumb stars as a predatory Prince Charming to a...

What's the Answer to Political Polarization in the US?

The country witnessed the assassinations of John F. and Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X. The segregationist former governor of Alabama, George Wallace,...

Tallying the Costs of Open Carry

And Richard Briscoe, legislative director for the gun-rights group Open Carry Texas, testified to the Senate Committee on State Affairs, three weeks after the expansion...

The Edge: Emailgate Saga Continues

But too generic might just be starting to pay off. (Benjamin Wallace Wells, The New Yorker). Trouble at Home. Rand Paul's struggling presidential campaign could...

Rand Paul's Bigger Problem Back Home

(Senator Marco Rubio decided to forgo a re-election bid in Florida to focus on his White House bid.) The strategy for Democrats is straightforward: Remind...

The Return of the 1920s

In response, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer undertook what have become known as the Palmer Raids arresting and deporting hundreds of trade unionists, and alleged...

Disappearing Presidential Candidates

Meredith Shiner noted on Yahoo that he'd positioned himself “as an establishment-money-backed Republican who social conservatives also can support, an approach that could give him...

What If Trump Is the Nominee?

Republican Senate candidates should embrace the appeal of Donald Trump's ballsy rhetoric while simultaneously fending off his “farcical fits.” That's the advice offered in a...

Why the Public Can't Read the Press

The division between the Senate's two press galleries—the Senate Daily Press Gallery, traditionally home only to daily newspapers, and the Senate Periodical Press Gallery, traditionally...

Why the Public Can't Read the Press

The division between the Senate's two press galleries—the Senate Daily Press Gallery, traditionally home only to daily newspapers, and the Senate Periodical Press Gallery, traditionally...

If the GDP Is Up, Why Is America Down?

Throughout the tumult of the elections last year political commentators were perplexed by a stubborn fact. The economy was performing splendidly, at least according to...

Obama's Executive Actions on Immigration Are Ruled Unconstitutional

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a series of President Obama's executive orders on immigration on Friday, frustrating the administration's efforts to shield...

What Would It Take to Have an Economy Full of Good Jobs Again?

The sociologist Joan Acker notes that even as the last few decades have seen an influx of women of all races into the workforce, women...

Where Is the Place for Devout Gay Families in the Church?

The Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, has expressed a similar attitude. Before the pope's visit, he wrote a letter in reference to a lesbian woman...

Now That Arne Duncan Is Out, Is No Child Left Behind to Stay?

Known for his creation of his controversial Race to the Top grant program and push for teacher accountability, Duncan is widely seen as one of...

Why Did Pope Francis Meet With Kim Davis?

Joseph Kurtz, the archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky, and the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, wouldn't comment on the meeting itself and how...

The Pope Throws Down for Religious Freedom

... pope has been having conversations with more conservative U.S. bishops, like Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who are particularly concerned about this issue—especially when it...

Is the Pope Trying to Redeem Colonialism?

For example: Charles Chaput, the Archbishop of Philadelphia—where Francis will be spending several days during his visit—is a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe.

Who Won the Second Republican Presidential Debate?

A second intriguing moment came as the candidates lined up to bash a somewhat surprising goat: the conservative chief justice of the United States, John...

The Atlantic Daily: The White House and Syrian Refugees, Congress and the Iran ...

In Congress: In a 58-42 vote, Senate Democrats blocked a measure from Republicans that sought to kill the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran. Republicans...

Florida Man Threatens Democratic Senate Hopes

In 2010, their candidate was walloped in a three-way Senate race that Rubio won—Governor Charlie Crist ran as an independent after losing the Republican primary;...

Supersonic Airplanes and the Age of Irrational Technology

The box sat untouched in his bottom desk drawer. For weeks we discussed opening it, and one January morning he was ready. I set the...

Can You Change a Woman's Mind in the Walk Up to an Abortion Clinic?

It was a warm day when Kelsey McLain, then a 25-year-old in the midst of the first trimester of her pregnancy, arrived at the abortion...

Utah May Bring Back the Firing Squad

Thus the response of the Utah State Senate. On Tuesday, it voted to legalize executions by firing ... "If ever John Albert Taylor felt consuming...