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The Future of the American Idea


  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    What If the Health-Care Collapse Saves Trump's Presidency?

    Despite the damage done to his reputation, the defeat may liberate him to pursue the agenda his voters support—not the one the Republican establishment favors.

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  • Jim Bourg / Reuters

    Breitbart's Fight to Prove It's a Legitimate News Outlet

    The right-wing news site has applied for congressional press credentials, but faces questions about its ownership and links between its editors and other organizations.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    The Ever-Deepening Mystery of Devin Nunes

    The chair of the House Intelligence Committee, under fire for excessive closeness to President Trump, visited the White House the day before lodging a bombshell allegation.

  • Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

    How Right-Wing Media Saved Obamacare

    Years of misleading coverage left viewers so misinformed that many were shocked when confronted with the actual costs of repeal.

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    Andrew Harnik / AP

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Devin Nunes and the Mystery on the White House Grounds

    The House Intelligence Committee chairman met with a source who allegedly gave him intelligence information about Trump transition officials.

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  • Congress
    Ilana Panich Linsman / Reuters

    What It Means to Defund Planned Parenthood

    In Iowa, Republicans say women can go elsewhere for family-planning care. But are health-care facilities actually prepared to fill the gap?

  • Ross D. Franklin / AP

    The Legislators Working to Thwart the Will of Voters

    In November, citizens around the U.S. said they wanted minimum-wage hikes, higher taxes, and criminal-justice reform. Now their elected officials are trying to roll those changes back.

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  • Zach Gibson / Reuters

    Trump Is Scaring Indian Americans Into Finding Their Political Voice

    Highly educated immigrants from South Asia have often been able to live comfortably in America. With a new wave of hate crimes, that’s changing.

  • Larry Downing / Reuters

    Rewriting the Rules of Presidential Succession

    A project begun after 9/11 assumes new urgency after the 2016 election—creating a more sensible plan for what happens when a chief executive steps aside.

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Can Religious Charities Take the Place of the Welfare State?

    Supporters of Trump’s budget are eager to restore the central role of faith-based organizations in serving the poor—but it’s not clear they can be an adequate substitute for government.

  • Health
    Carlos Barria / Reuters

    Obamacare Isn't Out of the Woods Yet

    Even after the failure of the Republicans’ health-care bill, there are still significant ways Trump and his allies can roll back the Affordable Care Act’s provisions.

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    Nobody Knew Governing Could Be So Complicated

    The Obama years left Republicans with excellent ratings from the Heritage Foundation, and no idea how to whip a vote.

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    It's Never Trump's Fault

    Speaking after the collapse of the Republican health-care bill, the president assigned blame to plenty of parties but cast himself as a mere bystander.

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    Mark Makela / Reuters

    The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Killed Bill

    House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the GOP’s new health-care legislation, after Republicans didn’t have the votes to pass it.

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    Who Will Republican Voters Blame for the Failure of the GOP Health-Care Bill?

    Conservative voters may side with the president if Trump clashes with congressional leaders.

  • Congress
    Yuri Gripas / Reuters

    The Republican Waterloo

    Conservatives once warned that Obamacare would produce the Democratic Waterloo. Their inability to accept the principle of universal coverage has, instead, led to their own defeat.

  • Congress
    Alex Brandon / AP

    The Republicans Fold on Health Care

    The House abandoned its legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, handing President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan a major defeat.

  • ‘Trump Hasn't Been the Wrecking Ball I Anticipated’

    In the wake of the shocking results of November’s election, readers in Notes had a robust discussion titled…

  • Eric Schultz / AP

    Why Trump Thinks He Can Bounce Back From a Health-Care Rout

    In the business world, a catastrophic deal can be forgotten. The president may find it’s not that easy in politics.

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    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    Holy Ethics Disaster, Batman!

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin may have violated federal ethics rules when he endorsed The LEGO Batman Movie, which he executive produced.