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Popcorn and happy hours: How Trump's top aide hopes to boost White House morale

Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney wants to change the mood in a beleaguered West Wing.
Mick Mulvaney
The great media disruption comes for the Des Moines Register.
Copies of The Wall Street Journal move through machinery while being printed at The Des Moines Register's printing press in Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
An upswing in the stock market and firm economic gauges give Trump a powerful message to own — and remove scapegoats to blame if conditions worsen.
Donald Trump
Redacted passages could shed light on who Donald Trump asked to look into WikiLeaks’ plans, or what happened after Donald Trump Jr. rejected a voluntary interview with Mueller.
Redacted Mueller report

Visit Magazine

An illustration of a man rolling up a red carpet in front of the White House as John Legend and Chrissy Teigen walk past.


How Trump Took the Shine Off Washington’s Glitziest Night

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is shrinking back to the boring awards ceremony journalists claimed to prefer. They have one man to thank.

By John F. Harris and Daniel Lippman

Donald Trump


Impeachment? This Is the Fight Trump Wants

The president is better suited for thermonuclear war with a Democratic House than getting achievements out of a GOP Congress

By Rich Lowry

Don McGahn sits behind President Donald Trump at a White House meeting.

Law And Order

Democrats Should Leave McGahn Alone. At Least for Now.

Getting the former White House counsel to testify could end up helping Trump, if Congress is not prepared to ask the right questions.

By Renato Mariotti

Sen. Bernie Sanders


Bernie Sanders Is Right. We Should Let Prisoners Vote.

You don’t have to be a socialist to think he’s on to something.

By Jack Shafer

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How the Intercept Is Fueling the Democratic Civil War

The national security site has found fresh energy as a savvy, progressive attack dog in national politics. But is it undermining its own side?

By Steven Perlberg

Volodymyr Zelensky

Letter from Ukraine

The World Just Witnessed the First Entirely Virtual Presidential Campaign

Ukraine’s new president-elect made no public speeches, held no rallies and gave no press conferences. And now he’s about to be in charge of a geopolitical hotspot. What could go wrong?

By Adrian Karatnycky

Joe Biden


Joe Biden’s Toughest 2020 Opponent Is Joe Biden

How he runs against his past—on crime, on integration, on Anita Hill—will determine whether he is a strong front-runner or a weak one.

By Jeff Greenfield

Donald Trump

Washington and the World

Trump Isn’t Just Reversing Obama’s Foreign Policies. He’s Making it Impossible for His Successor to Go Back to Them.

How the administration will fundamentally damage U.S. national interests for years to come.

By Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky

Pete Buttigieg autographs a campaign sign for a supporter.

Fourth Estate

If You’re Reading This, You’re Probably Running for President

Money, shame, and political machines used to put a leash on political ambitions. Those days are over.

By Jack Shafer

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Wealth Of Nations

Reagan’s Supply-Side Warriors Blaze a Comeback Under Trump

Like perms, Members Only jackets and Duran Duran, their economic theories were big in the go-go 1980s. Now they're back.

By Ben Schreckinger

White House Easter Egg Roll 1929

History Dept.

When the Washington Easter Egg Roll Was Chaos

The president now hosts the annual event because Congress literally kicked the kids off their lawn. Here’s why.

By Elliot Carter

Yujing Zhang listens to a hearing.

Washington And The World

What Was the Chinese Woman Arrested at Mar-a-Lago Really Up To? A Former Spy Helps Us Figure It Out.

By Alex Finley

'Racism and sexism': Women of color slam white male tilt of Dem primary

Elizabeth Warren shines at an event that provided a snapshot of building frustrations among many Democratic women.
Elizabeth Warren

Trump could stiff-arm Democrats until after 2020

Administration lawyers have rejected several House subpoenas and requests, all but ensuring long legal battles.

By Josh Gerstein, and

Donald Trump

Vulnerable Dems find refuge outside Mueller-obsessed Beltway

Attendees at town halls across the nation rarely asked about the two-year investigation.
Abigail Spanberger

Democrats and Republicans find a common cause: Whacking tech companies

Issues that have already drawn cross-party buy-in run the gamut from antitrust enforcement to bolstering publishers' power against tech platforms.
Ted Cruz and a sign reading 'censored'

‘This is risky’: Trump’s thirst for Mueller revenge could land him in trouble

Team Trump’s bellicose tweets and public statements in the last few days could expose the president to fresh charges of witness intimidation and obstruction of justice.
Robert Mueller


With 20 candidates 'you're going to have a lot of wreckage when it's done'

Joe Biden's announcement is the last of the big announcements expected from Democrats running for president. With 20 candidates in the race, what happens now?
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A Transatlantic Politico Investigation

How one country blocks the world on data privacy

The GDPR is the world's toughest standard for data privacy. But nearly a year later, its chief enforcer has yet to take a single action against major tech firms like Facebook and Google.

By Nicholas Vinocur

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