U.S. politics

Small-town America is the real America to many, with cities seen as corrupt and violent (Adnan R. Khan)

The stark, unbridgeable divide between rural and urban America

Adnan R. Khan: How do you convince rural Americans that the cities are not the anarchy Trump says they are? How do you convince urbanites to engage with rural fears rather than dismiss them?

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden introduces her as his running mate in Wilmington, Del. on Aug. 12, 2020. (Carolyn Kaster/AP/CP)

Kamala Harris is no friend of the community

Andray Domise: Harris’s status as running mate to Joe Biden is indeed historic. But representation does not imply loyalty or any degree of respect to Black and brown communities beyond the superficial.

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, speaks to members of the media while standing beside a truck plastered with campaign posters after greeting voters in Astoria, Queens on Jun. 23, 2020, on primary election day in New York. (CP/AP/Kathy Willens)

The rise of America’s NDP

Rick Smith: There has never been a better moment for American progressives to flex their muscles

How small donations became the new currency of U.S. politics

Democratic candidates for president are being measured based on two- and three-digit contributions to their campaigns—or lack thereof

Will America recover from Donald Trump and the Reign of Lies?

Allen Abel: As the president’s hallucinatory world heaves and crumbles, Americans ponder what kind of country they wish to live in—and what kind of people they want to be

Why wrestlers like Kane have a strange hold on American voters

If politics is theatre, then no candidate is more authentic than the new mayor of Knoxville, Tenn.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The rise of the radical left in America’s Democratic Party

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has put a brash, fresh face on unapologetic socialism in the United States. Can Americans—or even Democrats—get behind her?

What the Democrats’ new ‘Better Deal’ policy means

The Democratic Party’s new brand might feel like empty sloganeering—but it may also signal a big shift in thinking. Which one is it?

Trump’s Twitter blunder: How do you say ‘covfefe’?

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted out an incomplete sentence with the word ‘covfefe’ Tuesday night and the Internet is loving it. We asked people how they would pronounce the mysterious word.

Times Donald Trump outright lied

The 45th President of the United States has developed a reputation for dishonesty in just a few months. Here is a selection of Donald Trump’s more egregious lies.

Chris Hayes on America’s inherent vice: the prison system

The MSNBC anchor discusses his provocative book on America’s criminal justice system, the politics of fear and order, and Trump as a conspiracy theorist

The Republican Party presents: The roast of Hillary Clinton

Why the speakers on the Republican convention’s second evening assailed Clinton—and whether it worked