Molly Ball,

Molly Ball

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  • The Atlantic
  • PBS

Past articles by Molly:

The DeSantis Project

By operationalizing the culture war into a set of concrete policies, DeSantis has transformed the nation’s third most populous state → Read More

The Least Popular Man in Washington

The Florida senator talks about his war on the party establishment, running on principles, and why people should be angrier about politics. → Read More

The Most Interesting Think Tank In American Politics

A little-known think tank that may be the most interesting institution in D.C. → Read More

Bernie Sanders' Light in the Darkness

A night on book tour with the pied piper of the resurgent young left → Read More

Nancy Pelosi Reflects On the Not-Quite-End of An Era

Ever since the election, Nancy Pelosi says, congressional Democrats have been begging her to remain as their leader. Of course, she knew what they were really doing: currying favor, just in case. “Our members were just exploding my phone to stay,” she says, “which is a nice thing, because if I don’t stay, then they’ve gotten the points for saying ’stay,’ and if I do—“ she trailed off, laughing.… → Read More

How Democrats Defied History in the Midterms—And What It Means For 2024

The ingredients were there for a Republican rout, but the predicted red wave was barely a ripple → Read More

How Crime Became the Central Issue of the Wisconsin Senate Race—and the Midterms

The near-term legacy of the criminal-justice protest movement may be a return to law-and-order politics → Read More

The Fight for Latino Voters in Nevada Is the Future of American Politics

The Nevada election this year could do more than determine which party holds the majority in the Senate. → Read More

Herschel Walker and the GOP's Trump Candidate Problem

Trump continues to exert outsize influence on the political landscape despite his status as a bystander. And for the GOP, that has not been a good thing. → Read More

Brian Kemp's Revenge

Trump put more money and effort into unseating Kemp this year than any other Republican who has crossed him, but failed spectacularly. → Read More

Crypto Goes to Washington

A clash of radically different cultures has implications for the future of the economy and technology in America → Read More

How Democrats Gave Ron DeSantis a Pass

The party's befuddling inability to mount a strong challenge to the GOP governor could enhance the Republican's presidential prospects. → Read More

The Red-State Governor Who's Not Afraid to Be 'Woke'

Utah's Spencer Cox on the quest for unity, being a socially conscious Republican, and why Tucker Carlson is a coward → Read More

Jim Clyburn's Long Quest For Black Political Power

The South Carolina congressman's influence in Democratic politics is as far-reaching as it is unsung. → Read More

The Education of Glenn Youngkin

As Youngkin tries his hand at governing for the first time, he has kept up the emphasis on education with a series of aggressive actions. → Read More

How the 'MAGA Squad' Is Building Power to Control the Next Congress

The most hard-core, pro-Trump House Republicans have been building their power, and now they’re preparing to wield it. → Read More

On the Campaign Trail With Marjorie Taylor Greene

The Republican firebrand rarely talks to the mainstream media. But in May, she took TIME on an eye-opening tour through her Georgia district. → Read More

What Elon Musk Really Believes

Illustration by Tim O'Brien for TIME In trying to read his motivations, both left and right seem to be getting Musk wrong “We have democracy?” Elon Musk interjected, with an impish smile. He’d just been asked how worried he was about the state of the American system of government. “We have a sort of democracy, I guess,” Musk went on, balancing his toddler son on his knee at a party marking his… → Read More

What Elon Musk Really Believes

In trying to read his motivations, both left and right seem to be getting Musk wrong. → Read More

'What More Do We Need To Do To Win?' A Controversial Climate Group Rethinks Its Strategy

In a new political moment, the youth climate group is trying to reboot → Read More