Molly Ball

Staff Writer for The Atlantic

Molly Ball appears in the following:

'I Know Because I Won Both of Them'

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In his State of the Union speech last night, a confident President Obama noted that he "has no more campaigns to run." Our experts unpack Obama's policy proposals, and his tone.

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Does the GOP's Future Include Latino Voters?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Conventional wisdom says Republicans have to figure out a way to court Latino voters. After Eric Cantor's loss, some are wondering if the GOP and immigration reform, which Latino voters overwhelmingly support, can co-exist. Molly Ball, political reporter for the Atlantic, and Leslie Sanchez, Republican strategist, and author of Los Republicanos, Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), looks at the future of the GOP, and whether it could include large numbers of Latino voters.

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The Deep History of De Blasio & the Clintons

Monday, December 30, 2013

It's a chance for de Blasio to move away from his reputation as a "wild-eyed socialist," says the Atlantic's Molly Ball.


DC Has A Budget. Everyone Gets Along Now, Right?

Monday, December 16, 2013

This week, the Senate is expected to take up the budget deal that passed the House last week with bipartisan support. Molly Ball, political reporter for The Atlantic, discusses the latest news out of Washington, whether this new budget agreement signals a new era for collaboration in DC, and what to make of John Boehner's willingness to call out conservative groups.

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Monday Morning National Politics

Monday, November 18, 2013

Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic, looks at the politics around the twists and turns of the Obamacare rollout and other national news.

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Shutdown: One Week In

Monday, October 07, 2013

The government shutdown in Washington continues as Republicans and Democrats continue to say they won't change their position on negotiating around the budget and debt ceiling issues. On ABC "This Week" House Speaker John Boehner also said that "we're not going to pass a clean debt limit increase," insisting that budget changes be made before a debt ceiling vote. Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic, talks about the latest developments and where we go from here.

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Monday Morning Politics: Snowden, Surveillance, and Border Security

Monday, June 24, 2013

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong and is reportedly headed for asylum in Ecuador (via Cuba). Meanwhile, the conversation over the impact of the surveillance tactics employed by the US government continues, including a heated exchange over the role of journalists on Meet the Press yesterday (see video below). Plus: an immigration bill is expected to be voted on in the Senate this week, but the arguing over border security provisions may hold up its passage or stall it in the House. Molly Ball, political reporter for The Atlantic, discusses the latest news out of Washington.

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G.O.P Reopens Fight on Abortion Limits to Court Conservative Base

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

House Republicans are gearing up to reopen the fight on abortion limits—even if a new bill has no chance of passing. G.O.P congressional representatives are introducing a new bill today that would prohibit women from having an abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy, an effort that is seen as one of the most restrictive pieces of abortion legislation to be voted on in the last decade, and one that would not get past Democrats in the Senate, or the White House. Molly Ball, political writer for The Atlantic, weighs in on this legislation and it's deeper meaning.

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The Cliff and Sandy Bills

Thursday, January 03, 2013

After a last-minute decision to not vote on the Sandy relief bill, followed by strong pushback from New York and New Jersey politicians, the House is scheduled to vote later this week on two separate pieces of legislation. Andrew Grossman of The Wall Street Journal and Molly Ball of The Atlantic discuss the politics and details of the bills -- plus the continuing fallout from the fiscal cliff negotiations.

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Post-Election Politics

Monday, November 19, 2012

Molly Ball, political reporter for The Atlantic, discusses the politicking surrounding the fiscal cliff, the Benghazi hearings and the possible influence they may have on the President’s new Cabinet.

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This Week's Agenda: Obama in Ohio and the Volcker Rule

Monday, July 16, 2012

This week's agenda with The Atlantic's Molly Ball and the Wall Street Journal's Kirsten Grind: the Obama campaign in Ohio, the Volcker rule, and Ben Bernake's big week.

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The President to Call for Extension of Some Bush-Era Tax Cuts

Monday, July 09, 2012

President Obama is calling today for a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people who make less than $250,000. The Obama proposal differs from the Republican plan, which would extend tax cuts for both middle and upper-class Americans.

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The Rest of Romney's VP Pick Options

Thursday, June 28, 2012

For the past few days, The Takeaway has been speaking with reporters about possible vice presidential candidates. After discussing Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, and Chris Christie, now it's time to look at everyone else.

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The Agenda: Greece's Elections, Obama's Gaffe, and the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate

Monday, June 11, 2012

Greek elections next Sunday and last Saturday's euro zone agreement to bail out Spain’s banks are likely to drive markets this week, and the Romney campaign has seized on Obama's recent gaffe about the private economy to paint the president as out of touch with the realities of the economy.

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Gearing Up for General Election, Romney and Obama Race to Define Their Campaigns

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Right now, we’re at the crucial phase in the general election season where both leading candidates for president are looking to define themselves and the presidential race before their opponent does it for them. So where do we stand on presidential campaign definitions? Molly Ball, staff writer for The Atlantic, and Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican strategist, break it down.

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This Week's Agenda: NATO Summit, G8 Conference, Rajat Gupta Trial, NAACP's Gay Marriage Endorsement

Monday, May 21, 2012

The NATO Summit spurs protests in Chicago all week, while European leaders continue talks that began at the G-8 conference over the weekend. The insider trading case against former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta begins this week in New York, as the Senate Banking Committee starts a round of Dodd-Frank hearings. Also, just a few weeks after President Obama declared his support for gay marriage, the NAACP followed suit. The impact on African-American voters remains to be seen. Molly Ball, staff writer covering politics for The Atlantic, and Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, explain the stories of the week. 

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This Week's Agenda: Arizona's Immigration Law Goes Before the Supreme Court, Romney Continues on the Campaign Trail, & Panic Returns to the Eurozone

Monday, April 23, 2012

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments for and against the constitutionality of SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration law. The case and the Court's decision are sure to play a roll in this year's elections. Mitt Romney has all but wrapped up the GOP nomination. But with five primaries in Romney-friendly territory in the Northeast, why is the presumptive nominee still campaigning so hard in primary states? And panic returns to the Eurozone, with renewed fear over Spain and Italy. This weekend's first round of presidential elections in France only further clouds the Eurozone's future. To talk about these issues and more, we're joined by Takeaway and WNYC Economics Editor Charlie Herman, and Molly Ball, Staff Writer for The Atlantic.

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This Week's Agenda: Primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland, and DC; JOBS Act and Jobs Numbers; GOP Finally Coalescing Around Romney?

Monday, April 02, 2012

While the GOP Presidential contenders prepare for primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., candidate Mitt Romney garners key endorsements from Senator Rob Johnson and Congressman Paul Ryan. Is the Republican Party finally coalescing around their presumptive nominee? Back in Washington, President Obama is set to sign the STOCK Act and the JOBS Act on Monday, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics prepares to release job numbers for March on Friday. What does this mean for the future of the economy? Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC and Molly Ball, staff writer covering national politics for The Atlantic, explore the stories for the week ahead.


Primary Election Wrap-up: What's Next for the GOP after Alabama and Mississippi?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

More than halfway through the Republican primaries, there is still no clear frontrunner. It's a three-way race with four men running, and the guy that no one paid any attention to last year keeps walking away with primary victories. Our expert political panel examines last night’s Republican primary election results and discuss what Mississippi and Alabama's wins may mean for the GOP race ahead. 


Michele Bachmann Rises in the Polls; Takes Heat Over Migraines

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann acknowledged earlier this week that she suffers from chronic migraine attacks, a familiar problem for the 36 million other Americans that experience them. But some people are now speculating as to whether or not Bachmann's migraines might interfere with her ability to do her job. This kind of talk could amount to a minor setback for Bachmann's campaign, considering some polls show she's the front runner for the Republican bid for president.

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