Molly Ball

Staff Writer for The Atlantic

Molly Ball appears in the following:

Unification Attempts Behind Party Lines

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Democrats are attempting to rally behind a new DNC chair as the president appeases social conservatives with a reversal on protections for transgender students.


Trump, An Outsider With a Pinch of Establishment

Monday, August 08, 2016

Donald Trump has won the Republican nomination running on an outsider platform, but other anti-establishment politicians have not fared well this election year.

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Coming Around to Trump, Considering Clinton

Monday, May 16, 2016

Molly Ball, political reporter for The Atlantic, discusses how the Democrats and the Republicans are feeling about their prospective nominees.

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Political Obfuscation and the 9th GOP Debate

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Atlantic's Molly Ball rounds up the latest political news, starting with the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and covering the ninth Republican debate over the weekend.

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Politicians React to US Policy Toward ISIS and Syrian Refugees

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

After Friday night's terror attacks in Paris, U.S. politicians are laying out how they would deal with ISIS and the flow of Syrian refugees.

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'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 tod...

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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 w...

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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 rece...

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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 ...

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