The Biden presidency

Our latest coverage of the politics, policies and people shaping America

Welcome to The Economist’s coverage of Joe Biden’s presidency. On this page you can find our reporting on his domestic and foreign policies, as well as other stories on American politics. You can also find our statistical analyses, data journalism and explanatory articles. To keep up to date, bookmark this page, follow along as we track shifts in American public opinion, listen to our weekly American-politics podcast, and sign up for our newsletter. If you are not already a subscriber you can unlock some of our content by registering here.

Latest stories

Lexington: Joe Biden has shown a steady hand in the Gaza crisis

But more severe tests are still to come

Joe Biden lifts sanctions on Venezuela, but not without conditions

Nicolás Maduro’s government will have to hold its side of the bargain

How the Republican civil war in the House could end

The outcome could be surprisingly pleasant

Lexington: Joe Biden should admit Republicans are (partly) right about border security

The witless politics of polarisation is jeopardising support for legal immigration

Paralysis in Congress makes America a dysfunctional superpower

Wars in Ukraine and Israel, and the risk of one over Taiwan, test American staying power

Republican parties in important swing states are falling behind

Domestic politics

Lexington: America’s dumbest, wildest budget fight yet

Sensible lawmakers should exploit it to make some demands of their own

What Ken Paxton’s acquittal means for Texas Republicans

Threats from the MAGA phalanx cowed lawmakers

Hunter Biden’s woes, and a new impeachment saga, will go on and on

Republican claims of bribery do not stack up, but uncomfortable details do

What Democrats can learn from Bobby Kennedy

The father—not the son—was the party’s last great populist

Domestic policy

The resumption of student-loan payments will hit American growth

It is not just borrowers who face a return to reality

Joe Biden’s love of unions runs into a giant strike

It is easier to support workers when they aren’t hurting the economy

America’s new drug-pricing rules have perverse consequences

Medicare’s price mandate will deter innovation

The battle between American workers and technology heats up

The flashpoints are AI and electric vehicles

Why affirmative action in American universities had to go

And why what comes after could be better

The Supreme Court declines to upend American election law

A fringe theory gets a chilly reception from the justices

Foreign policy

Biden, alone at the top table as the UN withers

Global power shifts to smaller groups

Joe Biden’s visit to Hanoi is a signal to China

America and Vietnam have a shared interest in reining in aggression at sea

How the Pentagon assesses Ukraine’s progress

A rare interview with America’s Defence Intelligence Agency

America, Israel and Saudi are “at the cusp of a deal”

Joe Biden’s diplomacy could upend the Middle East, and give the Saudis nuclear technology

How to stop a three-way nuclear arms-race

America, China and Russia must agree on mutual restraints before it’s too late

A new nuclear arms race looms

It will be harder to stop than the contest of the cold war