United States

The essential nation

Biden pleads the case for Israel, Ukraine—and American leadership

The president will seek up to $100bn in supplemental funding for national security

From tents to hospitals

American states wrestle with how to treat severe mental illness

California wants to lead the way

Roe, your own way

Anti-abortion campaigners try to break their losing streak

Ohio’s ballot initiative is the latest test for how to talk about abortion without scaring voters

Hail McHenry

How the Republican civil war in the House could end

The outcome could be surprisingly pleasant

The empire strikes back

Americans are discovering the joy of a true pint of beer

Call it a “stovepipe” or “19.2oz” if you must

End times

Part of Donald Trump’s base thinks he is fighting a spiritual war

On tour with Michael Flynn, conspiracy mixes with Christian apocalypticism


Joe Biden has shown a steady hand in the Gaza crisis

But more severe tests are still to come

Algebra and pistols

One response to school shootings in America: arm the teachers

In Utah, teachers are learning how to properly carry guns into their classrooms


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

The witless politics of polarisation is jeopardising support for legal immigration

Southern gerrymandering

It’s OK to gerrymander, as long you discriminate by politics

Courts take up brazen redistricting cases from across the Bible belt

In fine feather

Could feather bowling be the next pickleball?

One Belgian bar in Detroit has kept it alive for a century

The home and foreign fronts

Paralysis in Congress makes America a dysfunctional superpower

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