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Priscilla Alvarez Priscilla Alvarez is an assistant editor at The Atlantic. Previously she was a fellow at National Journal and a correspondent for USA TODAY College, where she covered a variety of topics with a focus on college students.
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Paul Ryan Officially Enters the House Speaker Race

October 23, 2015 On Thursday night, Representative Paul Ryan announced that he’s officially entering the race to be the next speaker of the House. “After talking with so many of you, and hearing your words of encouragement, I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team,” Paul said in...

Will the Thursday Benghazi Hearing Help Hillary Clinton?

October 21, 2015 Few House hearings are must-see TV. But on Thursday, Hillary Clinton will testify ahead of the House Select Committee on Benghazi in one of the most-anticipated hearings of the year—but maybe not for the reasons originally predicted. The hearing was never supposed to be easy for Clinton, whose campaign has...

Sanders Raises $26 Million, Nears Clinton

October 1, 2015 Bernie Sanders is raking in small-dollar contributions from an enormous number of donors, bringing his fundraising numbers close to those posted by his leading Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator received $26 million in contributions, $2 million of which came in on Wednesday, just before the quarterly disclosure deadline,...

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Announces Run for Speaker

September 29, 2015 Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the Republican from California, made his bid for speaker of the House official on Monday. The House majority leader’s decision to succeed John Boehner, who said Friday he would resign as speaker at the end of October, was widely expected. In a letter to House Republicans obtained...

How Obama Welcomed Pope Francis

September 24, 2015 Thousands of people anxiously waited for Pope Francis at the White House Wednesday morning, cheering and waving miniature flags of the U.S. and Argentina, his home country. “Our backyard is not typically this crowded,” President Obama said, looking out onto at least 11,000 people, many of whom had gotten there...

TSA's Instagram Account is a Must-Follow

July 28, 2015 When Rolling Stone ranked "the 100 best Instagram accounts" last month, it went with some obvious choices—celebrities such as Beyonce and Taylor Swift, and Internet-famous animals like Marnie the Shih Tzu. And then there was No. 4: the Transportation Security Administration. After two years on Instagram, the TSA, the security...

John Kerry on Restoring Relations With Cuba: 'Nothing is More Futile Than Trying to Live in the Past'

July 21, 2015 The U.S. and Cuba reopened their embassies in Havana and Washington on Monday, marking a new chapter in diplomatic relations. Secretary of State John Kerry called it a "historic day" during a joint news conference with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Washington. It is the first visit of a...

Obama Offers a Forceful Defense of the Iran Deal

July 15, 2015 This is it: President Obama's moment to defend what may become the most lasting and consequential foreign policy decision of his tenure. "Yesterday was a historic day," the president said during a lengthy press conference Wednesday, where he took many questions. "With this deal, we cut off every single one...

Obama: Argument for Rejecting Iran Deal 'Defies Logic'

July 15, 2015 This is it: President Obama's moment to defend what may become the most lasting and consequential foreign policy decision of his tenure. "Yesterday was a historic day," the president said at a press conference Wednesday. "With this deal, we cut off every single one of Iran's pathways to a nuclear...

Administration Pushes Its Islamic State Strategy on a Skeptical Congress

July 7, 2015 President Obama is placing pressure on Congress to help pursue his plan for the U.S. mission to fight the Islamic State—sending top defense officials to testify before a Senate panel Tuesday to make the administration's case. But lawmakers are still hesitant about the president's strategy. A day after the president...