Molly Ball

Molly Ball is a staff writer covering national politics at The Atlantic.

Obama's Long Immigration Betrayal

To understand why activists are so angry at the president, you have to understand how close they've come—and how long they've waited.

Ted Cruz for President?

Conservatives are literally praying that the Texas senator will be the 2016 nominee. The rest of the Republican Party isn't so sure.

Why Rand Paul Loves Foreign-Policy Fights

Arguing over military intervention with his fellow Republicans is an ideal platform for the libertarian senator's most popular, and disruptive, ideas.

The Rise of the Fusion Republicans

In primaries across the country, the war between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party ended not in a surrender but a truce. But are the candidates too conservative to win?

The Tea Party Blew It

National conservatives came up short Tuesday in Mississippi and Oklahoma. Maybe the Republican base just isn't as angry as they thought.

Why Eric Cantor Lost and Lindsey Graham Won

The lessons Republicans will take from Tuesday night—that immigration reform is toxic and the Tea Party is formidable—aren't the ones they should take.