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

Joe Biden may come to regret his claim to be pro-union

The UAW strike highlights the deep strains in Bidenomics

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

Biden, alone at the top table as the UN withers

Global power shifts to smaller groups

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

The resumption of student-loan payments will hit American growth

Domestic politics

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

Donald Trump’s racketeering indictment is the most sweeping yet

A prosecutor in Georgia lays out her claims of a criminal enterprise

How worried should you be about AI disrupting elections?

Disinformation will become easier to produce, but it matters less than you might think

Joe Biden’s re-election bid is in trouble

The Democrats’ bet looks increasingly risky

Domestic policy

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

The South is fast becoming America’s industrial heartland

Joe Biden’s manufacturing boom is accelerating the region’s rise

America avoids financial Armageddon but stays in fiscal hell

High stakes but limited results from the country’s latest debt-ceiling drama

Foreign policy

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

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

How Joe Biden is transforming America’s Asian alliances

America is working to deter China even as it defends Europe from Russia

The clock is ticking on an old deal between America and China

Why Republicans oppose the Science and Technology Co-operation Agreement