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 warns of global disorder if Russia is not stopped

A strengthened president seeks to rally the world around Ukraine. But many countries want to stay out of geopolitical rivalries

Donald Trump faces a sweeping new lawsuit

The former president’s legal troubles pile up


America should reform its police forces, not defund them

Cops need to be trusted if they are to curb a surge of killings


The Biden administration aims to quantify the costs of ecological decay

Can a vital statistic help to save the planet?

Joe Biden and Donald Trump agree on one thing

They both want the midterms to be about the former president

The Democrats are likely to lose the House but keep the Senate

Meet our election-forecasting model for America’s 2022 midterms

Joe Biden goes all in against Trump and “MAGA Republicans”



Domestic politics

American policy is splitting, state by state, into two blocs

This will have profound implications for the union

Colorado’s Senate race may offer Republicans an alternative to Trumpism

It could also test the state’s Democratic bona fides


Donald Trump’s hold on the Republican Party is unquestionable

And it is putting his acolytes into offices that control elections


The insurrection failed. What now for America’s far right?

Extremists are adapting to a post-January 6th America—by entering electoral politics


Domestic policy

America’s climate-plus spending bill is flawed but essential

The green policies and drug reforms in the Inflation Reduction Act are big victories


Joe Biden’s signature legislation passes the Senate, at last

The Inflation Reduction Act is weakened by big compromises, but is still a big deal


Crime and policing continue to split Democrats in Minnesota

Ilhan Omar, a progressive darling, almost comes unstuck


Foreign policy

How to deal with despots

Western foreign policy sets out to be ethical, but often ends up being ineffectual

America rethinks its strategy for taking on China’s economy

The focus is on whether Joe Biden will cut tariffs, but the real action is elsewhere


America and China spar over the Taiwan Strait

Tensions in the region are simmering, not least over use of the waterway


How America tries to grapple with China while confronting Russia

Travels with the defence secretary in quest of stronger ties


The zombie nuclear deal

Iran’s defunct nuclear-containment pact has contaminated American politics