Molly Ball is a staff writer covering national politics at The Atlantic. She joined The Atlantic in September 2011 from Politico, where she covered the fight for the 2012 GOP nomination, the 2010 midterm elections, and the national political landscape. Prior to joining Politico in 2010, she was a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun. There she covered Nevada’s competitive primary and general-election presidential race in 2008. Ball has also worked for newspapers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Cambodia, as well as The New York Times and The Washington Post. She was a 2009 recipient of a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan.