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Space Force Tells a Terrible Joke About America
If there were a way to watch Netflix’s new series Space Force without any of the dialogue, you might mistake it for a drama from happier times. The show’s score, which pops up intermittently in wafts of softly rousing strings and trumpets, seems to c
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Trump Tries to Sink Twitter, His Oldest Enabler
The president’s two strongest instincts stand pitted against each other: his need for attention and his need to punish enemies.
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The Utter Incoherence of Trump’s Battle With Twitter
The president’s executive order is opportunistic and Orwellian—but that was the whole point.
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An Urgent Time for a Year Off Campus
American higher education has coped with major international emergencies before. During World War II, students left in droves to enlist—and then returned, after the war, eager to resume their formal schooling. (In 1947, nearly half of all admitted co
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Listen: Is America Going to Make It?
If you watch the news, the country seems deeply divided about the coronavirus. But polls have shown an uncommon unity among Americans. On this episode of the podcast Social Distance, the staff writer James Fallows joins to share some historical persp
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SpaceX Pulled It Off
Elon Musk’s aerospace company just launched two NASA astronauts into space for the first time.
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The Conspiracy Theories That Fueled the Civil War
The most powerful people and institutions in the South spread paranoia and fear to protect slavery. Their beliefs led the country to war—and continue to haunt our politics to this day.
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Books About Kids, for Adults
J. D. Salinger understood how children can change adults’ experience of the world. Many of his stories prominently feature child characters who reinvigorate their adult counterparts, as is the case in his short story “For Esmé—With Love and Squalor,”
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Trump Is Doing All of This for Zuckerberg
As the United States enters a pandemic summer, with more than 100,000 Americans already dead, and as tear gas engulfed Minneapolis last night, following protests after yet another killing of a black man by a police officer, the president tweeted that
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A Virginia Church Pivots to Drive-In
On Sunday morning in Sandy Level, Virginia, about an hour southeast of Roanoke, upbeat gospel music blares from speakers as cars pull past the sign that advertises the drive-in church. Churchgoers tune into 87.9 FM and honk their horns in greeting. T
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The Creepy, Clever Sci-Fi Thriller You Need to Watch
The Vast of Night, now on Amazon Prime Video, is a sharp debut from a filmmaker you should pay attention to.
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Can Lindsey Graham Be Beat?
A drum line taps out a charging beat: clip clap boppa BOOM. Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar lock arms. They’re leading a packed procession down Washington Avenue toward the Columbia, South Carolina, statehouse to commem
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It’s Time To Listen To The Doomsday Planners
For a moment earlier this month, the West Wing seemed like a vector of disease. First came the news that Donald Trump’s personal valet had tested positive for the coronavirus. Then the vice president’s spokeswoman, who is married to another senior Wh
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Listen: Is Anyone Else Not Showering?
James Hamblin spent years writing a book on hygiene beliefs and the new science of the skin microbiome. In it, he suggests that some people overuse cleansers and soaps, and may benefit from doing less. But now there’s a pandemic, and he also really w
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Trump’s Warped Definition of Free Speech
The president is attempting to bring social-media platforms into his authoritarian infrastructure—or otherwise censor them.
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The Atlantic Daily: Trump Stokes the Fire in Minnesota
This week, two high-profile incidents laid bare America’s racial contract. Both found accelerants in social media and provoked questions about its role in society.
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The Regulatory State Is Failing Us
When assessing the United States government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, most observers focus on the performances of President Donald Trump, his most prominent advisers, and the governors of large states. The George Mason economist Tyler C
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How Is Jeffrey Epstein Still So Elusive?
During his life, Jeffrey Epstein was likened to Jay Gatsby and Tom Ripley, to a eugenicist supervillain and James Bond, and yet the rare glimpses provided of him in the new Netflix documentary series Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich showcase someone far
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How Fitness Will Change Forever
Quarantine reminded us that we could work out anywhere. But “anywhere” is not a place we go to do important things.
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How Fear Spreads the Coronavirus
Undocumented immigrants sick with COVID-19 are scared to seek care. Gladys Vega is trying to help.
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The VP Choice Everyone Is Missing
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice has a powerful backer and an array of experiences that complement Biden’s.
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Trump Is the Looter
You’d think Donald Trump would have more sympathy for looters, being a looter himself. The president has helped himself to money from the U.S. Treasury, using political power to direct public money to his personal businesses. It’s not as visual as a
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Trump’s Looting Tweet Violates His Oath of Office
The president is supposed to protect and defend the nation’s supreme laws. Shooting looters is unconstitutional.
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What a Liberal and a Conservative Learned From Their Friendship
“I think it’s important that you remember who your friend is, that they are not just a set of political policies.”
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The Advantage of a Biden Shadow Cabinet
If the former vice president names his future appointees now, it will cast him as the convener of a generational transition in national leadership.
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Pandemic Organizers Are Co-opting Productivity Software
Mutual-aid groups are distributing groceries and spare air conditioners via tools designed to turn labor into money as efficiently as possible.
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Larry Kramer Knew That an Honest Debate Was a Rude One
With his debut novel, Faggots, the legendary AIDS activist, who died yesterday, demonstrated the profane morality that would define his career.
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This Social-Media Mob Was Good
There is no doubt that social-media fury can go wrong. In one infamous instance, a young woman made a joke to her small circle on Twitter, just before boarding a plane to South Africa, about white people not getting AIDS. The joke was either racist o
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The Karen in Chief
President Trump calls the cops on those who challenge him, even if there’s no actual violation, to make life miserable for them.
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The Atlantic Daily: America’s Racial Contract Is Exposed Anew
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox. The killing of a black man at the hands of the
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