The Atlantic6 min cititeAmerican Government
Why Biden Needs Black Men
American-flag bunting frames Headliners Barbershop in Detroit. Out front, four barber’s chairs, spaced six feet apart, form a straight line. In one of them, Garlin Gilchrist, the lieutenant governor of Michigan, sits up, then leans on the right armre
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For Celebrities, Apathy Can Be a Form of Political Credibility
Stars are focused less on candidates than on democracy itself this year, and using their own past indifference as a tool.
The Atlantic17 min cititeWorld
The World Order That Donald Trump Revealed
When it comes to foreign policy, the president’s most important characteristic is not amorality or a lack of curiosity; it is naïveté.
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The Right’s Disinformation Machine Is Getting Ready for Trump to Lose
QAnon has become a linchpin of far-right media—and the effort to preemptively delegitimize the election.
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The Weekly Planet: The Question That Haunts Climate Advocates
Every Tuesday morning, our lead climate reporter brings you the big ideas, expert analysis, and vital guidance that will help you flourish on a changing planet. Sign up to get The Weekly Planet, our guide to living through climate change, in your inb
The Atlantic5 min cititeCrime & Violence
Kyle Rittenhouse Deserves the Kind of Mercy My Son Did Not Receive
To a great many people in this country, my son deserves to die in prison. To another great many, Kyle Rittenhouse deserves the same fate. Neither outcome is just.
The Atlantic5 min cititeAmerican Government
Trump’s Troop
Illustrations by Jonathan Twingley Cleared President Donald Trump of all obstruction-of-justice allegations in a letter summarizing the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Was accused by investigators on Mueller’s team
The Atlantic10 min cititeMedical
America Will Sacrifice Anything for the College Experience
American colleges botched the pandemic from the very start. Caught off guard in the spring, most of them sent everyone home in a panic, in some cases evicting students who had nowhere else to go. School leaders hemmed and hawed all summer about what
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The Midnight Message
In the January 1861 issue of this magazine, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of The Atlantic’s founders, published what would become perhaps his most popular poem, the opening stanza of which is immortal: “Listen, my children, and you shall hear / Of
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The COVID-19 Documentary All Americans Need to See
Totally Under Control delivers a damning—and essential—report card on the White House’s mismanagement of the pandemic.
The Atlantic11 min cititeAmerican Government
The Woman With the Pink Tennis Shoes Is Walking a Fine Line
Like other Democrats trying to flip Republican-held districts, Wendy Davis is trying to woo moderates without alienating progressives.
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How to Defend Against a Lame-Duck Trump
The polls are grim for President Donald Trump. His campaign faces a big and worsening money disadvantage. His closing arguments appeal only to the most hyper-partisan Republicans. Many have worried about the transition after a Trump electoral defeat.
The Atlantic5 min cititePsychology
Dear Therapist: My Sister-in-Law Said the Most Painful Thing to Me, and I Can’t Let It Go
Editor’s Note: Every Monday, Lori Gottlieb answers questions from readers about their problems, big and small. Have a question? Email her at Dear Therapist, I am originally from Germany. Two years ago, my daughter got
The Atlantic5 min cititeAmerican Government
Why People Who Hate Trump Stick With Him
Since 2018, I’ve conducted roughly 50 focus groups with Trump voters to understand the shifting dynamics within the Republican Party.
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Life Without Parole for Kids Is Cruelty With No Benefit
The United States is the only country that allows this practice, and soon the Supreme Court could get rid of it.
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25 of the Best Horror Films You Can Watch, Ranked by Scariness
Horror means something different to everyone. One of my most traumatic movie memories remains the execution of a cartoon shoe in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, a comedy made for children. I’ve also yawned through many an R-rated slasher flick, untroubled
The Atlantic13 min cititeCrime & Violence
The Mess Congress Could Make
The Bush v. Gore fight has become the template of a disputed election, but many of the worst-case scenarios could end up before Congress, not the Court.
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When Movements Are Guilty of What They Are Trying to Challenge
In 2014, I was part of an activist organization that worked across various social issues—education equity, economic justice, labor rights, and environmental racism. We were hungry for a deeper structural understanding of relationships of power, and a
The Atlantic8 min cititeAmerican Government
The World Leaders Who Want Trump to Win
Here are the populist and nationalist leaders with the most to gain from a second Trump term.
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The Atlantic Daily: Three Stories We’re Following
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. 1. The third coronavirus surge is here. A trou
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The Vaccine News That Really Matters
Soon COVID-19 vaccine makers will release early data from large clinical trials, and the results could be ambiguous.
The Atlantic6 min cititeAmerican Government
After Trump, the Republican Party May Become More Extreme
The numbers give Joe Biden ample reason for confidence about the election. Only 42 percent of voters, according to polling averages published by FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics, currently support the Republican incumbent’s reelection. When aske
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New Orleans’s Football Stadium Reflects the State of the City
When I was young, the Superdome was full of joyful chaos. Then Katrina hit, and filled it with despair. Now the stands at Saints games are hauntingly empty.
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The Great British Baking Show and the Meaning of Life
In these fraught times, I like to seek refuge in the idyllic England of my dreams—one that still exists in The Great British Baking Show.
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Blursday Blues
The virus has created its own clock, and in coronatime, there is less demarcation between a day and a week, a weekday and a weekend, the morning and night, the present and the recent past. —Arielle Pardes, Wired If a week is a unit of listlessness,
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SNL Takes a Much-Needed Break From Politics
Issa Rae’s sunny demeanor enlivened last night’s episode and ushered in a handful of sketches that diverged from the show’s standard fare.
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The Commons
In September, Ed Yong reported on how the virus won. Yong’s report hits all of the crucial points with the exception of the president’s self-centered, myopic focus on his reelection, which hampered America’s response from day one. Also, our American
The Atlantic9 min cititeAmerican Government
Evangelicals Made a Bad Bargain With Trump
In public, Donald Trump has spoken in glowing terms about his evangelical supporters, calling them “warriors on the frontiers defending American freedom,” people who are “incredible” and “faithful,” a bulwark against assorted moral evils. But behind
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An Ode to Agony Aunts
What will it be, the thing that finally makes me write to an advice columnist? A quandary of the heart? An out-of-control kink? A high-stakes issue involving wedding invitations? Deeply schooled as I am in the lore of the problem page, I still don’t
The Atlantic4 min cititePolitics
Jacinda Ardern’s Job Will Only Get Harder
The New Zealand prime minister offered the world a model for how to handle a global pandemic. But COVID-19 won’t inoculate her against the political challenge to come.
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