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Is Ben Jealous What Progressives Want?
The former NAACP chief wants to turn Maryland into a progressive beacon, fusing Bernie-style economic policy with racial justice. But first he has to win his gubernatorial primary.
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Jared Kushner’s Middle East Fantasy
In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper, the president’s son-in-law has revealed himself to be either strikingly naive—or deeply cynical.
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Can Anyone Fill the U.S. Leadership Vacuum on Climate Change?
American withdrawal from the Paris agreement is a test for the future of the globe, but also for the international order.
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Under Mueller's Scrutiny, Trump Allies Cry FBI Entrapment
The president has handed his associates a new way to characterize any suspicious interactions they may have had during the election.
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The Anguished Comedy of Helen DeWitt
The stories in Some Trick, just the writer’s third book in almost 20 years, spin out weird, unlikely conceits with rigor and glee.
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I Delivered Packages for Amazon and It Was a Nightmare
Amazon Flex allows drivers to get paid to deliver packages from their own vehicles. But is it a good deal for workers?
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Letters From the Archives: Atlantic Readers Had Mixed Feelings About Hippies
Letters from the Archives is a series in which we highlight past Atlantic stories and reactions from readers at the time. The hippie movement was “easier to see than understand,” wrote Mark Harris in his September 1967 Atlantic Monthly article “The F
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Who Gets to Live in Silicon Valley?
Google and San Jose hope to make the city more affordable for working- and middle-class families.
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Evangelical Fear Elected Trump
The history of evangelicalism in America is shot through with fear—but it also contains an alternative.
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Want Health Care in Arkansas? Find a Job
A conversation with the head of the health department in the first state to force a group of people to work in exchange for medical care
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The Normalization of Gun Violence in Poor Communities
A company that uses sensors to recognize the sound of gunshots could help solve the epidemic.
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How ‘Sesame Street’ Helps Traumatized Children
For years, Elmo and his buddies have been close friends to kids around the world. Now, as the U.S. struggles with stories of migrant families being separated at the border with Mexico, the residents of Sesame Street are being deployed again. “We are
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Westworld: Is This Now?
Every week for the second season of Westworld, three Atlantic staffers will discuss new episodes of HBO’s cerebral sci-fi drama. Sophie Gilbert: So much of the last half hour of “The Passenger” felt like a series finale. Dolores was reborn (born isn’
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Saudi Arabia’s Ban on Woman Drivers Comes to an End
But with dissent still stifled and a recent crackdown on the very activists who helped end the ban, it’s unclear how much the country is prepared to change.
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An ‘Overprescription of Opioids’ That Led to a Crisis
The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse pointed to economic factors as a cause of the epidemic.
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A Restaurant ‘Eighty-Sixed’ Sarah Huckabee Sanders. What Does That Mean?
Many have claimed to know the origin story of the service industry’s most infamous number. But the real roots of the term have been largely forgotten.
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Why Trump Keeps Creating Crises
It’s easy to survey the last 10 days in America and be flabbergasted at President Trump’s tendency to inflict politically bruising crises on himself. I know this because I had just that reaction on Wednesday, trying to make sense of his abrupt signin
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The Deep Consistency of the Trump Administration
Beneath the constant contradictions and reversals, the administration has a single through line: Its policies always serve to dehumanize those deemed not to belong.
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A Brief Drive in Saudi Arabia Changed My Life
What’s it like to be arrested for ‘driving while female’? As the kingdom prepares to lift its ban, an activist tells her story.
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Deported Into a Nightmare
Most Central American migrant children get deported before they even reach the U.S. One story shows what can await them when they get back to the countries they fled.
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Damsel Is a One-Note Satire of Classic Westerns
Robert Pattinson stars as a cowboy trying to rescue his kidnapped fiancée, but all is not as it might seem.
The Atlantic6 min readPolitics
The Supreme Court Tells the Government to Get a Warrant
A highly watched case ends in a 5–4 ruling in which Chief Justice John Roberts and the high court’s liberals inch ever closer to stricter privacy standards.
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The Family Weekly: The Complexities of Parenting Kids Who Say They’re Trans
The issue of child welfare was on many people’s minds last week, with news of the Trump administration’s separation of more than 2,000 children from parents facing charges of illegally crossing the border. Ashley Fetters, a staff writer at The Atlant
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How Will Trump Lead During the Next Global Pandemic?
The next global epidemic is likely around the corner—and no amount of U.S. retrenchment from globalization will halt that outbreak at the U.S. border. “There is a real reason for us to be scared of the idea of facing this threat with Donald Trump in
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Letters From the Archives: Harry Truman Explains Why He Dropped the Bomb
In 1947, the then-president wrote to the editors regarding his decision to use atomic warfare during World War II.
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A History of The Atlantic’s Reader Correspondence
Since 1877, the publication has garnered and published letters in various forms. We’ve traced the timeline.
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What the Happiest Places Have in Common
The happiest places in the world are those where enlightened leaders shifted their focus from economic development to promoting quality of life. “The biggest predictors of happiness are tolerance, equality, and healthy life expectancy,” Dan Buettner,
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The Fate of Turkey’s Democracy Lies With the Kurds
Ahead of tomorrow’s elections, Ankara is expected to tamper with the vote and make life difficult for members of the embattled minority group.
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When a Mars Simulation Goes Wrong
A recent mission atop a Hawaiian volcano shows humans still have much to learn before they set foot on another world.
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Will Erdoğan Cheat His Way to Victory?
Even if Turkey’s opposition curbs election fraud in Sunday’s election, the odds of overcoming his near-absolute control are low.
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