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The Racial Wealth Gap Could Become a 2020 Litmus Test
With black votes in the balance in the Democratic primary, would-be candidates are already developing aggressive policies to target inequality.
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The Lessons, And The Costs, Of Terrorism In Kenya
Kenya’s security apparatus responded more quickly to Tuesday’s attack in Nairobi than to past attacks, but 14 people still died.
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The Real Significance of the FBI’s Probe Into Trump
The arresting New York Times headline last Friday—“F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia”—sparked a strangely bifurcated reaction. A bombshell to some, a dud to others, the story has had lots of people scra
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The Joyce Carol Oates Story That Shares DNA With 'Cat Person’
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Cambodian Deportees Return to a 'Home' They've Never Known
America is deporting Cambodian refugees convicted of crimes. Did the U.S. have a responsibility to help them when they first arrived as refugees?
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Barr May Do Exactly What Trump Wants
The nominee for attorney general vowed independence, but his answers raised disturbing questions.
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The Shutdown Is Doing Lasting Damage to National Security
As the longest government shutdown in American history drags on, it’s not just hurting the morale of America’s federal workforce and the broader American economy. It’s hurting our national security. Some of the damage is already plainly apparent—but
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‘Intensive’ Parenting Is Now the Norm in America
The style of child-rearing that most aspire to takes a lot of time and money, and many families can’t pull it off.
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Trump’s Democratic Critics Are in Danger of Following His Lead
They need to do more than reject his foreign-policy rhetoric—they need to break with its substance.
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Facebook Users Still Don’t Know How Facebook Works
After all the scandals and hubbub and congressional testimony and mea culpas in Facebook’s nearly 15 years of existence, one would think that its users would have a pretty firm grasp on how the business works. Surely, users know that Facebook uses in
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The Perils Of A Psychological Approach To Anti-racism
A controversy within a professional organization illustrates how well-intentioned people can undermine their own goals.
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Why Would Bill Barr Even Want to Be Attorney General?
The veteran lawyer, who celebrates the rule of law and counts Robert Mueller as a friend, is a strange fit for Trump’s chief law-enforcement officer.
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The Attention Economy Is a Malthusian Trap
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Letters: More Unthinkable Moments
Readers share what they would add to The Atlantic’s list of moments that define an improbable presidency.
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Don’t Blame the Government Shutdown for SpaceX Delays
The impasse in Washington hasn’t yet threatened a significant milestone in the American space program.
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Theresa May Lives to Fight Another Day. But for What?
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There’s A Way For Democrats To Sue Trump—Thanks To The Republicans
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Go Ahead, Post the Stupid Photo of Yourself From 10 Years Ago
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How a Stroke Turned a 63-Year-Old Into a Rap Legend
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Trump's Chief Shutdown Negotiator Is Unknown to Most Americans
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What People Actually Say Before They Die
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The Citizenship Question Isn’t Quite Dead Yet
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Nancy Pelosi Is Winning
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The Deadliest Day For The U.S. In Syria
Trump says ISIS is defeated, but an Islamic State attack in Syria on Wednesday killed four Americans.
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What Might Animals Look Like Thousands of Years From Now?
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Millennials Stare Into the Void, and Gillette Stares Back
On Monday, the men’s shaving brand Gillette released a new commercial and social-responsibility initiative, and the internet had some feedback. The ad, which shifts Gillette’s longtime tagline from “The Best a Man Can Get” to “The Best Men Can Be,” i
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How to Tell an Open Secret
Three recent novels demonstrate how fiction can deftly capture the long-term effects of sexual assault and harassment.
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Nancy Pelosi’s Power Move On The State Of The Union
President Trump might be able to keep the government closed indefinitely. But the new Democratic speaker can deny him use of the country’s most effective pulpit to make his case to the public.
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It Used to Be Okay for Parents to Play Favorites
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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Date of the Union
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked that President Donald Trump postpone his State of the Union address until the government is reopened.
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