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Nine Inch Nails Enters Its Least Compromising Phase Yet
The rock band’s Bad Witch completes a trilogy of terse, inventive, post-Trump blasts of rage.
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How Do You Know When It's Officially a Trade War?
It’s been coming for a while, but a tweet made the threat official (and specific): On Friday, President Trump denounced European duties on American automobiles and said if they were not removed, the U.S. would hit back twice as hard. Based on the Tar
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Corruption in the Trump Administration Is Spreading
While petty scandals like Scott Pruitt’s grab attention, there are more egregious and profitable conflicts of interest elsewhere in Washington.
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What Krauthammer Meant to Conservatives of My Generation
In 1993, Charles Krauthammer delivered the commencement address at McGill University. Some 20 years earlier, he told the graduates, he had been sitting in the same seats. “What I shall offer you today,” he said, “is a reconnaissance report from a two
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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.
The Atlantic5 min read
The New Model for a Health-First Approach to Legalizing Weed
Recreational marijuana will no longer be a priority for Canada’s criminal-justice system. This week the Senate passed legislation that will make the country the second in the world to strictly regulate weed—but technically legalize it—beginning in Oc
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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: You've Barely Got Mail
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt reportedly sent only one email to anyone outside the EPA during his first 10 months in office.
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I Detransitioned. But Not Because I Wasn't Trans.
In almost every classroom in America are maps that encourage students to consider the vast world that surrounds them. Why are people so afraid of what will happen if young people are inspired to think through their own identity?
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The Republican Party Moves From Family Values to White Nationalism
The migrant crisis signals an end to one era for the GOP—and the terrifying start of a new one.
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The Atlantic Daily: Up the Mountain
The lessons of a failed social experiment. Plus why Trump changed his stance on family separations, alleged insider trading, and more.
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Don’t Blame Trump’s Advisers for Trump
Who can influence President Trump? Since the days of his presidential campaign, Trump-watchers have sought to explain his behavior by identifying whichever adviser influenced him on an issue. Trump’s critics see the president, ill-versed on policy, a
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Of Course Trump Backed Down on Family Separations
Although the president cultivates an image of never giving an inch, his folding under pressure is the rule, rather than the exception.
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Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s New Vision of Gender in ‘Apeshit’
In their recently released music video and collaborative album, the Carters show just how much their dynamic as a couple has evolved.
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The Wisdom of Going Back to School in Retirement
The historian Nell Painter discusses her lifelong love of art, and how it felt to finally pursue her dream after she left the workplace.
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Transitioning on YouTube
While the platform’s other stars pull pranks in the hopes of going viral, Miles McKenna is helping fans figure out who they are.
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It’s Not the Holocaust
Trump’s family-separation policy is horrible, but equating it with genocide is both historically and strategically misguided.
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Schrödinger’s Coat
The 20th century witnessed the rise of the media event. The 21st, with its tan suits and swatted hands and flippant Zara outerwear, is bringing a new spin to the old idea.
The Atlantic3 min readScience
But, Seriously, Where Are the Aliens?
Humanity may be as few as 10 years away from discovering evidence of extraterrestrial life. Once we do, it will only deepen the mystery of where alien intelligence might be hiding.
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Separating Kids From Their Families Can Permanently Damage Their Brains
President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order intended to end the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border, reversing his own administration’s policy after a national outcry. However, many immigrant children will lik
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Fallen Kingdom: Why Won’t Humans Just Leave the Dinosaurs Alone?
The fifth entry in the creaky Jurassic World franchise is too absurd and lazily plotted to enthrall.
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The Overlooked Children Working America’s Tobacco Fields
Kids as young as 10 and 11 are picking cash crops for giant international companies—and hardly anyone is watching to make sure the work is safe.
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Mike Shinoda Asks Not to Be Defined by Loss
The rapper’s new album, Post Traumatic, insists that the music go on, nearly one year after the death of his Linkin Park bandmate Chester Bennington.
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Melania Trump Plays the Role of Medieval Queen
The first lady’s intervention to reverse the administration’s family-separation policy fits a long historical pattern.
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How Will Detained Children Find Their Parents?
President Trump is ordering an end to the separation of families at the border, but the fate of thousands of children already in government custody is uncertain.
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Will a New Supreme Court Decision Change Online Shopping?
The Court just ruled that a state can collect taxes from a retailer that doesn’t have a physical presence in the state. Here’s what that means.
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The Mysterious ‘Jumping Gene’ That Appears 500,000 Times in Human DNA
Its segments make up 17 percent of our genome, but scientists are only just starting to understand what it does.
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New Gibbon Species Discovered in a 2,200-Year-Old Royal Chinese Tomb
When Samuel Turvey found a drawer labelled “gibbon,” he knew he had hit the jackpot. But what he found inside was better than he could have hoped for. Yes, it was a gibbon, or rather the remains of one—parts of its face, jaw, and arm. These fragments
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A Landmark Study On The Origins Of Alcoholism
By studying rats in a smarter way, scientists are finally learning something useful about why some drinkers become addicted and others don’t.
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The Power of Mo Salah’s Goal-Scoring Ritual
Liverpool F.C.’s star player is emerging as England’s—and arguably the world’s—most visible Muslim sports icon.
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