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John Oliver’s Weak Case for Callout Culture
On the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight, an HBO show that often sounds as if The Daily Show and The Rachel Maddow Show had combined their writers’ rooms, John Oliver dedicated his monologue to public shaming. After a brief survey of excesses
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Americans Can’t Stop Mythologizing Robert Mueller
Batman. Superman. Boyfriend. Savior. While the special counsel has conducted a notably quiet investigation, Americans have filled in the blanks.
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Us and Jordan Peele’s New Horror
In his latest film, the comedian turned director continues to reinvent how the genre uses fear to comment on humanity’s evil.
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What Mueller Leaves Behind
The attorney general says he may be able to advise Congress of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as early as this weekend.
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From a Bogus Website to Bernie Sanders's Inner Circle
David Sirota got fired from a Philly campaign 20 years ago for a racially charged “dirty trick” before he first went to work for the progressive from Vermont.
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The Family Weekly: This Fertility Doctor Had a Secret. Then DNA Testing Came Along.
Why teenage boys have more free time than teenage girls, and how to talk (productively) to your family about politics when you disagree
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The U.S. Is Running Low on Options to Force Maduro Out
The Trump administration has already deployed visa restrictions, sanctions, and even an embargo on Venezuelan oil. What else is left?
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Kavanaugh Went Up to the Line That Sotomayor Crossed
Schoolhouse Rock, and the Constitution, teach that a bill becomes a law when the president signs it. Often the Supreme Court will explain that a given bill was signed by “the president.” But on rare occasions, the justices will refer to the president
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After Mueller: The Ongoing Investigations Surrounding Trump
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has wrapped up, but Trump and his associates may not be out of legal jeopardy yet.
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Nobody Knows Anything About ‘Electability’
When pundits anoint Biden—or Sanders or O’Rourke—as the likeliest to beat Trump, they’re making lots of dubious assumptions.
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Read the Attorney General’s Letter Confirming That Mueller’s Investigation Is Over
William Barr told Congress he “may be in a position to advise [lawmakers] of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.”
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A Secret Database of Child Abuse
A former Jehovah's Witness is using stolen documents to expose allegations that the religion has kept hidden for decades.
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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Mueller Delivers
One year, 10 months, and six days later, the Special Counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr. What comes next?
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Putin’s Crackdown on Dissent Is Working
A new law criminalizing “disrespect” for Russian society and institutions might mark the end of the country’s few remaining legal forms of protests.
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Mueller Cannot Seek an Indictment. And He Must Remain Silent.
The unusual situation facing Robert Mueller does not justify repeal of well-established traditions of confidentiality.
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Your Pillows Might Be Killing Your Neck
After waking up with a searing pain that radiates down to my shoulders, I hunt for the culprit.
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The Atlantic Daily: Will the Public Know What Mueller Found?
The Special Counsel’s Russia investigation comes to a close—and now many lingering questions fall to Congress. Plus the “electability” trap, the horror film you shouldn’t miss, and more
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How Civil War Among Humans Made Animals Braver
In Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, bushbuck lived for years in relative safety, but still reacted to the scent of a lion.
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Being a Pastor Is More Joyful With a Friend by Your Side
“To be able to talk about things that only we as young women clergy experience is really comforting.”
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The Books Briefing: The Literary Transformation of Climate Change
One of the longest-lasting storytelling themes is that of the all-consuming apocalypse. From some of the oldest texts known to humankind to the newest movies streaming on Netflix, tales of world-ending disaster continue to enthrall and terrify reader
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The Dirt Celebrates the Soullessness of Mötley Crüe
Netflix’s shiny biopic of the hair-metal band barely tries to understand the destruction it portrays.
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Chelsea Clinton In The Hall Of Mirrors
When the two strangers accosted Chelsea Clinton, she was attending an NYU vigil for the Muslims murdered by a terrorist in Christchurch, New Zealand. “This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put ou
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Motherhood Is Monstrous in The Act
Midway through the first episode of The Act, a group of neighbors are chatting on a front porch when Casey Anthony’s name comes up. The scene is set in 2008, smack in the middle of the Nancy Grace–fueled wave of “tot mom” national hysteria that peake
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Midwestern Flooding Isn’t a Natural Disaster
“Floods and hurricanes happen. The hazard itself is not the disaster—it’s our habits, our building codes.”
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A Big, Weird, Pancake-Shaped Fish Keeps Surprising Beachgoers
When an ocean sunfish washed ashore in Australia a few days ago, the people who found it couldn’t help but gawk. The ocean sunfish is fundamentally bizarre, and the weirdest thing about it isn’t the teeth in its throat. It isn’t the way it plays dead
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Nazis Have Always Been Trolls
They rely on murderous insincerity and the unwillingness of liberal societies to see them for what they are.
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Hollywood Makes Way for the Disney-Fox Behemoth
The Disney Death Star has finally arrived. The company’s merger with Fox, completed this week, will radically reshape the Hollywood movie landscape. The math reveals a staggering picture: Last year, Disney’s overall market share for the domestic box
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Instagram Is the Internet’s New Home for Hate
As other social networks wage a very public war against misinformation, it’s thriving on Instagram.
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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: On Speeching Terms
The president’s latest executive order on campus free speech is largely redundant. Plus: Trump calls on the U.S. to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
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On Pluto, It’s Been Spring Since 1990
Ah, spring. The season of vibrant flowers lining the sidewalk on the commute home, their gentle fragrance wafting into the air. Of sunshine that calls for a light jacket instead of a bulky coat. Of the passionate urge to clean everything in sight. Ou
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