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The Atlantic is an American magazine and multi-platform publisher. It was founded in 1857 in Boston, Massachusetts, as The Atlantic Monthly, a literary and cultural commentary magazine that published leading writers' commentary on the abolition of slavery, education, and other major issues in contemporary political affairs. Its founders included Francis H. Underwood and prominent writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Greenleaf Whittier. James Russell Lowell was its first editor. It is known for publishing literary pieces by leading writers.Source
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The Forgotten People Fighting the Forever War

The Forgotten People Fighting the Forever War

A devastating incident in Afghanistan shows the perils of relying on Special Operations alone to fight the nation’s battles.Both the Trump and Obama administrations relied heavily on highly trained Special Forces units to keep Afghanistan from collapse. The strategy has kept recent episodes of the 21-year Afghan War out of the public eye, but it is failing to stabilize the country and is straining the United States military’s elite troops, who serve back-to-back combat tours without an end in sight and disproportionately give their lives in service of a war the public knows almost nothing...

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The Far Right’s Fear of ‘Glowies’

The Far Right’s Fear of ‘Glowies’

Updated at 9:15 a.m. E.T. on January 25, 2021J the actions of those who stormed the Capitol, far-right extremists don’t fear arrest. But they do fear one thing: glowies.During the Trump administration, many far-right groups’ main concern was figuring out how to . But as federal law-enforcement officials continue to round up people suspected of involvement in the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, and Joe Biden’s administration , extremists are on the verge of a crack-up, posting widely and worriedly about spies in their midst—“glowies.” That’s the term far-right groups use to describe...

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Trump Has Left Congress No Choice

Trump Has Left Congress No Choice

The first impeachment of Donald Trump was an act of self-preservation by Democrats. The second is an act of self-preservation by Congress.In 2019, the Democratic congressional leadership initially resisted the cries for impeachment that had been building since the party gained control of the House of Representatives; Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Trump was “almost self-impeaching” in May of that year.But when a whistleblower revealed that Trump had attempted to strong-arm the leader of Ukraine into falsely implicating then-aspiring Democratic nominee Joe Biden in a crime, the House had to act....

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Joe Biden Has a Europe Problem

Joe Biden Has a Europe Problem

Joe Biden begins his first full day as the 46th president of the United States today with as daunting a list of foreign-policy challenges as almost any of his predecessors. After four years of Donald Trump, the new administration must overcome skepticism about America’s ability to deal with the great tests facing the world, including the rise of China as a 21st-century superpower, the spread of nuclear weapons, and the onslaught of man-made climate change. To this list can be added a new issue: patching up the transatlantic alliance.Last month, with Biden’s inauguration just weeks away, the...

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The Capitol Rioters Weren’t ‘Low Class’

The Capitol Rioters Weren’t ‘Low Class’

They were , , , , and service members, , , and, I assume, some Proud Boys.The mob that breached the Capitol last week at President Donald Trump’s exhortation, hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, was full of what you might call “respectable people.” They left , screamed “,” threatened to , and outside the building. Some were extremists , but as federal authorities issue indictments, a striking number of those they name appear to be regular Americans.And there’s nothing surprising about that. Although any crowd that size is bound to include people who are...

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Why Biden’s Inaugural Address Succeeded

Why Biden’s Inaugural Address Succeeded

Political speeches follow a surprisingly simple set of rules—or at least the successful ones do. Newly sworn-in President Joe Biden observed them all in his inaugural address. Although his 20 minutes at the lectern are not likely to be parsed and studied for rhetorical flourishes, with this speech Biden accomplished something more important: He signaled how he will approach this job and this moment in history.The first rule in political rhetoric is authenticity. Does the essence of the speech—its vocabulary, its rhythms, its cadences, its tendencies toward “plain” versus “fancy” tone—match...

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Coexistence Is the Only Option

Coexistence Is the Only Option

real-estate agents or police officers, bakers or firefighters, veterans of American wars or CEOs of American companies. They might live in Boise or Dallas, College Park or College Station, Sacramento or Delray Beach. Some are wealthy. Some are not. Relatively few of them were at the United States Capitol on January 6, determined to stop Congress from certifying a legitimate election. Millions more cheered the rioters on—and still do.As a group, it’s hard to know what to call them. They are too many to merit the term extremists. There are not enough of them to be secessionists. Some and have...

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India Has a Fake-Jobs Problem

India Has a Fake-Jobs Problem

Employment fraud in the country is neither new nor small, but its prospects have never looked brighter.O, a few days after a woman in India registered for an account on the careers site Naukri.com and uploaded a resume, a recruiter called her: One of the country’s leading real-estate companies was hiring for a senior position, and more details would follow soon.The woman had posted her details on the site, whose name means “job” in Hindi, because she feared losing her current role as a mechanical engineer. The coronavirus pandemic was in full swing, and India’s caseload was increasing fast....

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Snigdha Poonam
Jan 16
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Study Finds Median Wealth For Single Black Women at $5

Study Finds Median Wealth For Single Black Women at $5

That's the headline for that came out in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It's based on written by sociologist . Before I say anymore, I want to emphasize the importance of this study, and the importance of understanding the wealth gap as we try to understand racial disparities. I have seen some really good pieces on the black-white wealth gap (Dalton Conley's is indispensable) but this is one of the first I've seen focusing on women of color, with a specific emphasis on single women of color. I highly, highly recommend that regulars here read the study.Do that, and you'll be ahead of almost...

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Mar 11
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My Sister Was Disappeared 43 Years Ago

My Sister Was Disappeared 43 Years Ago

A casualty of Argentina’s so-called Dirty War, Isabel haunted my childhood like a ghost. Then I started searching for her.The report from the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team included 20 photos of my half sister’s bones—nearly as many photos as I had ever seen of Isabel herself.  The ones of the bones punctured by bullets—her rib, her pelvis, her humerus—did not move me as much as those of her skull. It was so old-looking, like one of those prehistoric craniums of Homo sapiens, the nose bashed in, some of the teeth missing, that earthen coloring. The skull had lain in a common grave,...

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Jan 17
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I Asked My Colleagues to Wear Masks. They Laughed.

I Asked My Colleagues to Wear Masks. They Laughed.

As a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on January 6, security guards hustled representatives into a secure location. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, Delaware’s sole member of the House, tried to convince several of her Republican colleagues to put on masks. They refused, and laughed at her—behavior that was captured in . In the days since, House Democrats Pramila Jayapal, Brad Schneider, and Bonnie Watson Coleman have tested positive for COVID-19. They blame their GOP colleagues’ carelessness for their diagnoses. On Tuesday, I asked Blunt Rochester to reflect on what happened, and why....

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Lisa Blunt Rochester
Jan 13
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Treat the Attack on the Capitol as Terrorism

Treat the Attack on the Capitol as Terrorism

Public officials from Vice President Mike Pence on down have sung a consistent refrain since a mob attacked the Capitol on January 6: Those involved should be prosecuted to the “fullest extent of the law.” For those implicated in the murder of the Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, the penalties are obviously severe. Murdering a federal official carries a life sentence and, depending on what is proven at trial, could carry the death penalty.For the others who swarmed the Capitol, though, the standard penalties could be underwhelming. The federal statute most on point, which is often...

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Michel Paradis
Jan 17
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QAnon Is Destroying the GOP From Within

QAnon Is Destroying the GOP From Within

Until last week, too many in the Republican Party thought they could preach the Constitution and wink at QAnon. They can’t.E an American hero. At a pivotal moment on January 6, the veteran United States Capitol Police officer single-handedly prevented untold bloodshed. Staring down an angry, advancing mob, he retreated up a marble staircase, calmly wielding his baton to delay his pursuers while calling out their position to his fellow officers. At the top of the steps, still alone and standing just a few yards from the chamber where senators and Vice President Mike Pence had been certifying...

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Ben Sasse
Jan 16
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Most House Republicans Did What the Rioters Wanted

Most House Republicans Did What the Rioters Wanted

January 6, 2021, will surely live in infamy—the day the United States Capitol was stormed by a mob, forcing legislators to evacuate in a rush and leaving five dead, including a police officer.The most dangerous part of that day for the country as a whole, however, was not what happened when the insurrectionists fought their way into the Capitol in the afternoon, but what happened just a few hours later on the floor. After all that mayhem, the legislators were escorted back to the chamber under heavily armed escort, and a stunning —66 percent of the House GOP caucus—along with eight GOP...

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Zeynep Tufekci
Jan 13
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America’s Second-Worst Scenario

America’s Second-Worst Scenario

T an insurgent mob arrives to sack the Capitol, if one happens to try between now and Inauguration Day, mere strength of numbers will not overwhelm the defenses. In the 10 days since the January 6 assault on Congress, the Secret Service has overseen the establishment of an instant ,” fortified by eight-foot steel barriers and patrolled by some 20,000 National Guardsmen. Those are real bullets in the magazines of their Army-issued M-4 assault rifles, not at all the standard gear for maintaining civic order.A healthy democracy does not need a division-size force to safeguard the incoming...

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Jan 16
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White Christian Nationalists Want More Than Just Political Power

White Christian Nationalists Want More Than Just Political Power

“Leave all snacks on the bus!” our guide shouted over the intercom as we readied ourselves to go through security at the U.S. Capitol a few years ago.“What about my gun?” a man in the back called out, prompting laughter from us all.That he had brought his gun wasn’t surprising. I was with a busload of white conservative Christians who had come to D.C. from all over the country to learn a Christian nationalist interpretation of the history of the United States. They loved the Second Amendment almost as much as the First. The man reluctantly disarmed and disembarked with the rest of us, and...

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Lauren R. Kerby
Jan 15
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The Case for Capitalizing the 'B' in Black

The Case for Capitalizing the 'B' in Black

S black, as a designation for people of African descent, be uppercase? Media outlets and other institutions are asking themselves that question these days, and many are answering in the affirmative. But the reasons given for why can sometimes be perplexing—in a way that reveals larger perplexities about the meaning of race.Everyone knows that black people aren’t literally black. Plenty of white Americans are darker in complexion—look at your olive-skinned friends of Mediterranean or Armenian extraction—than plenty of black Americans. If Kim Kardashian, the media personality and...

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Jun 18
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Yes, the Pandemic Is Ruining Your Body

Yes, the Pandemic Is Ruining Your Body

The first time my hips locked up, the reason was at least a little bit glamorous. It was 2018, and I was returning from vacation in Sicily, which was the fanciest thing I’d ever done by several orders of magnitude. As I went through the motions—and, perhaps more important, the lack of motion—of international flight, my gait began to stiffen, and my stride contracted to a fraction of its former self. My body, settling into its mid-30s, rebelled against the hours spent in airplane seats, the nights in unfamiliar beds, the constant, awkward physicality of travel.The same thing happened a few...

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Amanda Mull
Jan 14
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How MAGA Extremism Ends

How MAGA Extremism Ends

For the past four years, Donald Trump has been playing two roles: one as president, and the other as the rallying point for a coalition of theocrats, internet fantasists, white supremacists, and various other authoritarians who are in no way committed to peaceful transitions of power. Wednesday’s insurrection at the United States Capitol made Trump’s latter role all too clear.Before he incited the deadly attack, Trump still might have had a future in politics. Even after losing his reelection bid, Trump had been well positioned to launch his , maintain his spell over other Republicans, and...

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Juliette Kayyem
Jan 12
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What Joe Biden Can’t Bring Himself to Say

What Joe Biden Can’t Bring Himself to Say

His verbal stumbles have voters worried about his mental fitness. Maybe they’d be more understanding if they knew he’s still fighting a stutter.H to the floor when I ask him to describe it. We’ve been tiptoeing toward it for 45 minutes, and so far, every time he seems close, he backs away, or leads us in a new direction. There are competing theories in the press, but Joe Biden has kept mum on the subject. I want to hear him explain it. I ask him to walk me through the night he appeared to lose control of his words onstage.To hear more feature stories, or “I—um—I don’t remember,” Biden says....

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John Hendrickson
Nov 21
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How a Well-Meaning Health Policy Created California’s Coronavirus Nightmare

How a Well-Meaning Health Policy Created California’s Coronavirus Nightmare

Everyone’s worst pandemic nightmare is happening in Los Angeles. Intensive-care units are overflowing with patients gasping for breath, and there might not be enough ventilators to go around. If a patient has virtually no chance of survival, ambulances told not to bother transporting them to a hospital at all. People experiencing a heart attack or kidney stones on a bed being available for them.But perhaps it should be no surprise that California’s hospitals are full to bursting: the state has COVID-19 hospitalization rates in the country, and it has relatively fewer hospital beds than most...

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Olga Khazan
Jan 12
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Photos From the Pro-gun Rally in Virginia

Photos From the Pro-gun Rally in Virginia

Thousands of gun-rights activists took part in a peaceful rally on Lobby Day, today, in Richmond, Virginia. Demonstrators from Virginia and from out of state gathered around the state capitol to protest gun-control legislation being pushed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and other Democratic state legislators, such as universal background checks and a military-style-weapons ban. Although many participants showed up armed, no arrests were reported.Hints:Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

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Jan 20
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D.C. Statehood Is More Urgent Than Ever

D.C. Statehood Is More Urgent Than Ever

Less than six months before a mob of upon the United States Capitol, a more solemn crowd gathered at its steps. Among those who arrived to pay their final respects to the late Representative John Lewis were Washington, D.C., residents who appreciated his unwavering support of for the district. As they waited in line for the public viewing, a small group of Black women raised their fists in honor of the Georgia lawmaker known as the conscience of Congress, who saw their city’s struggle as the very kind of . Lewis had backed the symbolically named House Resolution 51 since Eleanor Holmes...

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Jan 9
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The Insurrectionists Would Like You to Know That They’re the Real Victims

The Insurrectionists Would Like You to Know That They’re the Real Victims

History is rewritten by the self-styled victims.Even after more than four years of rationalizing and excusing every violation by the president, Donald Trump’s enablers have their work cut out for them this week, , and killed a police officer. But, undeterred, they are still energetically devoted to the task.I warned yesterday that and convince people that it didn’t happen the way it did. The whitewashing is already in full motion. Some takes the form of dangerous disinformation—false claims, for example, that antifa was behind the siege and not Trump backers, even though Trump cheered them...

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Jan 8
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Trump’s Internet Is Celebrating

Trump’s Internet Is Celebrating

Updated at 11:12 a.m. ET on January 7, 2020.The internet is real life.This was in 2016, which made clear that conspiracy theorizing on message boards can lead to a man carrying a rifle into a restaurant. This was the lesson of the deadly Charlottesville rally in 2017, which made clear that online hate is a precursor to offline violence.This was the lesson of the Christchurch mosque shootings in 2019, which were carried out by and . And this was the lesson after of a planned militia event that led to a double shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this summer. And the lesson after armed supporters...

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Jan 7
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