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Only in America

Only in America

What does the dissenting mail look like, when I publish an item like this one, arguing that Mitch McConnell illustrates the pious hypocrisy of those who are “deeply saddened” by gun massacres but
'Show Us the Carnage'

'Show Us the Carnage'

After a previous horrific massacre via AR-15, the one in Las Vegas last winter in which a single murderer killed or injured more than 900 people, readers wrote about that weapon and its history. For
The Mystery Behind Frederick Douglass's Birthday

The Mystery Behind Frederick Douglass's Birthday

A wealth of details was recorded about the day Frederick Douglass died as a free man in Washington, D.C. It was February 20, 1895. Douglass’s movements in the hours before his death were laid out in
<i>Radio Atlantic</i>: No Way Out, Part I

<i>Radio Atlantic</i>: No Way Out, Part I

Updated on February 16, 2018, at 1:53 p.m. ETIn 1987, Jeffrey Young was robbed and killed, and his body was left on a street in the poor neighborhood of West Dallas. Benjamine Spencer was tried and
Why Can't the U.S. Treat Gun Violence as a Public-Health Problem?

Why Can't the U.S. Treat Gun Violence as a Public-Health Problem?

After a deadly shooting, the debate always, it seems, breaks down like this: One side argues for gun control, and the other argues there is no research proving those measures work. There is, in fact,
American Carnage

American Carnage

In his inaugural address, Donald Trump declared, “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” He knew it would not. We know it did not.“I’ll be able to make sure that when you walk
Could Amazon Flip a State?

Could Amazon Flip a State?

Could Amazon flip a state?Amid all the public chatter over the company’s search for a second North American headquarters, there’s been strikingly little discussion about the potential political

Conservatives Must Save the Republican Party From Itself

“The Trump Republican party shames itself every day,” argues The Atlantic writer and David Frum. “Some people think we’d be better off if the GOP just went out of business. That’s dangerous

Beware the Northside Skull and Bone Gang

On the morning of Mardi Gras, before the first light of dawn, dozens of skeletons flood the streets of the 6th Ward neighborhood of Tremé in New Orleans. For 200 years, its residents have awakened on
Abraham Lincoln's Secret Visits to Slaves

Abraham Lincoln's Secret Visits to Slaves

Shortly before the election of 1860, a man came upon a plantation near Marlin, Texas, some 20 miles southeast of Waco. Though nobody knew who he was, the plantation owner took him in as a guest. The
The Truth About Military Parades

The Truth About Military Parades

It is a safe bet that by the time the Pentagon does actually get around to giving Donald Trump the parade he has demanded, two things will have happened: First, the scale will be considerably less
What Trump-Era Democrats Can Learn From LBJ

What Trump-Era Democrats Can Learn From LBJ

Last week, Robert Schenkkan’s new play, The Great Society, opened at the Arena Stage in Washington. This riveting sequel to the Tony-award winning All the Way, about the Lyndon Johnson presidency, is
Ditching Andrew Jackson for Mary Jackson

Ditching Andrew Jackson for Mary Jackson

An elementary school in Utah has traded one Jackson for another in a change that many say was a long time coming.Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City will no longer be named for Andrew Jackson,
The Men's Figure-Skating Gold Is Nathan Chen's to Lose

The Men's Figure-Skating Gold Is Nathan Chen's to Lose

Editor’s Note: Read more of The Atlantic’s Winter Olympics 2018 coverage. Last month, the legendary four-time Olympic medalist and famously truant once-legislator Evgeni Plushenko predicted that the
The Death of <i>Newsweek</i>

The Death of <i>Newsweek</i>

Newsweek is in the news—raided by the police last month as part of a probe into the owners’ shady finances, then subjected to a crude purge on Monday, when the owners sacked the editors and reporters
Military Parades Are a Waste of Time and Money

Military Parades Are a Waste of Time and Money

Since President Trump wants a military parade, let’s talk about parades.I don’t like them. I have an aversion, as a point of fact, to any and all military drill and ceremony aside from that performed
Other Presidents Who Have Met Famous Black People

Other Presidents Who Have Met Famous Black People

AP Donald Trump Jr. recently defended his father from charges of racism in an interview with The Daily Caller, offering as evidence a past history of photographs taken of the elder Trump with
In Trump's First Year, the U.S. Lost Almost 10,000 Solar Jobs

In Trump's First Year, the U.S. Lost Almost 10,000 Solar Jobs

Since the end of the Great Recession, two things have been true of the American solar industry: It was growing like gangbusters, and basically everyone liked it.From 2010 to 2016, the number of solar
Notre Dame Switches Its Position on Birth-Control Coverage—Again

Notre Dame Switches Its Position on Birth-Control Coverage—Again

Updated on February 7 at 8:40 a.m. ESTNotre Dame has decided to ban “abortion-inducing drugs” from third-party-provided insurance plans. It will also begin providing coverage for “simple
A Triumphant First Launch for Elon Musk's Giant Rocket

A Triumphant First Launch for Elon Musk's Giant Rocket

Updated on February 6 at 7:29 p.m. ETCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Seven years ago, the Falcon Heavy was a model rocket, sitting on a table in a conference room in Washington, D.C., in front of some reporters