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The Books Briefing: Money, Money, Money
Capitalism, the German sociologist Jens Beckert argues, is based on fantasy: People (and institutions) spend, save, and earn money in hopes of achieving an imagined life. But the future of capitalism and the financial market—and the ability to achiev
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Joe Biden Is Running for President
The former vice president has finally decided he’s in, and he’s announcing in less than a week. Now he just has to finish putting a campaign together.
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What the Mueller Report Reveals About the Presidency
Almost 50 years after Watergate, it’s still exceedingly difficult to hold a president accountable.
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The Real Illegal Immigration Crisis Isn’t on the Southern Border
Focusing on asylum seekers who cross land borders ignores the real problem: people who overstay their visas.
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The Disciplines Where No Black People Earn Ph.D.s
In more than a dozen academic fields—largely STEM related—not a single black student earned a doctoral degree in 2017.
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Democrats Confront the Price of Campaign-Finance Purity
The 2020 race for the White House will undoubtedly be a battle both of ideology and personality. But it is also shaping up as a clash between two opposing forces: the ever-expanding, $1 billion industry that is a modern presidential campaign, and the
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No One Listens to the President
Trump keeps issuing orders, and staffers keep ignoring them because they’re illegal or unwise. It’s an unsustainable situation—but it shows no sign of abating.
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Trump’s Guardrails Are Gone
The president’s more pliant senior advisers might end up indulging his ultimately self-sabotaging behavior.
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The ‘Cuddle Hormone’ Might Help America Take On the Obesity Epidemic
The brain chemical oxytocin appears to make people feel full and reduce overeating. Can it encourage weight loss?
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High School Was Different Before Columbine
Jake Wakefield, who graduated from high school in Fort Collins, Colorado, in 2003, recalls that April 20 was the date of his Senior Ditch Day. One reason for the chosen date was “a tongue-in-cheek thing,” he told me; April 20 is an unofficial cannabi
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Under the Depression Helmet
The past two weeks have been frenetic for Bre Hushaw, who is now known to millions of people as the girl in the depression helmet. Hushaw has been hearing from people all around the world who want to try it, or at least want to know how it works. Her
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The Predator That Makes Great White Sharks Flee in Fear
The great white shark—a fast, powerful, 16-foott-long torpedo that’s armed to the teeth with teeth—has little to fear except fear itself. But also: killer whales. For almost 15 years, Salvador Jorgensen from the Monterey Bay Aquarium has been studyin
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When Your Friend Moves To The Other Side Of The World
“It did come as a shock when she told me that she was leaving. It was like, Well, we’ve only barely begun.”
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Terry Gilliam Has Finally Slain His Giant
Released at last after decades of mishaps, the director’s latest film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, will fascinate his fans—but might frustrate more casual viewers.
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People Underestimate How Fun It Is to Do the Same Thing Twice
It’s common to prize novelty in leisure activities, but research suggests that revisiting the familiar can offer unexpected pleasures.
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The Politics & Policy Daily: It’s (Finally) Mueller Time
It’s Thursday, April 18 (and Mueller report time). Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is finally out. Mueller’s team writes that there are links between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, but concludes that “the evidence was not
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The Irony of Mueller-Report Profiteering
Ebook promos and paperbacks of the special counsel’s report encapsulate the investigation’s theme: The government is for sale.
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The Atlantic Daily: Punting on the Obstruction Question
A case for the Mueller report as an impeachment referral. Plus: Georgetown students vote on reparations, the pleasure of repeating activities, and more
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The City That Apps Built, or Destroyed
There has never been a town like the one San Francisco is becoming, a place where a single industry composed almost entirely of rich people thoroughly dominates the local economy. Much of the money that’s been squished out of the rest of the world ge
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Trump Owns the War in Yemen Now
His veto of a congressional effort to end U.S. involvement violates the public will and the national interest.
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Barr’s Narrative of Victimhood
The attorney general’s presentation will likely please the president, but does little for the credibility of the Department of Justice.
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Letters: ‘My Heart Broke When I Found Out Notre-Dame Was Burning’
On Monday, Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, France, caught fire. Parts of the structure—which had survived plague and wars of religion, the French Revolution, and the Nazis—were severely damaged, including the iconic spire and wooden roof. The history
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Giannis Antetokounmpo Is Thinking Like the MVP
The Milwaukee Bucks’ do-everything prodigy has simplified his approach and become the NBA’s best player.
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Read Robert Mueller’s Written Summaries of His Russia Report
Attorney General William Barr released Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on Thursday. Contained therein were the summaries Mueller’s team prepared for the nearly 450-page-long document—presumably, the details he felt were most important fo
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The First Reparations Attempt at an American College Comes From Its Students
Georgetown’s students voted to tax themselves to pay descendants of enslaved people, instead of waiting for the school to do something.
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14 Must-Read Moments From the Mueller Report
Updated on April 18 at 4:10 p.m. ET Attorney General William Barr released Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election on Thursday. Though some of the findings
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Trump Still Hasn’t Condemned Russia for Meddling in the 2016 Election
The president has denied wrongdoing, played the victim, and refrained from criticizing Russia’s role in the election.
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The Mueller Report Is an Impeachment Referral
The special counsel has concluded he can neither charge nor clear the president. Only Congress can now resolve the allegations against him.
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The Indelible Awfulness of E. L. James’s The Mister
The author’s follow-up to her Fifty Shades series is hopelessly retrograde and dismally unentertaining.
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Why Won’t Barr Just Release the Mueller Report?
Before allowing the public and Congress to see it for themselves, the attorney general has called a Thursday-morning press conference.
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