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Editor’s Note: Read an interview with Caleb Crain about his writing process. Maybe if there had been someone willing and able to hold him completely, so that his gift left him altogether, he would have accepted the loss for the sake of the connection and…

Trump’s True Relationship With Russia Has Never Been Revealed

Getty / Arsh Raziuddin / The Atlantic Fate offered Peter Strzok a place in history that he never sought. The son of an Army officer, Strzok also served in the United States military before joining the FBI’s counterintelligence operation in 1996. He excelled at his…

The American Government Gave Up on Reality

Alexander Hamilton and his colleagues wrote 85 separate essays to make their case that Americans should take a risk and ratify the 1787 Constitution. Three sentences into the very first of those Federalist Papers, Hamilton made clear that he knew full well the stakes of…

Why China Rushes to Roll Out Digital Currency 

Commentary In April of this year, the Chinese regime announced that it would launch a digital currency pilot program. In early August, China’s four major banks—Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Agricultural Bank of China—expanded digital currency testing…

Your Tote Bag Can Make a Difference

My newly adopted home state is on fire again: Scorching heat and lightning strikes have sparked dozens of fires across California, burning an area the size of Rhode Island. Iowa is reeling from a deadly derecho. The mountain west is suffering through a severe drought.…

The Core Lesson of the COVID-19 Heart Debate

Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here. Last Monday, when I called the cardiologist Amy Kontorovich in the late morning, she apologized for sounding tired. “I’ve been in my lab infecting heart cells…

The Golden Era That Wasn’t

“If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of…

Alexander Vindman: Trump Is Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’

Shortly after midnight on June 17, 1972, an unusually attentive security guard named Frank Wills discovered an unlocked door in the garage of the Watergate office complex. A piece of tape had been placed over the latch. Wills removed the tape and continued on his…

A Defense of Court Packing

It was only a matter of time, really. Ever since Senate Republicans refused to hold a vote on Merrick Garland four years ago, progressives have argued that Democrats need to wrest back control of the Supreme Court by packing it full of liberal justices. By…

Who You’re Reading When You Read Haruki Murakami

Books are a product unlike most others. Novelists are not iPhones. The new doesn’t render the old obsolete. No matter how much you loved Sally Rooney, you would not suggest that because of her, Oscar Wilde is history. An adoration of Emma Cline would not…

Even the Coronavirus Can’t Kill the SAT and ACT

Over the summer, more than 400 colleges decided to stop requiring the SAT or the ACT for admissions, because the pandemic had made taking the tests (or even finding a location to take them) so difficult. Some institutions, such as Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, said…

The Terrifying Inadequacy of American Election Law

Merely voting and counting the votes in this year’s election will be an extraordinary challenge. The country faces the worst public-health crisis in a century, a potentially severe shortage of poll workers, mail-in voting on an unprecedented scale, mounting functional problems at the U.S. Postal…

How to Defeat the Chinese Communist Party’s Ideological War

Commentary We find ourselves in another Cold War, this time with an enemy far more skilled in the art of war than the Russians. The leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have long understood that the most important strategic domain is the minds of…

Learning From Black Educators

Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…

The Art of Teaching Writing

Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…

Defending America’s Rule of Reason

America is in crisis. Beyond the trials and tribulations associated with COVID-19, there is rioting in the streets and calls for the “rebranding” of the United States in terms of identity politics. These are times in which the very history of America is being questioned…

A Harmonious Culture Creates Riches: ‘Forging of the Sampo’

The story of the Sampo is told in the Finnish epic “Kalevala,” which was compiled from the poems and songs of Finnish oral traditions. The Sampo was a powerful and mysterious device that had a lid of many colors, three mills on its sides, and…

What Makes a Good Preschool Education

Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…

Gaming the System All the Way Into the White House

As Election Night 2018 drew to a close, it looked as if the enthusiastically predicted “blue wave” of a sweeping Democratic victory had not come to pass. True, the party had picked up about 24 seats in the House, enough to make Nancy Pelosi speaker…

Who’s to Blame When a Sperm Donor Lies?

To the mothers, he was just Donor 9623. They did not know his name, but from his glowing sperm-donor profile, they knew he had an IQ of 160, spoke four languages, was pursuing a doctorate in neuroscience engineering, and looked like Tom Cruise. But Donor…

Trump and Biden Policy Stances

This list gives a basic outline of the platforms of the Republican and Democratic parties in the 2020 election. The Epoch Times has included actions the Trump administration has taken in its first term. Economy Trump Grant tax credits to companies that move manufacturing back…

Listen: Plasma and Immunity

The writer F. T. Kola had COVID-19 in March, and she’s still dealing with the aftermath. She returns to the podcast Social Distance to ask about whether she should donate plasma, and if she should worry about “reinfection.” Also on this episode: Atlantic senior editor…

How Beijing Wields Chinese Student Groups to Suppress Free Speech on US Campuses

The Chinese regime’s covert activities at American universities have attracted growing attention and concern, as the Trump administration revs up its campaign targeting Beijing’s subversion of the United States. In the past year, the United States has honed in on Beijing’s efforts to steal American…

Celebrating Neurodiversity in the Classroom

Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…

America’s Choice: Nasty Smears of Trump or Judgement of Competing Policies

As we leave the Labor Day weekend behind, the all-time roughest, nastiest, most dishonest attempt in American history to dislodge an incumbent president is well underway. Since Donald Trump ran in 2016 against all factions of both parties, and effectively against the Bushes as much…

Listen: Is Faster Better?

The federal government is telling states to prepare for a vaccine as early as November. But a major trial has been put on hold. On this episode of Social Distance, James Hamblin and Katherine Wells look to staff writer Sarah Zhang for answers—and updates on…

What Is the Chinese Regime Anxious About?

Commentary The Chinese regime’s mouthpiece, People’s Daily, published a series of commentaries that claim the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is not a threat to its own people and to the world. The editorial, headlined “The Communist Party of China and the Chinese People on the…

A Dangerous Moment for the Court

The Supreme Court seems strangely immune to the bitterness that plagues our politics. Even now, when Americans can no longer agree on basic facts, the Court’s relative popularity has endured. Following Donald Trump’s 2016 election, the Court has what may be its most conservative majority…

Hong Kongers, Don’t Idolize the U.K.

During this uncertain and unstable year, I’ve learned not to take Hong Kong’s freedom for granted. Prodemocracy protests consumed the city for months starting in early 2019, but the political climate changed abruptly in the spring, when Beijing passed a wide-ranging security law that many…

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