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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 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…

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…

Donald Is No Dove

One of Donald Trump’s more remarkable qualities is his ability to convince people to give him credit for things he hasn’t done. He has, for example convinced many Americans that he is an effective businessman, despite his massive inherited wealth and legacy of failure; an…

What Scares Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman’s first new movie in five years is a horror film. In some ways, the same could be said of every feature he’s made. Synecdoche, New York and Anomalisa were eerie tales of existential dread and loneliness. The earlier scripts that made his name…

Two French Soldiers Killed, One Injured in Mali

PARIS—Two French military personnel were killed while on an operation in Mali on Saturday when an improvised explosive device destroyed their armored vehicle, the French Presidency said. According to the statement, a third soldier was injured in the blast, which took place in the Tessalit…

‘America First’ Enters Its Most Combustible Moment

The months before and after a presidential election are particularly fragile for foreign policy. Each of the five presidents I served understood, as did his team, the weight of this time. Politics and legacy were always front of mind. They were all also conscious of…

Lebanese Military Discovers More Dangerous Chemicals at Beirut Port

The Lebanese military released a statement on Monday that said teams of its investigators, assisted by French experts, have discovered 25 containers of hydrochloric acid and 54 containers of other dangerous materials at the Port of Beirut, which was devastated on August 4 by a…

Macron’s ‘savior complex’ not helping former colonies

As always, tone is everything. “France will never let Lebanon go,” said French President Emmanuel Macron as he toured a devastated Beirut this month, after the massive blast at the city’s port. Those he was speaking to – a distraught crowd traumatized by an astonishing…

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