In this issue: America’s gambling problem, how history will remember Obama’s presidency, and how to avoid war with Beijing. Plus, stolen valor, the case against cats, and more

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December 2016

December 2016

In this issue: America’s gambling problem, how history will remember Obama’s presidency, and how to avoid war with Beijing. Plus, stolen valor, the case against cats, and more

Cover Stories

The Lessons of Henry Kissinger

The legendary and controversial statesman criticizes the Obama Doctrine, talks about the main challenges for the next president, and explains how to avoid war with China.

Jeffrey Goldberg

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China’s Great Leap Backward

The country has become repressive in a way that it has not been since the Cultural Revolution. What does its darkening political climate—and growing belligerence—mean for the United States?

James Fallows

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Features

How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts

Modern slot machines develop an unbreakable hold on many players—some of whom wind up losing their jobs, their families, and even, as in the case of Scott Stevens, their lives.

John Rosengren

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Grace Hartigan in her studio, 1957

An Era for Women Artists?

Nearly half a century ago, a feminist art historian asked why there had been no great female artists. A new wave of all-women exhibitions revives the question—and suggests a new answer.

Sarah Boxer

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Fiction: Novostroïka

His apartment had no heat. Worse: Council officials said his building did not exist.

Maria Reva

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Dispatches

What Obama Got Right

Jonathan Rauch

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Big in Kyrgyzstan: The World Nomad Games

John Wendle

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The Stolen-Valor Detective

Brian Mockenhaupt

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Why Kids Need Recess

Alia Wong

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Baby, Monitored

Adrienne LaFrance

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Using Leeches to Forecast the Weather

Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton

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The Culture File

The First Troll

James Parker

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Zadie Smith’s Dance of Ambivalence

Dayna Tortorici

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The Accidental Patriots

Caitlin Fitz

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The Case Against Cats

Britt Peterson

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Departments

The Conversation

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What Is the Most Interesting Family in History?

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