F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel is a surprisingly apt primer on the president of the United States.
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The pop star’s call for fans to “get out and vote” in the midterm elections has caused a stir—one that’s best understood as a set of responses to Swift herself.
Samuel Park’s last novel explores how one person’s sense of self can be absorbed into another’s need.
Paul Manafort flips on President Trump. Plus 18 trillion gallons of rain along the Eastern Seaboard, gas leaks and explosions in Massachusetts, Monday’s Emmys, and more
Hurricane Florence threatens even as it weakens. Plus a movement to restore voting rights to ex-felons, the waning global influence of the U.S., and more
Are societies bending away from democracy? Plus the U.S. refugee-resettlement cap, new allegations against Larry Nassar, and more
The wars September 11 wrought, the costs of American college, climate disasters, and more
Trump closes the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, Les Moonves’s resignation, Sweden’s elections, and more
Obama’s harsh critique of Trump, the trauma of family separation, a looming battle in Syria, and more
What to do when you work for a president who might be unfit to serve. Plus Democrats’ release of Kavanaugh’s documents, examining Alabama’s gun culture, and more
The “resistance” described in an anonymous official’s New York Times op-ed. Plus the backlash to Nike’s new ad campaign, what technology means for democracy, and more
A new book reveals extraordinary quotes from White House officials. Plus a devastating museum fire, our new Ideas section, and more
A Kremlin influence campaign, the deeper meaning of admissions lawsuits, Eminem’s surprise album, and more
Rachel Heng’s debut novel turns the cultural imperatives of health into commands of a totalitarian state.
What climate change could mean for the world’s food supply. Plus Democrats’ chances in the Sun Belt, the reign of mattress stores, and more
More turnover at the White House, how teens view the media, a dystopian marketing stunt, and more
A threat to Muslims’ rights in China, Democrats’ options for 2020, answering Obama’s mail, and more
The legacy of John McCain, Trump’s trade deal with Mexico, Houston’s ongoing hurricane recovery, and more
Why a new legal development could be the most dangerous yet for Trump. Plus a complex free-speech case, a mother’s struggle with addiction, and more.
How Trump’s past shapes his response to Manafort. Plus a plan to arm teachers, the gospel of space, and more.