Katrina destroyed a failing school system and made New Orleans a laboratory for education. Can reformers transcend the damage of the flood—and of history?
In This Issue
Carl M. Cannon, "Untruth and Consequences"; Bing West, "Streetwise"; Amy Waldman, "Reading, Writing, Resurrection"; Jeffrey Rosen on Chief Justice John Roberts; Joshua Green on Unity08; Virginia Postrel on airline glamor, Jon Zobenica on Girlie Mags; P.J. O'Rourke follows the tractors; Michael Hirschorn has a music-geek epiphany; Robert Kaplan on the lessons of Herodotus; and much more.
State of the Union
Chief Justice John Roberts says that if the Supreme Court is to maintain legitimacy, its justices must start acting more like colleagues and less like prima donnas.
Dismayed by the system they helped to create, some veteran political strategists are out to create a better choice in 2008.
Decoding genomes wasn't enough. Now Craig Venter wants to end our oil addiction.
To find the next great ideas, follow the tractors, tourists, and drinkers.
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From Washington to FDR to Nixon, presidents have always lied. Here’s what makes George W. Bush different.
Whether we ultimately stay or go, we need to fix Iraq's policing problems. An expert explains how.
Thucydides may have been more trustworthy, but Herodotus would have been more fun to share a wineskin with—and is a far better guide to the present.
Vintage Atlantic writings on science by Asa Gray, Werner Heisenberg, James Watson, and others.
The Middle East looks like Europe circa World War I.
The new Democratic Congress just might help the White House mend the country’s broken fiscal policy.
How a pair of Democratic strategists are helping candidates talk about their faith
The Atlantic recently asked a group of political insiders—selected for their campaign experience, political knowledge, and ties to key voting blocs—about the strength of the religious right and the antiwar left.
Betty Comden (1917–2006)
What to read this month
Down the ladder from Playboy to Maxim
In 1956, the British stumbled in Suez, and the Soviets crushed the Hungarian uprising—revealing the fatal flaws of modern empire.
A guide to additional releases
A journey through Alsace-Lorraine to the town that gave America its name
The best way to make rice pudding is always your grandmother’s.
Today, air travel is just another form of mass transit. Is there any going back to the glamorous days of yore?
Social-search programs like Flickr and del.icio.us guide your Web browsing toward places you probably want to go.
A new wave of Web innovation is finally challenging Steve Jobs’s empire of cool.