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In This Issue
Will John Bolton bring on Armageddon, the fertility doctor’s secret, the towers that Trump never built, and white nationalism’s deep American roots. Plus William J. Burns on Putin and Russia, how AI will rewire us, the ‘Female Byron,’ James Fallows v. leaf blowers, why America needs ‘Ellen,’ psychiatry’s hubris, and more.
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A brief history of the president’s unfulfilled architectural dreams
The national security adviser could be our best hope for protecting the world from Donald Trump’s impulses.
Donald Cline must have thought no one would ever know. Then DNA testing came along.
An American diplomat tells the inside story of Yeltsin, Putin, and opportunities lost.
A long-overdue excavation of the book that Hitler called his “bible,” and the man who wrote it
For better and for worse, robots will alter humans’ capacity for altruism, love, and friendship.
How Italy fell for Ghali
How a small group of activists (our correspondent among them) got leaf blowers banned in the nation’s capital
Ramin Djawadi’s score helped make the show a hit—and brought unlikely fame to the composer.
Your night life prepares you for what’s to come.
Will the rest of America learn to love it too?
The weirdly hopeful story of how the U.S. came to be a leader in tax compliance
A very short book excerpt
The Culture File
Ellen DeGeneres, daytime superstar, is itching to try something new. But America needs the old Ellen more than ever before.
The biology of mental illness is still a mystery, but practitioners don’t want to admit it.
Amy Hempel’s best short stories reveal how rich spareness can be.
The celebrity poet Letitia Elizabeth Landon mesmerized a 19th-century public with hints of dark secrets.
Watching a neurosurgeon at work is awe- and cringe-inducing.
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