The Atlantic Daily: Kentucky Clerk Jailed, Deflategate Deflates, Trump Stumps

A clerk was sent to jail over her refusal to issue marriage licenses, a federal judge made Tom Brady pretty happy, Donald Trump pledged his loyalty to the Grand Old Party, and more.

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What We’re Following: Clerk Jailed Over Gay Marriage

A federal judge in Kentucky ruled that the Rowan County clerk who denied same-sex couples marriage licenses was in contempt of court, and she was escorted to jail immediately after the hearing. Kim Davis has refused to issue the documents since late June, when the Supreme Court made gay marriage the law of the land.

This Is Trump’s World and We’re Just Living in It: The Republican presidential candidate dominated the major news networks with his characteristically flamboyant press conference from Trump Tower in New York. The Donald was there to sign the Republican National Committee’s pledge, which means he has vowed to not mount a campaign as an independent or with a third party even if he doesn’t get the GOP nomination.

Sports, Man: A federal judge threw out the four-game suspension the NFL had handed New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over the alleged use of under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship game in January. The NFL says it’s going to appeal.


Members of a military band sing during a military parade in Beijing on September 3, 2015. For more images of China’s parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, please visit The Atlantic Photo. (Damir Sagolj / Reuters)


Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor and author of the new book Accidental Saints: “If you don’t have a drag queen in your congregation, you should get one.”

Craig Fugate, director of FEMA: “When you step back and look at most disasters, you talk about first responders—lights and sirens—that’s bullshit. The first responders are the neighbors. Bystanders. People that are willing to act.”

Adam Perkins, a lecturer in the neurobiology of personality, on neurotic people: “I thought, gosh, it seems like they have a built-in threat generator.”

Donald Trump, businessman and Republican presidential candidate: “Why do [evangelicals] love me? You’ll have to ask them. But they do. They do love me.”

News Quiz

1. The president of ___________ resigned amid a corruption scandal.

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2. A fragment of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the commercial plane that disappeared over the Indian Ocean last Match, was found in ______________.

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3.  Thai commercials are really good at making people ________.

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Evening Read

Megan Garber on the new documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, which has an unusual take on the Apple visionary’s legacy:

Here Jobs’s flaws are not just a footnote, but a focus. They are unrelenting. Gibney interviews both Jobs’s confederates and his betrayees, including former bosses (the Atari founder Nolan Bushnell), former friends (the early Apple engineer Daniel Kottke), former girlfriends (Chrisann Brennan, the mother of his daughter), and former employees (the engineer Bob Belleville). He interviews Sherry Turkle, the author of Alone Together and a critic, in particular, of technology’s ability to isolate users even as it promises connection. We get analysis after analysis of Jobs the Jerk, some of them frank (Turkle: “He was not a nice guy”), others accommodating (Bushnell: “He had one speed: full on”), others resigned (McKenna: “I think that Steve was very driven and would very often take shortcuts to achieve those goals”), others indignant (Belleville: “Steve ruled by a kind of chaos: He’s seducing you, he’s ignoring you, and he’s vilifying you”), others angry (Brennan: “He didn’t know what real connection was, so he made up another form of connection”).

Each summation, each person, is a reminder of the sacrifices Jobs imposed on others in the name of human connection. As Gibney puts it: “How much of an asshole do you have to be, to be successful?”

Reader Response

From a contributor to our American Dreams thread:

Tell me Mexican immigrants aren’t living the American Dream. They’re in a country that has running water—water that you can actually drink without fear of getting typhoid (yes, typhoid … it still happens in Mexico pretty often). It’s also water that you don’t have carry in five-gallon tubs to your home. They’re in a country where the government doesn’t blatantly murder its citizens (think Los 43 de Ayotzinapa).

And before anyone wants to argue, even if the American power structure murders its people (e.g. Freddie Gray), the people can at least protest and raise hell and have a chance at changing things instead of being silenced or killed by the government.


Evasive sheep sheared, Obama Facebook-commented, Germany blamed, beloved crossing-guard dog named Patches fired.

Answers: GUATEMALA, french-governed reunion island, cry