The Atlantic Daily: Trump's Muslim Ban, Radicalization in San Bernardino, DOJ v. Chicago

The GOP frontrunner calls for a “total and complete shutdown,” more details emerge in last week’s California shooting, civil-rights investigators probe the Chicago Police Department, and more.

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What We’re Following: Trump’s Muslim Shutdown

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” While other GOP candidates have proposed new immigration restrictions since the Paris attacks and San Bernardino shooting, Trump’s is the most expansive proposal yet to block Muslims from entering the country. “Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine,” he added.

Radicalization in California: Both Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were radicalized for quite some time before the couple killed 14 people and wounded 21 others at a civic-services center in San Bernardino, California last week, the FBI said Monday. President Obama also described the attack as an “act of terrorism” during a primetime address to the nation on Sunday night.

Civil Rights in Chicago: The Department of Justice formally announced a civil-rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department’s use-of-force policies, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Monday. The move comes one week after the city released the dashcam footage of Laquan McDonald’s death and indicted the police officer responsible. Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy as protesters continue to call for the mayor’s resignation.


A man holds a giant pencil as he takes part in a citizens’ solidarity march of hundreds of thousands of French people (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris on January 11, 2015, following shootings at the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. For more of 2015’s top news photos, visit The Atlantic Photo. (Stephane Mahe / Reuters)


Andrew Meltzoff, a psychology professor: “I’m trying to teach the roboticists to think like a baby. And I mean that in a good way.”

Justin Theroux, star of The Leftovers, on his character's reaction to a plot twist: “It’s a vulnerable thing to say to you’re seeing somebody, especially when they’re quite possibly a figment of your imagination.”

Jeff Dabiri, who studies jellyfish, on what happened when he held one for a photo shoot: “I got dozens of stings, mostly on my crotch. After that, I’ve learned to say no to photographers.”

Evening Read

Jeff Gates on photoshopping the pain out of a memory:

My cousin recently sent me some old family slides to scan. Looking through them, I was surprised to see a shot of my mother and her parents, taken at what looks like my grandparents’ anniversary celebration. What surprised me was my mother’s pose: She was looking straight into the camera, an uncharacteristic position for a woman who was ordinarily determined to hide one side of her face. In my Bar Mitzvah photos, she insisted on being seen only in profile.

But there she was in this slide, staring head-on without a hint of vanity, her hand reaching for her father’s. The image was mesmerizing.

As I color-corrected the scanned image and fixed my grandmother's cloudy cataract, it occurred to me: What if I remade Mom’s face the way she would have wanted it?

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2. In 2005, preschoolers were ___________ more than three times as often as K-12 students.

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3. Today, Beijing issued its first-ever red alert because of _____________.

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Reader Response

A reader joins the ongoing discussion on guns and gun control:

I am a recreational gun owner who uses shotguns and rifles for hunting. I also support stronger gun control legislation. I find that most people in my camp become nervous about gun legislation when registries are mentioned, and this makes us nervous for the same reason that people get nervous when they hear the NSA is collecting phone metadata. They are concerned that raw “data” removed from context can paint them adversely.  

Take my father, for example. He has been an avid hunter for most of his life, now in his 70s. When my uncle (also an avid hunter for 50+ years) died two years ago, he left all his guns to my father. This means my father owns two lifetimes worth of recreational gun enthusiasts’ arms (well over 20). From a purely numerical perspective, he might look like a maniac secretly building an arsenal in the backwoods. In reality, he isn’t a threat to anything but turkeys and deer. And statistically speaking, most gun crimes are committed with handguns and not long arms, but this relevant fact is hardly ever mentioned.

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Answers: 2, expelled, severe smog