The Atlantic Daily: ‘I Believe Her’

A marriage proposal at the Emmys, tribalism on college campuses, the radiating impacts of a high-school sexual assault, and more

The Emmy winner Glenn Weiss proposed onstage to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen, during the Emmys ceremony on September 17, 2018. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters)

What We’re Following

Uninspired Emmys: Critics have spoken: The 2018 Emmys gave viewers an uncomfortable pre-show and an uninspired, unnerving ceremony, save for much-needed respites such as an onstage marriage proposal during an acceptance speech. Self-referential jokes about the absence of diversity were as plentiful as the recognition of people of color’s work was scarce, Hannah Giorgis writes.

Campus Free Speech: “The echo chamber on one side of the spectrum is crashing into the echo chamber on the other side. And what it’s producing is pretty ugly,” Greg Lukianoff says about the confrontations between ideological opponents on college campuses today. He talks with Julie Beck about an increasing tribalism and the blurring line between endorsing and engaging with ideas.

Dark-Money Disclosures: Groups with certain nonprofit classifications had avenues for keeping the identity of their donors secret—until now. Ahead of the November 6 midterm elections, the Supreme Court is letting stand a lower-court ruling that requires nonprofit groups explicitly advertising for or against political candidates to name donors who give more than $200.


“Maybe some new piece of evidence will come to light to change my mind, but with the facts on the ground as we now have them, I believe her,” Caitlin Flanagan writes of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of physically and sexually assaulting her when they were in high school. In this essay, accompanied by an illustration by Katie Martin, Caitlin shares her own devastating experience from when she was a teenager.

Evening Read

China is reportedly holding as many as 1 million Muslims in internment camps, a practice officials have denied. Sigal Samuel describes how scholars such as Timothy Grose are using simple and replicable methods to capture electronic evidence of these sites before the government can erase it from online:

Step one was running a search for “reeducation center” using Baidu, the Chinese equivalent of Google. He said that led him to news reports that described how local officials, under a policy known as qu jiduanhua gongzuo (“de-extremification work”), were “reeducating” Muslim ethnic minorities—notably Uighurs and Kazakhs—in the northwestern Xinjiang region, which Beijing has long viewed as a breeding ground for extremism and separatism. Step two was using that policy’s name as a search term in Baidu, which he said led him to government websites. Step three was seeing what those websites said about the centers’ activities and locations.

Here’s what a handful of internet sleuths around the world have been able to uncover.

What Do You Know … About Family?

1. The typical American school day doesn’t align with the the typical American workday. ____ percent of elementary-school students and ____ percent of middle-school students find themselves unsupervised from 3 to 6 p.m. during a given school week.

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2. In the United States, more parents are giving their female babies traditionally male names, though the name-reversal trend isn’t going the other way. This top-10 boy’s name in 2017, for instance, was given to 170 girls last year.

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3. Kids need emotional support before, during, and after hurricanes and other natural disasters. Young children who’ve been through trauma may ___________________________________________________ later in life, according to a Department of Homeland Security guide.

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Urban Developments

Our partner site CityLab explores the cities of the future and investigates the biggest ideas and issues facing city dwellers around the world. Gracie McKenzie shares today’s top stories:

The urban-rural divide has become a central trope—if not the central trope—in American culture today. But this narrative fails to capture the full complexity of economic life in America, Richard Florida writes.

“Amid a retail meltdown, the malls where teenagers used to hit up American Eagle and Orange Julius could morph into escapist domains for the elderly.” Here’s why a “memory town” could be coming to your strip mall.

Boston-area straphangers don’t have much reason to love their underfunded and often frustrating public-transit experience. But in the background remains a visual identity from the transit authority’s most optimistic (and well-funded) days.

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