The Atlantic Daily: The Proof

What haven’t millennials killed? Plus examining voter fraud, returning to the Tree of Life synagogue, and more

The stars of the Golden Globe–nominated film Crazy Rich Asians at a California premiere on August 7, 2018 (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters)

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Righting Votes: A credible case of election fraud centered around absentee ballots seems to be unfurling in a North Carolina county, David Graham argues, but the GOP hasn’t exactly sprung into action over it. Earlier this week in Wisconsin, the Republican-controlled legislation voted to, among other things, limit the powers of the incoming governor Tony Evers and restrict early voting in the state. The move was “petty, vindictive, and self-destructive,” and a “blunder,” argues the former Milwaukee radio host Charlie Sykes, who writes that his criticism comes from a place of friendship with Governor Scott Walker.

Watching: Do American households actually watch just under eight hours of television a day? TV watching is the country’s most popular leisure activity, but depending on how one slices the demographics and who is doing the measuring, the estimated average number of hours people spend in front of the television varies widely. Relatedly: Here are the 2019 nominations for Golden Globes, with their continued shoehorning of movies and television shows into either “comedy or musical” or “drama” (a categorization problem that afflicts awards like the Emmys as well).

One More Thing: The New England Journal of Medicine recently tweeted an arresting image of a deep red coral-shaped medical anomaly: a six-inch-wide blood clot, intact, coughed up by a real ailing human. Haley Weiss looks into how such a medical rarity even happens.


Tree of Life Synagogue
“I had not been to a religious service at the Tree of Life synagogue—where my husband is the rabbi of New Light Congregation—in more than 30 days, since a shooter killed 11 people in that spot.” On the first night of Hanukkah, she returned. (Jeffrey Meyers / AP)

Evening Read

Millennials, the more than 80 million Americans anywhere in their early 20s to mid-30s, have been singled out for “killing” everything from divorce to canned tuna.

It’s typical for Millennials to bear blame for dramatic cultural and economic changes when their only crime is behaving like everybody else. For example, last year The Wall Street Journal published a report that cited young people for killing grocery stores. The proof? Consumers ages 25 to 34 are spending less at traditional grocers than their parents’ generation did in 1990. Seems pretty damning. But upon closer examination, the stagnation of grocery stores is a complex story that implicates just about everybody. Americans of all ages are relying more on convenience stores, such as CVS, and superstores, such as Walmart, for food to eat at home, and those institutions aren’t typically counted as grocers in government data. Also, Americans of all ages are eating out at restaurants more. The group shifting its spending toward restaurants the fastest? It’s not 20-somethings. It’s people over 65.

In the biggest picture—from cars and houses to restaurants and grocers—Millennials aren’t serial killers. They’re serial scapegoats.

Read on.

What Do You Know … About Global Affairs?

1. Angela Merkel will step down as German chancellor and from her position as the leader of this center-right party in 2021, at the end of a fourth term.

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2. China and the Vatican reached an agreement in September over the appointment of these clergy members. Then the Vatican-appointed Shao Zhumin disappeared.

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3. These protests, which got their nickname from the colorful clothing item that motorists are required to own, roiled France over the past several weeks, leading to government concessions on a fuel-tax hike.

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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:

As Madrid bans cars in the city center, the Spanish government is planning to do the same in more than 100 other places. Despite what you might expect, polling shows that the move has broad support among the public.

A first-of-its-kind study suggests that Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act boosts financial outcomes—and keeps people from losing their homes.

IKEA’s massive stores are often found in sprawling locations near the edge of metropolitan areas—so what’s behind the retail giant’s plans to open a series of “city center” stores, starting in Manhattan?

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