The commander in chief is impulsive, disdains expertise, and gets his intelligence briefings from Fox News. Plus: How the NBA-China debacle is a stress test for capitalism.
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Top Military Officers Unload on Trump

The commander in chief is impulsive, disdains expertise, and gets his intelligence briefings from Fox News. What does this mean for those on the front lines?

Mark Bowden

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In this December 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon near West Mountain Drive in Montecito, California.

This Is What Adapting to Climate Change Looks Like

PG&E’s blackouts in California are a bleak preview of the disruptions that will become routine in a warmer world.

Robinson Meyer

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The NBA-China Disaster Is a Stress Test for Capitalism

The business of American business is business. Are we okay with that?

Derek Thompson

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The Bodily Horrors of Succession

Infestation. Insects. Ointment. This is not the stuff you might expect from a work of prestige TV that takes extreme wealth as its subject.

Megan Garber

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How the War Against ISIS Was Won, Before It Was Lost

As Donald Trump seized on fears of refugees and ISIS in his rise to the presidency, the battle to take down Mosul, the group’s crown jewel in Iraq, was just beginning. This is what those moments felt like.

Mike Giglio

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The End of Hong Kong’s Postcard Era

A stunning photo essay

Nicole Tung

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The Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge runs in the INEOS 1:59 Challenge.

The Greatest, Fakest World Record

History’s best marathoner has broken a mythical time barrier. But it doesn’t count as a world record.

Paul Bisceglio

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Why You Never See Your Friends Anymore

Our unpredictable and overburdened schedules are taking a dire toll on American society.

Judith Shulevitz

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Why Is Middle School So Hard for So Many People?

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Alia Wong

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What I Learned About Equal Partnership By Studying Dual-Income Couples

I studied over 100 dual-income couples and found that the ones who managed to create partnerships that felt truly equal had a few things in common.

Jennifer Petriglieri

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The Hidden Dangers in Your Phone Number

Identity theft isn’t usually something that keeps people up at night. It should, argues the former Atlantic writer Taylor Lorenz: “You don’t ever worry about it until it happens to you.”

Catherine Spangler and Sophia Myszkowski

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The Books Briefing: The Revolution Will Be Written About

“Show me what democracy looks like.” Your weekly guide to the best in books.

Rosa Inocencio Smith

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Photos of the Week: Ute Muster, Snow Leopard, Highway Acrobat

The World Athletics Championships in Doha, a Kali Uchis performance in Texas, Extinction Rebellion protests in Australia, and more

Alan Taylor

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