America’s health-care spending explained, the limits of “thoughts and prayers,” and more
TheAtlantic: WeeklyFriday Jun 23, 2017
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Trump's Cuba Policy Will Fail

The architect of Obama's Cuba opening argues that the president’s rollback is a pointless mistake.

Ben Rhodes

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When Prayer Alone Does Not Suffice

Even as Americans keep the latest victims of a mass shooting in their thoughts, they have an obligation to figure out how to prevent any recurrence.

David Frum

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How We Spend $3,400,000,000,000

Why more than half of America's healthcare spending goes to five percent of patients

T.R. Reid

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Evan McMullin’s War

How Trump and Twitter gave rise to the GOP’s leading dissident

McKay Coppins

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Travis Kalanick Is Taking a Break From Uber

The embattled CEO says he’s not sure how long he’ll be on leave.

Adrienne LaFrance

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How Companies Actually Decide What to Pay CEOs

I know—for over 20 years, I helped craft some extremely generous executive-compensation packages.

Steven Clifford

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Can Scientists Help End the Teacher Shortage?

Technology and math professionals are leaving the laboratory to lead the classroom.

Carolyn Jones

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How a Philly Ob-Gyn Ended Up Delivering a Baby Gorilla

“For the most part, I was in the moment, doing what I do every day.”

Ed Yong

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Which Animal Murders the Most?

Humans aren't the only mammals who kill each other. So how do we stack up to lions, tigers, and bears?

Alice Roth, Ed Yong, Jeremy Raff, and Jackie Lay

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New Mexico's Contentious 'Pot Powwow'

A cannabis company believes the pot industry could save tribal nations from poverty. But many argue it would only make a drug problem worse.

Chelsey Luger

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The Boldness of Roxane Gay’s Hunger

In her moving new memoir, the writer explores desire, denial, and life in an “unruly body.”

Adrienne Green

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Poem of the Week: ‘Wants’ by Edith Wharton

At age 18, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author wrote about the evolving, unrealizable desires of women in one of her first works for The Atlantic.

Annika Neklason

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Beauty and Color: Scenes From Ethiopia

Ethiopia is home to more than 100 million people and is composed of wildly varying landscapes and an incredible diversity of ethnic and religious groups.

Alan Taylor

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