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President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions

The Inadvisable President

Donald Trump is an impossible boss, demanding absolute personal loyalty—even when it conflicts with the law or other key principles—and offering little faithfulness in return.

David A. Graham

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Why It's a Bad Idea to Tell Students Words Are Violence

A claim increasingly heard on campus will make them more anxious and more willing to justify physical harm.

Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff

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Half of All Plastic That Has Ever Existed Was Made in the Past 13 Years

Plastic production is rapidly accelerating, according to an ambitious new paper—but only 9 percent of it gets recycled.

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Most of the country understands that when it comes to government, you pay for what you get.

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The Dilemma of the Burqini

Is there any right way to react to the swimwear?

Shadi Hamid

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How Checkers Was Solved

The story of a duel between two men, one who dies, and the nature of the quest to build artificial intelligence

Alexis C. Madrigal

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A Search for the Flavor of a Beloved Childhood Medicine

My quest to identify where amoxicillin’s taste came from—and why it inspires such nostalgia

Julie Beck

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Jane Austen Is Everything

As beloved as Shakespeare, she shaped a vision of personal flourishing that still feels thoroughly modern.

Nicholas Dames

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Jon Batiste Reinterprets 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' for The Atlantic

The legendary jazz musician updates the American anthem for the magazine’s first podcast.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, Matt Thompson, and Nicolas Pollock

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Scenes From the 2017 World Aquatics Championships

Hundreds of athletes from 186 nations are gathered in Budapest, Hungary to compete in 75 events across six disciplines in the 17th FINA World Championships.

Alan Taylor

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Game of Thrones: About That Cameo

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Megan Garber

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Why My Dad Reads Jane Austen

A father-daughter conversation on literary genius, gender roles, and keeping fandom in the family

Margaret Barthel

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