The Big Stories We Covered This Week

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Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A new and evolving weekly feature reviewing our coverage across The Atlantic.

Eulogies for the Campaigns That Were

The Iowa caucuses marked the start of the presidential primary on Monday. Ted Cruz got a boost moving into the first in-the-nation primary, while Hillary Clinton landed a narrow victory over Bernie Sanders.

The GOP field also got a bit smaller this week with Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee pulling out the race. As did Martin O’Malley, whom Ruth sent off with an elegy.

Ahead of the New Hampshire primary, Clinton and Sanders come off the stage where they sparred over progressivism on Thursday night, while the Republican presidential candidates, minus Carly Fiorina, prepare for tonight’s debate. In case you missed:

The Zika Virus and Its Consequences

On Monday, the World Health Organization classified the recent outbreak of the Zika virus—a virus which is “linked to certain birth defects”—as a public-health emergency. Zika officially landed on U.S. soil, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Julie wrote on the “past, present, and future” of the virus, while Nora covered how the U.S. government is reacting. As governments abroad began advising women delay pregnancy, Uri investigated “the social and economic consequences of a gap like that in a country’s or region’s population.”

Elsewhere in science, technology, and health:

Nostalgia Reigns; We’ll Never Let Go

Megan reexamined the great love story that is Titanic, in the wake of comments from lead actress Kate Winslet suggesting that Rose definitely could’ve scooted over to make room for Jack. Adrienne looked at how different generations got their names (think “Boomers,” “Generation X,” and “Millennials”). Meanwhile, Spencer argued “2016 pop is sorely in need of [Lady] Gaga’s joyful nonsense.”

In case you missed our reviews from the world of entertainment:

West-Coast Ways

Our business team covered a range of Left-Coast-based organizations, big and small. Chat-darling Slack released new diversity numbers. Bourree compiled theories about the rumored Amazon bookstores and covered Apple & Alphabet’s neck-and-neck valuations. And Adam Grant wrote on the ubiquity of the phrase “it’s like Uber for x.”

In case you missed:

The Next America Arrives

A project formerly by our sister-publication National Journal, Next America joined us here at the Atlantic, and its reporters hit the ground running:

  • J. Weston on Ibtihaj Muhammad, a fencer who will wear a hijab at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, marking “the first time a competing U.S. athlete has worn a hijab at the Olympics.”
  • Emily on Reno, Nev.’s “tech ambitions.”
  • Janie on a group of state schools trying to crowdsource ideas.

Readers Share Their Abortion Stories

Over the past month, we’ve collected stories from readers about their personal brushes with abortion. Among their stories:

A few men also weighed in.