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Trump's Paris Climate Accord Indecision

As G7 leaders all reaffirmed their commitment to the groundbreaking agreement, the U.S. president said he’ll think on it.<p>President Trump refused to endorse the Paris climate accords on Saturday, despite strong pressure from Canada, Germany, France, Japan, and the rest of the G7 nations. Instead, …

Climate

Lil Yachty and Amazon Charts: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Highlights from seven days of reading about arts and entertainment<p>What Lil Yachty’s Optimism Means<br>Carrie Battan | <i>The New Yorker</i> <br>“Yachty’s music is not incidental to his image, but it is only one aspect of his brand. His songs have always been an entry to his meticulously crafted persona, not the …

Lil Yachty

Trump's Remains a NATO Skeptic

While he avoided major blunders in the Middle East on his first foreign trip, he may come to regret his failure to affirm U.S. support for the alliance.<p>Presidential trips are hard to assess. George H.W. Bush threw up on the Japanese prime minister; he was sick. Bill Clinton went to China without …

Foreign Policy

Zbigniew Brzezinski

An active, impatient man who evolved a steady, long-term view.<p>I started off on the wrong foot with Zbigniew Brzezinski, which is why I hope I will sound all the more sincere in saying how much I came to admire him, how great a contribution he made to America and the world, and what a loss his death …

Foreign Policy

The Atlantic’s Week in Culture

A recent roundup of our writing on arts and entertainment<p><b>Don’t Miss</b><p>The Real Reasons for Marvel Comics’ Woes—<i>Asher Elbein investigates the deeper issues of business and culture plaguing the company’s decline in sales.</i><p><b>Film</b><p>In the End, We Got the <i>Baywatch</i> We Deserved—<i>Megan Garber watches the new movie</i> …

Entertainment

Report: Jared Kushner Asked Kislyak for Use of Russian Communications Facilities

The Washington Post reports that the president’s son-in-law suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities to create a secret channel to Moscow.<p>Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Trump and his son-in-law, suggested to Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak that he be allowed to use Russian …

Jared Kushner

The Atlantic Daily: An Attack in Egypt

Coptic Christians targeted in Egypt, Ramadan in the time of ISIS, Trump’s unpredictability, and more<p>What We’re Following<p><b>Religious Violence:</b> Gunmen killed 28 Coptic Christians in an attack on a bus in Egypt’s El-Minya governorate today. Though no group has claimed responsibility yet, ISIS has …

Sociology

What Trump's Ramadan Message Was Really About

The president urged Muslims to “reject violence” in a statement that contrasted sharply with those issued by Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.<p>President Trump wished all Muslims a “joyful Ramadan” in a statement Friday, just hours before the start of the month-long Islamic holiday …

George W. Bush

Why Didn’t Jared and Ivanka Report Their Art Collection?

Is it that they take art so seriously, they don’t think of it as money?<p>Two weeks ago, Ivanka Trump caught some alone time in Yayoi Kusama’s <i>Obliteration Room</i>. Staged at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the piece is a living room <i>en blanc</i>, a white-out room filled with …

Sociology

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Like a G7

Trump’s views on climate change are “evolving” after meeting with European leaders during the G7 summit in Italy, according to a top aide.<p>Today in 5 Lines<p>President Trump responded to an attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt, saying in a statement, “The bloodletting of Christians must end, and all …

Greg Gianforte

Why Do Coptic Christians Keep Getting Attacked?

Egypt’s preexisting climate of pro-Islamist sectarianism is an important, and sometimes overlooked, reason.<p>Friday is usually the most peaceful day in the Egyptian week, a day most often reserved for time with family. This Friday in particular—the last day before the start of Ramadan—should have …

Egypt

Q of the Week: What Was Your Favorite Moment From a Presidential Trip?

A photo of President Trump, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi placing their hands on a glowing orb went viral this week, drawing comparisons online with comic-book villains and the Palantír from <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>. So we asked our <i>Politics & Policy Daily</i> …

George H. W. Bush

The Lesser Part of Valor

Preston Brooks, Greg Gianforte, and the American tradition of disguising cowardice as bravery.<p>You wouldn’t say that Preston Brooks sucker-punched Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber in 1856—but only because he used a cane. Brooks, a South Carolina congressman, began bludgeoning Sumner, the …

Greg Gianforte

Hillary Clinton’s Wellesley Homecoming

Returning to her alma mater to celebrate the class of 2017, she acknowledged her defeat—and offered a vision for the next generation of women leaders.<p>On Friday morning, along with the families of graduating seniors, hundreds of Wellesley College alumnae flocked to the school’s suburban …

Hillary Clinton

Growing Up as a Witness to Violence

In addition to the readers who related to the abuses that Eudocia “Lola” Pulido experienced, some readers saw parallels between Alex Tizon’s story and domestic violence they’d witnessed within their own families. Mara writes:<p>I am a white, American-born woman many years younger than Alex and thus my …

Sociology

The Tough Love Approach to Career Guidance

“You don’t want someone that will tell you exactly what to do. That’s not the point of a mentor.”<p>Internships are often touted as a key to future career success. But working internships can be made infinitely more difficult for students whose parents can’t afford to supplement their living expenses …

Sociology

Bob Woodward Tells the Media to Calm Down

The media has repeatedly compared the investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia to the notorious Watergate scandal. But legendary investigative reporter Bob Woodward has cautionary advice for journalists covering the Trump era. “Be on the surface respectful,” Woodward says. “But …

Sociology

ISIS's Perverse, Bloody Interpretation of Ramadan

“What of the person who spends the sacred month ... oppressing people and killing innocents?”<p>For the overwhelming majority of Muslims, Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time of prayer and atonement. In addition to fasting for its duration and praying five times per day (as …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Poem of the Week: ‘Castles in Spain’ by Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell’s legacy, as represented in the pages of <i>The Atlantic</i> and in the broader poetic landscape, is a spare and neglected one. Though she was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1926, she never quite reached the heights of literary acclaim or recognition that her relatives James Russell …

Sociology

Climate Change Is Already Making Americans Sleep Worse

A 765,000-person study argues that unusually warm nights are a public-health hazard.<p>In the fall of 2015, the worst heatwave in 25 years struck Southern California. Los Angeles saw two back-to-back 100-degree days, which set an October record and plagued the Long Beach marathon. San Diego, …

Climate Change

The Device That Democratized the Foot Race

Thanks to starting blocks, races were no longer won by who could dig the best foot hole.<p>When sprinters take their marks, they place their hands on the ground and position their feet onto angled blocks. Before the start signal, the runners rest their knees on the ground, then transfer their weight …

Olympics

The Hidden Women in Astronomy Research

An analysis of thousands of scientific papers dating back to 1950 shows female researchers are cited less frequently.<p>The citations found at the end of research papers serve several purposes, like providing background on the current work and giving proper credit where it’s due. They can also, …

Research

Trump's Moral Holiday

The permissiveness of Republican leaders who acquiesce to violence, collusion, and corruption is encouraging more of the same.<p>In the annals of the Trump era, May 25, 2017, will deserve a special mark. Four remarkable things happened on Thursday, each of which marks a way that this presidency is …

Donald Trump

Photos of the Week: 5/20–5/26

An elephant rescue in India, President Trump travels overseas, continued unrest in Venezuela and Kashmir, a terror attack in Manchester, England, the removal of a Confederate statue in New Orleans, ducklings at the White House, and much more.

Chelsea Flower Show

How the American Health Care Act Would Affect Mental-Health Coverage

The Republican bill would decrease access for millions, and in the process dismantle the tools used to fight substance abuse.<p>The middle of an unprecedented nationwide opioid epidemic might seem like a strange time to slash public funding for substance abuse, but that’s exactly what Republicans …

Health Care

The Doctor Who Revolutionized Hospital-Birth Safety

In a field that has been dangerously slow to adopt standardized care practices, one influential obstetrician has pushed things forward with common sense.<p>The newborn’s head arrived first. A shoulder should have followed, but it was lodged securely behind the mother’s pubic bone. The baby’s head made …

Pregnancy

Rethinking Ethics Training in Silicon Valley

“If technology can mold us, and technologists are the ones who shape that technology, we should demand some level of ethics training for technologists.”<p>I work at an ethics center in Silicon Valley.<p>I know, I know, “ethics” is not the first word that comes to mind when most people think of Silicon …

Intelligence

Is My Electric Fan Going to Kill Me in My Sleep?

Concerns about “fan death” in Korea are unfounded, but persist because of the power of belief.<p>When I was a kid, someone told me that running a fan too close to my face was dangerous to my health, and I’ve kind of believed it ever since. For the 20-some years since, I’ve assumed that person was one …

Sociology

Graduation and Gentrification: This Week's Top 7 Education Stories

The best recent writing about school<p><b>An Inside Look at America’s Higher-Education Frontier</b><p>Sam Contis, Eric Benson | <i>The California Sunday Magazine</i><p>It’s easy to see Deep Springs College—a tiny, highly selective two-year liberal-arts institution just outside Death Valley—as a bastion of tradition. The …

Education

Another Attack on Egypt's Coptic Christians

Gunmen killed at least 24 people on their way to a monastery.<p>Gunmen killed at least 24 Coptic Christians Friday in Egypt’s El-Minya governorate, the latest attack against the minority religious group.<p><i>Ahram Online</i>, the English-language website of Egypt’s <i>Al Ahram</i> newspaper, reported the Christians …

Sociology