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The Women Behind the 'Alt-Right'

The overwhelmingly male crowd at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville shouldn’t be seen as an absence of women in the movement overall.<p>Last Friday night, the white nationalists who marched on Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park all looked strikingly similar. They were almost exclusively …

Racism

The Nation's Official Memorial to Robert E. Lee Gets a Rewrite

Days after the events in Charlottesville, the National Parks Service quietly changed its description of Arlington House, the Virginia mansion that Congress formally named in honor of the Confederate general.<p>Of the many statues of Robert E. Lee that still decorate American cities, towns, …

History

The Atlantic Civil War Reader

A look back at how the magazine covered the conflict as it unfolded.<p>In 1857, after decades of legislative compromises, slave rebellions, and sectional squabbles, the United States stood poised on a knife’s edge. That year, the Supreme Court ruled in the notorious <i>Dred Scott</i> case that black people …

Slavery

Black Charlottesville has Seen This All Before

The return of violent white supremacist rallies to the city is a special threat to its African-American community, but not a new one.<p>CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va—For the black community in Charlottesville, life goes on. On Monday morning, painted-over swastikas and anti-fascist signs still decorated corners …

Racism

It's Time To Make Afghanistan Someone Else's Problem

A full withdrawal will force Iran, Russia, and others, to step up.<p>The Trump administration, as well as its critics, are reportedly wrestling with the question of a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, where the government has shown no signs of being able to turn the tide in the 16-year war …

Foreign Policy

Smoking Versus Edibles

What is the lowest-risk route of cannabis administration? (Please don’t come at me with a vape pen.)<p><b>Asking for a Friend,</b><p><b>I have a friend who smokes weed pretty much daily. In a world of medicinal and decriminalized marijuana, what are the actual costs/benefits of consuming it in different forms</b> …

Cannabis

Radio Atlantic: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yoni Appelbaum on Charlottesville's Aftermath

Did the tragic events in the city and the president’s response mark a major breakpoint in American politics?<p>After white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in Virginia, resulting in the deaths of three Americans, President Trump's equivocating responses shocked Republicans and Democrats alike. Did …

Racism

The Atlantic Daily: Responding to Violence

A ramming attack in Barcelona, how to deal with hateful views, the morality of worrying, and more<p>What We’re Following<p><b>Terror in Barcelona:</b> At the tourist site Las Ramblas, a van was driven into a crowd of pedestrians, killing 13 and injuring 50. Spanish police arrested a suspect who has been …

Kim Jong-un

Will Congress Remove Confederate Statues From the Capitol?

After Charlottesville, Democratic lawmakers have called for their expulsion, but Republicans haven’t joined in.<p>More than 150 years after Ulysses S. Grant’s forces captured the Confederate capital, some members of Congress are trying to eject Robert E. Lee and his allies from Capitol Hill.<p>House …

Robert E. Lee

'Before I Make a Statement, I Need the Facts'

President Trump responded quickly to a terrorist attack in Barcelona, but waited to condemn the one in Charlottesville.<p>President Trump said Tuesday he waited days to condemn the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, because he wanted to get all the facts. Trump has not explicitly described as …

Terrorism

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: A Monumental Debate

President Trump railed against the removal of Confederate monuments, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on Speaker Paul Ryan to get them out of the U.S. Capitol Building.<p>Today in 5 Lines<p>President Trump railed against the removal of Confederate monuments, tweeting that he is “sad to see …

Robert E. Lee

Justin Bieber Has Another Question for the Pop World

His shimmery new single “Friends” comes off as a gift to long-suffering fans—and an attempt to further his hot streak.<p>Justin Bieber just wants to ask you a question, again. Owing either to marketing efforts or issues that can only be determined in a therapy session, the signature hits of the …

Justin Bieber

What Kind of Monuments Does President Trump Value?

He’s spoken in support of Confederate statues while threatening to undo as many as 40 conservation parks.<p>On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump announced his unequivocal support for preserving statues of Confederate generals and leaders, moving a step past his previous statements that the fate …

Bears Ears National Monument

Will Trump Take Notice of the Eclipse?

Previous presidents and political leaders have joined in the rare cosmic spectacle, but the president has no eclipse plans so far.<p>Just a week shy of 40 years ago, humanity’s emissary to the stars left this planet for a journey through the solar system. The twin Voyager spacecraft carry a shimmering …

Lee Hsien Loong

Another Fatal Ramming Attack, This Time in Barcelona

The incident is the latest in a European city in which a van was used.<p><i>Updated at 3:34 p.m.</i><p>Authorities in Barcelona are confirming 13 deaths and 50 injuries in what they are describing as a terrorist attack at Las Ramblas, the popular tourist attraction that was immortalized in George Orwell’s <i>Homage</i> …

Terrorism

Getting Hate Speech Off Music-Streaming Services

Spotify has pulled a number of bands from its platform in yet another example of tech companies grappling with white supremacy.<p>In a week of renewed national attention to organized white supremacy, the music-streaming platform Spotify has removed a number of bands alleged to be associated with …

Hate Speech

When Corporations Are Good Citizens

In many recent social and legal battles, large consumer companies have weighed in on the side of marginalized and endangered groups.<p>Of the many rebukes Donald Trump received for his performance after the Charlottesville massacre, the collapse of his business advisory councils of corporate leaders …

Ip Address

Donald Trump Is a Lame-Duck President

Just seven months into his presidency, Trump appears to have achieved a status usually reserved for the final months of a term.<p>In many ways, the Trump presidency never got off the ground: The president’s legislative agenda is going nowhere, his relations with foreign leaders are frayed, and his …

Donald Trump Jr

Can Dogs Smell Their ‘Reflections’?

For decades, scientists have tested animal intelligence by seeing if they can recognize themselves in mirrors. But how do you revamp that test for a species that relies more on smell than sight?<p>In 1970, a psychologist named Gordon Gallup Jr. anesthetized four chimpanzees and applied red dye to …

Pets

How the President, the Police, and the Media Embolden the Far-Right

A Q&A with Brennan Center fellow Michael German, a former FBI special agent and counterterrorism expert<p>When former FBI agent Michael German heard President Trump characterize the deadly violence that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia, after white nationalists rallied in support of a Confederate …

Racism

Constant Anxiety Won't Save the World

Spreading fear and worry about issues you care about on social media can lead to burnout rather than action.<p>When <i>New York Magazine</i> published a story about the apocalyptic dangers of climate change last month, it was shared widely, and with alarm. People tweeted things like “Read this and get very, …

Anxiety

Would You Believe Jon Snow?

In its current season, Game of Thrones is exploring the life of another kind of monster: the alternative fact.<p><b>This post references plot points through Season 7, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones.</b><p>“Perhaps we ought to listen to what he has to say.”<p>Sam Tarly is trying his best to convince the maesters of …

Game of Thrones

The Tax Break Dividing the Republican Party

A big proposed deduction is pitting some larger corporations against the GOP’s small-business base.<p>There are few more-prized constituencies in American politics than small businesses, those emblems and underdogs of Main Street U.S.A. that are, as any seasoned officeholder will describe, “the …

Republican Party

The Legacy of Confederate Symbols

Selections from The Atlantic’s coverage of the enduring debate over rebel flags and monuments<p>The white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend was a defining moment in Donald Trump’s presidency. But the event, held in protest of the removal of a statue of Confederate General …

Racism

Steve Bannon Goes After Asia Officials

The White House chief strategist said he was aiming to replace experts at the State and Defense departments.<p><i>Updated at 1:32 p.m. ET</i><p>At a time when Asia threatens to present the Trump administration with its first real foreign-policy crisis, the White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has said he …

Foreign Policy

The Procrastinator’s Guide to Cosmic Marvel

So you want to see the total eclipse ...<p>“In that moment, everything that you take for granted is suddenly gone.”<p>To hear Frank Close talk about why he chases totality is to wonder if you’ve ever felt a moment of real passion in your life, or if you ever will. The particle physicist was featured on …

Astronomy

How to Win Friends and Stigmatize Nazis

Businesses are right to fire people with heinous views. But it's important to do so under a well-defined framework.<p>Over the weekend, members of the Ku Klux Klan, one of the deadliest terrorist organizations in United States history, gathered for a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. They marched …

Racism

The Student Who Raged Against My Politics

Ashley Lamb-Sinclair and Connor Cummings clashed over their views. Years later, they came to an understanding on what they were really fighting about.<p><i>This is the sixth installment in an audio series called What My Students Taught Me. Each episode features a teacher reflecting on a particularly</i> …

Education

Can Trump Make a Deal With North Korea?

From merely talking to transforming the North Korean economy—a close look at the options<p><i>The Trump administration claims “all options are on the table” for dealing with North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program—from using military force, to pressuring China to punish its North Korean ally, to Donald</i> …

North Korea

Is the Solar Eclipse a Message From God?

Some communities are anticipating the two-minute astronomical event through the lens of faith.<p>Tens of millions of people across the United States are preparing to look skyward next Monday as the moon passes between Earth and the sun and, for a few brief moments, daylight turns to darkness. For …

Solar Eclipse