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What Trophy Hunting Does to the Elephants It Leaves Behind

The legal African hunting programs that the Trump administration is reviewing affect more than population numbers.<p>If you were an elephant, you might be puzzling over human behavior this week. On Monday, the animal-rights attorney Steven Wise filed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of three …

Wildlife

Listing the Dead

The refugee crisis, even in its enormity, is happening to people one by one. An artist sets out to document them.<p>PARIS—“War happens to people, one by one. That is really all I have to say and it seems to me I have been saying it forever.” That’s Martha Gellhorn in <i>The Face of War</i>, a collection of …

Refugees

Jake Tapper Would Prefer Not To Be So Agitated

The CNN correspondent on journalism, hypocrisy, how a Twitter fave can ruin his morning, and why he has a poster of George Wallace hanging in his office<p>Jake Tapper sometimes wakes up angry. This may be a good thing for America.<p>Amid the chaos of the Donald Trump presidency, and the deep partisanship …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

How Serving in World War II Spurred My Academic Ambition

A veteran who shunned college as a young man reflects on the path that led him to a distinguished career in sociology.<p>I graduated from high school six weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. My parents—with whom my older brother and I had emigrated from Berlin five and a half years earlier—wanted …

Education

Donna Brazile's Tell-All Is Troubling For the Wrong Reasons

Instead of contributing to our understanding of what happened in 2016, Hacks muddies the waters.<p>“Why am I supposed to be the only person that is unable to tell my story?” asked Donna Brazile, during the early days of her media blitz. Apparently she shouldn’t have worried. Her campaign memoir, <i>Hacks</i>, …

Donna Brazile

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Exits the Fast Lane on His Own Terms

After forging his own way following his father’s death, the longtime NASCAR fan favorite prepares to hang up his helmet after one final ride.<p>Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in every way a full-grown man—43 years old with a reddish beard sporting patches of gray—but in NASCAR circles he shall forever be …

Motorsport

The Gun Control Legislation That Even Republicans Like

Bipartisan support is still no guarantee that a bill to strengthen the federal background check system will pass.<p>Republicans and Democrats have found gun legislation both sides agree on. But that doesn’t mean it will pass.<p>In the wake of mass shootings in Nevada, Texas and California, Democratic …

Gun Control

How a Saudi-Israeli Alliance Could Benefit the Palestinians

There is far more opportunity than danger in the two countries’ flirtation.<p>The flirtation between Israel and Saudi Arabia, which has been gaining momentum both publicly and privately in recent years, seems to be picking up even more steam now, especially on the Israeli side. Israel’s Military Chief …

Middle East

What's Missing from the Museum of the Bible

The case for including Arabic—and Islam<p>In the Museum of the Bible, a new state-of-the-art institution dedicated to the world’s bestselling book, you can stroll through a recreation of first-century Nazareth, take a break in the biblical garden plotted with sage and hyssop, have a falafel at Manna …

Theology

The Atlantic Daily: With Enough Intensity

The political firestorm of sexual-assault allegations, Trump’s foreign-policy chances, how to deal with extremism, and more<p>What We’re Following<p><b>Assault and Politics:</b> President Trump lashed out at Senator Al Franken on Twitter after the Minnesota Democrat was accused of forcibly kissing and groping a …

Trump Administration

The Atlantic's Week in Culture

A roundup of our recent writing on arts and entertainment<p><b>Don’t Miss</b><p>The Lust in the Heart of <i>Rolling Stone</i>—<i>Spencer Kornhaber reads a new book that describes Jann Wenner’s “jovial sexual harassment” and other forms of self-gratification as the editor deals with accusations of trading work for</b> …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: 'He Will Not Step Down'

During a rally in Alabama, Kayla Moore, the wife of Senate candidate Roy Moore, said her husband isn’t letting the allegations get to him.<p>Today in 5 Lines<p>President Trump blasted Minnesota Senator Al Franken after the lawmaker was accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman, but did not mention …

Al Franken

The Disappearing Right to Earn a Living

Want to become a florist in Louisiana? A home-entertainment installer in Connecticut? Or a barber anywhere? You’re going to need a license for that—and it’s going to cost you.<p>In most states, a person who desires to install home-entertainment systems for a living, or as a part-time gig for extra …

Education

Photos of the Week: 11/11–11/17

The Ministry of Fun Santa School in England opens for the season, a red fox meets a stegosaurus in Siberia, an earthquake causes destruction in Iran, judging Scotch Pies in Scotland, protesting a proposed total ban on abortions in Brazil, Australians vote to allow same-sex marriage, and much more.

Louise Linton

Zimbabwe: How to Make and Break a Democracy

On Wednesday, Robert Mugabe, the autocratic President of Zimbabwe, was ousted and placed under house arrest by the country’s military. While Mugabe’s fate remains uncertain, the apparent coup may bring about the end of a 37-year dictatorship masquerading as a democracy. But this wresting of power …

Robert Mugabe

How Much Attention Should Extremists Get?

“Even if you’re condemning it, you’re amplifying it.”<p><i>This article is edited from a story shared exclusively with members of The Masthead, the membership program from</i> The Atlantic <i>(find out more). In part one, we explore how fringe groups on the internet have assimilated into the mainstream. In part</i> …

Donald Trump

A Heavy Blow to One of America's Most Controversial School Boards

A new lawsuit focuses on a district whose governing board is dominated by ultra-Orthodox Jews who send their kids to private schools.<p><i>Updated on November 17, 2017.</i><p>As is the case in districts across the country, the racial composition of a school board in the New York City suburb of Ramapo doesn’t …

Education

The Photoshoppers Behind Dreamy Jupiter Photos

Space enthusiasts around the world have spent months turning spacecraft data into stunningly detailed portraits of the gas giant.<p>In the early 1880s, the French astronomer Étienne Léopold Trouvelot published a dreamy illustration of Jupiter based on his telescope observations. Back then, the gas …

Astronomy

A Week Around the World With The Atlantic

President Trump abroad, Islam in context, African turmoil, and more<p>What We’re Writing<p><b>Trump Abroad:</b> President Trump’s visit to Asia provided an opportunity for outsiders to evaluate his behavior with foreign leaders. He contradicted the American intelligence community by claiming to believe Vladimir …

Foreign Policy

Conservatives Reap the Whirlwind of Their War on the Media

For years, Republican politicians have attacked the mainstream press. With Roy Moore’s Senate bid, they’re facing the consequences.<p>All news is “fake news”—at least if you’re a diehard Roy Moore supporter.<p>With sexual misconduct allegations continuing to mount against the Republican Senate candidate …

Journalism

Roman J. Israel, Esq. Wastes a Denzel Washington Performance

Dan Gilroy’s legal drama tries to tackle the American justice system, the death of activism, and a pulpy crime story all at once.<p>The hero of <i>Roman J. Israel, Esq.</i> looks like he emerged out of a time tunnel straight from 1979. He wears baggy three-piece suits, sports an afro, and never goes anywhere …

Denzel Washington

The Deepening Partisan Split Over Sexual Misconduct

While the leadership of both parties views sexual misconduct as a political problem to minimize, the Republican and Democratic bases could not be farther apart.<p>Earlier this week, <i>New York</i> magazine’s Jonathan Chait asked his fellow liberals to imagine that Roy Moore were a Democrat. “It’s easy to …

Democratic Party

The Dismal Future of Trump's Least Favorite Agency

Mick Mulvaney, the controversial head of the OMB, might soon direct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency he once called “a sick, sad joke.”<p>The strangest thing about the man who's expected to be named the next leader of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is that he has long …

Mick Mulvaney

Al Franken, That Photo, and Trusting the Women

From Eve to Aristotle to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a brief history of looking at half the population and assuming the worst<p>The picture was striking. The military airplane. The sleeping woman. The outstretched hands. The mischievous smile. The <i>look what I’m getting away with</i> impishness directed at the …

Feminism

Radio Atlantic: How an American Neo-Nazi Was Made

Luke O'Brien and Rosie Gray join our hosts to discuss the radicalization of Andrew Anglin, and how far-right extremism is evolving.<p>Andrew Anglin spent his formative years flirting with hippie progressivism, then tried his hand at becoming a tribal hunter-gatherer. But he only achieved notoriety …

Daily Stormer

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Is an Absolute Marvel

Featuring standout performances from Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell, the writer-director Martin McDonagh’s latest is one of the best films of the year.<p>A teenage girl is brutally raped and murdered. After months pass without any progress on the case, her mother takes matters …

Flannery O'Connor

Trump's Risky, Unearned Sanctimony About Al Franken

The president’s jab at the Democratic senator for sexual harassment calls attention to his silence about Roy Moore—and his own past behavior.<p>President Trump jabbed at Senator Al Franken in a pair of late-night tweets Thursday, poking at a Democrat whose career is in danger over past sexual …

Al Franken

Where Do Songbirds Go to Die?

After revolutionizing bird-migration science over the past decade, geolocation technology is poised to shine light on the field’s darkest mystery.<p>One afternoon in May 2008, a graduate student named Pat Kramer was in northwestern Pennsylvania catching purple martins. The bird, a large swallow that …

Birds

What Hillary Knew

Hillary Clinton once tweeted that “every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.” What about Juanita Broaddrick?<p>If the ground beneath your feet feels cold, it’s because hell froze over the other day. It happened at 8:02 p.m. on Monday, when <i>The New York Times</i> …

O.J. Simpson

Has the Mueller Probe Hamstrung Trump's Foreign Policy?

Nixon and Clinton managed to get a great deal done of overseas while facing special prosecutors at home, but Trump has more weaknesses than they did.<p>President Trump returned from his 12-day trip to Asia Tuesday night, with few major gaffes to answer for but few accomplishments to show for it, …

Foreign Policy