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Buffett and Gates: America Is Already Great, Thanks to Immigrants

Two of the world’s three richest people extol the virtue, and relevance, of optimism in the age of Trump—and predict a comeback for fact-based discourse.<p>Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, and Warren Buffett, the third richest, are—not entirely coincidentally—two of the most unremittingly …

Foreign Policy

A Dark Time in Denmark's History

An Oscar-nominated film explores possible war crimes in the country after World War II.<p>Had the Allies landed on the Western coast of Denmark on D-Day, the Nazis would have been ready. The German forces had built up the defensive Atlantic Wall, which stretched along the European coast from the top …

Foreign Policy

The Magnificent Harmony of Sunday In the Park With George

The Broadway revival of the Sondheim musical, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is a glorious tribute to the process of making art.<p><i>Sunday In the Park With George</i>, currently playing in a limited run at New York’s Hudson Theatre starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is blissfully free of politics—a two-and-a-half hour …

Dystopia

How the FBI Is Hobbled by Religious Illiteracy

The Bureau has long defended “Judeo-Christianity.” Minority groups have not fared as well.<p>Historians have looked harshly on the FBI’s legacy in dealing with religious groups. The Bureau famously investigated and threatened Martin Luther King Jr. at the peak of the civil-rights movement. A 1993 …

Religion

Thomas Perez, DNC Chairman

The former Obama labor secretary defeated Representative Keith Ellison in a battle to lead the party in the age of Trump.<p>The Democratic National Committee on Saturday elected former Labor Secretary Thomas Perez as its new chairman, choosing a close ally of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to …

Bernie Sanders

What Do You Know ... About Show Business?

In this week’s <i>Atlantic</i> coverage, our writers explored the changing movie industry, the history of stardom, Ireland’s national-park invasion, a popular hair-care solution, the future of the U.S. economy, and more.<p>Can you remember the key facts? Find the answers to this week’s questions in the …

Higher Education

The Trumpist Temptation

At the Conservative Political Action Conference, career-minded young Republicans are torn over embracing the new nationalism of the president.<p>OXON HILL, Maryland — If you want to take the temperature of the conservative movement at CPAC, you need to know where to stick the thermometer. It’s not in …

Foreign Policy

Americans at Work: A Husband Captures His Wife's World

This week, our “Americans at Work<i>”</i> photo essay features photographs of Melissa Eich, a speech pathologist in Charlottesville, Virginia, taken by her husband Matt Eich:<p>“When we met in 2005, I was 19 and Melissa was 18. I was a sophomore studying photojournalism and she was a freshman pursuing early …

Dystopia

O.J.: The Pioneer Before the Prisoner

Before O.J. Simpson’s polarizing murder trial in 1994, he was America’s most beloved and famous collegiate athlete. With his Chevrolet commercials in 1969, he became the first black athlete corporate pitchman, paving the way for stars like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods to represent brands on …

Foreign Policy

News Today - The Atlantic

Terrorist attacks kill dozens in Syria, and more from the United States and around the world.<p>—Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents stormed two Syrian security offices in Homs, killing at least 32 people, including the official that leads the Military Intelligence service.<p>—We’re tracking the news stories of …

Foreign Policy

Why Did the House Science Committee Overlook NASA's Former Chief Scientist?

Ellen Stofan was the only woman to testify at a congressional hearing about the future of space exploration—and the only person left out of the official tweets about the event.<p>Last week, the House Science, Space and Technology committee invited four witnesses from NASA’s past to discuss the …

NASA

Andy Warhol and Get Out: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Highlights from seven days of reading about arts and entertainment<p>30 Years After His Death, Andy Warhol’s Spirit Is Still Very Much Alive<br>R.C. Baker | <i>The Village Voice</i><br>“How much responsibility does a mirror bear for whatever beauty or ugliness it beholds? Warhol loved both the heights and depths of …

Andy Warhol

Who Should Be Responsible for Pushing Gender Diversity at Work?

Maybe men<p>Even though research has shown that there are concrete benefits to hiring and promoting more women into leadership positions, progress remains stilted in corporate America—especially at the top. Only 14 percent of executives at Fortune 500 companies are women. While the number of female …

Fortune 500

'Have We Opened the Gates of Hell With Our Images?'

Reporting on the Philippines' drug war<p>Since the middle of last year, a group of Filipino reporters, photographers, and cameramen have been at the frontline of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. They are a different type of war correspondent, and the drug war, a different type of …

Philippines

The High Cost of Politicizing Intelligence

Trump is undermining America’s national security by trying to shape analysis to support his world view.<p>The White House recently sought to enlist the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to build a case for its controversial and unpopular immigration ban, CNN reported on Thursday. Among …

Foreign Policy

The Contradictory Claims About Trump's Deportation Plan

The president has said his administration is targeting “really bad dudes,” but his policy targets people who haven't been charged or convicted of anything.<p>“Really bad dudes.”<p>That’s what President Trump called the undocumented immigrants his administration intends to remove, but so far, his orders …

Government

The Atlantic Daily: Murder and Movies

Kim Jong Nam's assassination, White House press relations, Oscar predictions, and more.<p>What We’re Following<p><b>Kim Jong Nam’s Murder:</b> Malaysian officials announced today that the poison used last week to kill the exiled half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was VX nerve agent, a chemical so …

Kim Jong-un

The Atantic's Week in Culture

A roundup of our recent writing on arts and entertainment<p><b>Don’t Miss</b><p>The Case for Shyness—<i>Megan Garber traces the history of timidity via Joe Moran’s fascinating new book</i> Shrinking Violets<i>.</i><p><b>Oscars</b><p>Your 2017 Oscars Crash Course—<i>Arnav Adhikari rounds up all the best stories from</i> Atlantic <i>writers to get</i> …

Entertainment

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: CPACalypse Now

President Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference.<p>Today in 5 Lines<p>During his address at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Donald Trump touted his efforts to uphold campaign promises and doubled down on his attacks against the press. The president alsosigned an …

Foreign Policy

When Does Contact Between the FBI and the White House Cross the Line?

The administration admits to asking the bureau’s deputy director to help it knock down a damaging story about the Trump campaign’s Russia contacts.<p>The White House’s admission that it asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to publicly dispute stories in the <i>New York Times</i> describing contacts …

Government

An Actual False-Flag Operation at CPAC

Meet the protesters who tricked conference attendees into waving Russian flags.<p>Two men made trouble—and stirred up a social-media frenzy—on the third day of the Conservative Political Action Conference by conducting a literal false-flag operation.<p>Jason Charter, 22, and Ryan Clayton, 36, passed out …

CPAC

A Common Theme for This Year's Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

The films 4.1 Miles, Watani: My Homeland, The White Helmets, and Fire at Sea are all up for Academy Awards this year—and all deal with the migrant crisis or the Syrian conflict.<p>The documentary <i>4.1 Miles</i> opens to a bright, sunny day on the Aegean Sea. It’s October 28, 2015, and for a moment the …

Refugees

Playtime at the Reichstag and Pick-up Football in Ukraine: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing

The highlights from seven days of reading about the world<p><b>My Trip to the DMZ</b><br>Christoph Niemann | <i>The New York Times Magazine</i><br>“The 60-minute bus ride felt a bit like a school trip. A stern guide lectured us about the Korean War: How the conflict came to an end in 1953 with an armistice establishing a …

Foreign Policy

Why Are They 'Stars'?

Celebrities are celestial because of Shakespeare. And because of Chaucer. And because of the weird workings of the movie camera.<p>It makes so much sense to refer to certain kinds of celebrities as “stars.” At their heights, those people inspire the rest of us. They shine, larger than life, above us, …

Astronomy

Photos of the Week: 2/18–2/24

Flooding in California, unrest at town hall meetings across the U.S., the Naked Man Festival in Japan, continued fighting in Iraq and Syria, the end of a long-term protest in North Dakota, horse racing on a frozen Swiss lake, and much more.

Cannonball

An Assassination by Weapon of Mass Destruction

The murder of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, involved the use of VX nerve agent, one of the deadliest chemical substances on earth.<p>If the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the exiled half brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, sounded like something out of …

North Korea

Frank Ocean's Surprising Slide Back to Pop

His team-up with Calvin Harris and Migos on "Slide" scrambles some expectations, but mostly just sounds like summer.<p>“Frank Ocean appears courtesy of Frank Ocean,” reads the liner notes to Calvin Harris’s new single “Slide,” which in this unseasonably warm late February has kicked off the 2017 …

Music

The Foreign-Policy Contradictions of the Trump Administration: A Crib Sheet

America appears to be pursuing four Mexico strategies at once.<p>During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump regularly contradicted himself on foreign policy. Now he has an entire administration to mix up the messages. Often these misalignments seem to be attempts by Trump's team to soften the more …

Foreign Policy

What the Anti-Trump Resistance Can Learn From the Tea Party

Since President Trump’s inauguration, protesters around the country have risen in defiance of his presidency. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. After Obama’s inauguration in 2009, a protest movement formed to oppose him—which became known as the Tea Party. In this video,</i> …

Tea Party

Dogs' Love Isn't Unconditional After All

The more difficult the task, the less likely they will be generous.<p>In a gray, linoleum-floored laboratory in Vienna, two dogs sit in side-by-side enclosures. One dog pulls a handle, and a tray laden with sausage moves down to where the other dog can reach it and excitedly gulp it down. How many …

Dystopia