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A Restaurant ‘Eighty-Sixed’ Sarah Huckabee Sanders. What Does That Mean?

Many have claimed to know the origin story of the service industry’s most infamous number. But the real roots of the term have been largely forgotten.<p>White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed rumors that she was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant on Friday evening. “Last night …

Drugstore

An ‘Overprescription of Opioids’ That Led to a Crisis

But the director of National institute on Drug Abuse also pointed to economic factors.<p>In 2016, 64,000 people died from drugoverdoses in the U.S., most of them due to opioids. That’s more than the number of Americans killed in the wars in Vietnam and Iraq combined.<p>Three factors led to those numbers, …

Stereotypes

Saudi Arabia’s Ban on Woman Drivers Comes to an End

But with dissent still stifled and a recent crackdown on the very activists who helped end the ban, it’s unclear how much the country is prepared to change.<p>On a steamy evening in Riyadh, just after evening prayer,scores of Saudi women gathered outside one of the city’s most popular malls. There, …

Saudi Arabia

The Fate of Turkey’s Democracy Lies With the Kurds

Ahead of tomorrow’s elections, Ankara is expected to tamper with the vote and make life difficult for members of the embattled minority group.<p>DIYARBAKIR, Turkey—This past Sunday, four Kurdish candidates running for office in Turkey’s June 24 elections rolled into the rural town of Hani to rally …

Middle East

What the Happiest Places Have in Common

Citizens’ wellbeing is often the result of careful planning—not serendipity.<p>The happiest places in the world are those where enlightened leaders shifted their focus from economic development to promoting quality of life.<p>“The biggest predictors of happiness are tolerance, equality, and healthy life …

Happiness

Letters From the Archives: Harry Truman Explains Why He Dropped the Bomb

In 1947, the then-president wrote to the editors regarding his decision to use atomic warfare during World War II.<p><i>In Letters from the Archives, we'll highlight past Atlantic stories and the correspondence they received in order to exhibit what then-readers thought about culture, politics, foreign</i> …

Archives

A History of The Atlantic’s Reader Correspondence

Since 1877, the publication has garnered and published letters in various forms. We’ve traced the timeline.<p><i>The Atlantic</i> published its first letter from a reader in 1877—that's 141 years ago, and 20 years after the magazine was founded. It was about the sculptor William Wetmore Story and the busts …

Journalism

Damsel Is a One-Note Satire of Classic Westerns

Robert Pattinson stars as a cowboy trying to rescue his kidnapped fiancée, but all is not as it might seem.<p><i>Damsel</i> begins with a view of a gorgeous, windswept desert somewhere in the American West, an alternately alluring and frightening arena where many an old-fashioned heroic narrative has been …

Native Americans

The Supreme Court Tells the Government to Get a Warrant

A highly watched case ends in a 5-4 ruling in which Chief Justice John Roberts and the high court’s liberals inch ever closer to stricter privacy standards.<p>The Supreme Court can’t dodge ‘em all. So, on Friday, it actually decided <i>Carpenter v. United States</i><i>,</i> a closely watched case testing how federal …

Surveillance

The Family Weekly: The Complexities of Parenting Kids Who Say They’re Trans

Plus: the dangers of a no-hugging policy, and panic over turning 50<p><b>This Week in Family</b><p>The issue of child welfare was on many people’s minds last week, with news of the Trump administration’s separation of more than 2,000 children from parents facing charges of illegally crossing the border. Ashley …

Parenting

How Will Trump Lead During the Next Global Pandemic?

“There is a real reason for us to be scared,” President Obama’s Ebola czar said.<p>The next global epidemic is likely around the corner—and no amount of U.S. retrenchment from globalization will halt that outbreak at the U.S. border.<p>“There is a real reason for us to be scared of the idea of facing …

Disease

The Deep Consistency of the Trump Administration

Beneath the constant contradictions and reversals, the administration has a single through line: Its policies always serve to dehumanize those deemed not to belong.<p>On Thursday, in an interview with the Christian news program <i>CBN News</i>, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a sharp departure from his …

Immigration

Why Trump Keeps Creating Crises

He needs them to maintain his support.<p>It’s easy to survey the last 10 days in America and be flabbergasted at President Trump’s tendency to inflict politically bruising crises on himself. I know this because I had just that reaction on Wednesday, trying to make sense of his abrupt signing of an …

Donald Trump

Deported Into a Nightmare

Most Central American migrant children get deported before they even reach the U.S. One story shows what can await them when they get back to the countries they fled.<p>SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras—Edwin Vásquez, a 16-year-old, is learning how to live with fear. One afternoon last fall, as he played …

Immigration

A Brief Drive in Saudi Arabia Changed My Life

What’s it like to be arrested for ‘driving while female’? As the kingdom prepares to lift its ban, an activist tells her story.<p>I never set out to be an activist. I was a religious girl, born and raised in Mecca. I started covering myself with abayas and niqabs before it was even required, simply …

Saudi Arabia

The Atlantic Daily: Up the Mountain

The lessons of a failed social experiment. Plus why Trump changed his stance on family separations, alleged insider trading, and more.<p>What We’re Following<p><b>Presidential Process:</b> President Donald Trump’s executive order not to separate families at the border reversed a policy set by his close adviser …

Music Videos

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: You've Barely Got Mail

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt reportedly sent only one email to anyone outside the EPA during his first 10 months in office.<p><i>-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)</i><p>Today in 5 Lines<p>President Trump told Republican lawmakers they should “stop wasting their time on …

EPA

Will Erdoğan Cheat His Way to Victory?

Even if Turkey’s opposition curbs election fraud in Sunday’s election, the odds of overcoming his near-absolute control are low.<p>ISTANBUL—Few members of Turkey’s battered political opposition were surprised when President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won the constitutional referendum of April 2017, which …

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

How Do You Know When It's Officially a Trade War?

New tariffs come with new threats as the downward spiral continues.<p>It’s been coming for a while, but a tweet made the threat official (and specific): On Friday, President Trump denounced European duties on American automobiles and said if they were not removed, the U.S. would hit back twice as hard.<p>…

Globalization

What Krauthammer Meant to Conservatives of My Generation

He wasn’t only an influential columnist and essayist; he was emblematic of his times.<p>In 1993, Charles Krauthammer delivered the commencement address at McGill University. Some 20 years earlier, he told the graduates, he had been sitting in the same seats. “What I shall offer you today,” he said, …

Political Science

Photos of the Week: Smoggy Santiago, Miniature Taipei, Mermaid Parade

A watery rescue in Russia, dragon boat racing in China, a soap box derby in France, Hawaiian lava viewed from Earth orbit, a welcome to the summer solstice in the U.K., World Cup celebrations and sadness, International Yoga Day in India, flamingos in Kenya, a boxer dressed as a lion in Germany, and …

Photos

The 3 Reasons the U.S. Health-Care System Is the Worst

The head of the Commonwealth Fund, which compares the health systems of developed nations, pinpoints why America’s is so expensive and inefficient.<p>According to the Commonwealth Fund, which regularly ranks the health systems of a handful of developed countries, the best countries for health care are …

Health Care

Fallen Kingdom: Why Won’t Humans Just Leave the Dinosaurs Alone?

The fifth entry in the creaky Jurassic World franchise is too absurd and lazily plotted to enthrall.<p>To the creators of <i>Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom</i>, I offer words of wisdom uttered 25 years ago by the legendary Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), a character in both this film and the 1993 original. …

Jurassic World

It’s Not the Holocaust

Trump’s family-separation policy is horrible, but equating it with genocide is both historically and strategically misguided.<p>The Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents brought a flood of comparisons to the Holocaust. Some described the facilities used to hold the …

World History

Schrödinger’s Coat

The 20th century witnessed the rise of the media event. The 21st, with its tan suits and swatted hands and flippant Zara outerwear, is bringing a new spin to the old idea.<p>It started, as controversies so often will, with fast fashion. On Thursday, as Melania Trump made a hastily planned trip to …

20th Century

But, Seriously, Where Are the Aliens?

Humanity may be as few as 10 years away from discovering evidence of extraterrestrial life. Once we do, it will only deepen the mystery of where alien intelligence might be hiding.<p>Enrico Fermi was an architect of the atomic bomb, a father of radioactivity research, and a Nobel Prize–winning …

Universe

Transitioning on YouTube

While the platform’s other stars pull pranks in the hopes of going viral, Miles McKenna is helping fans figure out who they are.<p>When Mary first stumbled upon Miles McKenna’s YouTube channel via a search for the platform’s LGBT tag, she was 12 years old and had never heard of a woman identifying as …

LGBTQI

The Wisdom of Going Back to School in Retirement

The historian Nell Painter discusses her lifelong love of art, and how it felt to finally pursue her dream after she left the workplace.<p>Not a lot of artwork covered the walls of the historian Nell Painter’s childhood home, but the art that did was political. The work of Charles White and Elizabeth …

High School

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s New Vision of Gender in ‘Apeshit’

In their recently released music video and collaborative album, the Carters show just how much their dynamic as a couple has evolved.<p>“The strongest thing a man can do is cry, to expose your feelings, to be vulnerable in front of the world,” Jay-Z told <i>The New York Times</i> after releasing his …

Music Videos

Of Course Trump Backed Down on Family Separations

Although the president cultivates an image of never giving an inch, his folding under pressure is the rule, rather than the exception.<p>President Trump’s abrupt decision Wednesday to issue an executive order directing that immigrant children be detained with their parents, rather than separated, was …

Immigration