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The 10 Best New Boutique Hotels

Who doesn't love something shiny and new?! We're constantly on the lookout for hot new hotel properties, and we've noticed a recent trend: boutiques …

South Beach

The 7 Most Romantic Hotels in Grenada

Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we visit properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the …

Luxury Lifestyle

7 Luxurious Hotels Worth Your Tax Refund

It's that dreaded time of year again, when receipts come out of the shoebox and numbers have to be crunched. It can be a painful experience, but tax …

Destination divorces are turning heartbreaks into holidays

I was sipping wine on the balcony of my apartment in Santa Monica with my soon-to-be ex-husband, our son fast asleep in the next room. “It feels like the Caribbean out here,” my almost-ex said. “I figured out why. That huge palm tree is making rustling sounds like in the Caribbean.”<p>“You’re right,” …

Dominican Republic

The Case Against Hobby Lobby, by the Man Who Won Citizens United

Ted Olson often receives credit/blame for helping to create corporate personhood, but he's not so sure about the recent Supreme Court decision.<p>It's easy to draw a straight line between the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in <i>Citizens United</i> and its decision this week in <i>Hobby Lobby</i>. After all, both …

Single-Tasking Is the New Multitasking

Trying to do too many internet things at once makes it hard to get anything done at all. Tabless Thursday is a vacation from distraction.<p>Join the movement.<p>We want to hear what you think. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.

Time Management

The Military Doesn't Want You to Quit Facebook and Twitter

The Defense Department is already using social media to track your mood.<p>Critics have targeted a recent study on <b></b>how emotions spread on the popular social network site Facebook, complaining that some 600,000 Facebook users did not know that they were taking part in an experiment. Somewhat more …

Signs That the Supreme Court May Push Back Against the NSA

A recent ruling in a case on cell-phone searches may point to future limitations on surveillance.<p>This week, Michael Hayden, who headed the CIA and the NSA during the Bush administration, said that if he'd been on the Supreme Court for the 9-to-0 decision requiring a warrant before cell-phone …

Blame It on the Patriarchy

With cases like Hobby Lobby, nuanced, complex issues get filtered through ideological rage and gloating—which is bad for both feminism and religious liberty.<p>Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a woman who's easy to cheer for.<p>The Supreme Court justice stands at five-feet, one-inch tall. She was the second woman …

Corporations: Still Not People

Watching big companies abandoning corporate citizenship shows the flaw in the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.<p>Citizens United, Hobby Lobby, Walgreens, Medtronic, Stephen Schwarzman. If Ed McMahon had used these five as a setup for Johnny Carson's Carnac the Magnificent, Carson would have had a …

Meats: A Health Hierarchy

The biggest reason to eat chicken instead of beef has nothing to do with saturated fat.<p>In case you've not yet purchased your weekend meat, here is a pretty harrowing/empowering case for choosing chicken instead of beef when you can.<p>About a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. …

When Is Health Insurance Too Affordable?

How Obamacare's insurance mandate is playing out in one unhealthy county<p>CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—Angela Allen has two painful slipped disks in her neck, but her regular spine doctor does not accept the new insurance she bought through the federal health marketplace.<p>“It’s been a nightmare,” said Allen, a …

What's in a Name? Everything

Social mobility has never been easy.<p>Who gets ahead is always a topic of intense interest, especially in a society like America’s, without a legally established aristocracy at the top of the pile. As Tocqueville observed after visiting the new republic, the widespread perception that anyone can get …

Burnout: The Enemy of Sleep

Arianna Huffington explains how banishing glowy devices and going to bed earlier lead to healthier work practices.<p>ASPEN, Colo.—Seven years ago, Arianna Huffington went on a college tour with her daughter, whose only request was "Mommy, no Blackberry" for the duration of the visit. Huffington …

The Invisible Blue-Jean Particles in the Original Star-Spangled Banner

The American flag at the Smithsonian has collected blue cotton fibers over the years, but not as many as popular legend says.<p>If you've visited the National Museum of American History in the last century, you may have seen one of its most prized artifacts: The original star-spangled banner—the one …

What Will America Look Like in 2024?

25 charts that show what the nation expects over the next 10 years<p>By many measures, the United States has bounced back from the Great Recession, yet the country doesn't seem to have totally regained its confidence. Against this uncertain background, what do Americans anticipate about the next 10 …

Hobby Lobby Is Already Creating New Religious Demands on Obama

Faith leaders friendly to the administration are asking for an exemption from a forthcoming gay-rights order.<p>This week, in the <i>Hobby Lobby</i> case, the Supreme Court ruled that a religious employer could not be required to provide employees with certain types of contraception. That decision is …

The End of the Internet?

How regional networks may replace the World Wide Web<p>The World Wide Web celebrated its 25th birthday recently. Today the global network serves almost 3 billion people, and hundreds of thousands more join each day. If the Internet were a country, its economy would be among the five largest in the …

Social and Economic Benefits of Reliable Contraception

Why providing women more options to control pregnancies is in the interest of everyone<p>In a hotly contested decision this week, the Supreme Court ruled that for-profit employers can opt out of providing certain types of contraception coverage on religious grounds. Ostensibly, the holding is narrow: …

Americans Are No Longer Optimists

A survey reveals deep uncertainty the country's future—but also growing consensus on issues like same-sex marriage and marijuana.<p>Historically, Americans have been optimistic about the future and confident about our leadership in the world, while at the same time being deeply divided on so-called …

What My Grandmother Learned in Her World War II Internment Camp

The author discovers long-forgotten notes from a sewing class—and a new dimension of the Japanese-American experience.<p>My grandmother was 17 when she was sent to the Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming with her family. Like many internees, she did not talk about camp later in her life. …

Why College Students Need a Class in Dating

As they polish their resumes and rack up extracurriculars, today's young people have forgotten how to love, some argue.<p>ASPEN, Colo.—Usually when a group of middle-aged people gather to kvetch about twenty-somethings, it's about how they're always texting, or they spend too much time on the social …

The Rise of the DIY Abortion in Texas

A pill that revolutionized reproductive rights in Latin America is now gaining ground on the black market in South Texas.<p>The Alamo flea market sits right off South Texas’s lengthy Highway 83, a sprawling, dusty, labyrinth of a place. Under canopies in the converted parking lot, vendors in dark …

Can Millennials Save Jazz?

Using the power of live performance to reach new audiences<p>ASPEN, Colo.—What if the future of American music is actually its past?<p>That's Jon Batiste's bet. The 27-year-old keyboardist and vocalist is steeped in the jazz and rhythm-and-blues traditions of New Orleans (he grew up in a musical family …

How Solitary Confinement Hurts the Teenage Brain

Teens isolated in prison can suffer from mental health consequences for years.<p>Lately, Josh has been having delirious dreams, often waking in cold sweats, panicked and disoriented. “I started to feel like I was going crazy,” he said. The episodes are unpleasant, but they’re not unfamiliar; they’re …

Our Man in Baghdad

How America empowered Nouri al-Maliki—and then failed to keep that power in check.<p>In November 2010, the United States faced a painful dilemma in Iraq. The man Washington had picked from near-obscurity four years earlier to be Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, had narrowly lost an election but …

Is Trading Stocks for Suckers?

From books to television, the business of telling people how to trade stocks is booming. But the very idea that we can consistently beat the market is flawed. Last year, two economists won the Nobel Prize for explaining why active traders are engaging in a high-stakes game of heads-or-tails when …

Nobel Prize

YouTube, following Netflix, is now publicly shaming internet providers for slow video

When videos blur, buffer, or won’t play altogether, YouTube is now pinning the blame on your internet service provider.<p>“Experiencing interruptions?” reads the message in a blue bar underneath choppy video, as seen in the above screenshot. Clicking “find out why” brings you to Google’s new website, …

Behind the Scenes of Obama's Sudden Immigration Reversal

Pro-reform groups had given up on the president—so his announcement of executive action last week came as a surprise to them.<p>More than a dozen center-left and hard-left immigration groups sent representatives to what sounded like another uninspiring strategy session in the White House's Roosevelt …