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Who Gets Health in Old Age? Rich, White People

Who Gets Health in Old Age? Rich, White People

Access to insurance isn’t erasing race- and class-based health disparities....
The Two Republicans Who Will Likely Determine Obamacare's Fate

The Two Republicans Who Will Likely Determine Obamacare's Fate

A last-minute repeal vote could come down to Senators John McCain and Lisa Murkowski, who opposed the GOP’s most recent proposal in July and are facing competing pressures from...
What Is the Meaning of 'Mother!'?

What Is the Meaning of 'Mother!'?

Delving into the plot, allegories, and shocking ending of one of the most surprising Hollywood releases of the year...
Toys

Toys "R" Us Doesn't Fit the Economics of Modern Parenting

Millennials may have loved the big-box chain as kids, but now, with kids of their own, they’d rather shop online....
Rebecca J. Rosen

Rebecca J. Rosen

The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine....
Is There Any Hope for Facebook's Fact-Checking Efforts?

Is There Any Hope for Facebook's Fact-Checking Efforts?

Research is making clear just how hard it is to stop people from believing false stories on social media....
The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

How the worst apple took over the United States, and continues to spread...
Facebook's Reckoning Draws Nearer

Facebook's Reckoning Draws Nearer

Sooner or later, the company will be forced to take on the responsibilities that come with being the world's dominant news distributor....
Scientists Can Now Repaint Butterfly Wings

Scientists Can Now Repaint Butterfly Wings

Thanks to CRISPR, scientists are studying animal evolution in ways that were previously thought to be impossible....
The Real Difference Between Warm and Cool Colors

The Real Difference Between Warm and Cool Colors

Languages have more words to describe reds than blues....
An Emmy Win for 'The Handmaid's Tale' Paints a Dystopian Future for Traditional TV

An Emmy Win for 'The Handmaid's Tale' Paints a Dystopian Future for Traditional TV

How long until prestige television completes its long exodus from the cable bundle?...
The Graham-Cassidy Obamacare Repeal Bill Still Covers Fewer People

The Graham-Cassidy Obamacare Repeal Bill Still Covers Fewer People

The new Affordable Care Act replacement currently making rounds in the Senate looks different than previous efforts, but the fundamentals are still the same: fewer funds, fewer...
What DACA's End Could Mean for Colleges

What DACA's End Could Mean for Colleges

The potential cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program raises questions about the future of undocumented students in higher education....
How Alternate-Nostril Breathing Works

How Alternate-Nostril Breathing Works

For the anxiety of letting the world down, a grounding technique...
Why the Latest Obamacare Repeal Bill Might Have a Chance

Why the Latest Obamacare Repeal Bill Might Have a Chance

The GOP is still missing the crucial 50th Senate vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. But a looming deadline is providing new momentum, and the legislation has advanced from...
The Emmy Awards Have Finally Put Hulu on the Map

The Emmy Awards Have Finally Put Hulu on the Map

"The Handmaid's Tale" became the first streaming-TV show to win Best Drama Series—surprisingly beating out Netflix....
The Showrunner of 'Veep' Talks Clinton, Trump, and Insulting Jonah

The Showrunner of 'Veep' Talks Clinton, Trump, and Insulting Jonah

Before David Mandel accepted the HBO show’s third consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, he spoke with The Atlantic about creating political satire for a fractious world....
Sean Spicer's Emmys Cameo Reveals Hollywood's Self-Contradicting Politics

Sean Spicer's Emmys Cameo Reveals Hollywood's Self-Contradicting Politics

The former press secretary put a confusing spin on the many anti-Trump jokes of the night....
The World's Most Efficient Languages

The World's Most Efficient Languages

How much do you really need to say to put a sentence together?...
Mormons Once Aspired to Be a 'White and Delightsome' People

Mormons Once Aspired to Be a 'White and Delightsome' People

A historian looks at legacy of racism in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints....
Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

What the Internet is doing to our brains...
How My First Novel Became a Movie

How My First Novel Became a Movie

It took 14 years of false starts, navigating Hollywood, and a (very) modest payout for my book "Carrie Pilby" to be adapted into a Netflix film....
What to Expect at the 2017 Emmy Awards

What to Expect at the 2017 Emmy Awards

The Atlantic’s culture team is watching and chronicling TV’s biggest night....
How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?

How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?

Deep anxiety about the ability to have children later in life plagues many women. But the decline in fertility over the course of a woman’s 30s has been oversold. Here’s what the...
The Case Against Reality

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses. ...
What It’s Like to Work as an Exotic Dancer

What It’s Like to Work as an Exotic Dancer

Liza, a dancer based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, talks about how the stereotypes about her profession affect how she’s treated by clientele....
Why Trump Should Worry More About Congress Than About Mueller

Why Trump Should Worry More About Congress Than About Mueller

It’s public hearings that tend to galvanize opposition and jeopardize presidents....
The Museum of Colonialism

The Museum of Colonialism

The world’s first free national public museum is filled with other countries’ treasures....
Colin Kaepernick and 'Blade Runner': The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Colin Kaepernick and 'Blade Runner': The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Highlights from seven days of reading about arts and entertainment...
'Hillbilly Elegy' Writer Won't Seek Office

'Hillbilly Elegy' Writer Won't Seek Office

J.D. Vance, whose memoir of rural white resentment helped explain Trump’s rise, seriously considered a bid for U.S. Senate in his home state of Ohio....
When Does the Right to an Attorney Kick In?

When Does the Right to an Attorney Kick In?

Despite the Sixth Amendment, in many jurisdictions, defendants don’t get legal representation the first time they go to court. ...
What Ta-Nehisi Coates Gets Wrong About American Politics

What Ta-Nehisi Coates Gets Wrong About American Politics

George Packer replies to an essay on race and Trump....
George Packer

George Packer

The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine....
The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Cassini Goes Out With a Bang

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Cassini Goes Out With a Bang

NASA sent the Cassini spacecraft, almost out of fuel, crashing into Saturn, ending a successful 20-year mission....
Immigration Restrictionists Are Disappointed by Trump

Immigration Restrictionists Are Disappointed by Trump

Leading opponents of amnesty are waiting warily for details of Trump’s arrangement with Democratic congressional leaders....
The Missing Pieces of Medicare For All

The Missing Pieces of Medicare For All

The new plan from Senator Bernie Sanders needs a tax policy not just to fund it, but to dictate how well it works....
Democrats Dare to Trust Trump on DACA

Democrats Dare to Trust Trump on DACA

Republican leaders recoiled from the president’s agreement on immigration, and now Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are relying on him to see it through....
Trump Reverses His Stand on DACA

Trump Reverses His Stand on DACA

There are plenty of details to be worked out in a tentative accord between the president and Democratic leaders to protect Dreamers in exchange for border security. But it’s an...
The Problem of Securing London's Tube

The Problem of Securing London's Tube

Friday's explosion was not fatal, but it shows how transit networks are especially vulnerable to terrorism....
A Vatican Diplomat Has Been Recalled From the U.S. Following Child-Pornography Charges

A Vatican Diplomat Has Been Recalled From the U.S. Following Child-Pornography Charges

The allegations come during a turbulent period for the Roman Catholic Church on sex-abuse issues. ...
'Nothing Will Be Official, Until It's Official'

'Nothing Will Be Official, Until It's Official'

DACA recipients are hopeful about the possibility of Trump signing a bill to grant them legal status, but skeptical about whether it’ll come to fruition....
The Murkiness of Sexual Consent on College Campuses

The Murkiness of Sexual Consent on College Campuses

Vanessa Grigoriadis shares insights from her new book on sexual culture and Title IX issues in colleges today....
Is Free Speech Really Challenged on Campus?

Is Free Speech Really Challenged on Campus?

Two historians debate the role of universities in fostering a commitment to the open exchange of ideas. ...
The Student Who Taught Me to Grow Up

The Student Who Taught Me to Grow Up

Part eight of our audio series features the story of a fun-loving teacher who was inspired by a student to reconsider some of his methods....
One Step Closer to a Treatment for ALS: A New Understanding of Inflammation in the Spine

One Step Closer to a Treatment for ALS: A New Understanding of Inflammation in the Spine

Research on the mysterious disease that destroys the nervous system raises questions about the role of the immune system....
The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball

The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball

An engineer sheds light on the ball’s much-debated curve....
Could Facebook Have Caught Its 'Jew Hater' Ad Targeting?

Could Facebook Have Caught Its 'Jew Hater' Ad Targeting?

“Facebook can monitor the things it does that make it money,” says one expert....
You Are Already Living Inside a Computer

You Are Already Living Inside a Computer

Futurists predict a rapture of machines, but reality beat them to it by turning computing into a way of life....
Cassini's Environmental Triumph

Cassini's Environmental Triumph

Before it shed light on the workings of our planet, the spaceraft was marred by fears that it would kill everyone on Earth....
Scientists Don't Want You to Call Cassini's End a 'Suicide'

Scientists Don't Want You to Call Cassini's End a 'Suicide'

Anthropomorphizing robots is one thing, but some say news reports about the spacecraft risk being insensitive....