Hurricanes in the Gulf, fires in the West, coronavirus everywhere—the country is a mess.
The AtlanticInstead of individual episodes that impinge upon us, like bombs lobbed by an angry god, disasters are now an ongoing and possibly permanent texture to our lives, writes @Emma_Marris. And we cannot forget—these are disasters.
In a new book, Andrew Weissmann, one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s top deputies, lays out the limits and letdowns of the years-long Russia investigation.
The AtlanticIn "Where Law Ends," Andrew Weissmann, a top prosecutor on Robert Mueller's team, draws an affectionate portrait of his old boss—but begrudgingly admits that the Russia investigation's "extreme fairness" doomed it, George Packer writes.
The coming months of the pandemic could be catastrophic. The U.S. still has ways to prepare.
The AtlanticAnthony Fauci tells The Atlantic that a coronavirus vaccine will not likely be in widespread distribution "until well into 2021." @jameshamblin reports on what that means for the winter
The Supreme Court’s majority is transforming this onetime protection into a sword to strike down hard-fought advances in civil rights.
The Atlantic"Requiring religious people in the ordinary course of their lives to follow the rules that apply to everyone else is not hostility; it is equality," Howard Gillman and Erwin Chemerinsky write
The military colleagues who saved my life knew what service means. Trump, in contrast, lets his personal insecurities endanger America’s national security.
The Atlantic"When Trump mocks our service members, he’s also mocking every American in every part of this country. When he derides wounded warriors, he’s letting his own personal insecurities endanger our national security," @SenDuckworth writes
In one of her most revealing interviews, the justice discusses her losses, her struggles, and her hope for the future.
The AtlanticIn one of her most revealing interviews, Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down with @RosenJeffrey and discussed the wisdom that guided her throughout her life and her vision for a Constitution that embraced all Americans with open arms
For once, he may be on the wrong side of a power dynamic.
The Atlantic"What McConnell did in 2016 was an assertion of brute power, and what he proposes in 2020 is another assertion of brute power. And so the question arises: Does McConnell in fact have the power he asserts?" writes @davidfrum
Some of the year’s best new movies are about American soul-searching.
The Atlantic"American Utopia," "One Night in Miami," "Nomadland," and "MLK/FBI": Four of the best new films this year collectively feel like an attempt at American soul-searching, @davidlsims writes.
Over the past 50 years, the three branches have lost their capacity to analyze and act on independent, nonpartisan information.
The Atlantic"Unless the next administration also takes on the task of restoring the government’s capacity to harness knowledge and analyze it, even the world’s most devoted public servants will struggle," @DebPearlstein writes
The demonstrations in Belarus point to a broader trend.
The AtlanticBelarus has charged one of its protest leaders with “undermining national security.” The woman, Maria Kolesnikova, is one of three major female opposition figures. Last week, @YasmeenSerhan wrote about the significance of this women-led protest movement
Today I remember my friend Cynthia Wesley and the three other girls who died during the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing 57 years ago.
The Atlantic"Just as today we say the names of the many who have been unjustly killed by police officers, the names of those four girls became part of the call for change that energized social protests in the 1960s," Freeman A. Hrabowski III writes