Magazine Issue
September 25 2017
TIME2 min read
Her Time
EVERY PARAGRAPH MUST EARN ITS sentences, every sentence its words. To have worked with TIME editor-in-chief Nancy Gibbs is to have heard it a thousand times. But this is no mere maxim of economy. It reflects her values as a journalist, values Nancy p
TIME3 min readPolitics
Why Stephen Bannon Doesn’t Scare Washington Anymore
FOR A MEDIA BARON WHO TRAFFICKS in bombast, Stephen Bannon has always seemed more comfortable backstage. As Donald Trump’s campaign CEO and then as his chief White House strategist, he liked to work in the shadows, always felt but seldom heard. Banno
TIME2 min readPolitics
Ticker
No charges in Freddie Gray case Citing “insufficient evidence,” the Department of Justice said it will not bring charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the fatal injury of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American whose death s
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The Referendum Vote That Could Fracture Iraq
JARED MALSIN IRAQ’S NORTHERN KURDISH REGION IS SET TO hold a vote on independence on Sept. 25, giving hope to nearly 30 million Kurds in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey who aspire to self-determination. But the central government opposes the referendum
TIME2 min readSociety
The Saga of Kenya’s Disputed Election Is a Good-News Story
THE RESULTS OF ANY NATIONAL ELECTION tell us something important about the country in question. Beyond who won and who voted, we also learn whether the country’s institutions have earned the public’s trust. Take Kenya, for example, East Africa’s pro
TIME1 min readPolitics
Edith Windsor
DANIEL D’ADDARIO EDITH WINDSOR, WHO DIED ON SEPT. 12 AT 88, WASN’T seeking sweeping social change at first—just fairness. Her claim to the estate of Thea Spyer, her late wife, was taxed thanks to the Defense of Marriage Act, which forbade federal re
TIME1 min readSociety
Kate Millett
LILY ROTHMAN WHEN KATE MILLETT’S book Sexual Politics was published in 1970, its author, who died on Sept. 6 at 82, revolutionized a revolution. She showed feminism’s adherents and opponents alike that they were dealing with a movement in every sens
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The Year’s Last Grand Slam Ushers in a New Tennis Era
SEAN GREGORY THE BEST MOMENTS IN SPORTS come when the script gets thrown out. After vanquishing fellow American Madison Keys in the U.S. Open final on Sept. 9, Sloane Stephens shared an emotional, extended hug with her longtime pal at the net. When
TIME3 min readTech
Equifax and the Perils of Password Protection
IN THE U.S., IT’S ALMOST COMICALLY easy to hack someone’s life. All you need are a few numbers to access most smartphones, a string of characters to access most email accounts and a handful of biographical details to steal most identities. And so wh
TIME1 min readSociety
The Fight to Change How Hurricanes Are Named
OLIVIA B. WAXMAN THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANES LIKE HARVEY and Irma are hard to imagine before they strike. But one thing is certain in advance: their names, taken from the World Meteorological Organization’s rotating lists of alphabetically organized m
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Why Marriage Is Harder Than Ever—and Maybe Better Too
FORGET WILL AND KATE. FORGET GEORGE AND AMAL. AND forget, even, Barack and Michelle. The ideal modern marriage is the one between Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu and her American husband Shane Tusup. Did their epic love story slip by you? Until 201
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Stock-Market Highs Pose Vexing Questions for the Soon-to-Be Retired
LAST NOVEMBER, EXPECTING STOCK markets to fall off a cliff if Donald Trump were elected President, David Littell, a 64-year-old retirement expert, uncharacteristically panicked and sold off his stock holdings. But while stock markets defied Wall Str
TIME3 min readPolitics
A Moment of Reckoning for a Soaring Solar Industry
IT WAS A FEAT OF AMERICAN ingenuity that created the world’s first operational solar panel in the mid–20th century at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. The U.S. maintained its pace-setting role in the development of solar technology in the half-centur
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The Naughty Nineties Set the Stage for Our Reality-TV Presidency
ONE OF THE GREAT HISTORICAL questions is also one of the most difficult to answer: When, precisely, did a given phenomenon, cultural or political, truly begin? Should we date Christianity’s durability to the time of the Passion or, more likely, to Co
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THE ANGELS OF Irma
A LOT OF SMART PEOPLE DID A LOT OF THINGS RIGHT TO PREVENT A HISTORIC HURRICANE FROM DOING HISTORIC DAMAGE
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THE KINDNESS OF Strangers
AS HURRICANE HARVEY’S FLOODWATERS POURED into his family’s Houston home on Aug. 28, Isiah Courtney slung sacks of clothing over his shoulder, lifted his 85-lb. pit bull in his arms and led his wife and two young children to safety. Two days later, t
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When the Military Does Battle With Nature
ALTHOUGH WE JUST WATCHED TWO ENORMOUS hurricanes rip through Texas and Florida, it is worth remembering that Mother Nature can easily surpass the biggest conventional weapons in our arsenal, unleashing destruction over vast areas. Fortunately, we hav
TIME6 min read
The War That Broke the Country
YOU THINK IT’S BAD NOW? THERE WAS A TIME—not long ago, really, within living memory for perhaps a third of the country—when Americans attacking one another in the streets was a matter of routine. Bombs went off so often in some U.S. cities that a sma
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My Father’s Vietnam
Thirty years after everything happened—and 31 years since he had first set foot in Southeast Asia—my father, a soldier of the Fourth Infantry Division, wrote me a letter. It was 1999, and the note came with a set of recently rediscovered photographs
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Fall Books Preview
SALMAN RUSHDIE PLAYS THE TRUMP CARD THE NOVELIST RETURNS WITH HIS 18TH BOOK, THE GOLDEN HOUSE, A POLITICAL ROMP THROUGH OUR TURBULENT TIMES
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Celeste Ng, novelist
The best-selling author talks about her childhood, her fiction and the importance of, yes, dolls
TIME2 min readFood & Wine
Harvesting the Bookshelf
THIS FALL SET YOUR TABLE FOR A SEASONAL FEAST with six new cookbooks by favorite chefs—and some newcomers. First, rouse your appetite with a crusty sourdough bread, courtesy of James Beard Award–winning baker Jim Lahey. Then tuck in your bib for gnoc
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Celebrities! They’re Just Like Writers!
BIG NAMES FROM YOUR STREAMING QUEUE WILL APPEAR ON your reading list this fall. For several actors and directors, these titles are debuts in fiction, essayism and spiritual guidance; for others, they’re new additions to past series or first installme
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Hillary Clinton Writes the First Draft of Her History
HILLARY CLINTON HAS SPENT 40 YEARS TRYING TO BE liked. In her new memoir, What Happened, she describes the myriad ways she has tried to modulate herself to fit our expectations of her, which is a tidy but long list of all the usual impossible standar
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Sally Quinn
The Washington journalist and hostess talks about her new memoir Finding Magic, her late husband Ben Bradlee and locating the spirit world