The Atlantic5 min readPolitics
The Perils of Leadership Based on Charisma Instead of Strategy
Surrogates have to contort themselves to curry favor with the likes of Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.
The Atlantic3 min readPolitics
The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Schiffting Gears
The Mueller report took a bit of wind out of Adam Schiff's sails. This week, the House Intelligence Committee chairman's back in the spotlight. Plus: Puerto Rico protests.
The Atlantic25 min read
Boris Johnson Meets His Destiny
Hailed as a savant, lampooned as a fraud, Britain’s likely next prime minister must lead his country through its moment of maximum peril—and opportunity.
The Atlantic7 min readPolitics
Adam Schiff Is Back From the Wilderness
Adam Schiff was everywhere, until he was nowhere. In nearly 20 years as a Democratic congressman from Southern California, Schiff has grappled with issues from national security, to intellectual property, to the Armenian genocide. But for the past tw
The Atlantic5 min readPolitics
The Stuff of Dystopian Nightmare
Commercial airliners are not usually restful environments, but February 2017 was a particularly fraught time for domestic air passengers. Donald Trump had become president a month earlier and had quickly issued his “travel ban” executive order, spark
The Atlantic6 min readPsychology
Dear Therapist: My Husband and I Don't Have Sex Anymore
Editor’s Note: Every Monday, Lori Gottlieb answers questions from readers about their problems, big and small. Have a question? Email her at dear.therapist@theatlantic.com. Dear Therapist, My husband and I have been married for three years. It was l
The Atlantic7 min read
The LGBTQ Health Clinic That Faced a Dark Truth About the AIDS Crisis
Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series about the gay-rights movement and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. On an otherwise quiet residential block, with a school on one side and a church on the other, a nightclub once drew cro
The Atlantic4 min readWellness
The Quietly Changing Consensus on Neutering Dogs
A growing body of research has documented the health risks of getting certain breeds fixed early—so why aren’t shelters changing their policies?
The Atlantic3 min readPolitics
Letters: Trump Is a ‘Source of Hope’ for Taiwan
As tensions between Washington and Beijing worsen, Chris Horton wrote earlier this month, it is important to understand Taiwan’s strategic importance to both governments. While the United States does not recognize Taiwan as an independent country, th
The Atlantic6 min read
In Defense of Big Little Lies’ Second Season
This article contains spoilers through the second season of Big Little Lies. Just to put this out there first: No, the second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies wasn’t as good as the first. The plotting was minimal, leading up to an underwhelming showdo
The Atlantic6 min readScience
The Human Brain Project Hasn’t Lived Up to Its Promise
Ten years ago, a neuroscientist said that within a decade he could simulate a human brain. Spoiler: It didn’t happen.
The Atlantic5 min read
The Future of Movies Is Marvel
The studio’s upcoming slate of film and TV projects, announced over the weekend at Comic-Con, lays claim to its continued cultural ubiquity.
The Atlantic7 min readPsychology
What Happens When Parents Wait to Tell a Child He’s Adopted
A new study suggests that learning about one’s own adoption after a certain age could lead to lower life satisfaction in the future.
The Atlantic8 min readWellness
The Border Patrol–to–Emergency Room Pipeline
The conditions in facilities at the border are so dire that many migrants are in need of medical care as soon as they are released.
The Atlantic7 min readSociety
Who Actually Feels Satisfied About Money?
“It’s not just how much you have—it’s what you do with it,” says one researcher who studies money and happiness.
The Atlantic5 min readPolitics
How Can Congress Authorize War When It Can’t Decide What War Is?
There’s bipartisan agreement that the law governing America’s wars needs an update. There’s also bipartisan agreement that it won’t happen anytime soon.
The Atlantic5 min read
What Big Little Lies Got Wrong About Bonnie
Season 2 failed to give Zoë Kravitz’s character the depth of interrogation and analysis granted to its other stars.
The Atlantic6 min readPolitics
Hong Kong’s New Reality
HONG KONG—During a recent meeting in her party’s headquarters, the Hong Kong cabinet member Regina Ip admitted that weeks of demonstrations here have put the government on the back foot. “I never expected mass protests to continue for such a long tim
The Atlantic10 min readPolitics
Elizabeth Warren Has Momentum. Can She Build a Movement?
The senator from Massachusetts is on the verge of turning her campaign into something much larger.
The Atlantic9 min read
They Tried to Start a Church Without God. For a While, It Worked.
Secular organizers started their own congregations. But to succeed, they need to do a better job of imitating religion.
The Atlantic5 min readPsychology
Why Online Dating Can Feel Like Such an Existential Nightmare
Matchmaking sites have officially surpassed friends and family in the world of dating, injecting modern romance with a dose of radical individualism. Maybe that’s the problem.
The Atlantic6 min read
The U.S.’s Toxic Agent Orange Legacy
Washington has admitted to the long-lasting effects of dioxin use in Vietnam, but has largely sidestepped the issue in neighboring Cambodia and Laos.
The Atlantic5 min readPolitics
The Woman at the Center of Trump’s Iran Policy
John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are the public faces of the “maximum pressure” campaign. But the Treasury official Sigal Mandelker is the one actually running its most important component.
The Atlantic6 min readSociety
‘He Said Yes!’
Despite changing norms, it’s still exceedingly rare for women to propose in heterosexual couples.
The Atlantic5 min readTech
FaceApp Makes Today’s Privacy Laws Look Antiquated
Cameras are everywhere, and data brokers are vacuuming up information on individuals. But regulations have not kept pace.
The Atlantic7 min read
The Origins of the ‘Acting White’ Charge
School integration yielded a disturbing by-product: a psychological association between scholastic achievement and whiteness.
The Atlantic5 min read
The Moon Landing Inspired Pink Floyd’s Most Overlooked Song
A bluesy, atmospheric piece that the band improvised live on the air during the Apollo 11 mission deserves to be more than a footnote of musical history.
The Atlantic6 min read
Sometimes Even Newspapers Need Poetry
The New York Times tapped a polymath poet to celebrate the 1969 moon landing on its front page.
The Atlantic8 min read
The Best Banter From Apollo 11
Between the high-stakes maneuvers, the crew joked around, listened to music, and drank way too much coffee.
The Atlantic4 min readPolitics
Leading, Just Not by Example
This week’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom highlighted the tension between what the United States wishes to be and what it is.
…Or Discover Something New