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By: Gillian B. White

PHILADELPHIA—It’s no secret that the city’s schools are in trouble. With a heavily defunded public-school sector, a budget shortfall, and a yet unpassed state budget, there’s simply not enough money to go around, and...

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By: David Sims

If Trevor Noah had been losing any sleep in recent months over what a vast challenge lay before him, it didn’t show on Monday night. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah wasn’t without its foibles and clunky one-liners: the pitfalls any new...

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By: Ian Bogost

The Tesla Model S is a supercar without equal. Recently, the P85D trim broke the Consumer Reports rating system, earning a score of 103 out of 100. They rounded down to just 100, calling it “closest to perfect we've ever seen.” The...

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By: Krishnadev Calamur

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani vowed Tuesday to retake the city of Kunduz from the Taliban, a day after the militant group seized the capital of the province of the same name. The U.S. conducted an airstrike over the city even as militants fanned out ...

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By: Emily V. Galvin

When I first met my client, he was sitting on the other side of a metal grate (The client’s name has been withheld because of attorney-client confidentiality). We were in the cells behind the arraignment court, where I was having a relatively...

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By: David A. Graham

The candidate: Ben Carson The gaffe: Asked by a radio interviewer whether he’d consider running as an independent, the Republican candidate seemed open. “If I had to, I would, but I don’t think it’s necessary,” Carson...

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By: Megan Garber

There should really be a word for the particular audience-produced sound that isn’t technically a boo—what audience actually, literally “boo”s anymore?—but that conveys the idea of boo-ness. That low, buzzing hum of...

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By: Adam Chandler

The Treasury and State Departments announced Tuesday the designations of 30 individuals and groups for sanctions. The list includes “terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism,” all accused of operating at...

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By: Krishnadev Calamur

FIFA’s ethics panel has banned Jack Warner, a former executive of soccer’s governing body, for life, citing repeated misconduct. Warner, a former FIFA vice president, was one of 14 executives the U.S. indicted in May on corruption...

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By: Sarah Scoles

“I just shot a girl,” a dark-haired man said as he walked out of the American Physical Society offices. “Call an ambulance.” After that, the dark-haired man stepped into an elevator, rode nine stories down, and boarded a...

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By: Adrienne LaFrance

If driverless cars deliver on their promise to eliminate the vast majority of fatal traffic accidents, the technology will rank among the most transformative public-health initiatives in human history. But how many lives, realistically, will be...

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By: Ross Andersen

For more than five decades, scientists of various stripes have been scanning the stars for technological civilizations, populated by thinking beings like us. These efforts have been carried out by a number of institutions, but they all fall under a...

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By: Matt Ford

The FBI says violent crime fell again across the nation last year, continuing a two-decade-long downward trend. The 2014 edition of the Uniform Crime Report released Monday said violent crime dropped nationwide by 0.2 percent. New England saw the...

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By: Adrienne LaFrance

Okay, okay, okay. I love an expertly reported 10,000-word magazine story as much as the next person. But not all great reads are long reads. And there’s so much exceptional journalism out there these days, it’s easy to miss some real...

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By: Bourree Lam

It’s now the second full week—and the second phase—of the fallout from Volkswagen’s emissions-cheating scandal. Last week brought a notice of violation from the EPA, an acknowledgement from Volkswagen that the “defeat...

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By: Joshua Stephens

My first few years as a professional dog walker, I was treated to pretty much the same curiosity each time I disclosed what I did for a living: Everyone wanted to know if I had sex with my clients. I never quite got my head around why this question...

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By: Jeffrey Goldberg

My friend and colleague here at The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates, received some big, genius-related, news from the MacArthur Foundation this week, and I thought it would be enlightening to speak to him in the immediate aftermath of the announcement,...

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By: Teresa Ghilarducci

The existence of a growing gap in longevity between the rich and the poor is clearer than ever: Between 1930 and 1960, men at the top of the economic ladder saw an eight-year increase in life expectancy, while men at the bottom saw virtually no...

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By: Michael Godsey

When Susan Cain published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking nearly four years ago, it was immediately met with acclaim. The book criticizes schools and other key institutions for primarily accommodating...

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By: Scott Beauchamp

Those considered successful in America seem, at least superficially, to cover a fairly broad spectrum: the business entrepreneur, the pop star, the professional athlete, perhaps a surgeon. Yet while their success derives from very different...

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By: Krishnadev Calamur

Shell, the Anglo-Dutch energy giant, says it is abandoning its work in the Alaskan Arctic because while it has found indications of oil and gas, “these are not sufficient to warrant further exploration.” “Shell continues to see...

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By: Conor Friedersdorf

Jillian Schwedler, a political-science professor in New York, spent several years during the 1990s living, traveling, and conducting interviews in Yemen, where she traversed unmarked roads in all-terrain vehicles. “What strikes me now,”...

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By: Ester Bloom

There is plenty about GOP hopeful Donald Trump to which potential primary voters respond. He’s successful. He’s plainspoken. At a time when politicians are historically unpopular, he’s not a politician. And he has a great slogan....

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By: Krishnadev Calamur

More than 59 million immigrants have arrived in the country since the passage of the landmark Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the Pew Research Center announced Monday in a new report. The report added that the U.S. population in 2065 will...

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By: The Editors

We asked readers to answer our question for the November issue: What science-fiction gadget would be most valuable in real life? Vote for your favorite response, and we’ll publish the results online and in the next issue of the magazine....

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By: Dominic Tierney

ISIS is murdering and enslaving across Syria and Iraq. Russia is deploying dozens of aircraft to support the regime in Damascus. Huddled masses have been tempest-tossed into Europe. At the eye of the storm, Bashar al-Assad is pursuing a cynical,...

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By: Emma Green

There’s something macabre about hosting a photo-op inside of a prison. Waiting for the pope to arrive at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia on Sunday, inside walls topped with barbed wire, cameramen milled about while...

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By: John Paul Rollert

Don’t despair. According to Ta-Nehisi Coates, that’s what President Obama told him at the end of a White House meeting in 2013. Coates had criticized the president on his blog for favoring the rhetoric of black self-help over an honest...

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By: Amy Weiss-Meyer

Of the six books that have been shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize, A Spool of Blue Thread appears, at first glance, to be the least provocative. Anne Tyler’s novel—one of two American works on the shortlist this...

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By: Marina Koren

John Boehner was thinking about yoga this morning. “It’s great for my back,” he said Sunday in an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation. “I’ve had back problems for 50 years.” Boehner said he hasn’t been...

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By: Marina Koren

Pope Francis addressed the Catholic Church’s sex-abuse scandal on Sunday. “I hold the stories and the suffering and the sorry of children who were sexually abused by priests deep in my heart. I remain overwhelmed with shame that men...

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By: Gillian B. White

While money might not be the single most critical ingredient in child rearing, the ability to provide basics such as food, shelter, healthcare, and education can make a significant difference in a child’s overall well being. And a new paper...

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By: Annie Waldman

A new report released Thursday provides a detailed look at the graduation rates of low-income college students. At many colleges, low-income students graduate at much lower rates than their high-income peers. At the University of Missouri-Kansas...

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By: Norm Ornstein

The speaker of the House is the first constitutional officer mentioned in the American Constitution, well before the president. In Article 1, Section 5, the Constitution says “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker.” The...

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By: James Hamblin

There are new Pop Tarts, and they are Limited Edition. I know this because it says “Limited Edition” in bold red lettering inside a yellow banner that circumscribes the box. For an unspecified but finite amount of time only, Pop Tarts...

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By: Laura Turner

According to a growing number of Christian leaders and thinkers, America in 2015 looks a lot like the declining, dissolute Roman empire. Conservative blogger Rod Dreher, a Protestant-turned-Catholic-turned-Orthodox Christian, has introduced what he...

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By: Sophie Gilbert

In a 2010 piece for Slate, Michael Newman argued that Lisbeth Salander, the brilliant, fearsome hacker heroine of the hit Millennium series deserves better than the man who created her. “Of all the unlikely triumphs of Lisbeth Salander,” ...

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By: Emma Green

Add this to the list of greatest improvised metaphors of all time: On Saturday, the pope stood before Independence Hall in Philadelphia and defended the “polyhedron” of pluralism and global religious freedom. “I like to use...

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He said "concern for the dignity of all" is "essential" part of American spirit.

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Religious freedom means the right to worship God, “as our consciences dictate,” Francis said, but he also warned about its perversion “as a pretext for hatred and brutality.”

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By: Katharine Schwab

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, that campy beacon of sexuality and self-acceptance, premiered in the U.S. on September 25, 1975, at the Westwood Theater in Los Angeles. The film follows a terribly traditional 1950s-esque couple, Brad (Barry Bostwick) ...

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By: Irene Boada

Barcelona is one of the best-known cities in the world, yet visitors expecting to practice their Spanish can often be surprised when they hear Catalan spoken in the streets. The language has had a troubled history, but is a key marker of identity in ...

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By: Brian Massey

Sarah Bernardi almost never goes to the grocery store. Instead, her community-supported agriculture (CSA) subscription provides 90 percent of what she eats. “I buy crackers, pasta, oils, and nut butters. All those things I could live without...

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By: Ruth Graham

On Thursday, more than 700 people were killed in a stampede outside the holy city of Mecca. The disaster took place during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which draws about 2 million Muslims to Saudi Arabia each year. Although this was the deadliest...

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By: Audra Wolfe

Last Thursday, Senate Republicans failed in their third bid to block the nuclear deal with Iran. Signed in July, the agreement between Iran, the United States, and the five other PN+1 countries gradually eases economic sanctions on Iran in return...

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By: David A. Graham

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — It didn’t seem like the proper setting for an angry, anti-American firebrand. An amiable crowd was milling around the fellowship hall of the United Church of Chapel Hill on a Saturday morning, slurping coffee and...

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By: Adam Felder

In about a week, the Washington Nationals—picked by many to reach the World Series before the season started—will finish well behind the New York Mets and miss the postseason altogether. In all likelihood, manager Matt Williams will lose ...

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By: W. Bradford Wilcox

Pope Francis’s commitment to social justice could not have been clearer in his whirlwind trip to Washington this week. In his address to Congress, he said: “The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many...

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By: Adam Epstein

Soon, HBO audiences might be able to take part in a project that allows them to control what happens in the story. Deadline reports that the show is an “experimental film” called Mosaic that ties into an app that allows the audience to...

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By: Matt Ford

What We’re Following: The Speaker Resigns In an announcement that stunned members of Congress, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced his resignation from the speakership and from Congress on Friday morning. Boehner, who ascended to the...