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Lora Kelley

The New American Mall

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The mall isn’t what it used to be. But that doesn’t mean it’s dead.
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Aileen Cannon is who critics feared she was.

America the Air-Conditioned

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As a heat wave spreads across America, the whirring of air conditioners follows close behind. AC has become an American necessity—but at what cost?
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The rise of a new, dangerous cynicism
David Frum: The most dangerous bias in today’s America
J. D.

An All-American Hot-Dog Controversy

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Hot dogs. The Fourth of July. An opportunely timed Netflix special. Joey Chestnut’s sponsorship dustup is an all-American tale.
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Wildfire smoke is a public-health emergency.
Hussein Ibish: For Hamas, everything is going according to plan.

An All-American Hot-Dog Controversy

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Hot dogs. The Fourth of July. An opportunely timed Netflix special. Joey Chestnut’s sponsorship dustup is an all-American tale.
First, here are three new stories from The Atlantic:
Wildfire smoke is a public-health emergency.
Hussein Ibish: For Hamas, everything is going according to plan.

Elon Musk’s Big Tesla Campaign

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Tesla fueled Elon Musk’s ascent to astronomical wealth and fame.

The Straw Wars

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For something so small and hollow, the drinking straw has become quite a potent symbol over the years.

The Free-Trial Trap

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Free trials are convenient for consumers—and expedient for companies. But how much of the subscription business relies on people simply forgetting to cancel?
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The most consequential TV show in history
NASA finally has an alternative to SpaceX.

The Verdict, Trump’s Rant, and His Future

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Donald Trump is a felon. Yesterday, he was convicted on 34 counts in his New York criminal trial; today, he delivered an unrestrained and dangerous series of remarks about the verdict and his political opponents.

Dressing for Court

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The courtroom dress code for most witnesses and defendants is modest, quiet attire—clothing that no one will be talking about. But when celebrities and politicians are in the mix, it’s not that simple.

A Chilling Effect of Louisiana’s Abortion Law

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Louisiana just became the first state to reclassify abortion pills as controlled dangerous substances. The law may signal a new strategy to curb reproductive-health-care access in post-Roe America.
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Amazon returns have gone to hell.

The Uncertain Future of the Yellow School Bus

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The yellow school bus has remained remarkably consistent over the past century. But as a smaller share of kids ride the bus, its role is shifting.

The OpenAI Dustup Signals a Bigger Problem

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Last week, OpenAI demonstrated new voice options for its AI assistant. One of them, called Sky, sounded strikingly similar to Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of a robot companion in the 2013 movie Her.

Michael Cohen’s Credibility Paradox

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Michael Cohen is an admitted liar and a convicted felon who is openly fueled by a thirst for revenge against Donald Trump. That he is so frank about his motives and past may actually make his testimony seem more credible to jurors.

Why the Internet Is Boring Now

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Ian Bogost has lived through more than a few hype cycles on the internet. The Atlantic contributing writer has been online, and building websites, since the early days of the World Wide Web.

The Funding Crisis Behind Teacher Layoffs

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The past few years have not been easy on many American schools. Large infusions of federal funding helped alleviate pandemic-era pains—but that money is drying up.
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The Israeli defense establishment revolts against Netanyahu.
In the game of spy vs.

The Battleground States That Will Shape the Election

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New polling shows Joe Biden trailing Donald Trump in five out of six key swing states. Voters there say they want change—which presents a challenge for the candidate who won in 2020 on the promise of normalcy.

How America Lost Sleep

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Over the past decade, sleep has become better understood as a core part of wellness. But the stressors of modern life mean that Americans are getting less of it.
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The Supreme Court goes through the looking glass on presidential immunity.

How Bird Flu Is Shaping People’s Lives

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For the past couple of years, scientists have watched with growing concern as a massive outbreak of avian flu, also known as H5N1 bird flu, has swept through bird populations. Recently in the U.S., a farm worker and some cattle herds have been infected. I spoke with my colleague Katherine J.

The College Financial-Aid Scramble

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An attempt to simplify federal financial-aid forms led to a bureaucratic mess. That may shape where students go to college—and whether they enroll at all.

The Paradoxes of Modern Dating

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More than a decade after Tinder introduced the swipe, many Americans are sick of dating apps. As I explored in a recent article for The Atlantic, the cracks are starting to show in what looked to be the foundation of modern dating.

Finding Jurors for an Unprecedented Trial

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Updated at 6:17 p.m. ET on April 16, 2024
Donald Trump is among the most famous and most polarizing people alive. The task of selecting 12 impartial jurors who can render a fair verdict in the criminal trial of a former president is a first for America’s court system.

Where the Future of Abortion Access Lies

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To win over more voters on the issue of abortion, Donald Trump has tried to push responsibility onto the states—whose varied approaches, even just in recent weeks, demonstrate the uncertain future of abortion access.
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Matt Gaetz is winning.

Why Tax Filing Is Such a Headache

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Yes, the American tax code is complicated. But a web of other forces makes the country’s tax-filing system much trickier than it needs to be.
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Clash of the patriarchs
Israeli rage reaches new levels.
In MAGA world, everything happens for a reason.

America Is Sick of Swiping

Modern dating can be severed into two eras: before the swipe, and after. When Tinder and other dating apps took off in the early 2010s, they unleashed a way to more easily access potential love interests than ever before. By 2017, about five years after Tinder introduced the swipe, more than a quarter of different-sex couples were meeting on apps and dating websites, according to a study led by the Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld.

The Tough Sell of the Third-Party Candidate

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Third-party and independent candidates are never all that popular in American presidential elections. But this year, fear of handing the election to Donald Trump is making an outsider run radioactive.

Why Beyoncé Keeps Reinventing Herself

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One week ago, Beyoncé released a sprawling 27-track album, the second in a promised trilogy. In the days since, it has dominated conversations about country music in America.

Why Beyoncé Keeps Reinventing Herself

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One week ago, Beyoncé released a sprawling 27-track album, the second in a promised trilogy. In the days since, it has dominated conversations about country music in America.

The Big Money of College Basketball

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My personal foray into college-basketball fandom comes at a transformational time for the sport, as players accept major promotional deals and gambling reshapes the economics of the game.

Sam Bankman-Fried’s Losing Game

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Sam Bankman-Fried was uncommonly comfortable with gambling and taking risks. Today, he received a sentence of 25 years in prison, and a judge determined he was sorry for making bad bets—but not remorseful for playing his dangerous game.

How Climate Change Is Making Allergy Season Worse

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Rising temperatures are leading to what my colleague Yasmin Tayag has called an “allergy apocalypse.