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Sledding as a Revolutionary Act

Henry Bacon/Library of Congress "If you are up for a bit of civil disobedience," read the invitation, "meet at the west front of the Capitol lawn at 1:00 today.

The Gangsters of Ferguson

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Yesterday the Justice Department released the results of a long and thorough investigation into the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson.

Trunk Show: A Circus Without Elephants

Gary Bogdon/AP Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Thursday that they’re phasing out elephants from their shows, citing a “mood shift” among customers who "aren’t comfortable" with the use of the animals on tour.

What LBJ Really Said About Selma

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Should Democrats Panic About Hillary Clinton's Email Scandal?

J. Scott Applewhite/AP/The Atlantic Democrats are freaking out about Hillary Clinton's latest misstep.

How Air-Traffic Controllers Sound When They Have to Close the Airport

The path of Delta 1086 this morning ( FlightAware ) It's obviously good news that no one appears to have been hurt when a Delta Air Lines flight skidded off a runway this morning at LaGuardia airport.

The Symmetry and Shapes of Makha Bucha at Wat Dhammakaya Temple

Thousands of Buddhists gathered at Thailand's Wat Dhammakaya Temple on Wednesday to observe Makha Bucha, a religious holiday that marks the anniversary of Buddha's mass sermon to the first 1,250 newly ordained monks 2,558 years ago.

An American Ambassador Attacked in a 'Knife Shower of Justice'

Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters On Thursday morning, Mark Lippert, the American ambassador to South Korea, was viciously attacked by a razor-wielding assailant moments before Lippert was set to speak at a meeting in Seoul.

Apocalypse, Now: Dig's Surprisingly Relevant Doomsday Drama

USA There’s not much of a gray area when it comes to depictions of organized apocalyptic groups on American television.

Hindus Are Thriving in America, but There's Only One of Them in Congress

Tulsi Gabbard took the oath of office on a Bhagavad Gita at her swearing-in in January 2013. ( J. Scott Applewhite/AP ) When Tulsi Gabbard first ran for Congress in 2012 from her home state of Hawaii, her Republican opponent, David “Kawika” Crowley, ridiculed the observant Hindu for subscribing to a religion that “doesn’t align with the constitutional foundation of the U.S.

The Man Who Snuck Into the Ivy League Without Paying a Thing

Guillaume Dumas, a 28-year-old who attended classes at several campuses, including Yale, Stanford, and Brown, for free (Guillaume Dumas) If you want to start taking classes at an Ivy League university unenrolled and undetected, says Guillaume Dumas, a 28-year-old Canadian, start with big lecture courses.

Lost Civilizations, Found by Drones

This drone will search for ancient artwork hidden in the Amazon rainforest. (XMOBOTS) Beneath the barren New Mexican desert, there are remnants of an ancient Pueblo society that thrived some 1,000 years ago.

How to Solve the Diversity Problem at NYC’s Elite Public Schools

Shutterstock/The Atlantic March is a nerveracking time for New York City’s public-school eighth graders.

The Politics of Sexuality

HABRDA/Shutterstock Apart from the words that came out of his mouth, there was no reason to suspect that Ben Carson might have been unaware of the rolling cameras yesterday when he explained in a CNN interview that homosexuality is "absolutely" a choice.

Independence Day Gets the Sequel It Doesn’t Need

20th Century Fox Regarding the sequel to the sci-fi action epic Independence Day, which is currently in development, two things should be clear.

Bigger Booties, Smaller Chins: Trends in Plastic Surgery

Number of cosmetic procedures (American Society of Plastic Surgeons/The Atlantic) You can thank JLo, Kim, Meghan Trainor, and Nicki Minaj: Women are increasingly concerned with having all the right junk in all the right places.

The Visionary Behind Italics

Courtesy of The Grolier Club Aldus Manutius is not a household name in the same way that his predecessor by a few decades, the printing-press visionary Johannes Gutenberg, is.

How to Drive Without Texting

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The Failed Attempt to Destroy GPS

NASA/Flickr On May 10, 1992, activists Keith Kjoller and Peter Lumsdaine snuck into a Rockwell International facility in Seal Beach, California.

Ferguson as a Conspiracy Against Its Black Residents

Joshua Lott/Reuters Despite the uncertainty surrounding the killing of Michael Brown, many black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, immediately thought that he was the victim of a wrongful death at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson, who shot him after a scuffle.