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Going Home to Columbus


On the first full day of our visit to Columbus for American Futures, I went to see the Tree Walk, a collection of 35 trees in the Old Deaf School Park, right downtown.

The Teenage Fans of ISIS


Last week, three teenage girls from America were picked up in Germany as they attempted to travel halfway around the world in order to join ISIS.

Cold Turkey


On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offer this sharp critique of an American airdrop of weapons on Monday, which was meant to reach the Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani: "What was done here on this subject turned out to be wrong.

The House GOP's New War on Incompetence


House Republicans haven't officially locked down their majority for next year, but they're already sketching out a legislative agenda for when they do.

Criminalizing the Hands That Feed the Homeless


On Wednesday, Fort Lauderdale, Florida became the latest American city to pass a measure restricting food distribution to the homeless, part of a growing trend in the country over the past several years.

Riots Follow a Suspected Terror Attack in Jerusalem


In its original conception, the Jerusalem Light Rail, which ferries passengers through the troubled city's Jewish and Arab neighborhoods, was imagined as a symbol for coexistence.

Canada's Difficult Relationship With Long Guns


As more details emerge from Wednesday's shooting attack in Ottawa's Parliament Hill, one immediate and inevitable consequence will be a sharp renewal of discourse about gun control laws in Canada.

FIFA's Latest World Cup Controversy: The Weather


Ever since Qatar was awarded the World Cup back in 2010, there’s been controversy. Most recently, corruption allegations have been leveled over the how soccer’s greatest tournament was awarded to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022—FIFA’s ethics committee looked into the decisions but the federation’s president, Sepp Blatter, has suppressed the report.

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit


This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/381503/the-86-year-old-farmer-who-wont-quit/

In India, Dunkin's Donuts Include Chickpea, Saffron, and Chili


The globalized world may not be flat, but it is round. And also frosted. And also, it must be said, delicious.

'Of No Party or Clique' at The Atlantic


"Of no party or clique" was the founding motto of our magazine, 157 years ago next month. In practice this mainly means that we should aspire to present each article or argument on its merits, and not as expressions of some other agenda.

Should the Poor Be Allowed to Vote?


If Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters succeed in booting C.Y. Leung from power, the city’s unelected chief executive should consider coming to the United States.

Why I Won't Give Up on My Dreams for Hong Kong


Earlier this month, I swam across Victoria Harbour—the lifeblood of Hong Kong since our inception—in an annual race that was only recently revived after decades of concern about the water being contaminated.

Mormon Underwear, Revealed


Mormonism has long been a source of cultural fascination—and sometimes suspicion—in America. From Big Love, a TV series about a man and his many wives in Utah, to Sister Wives, which is basically a reality-television version of the same show, depictions of the faith have often focused on sex.

Blackwater's Guilt


A federal jury has found four former Blackwater security guards guilty in the killing of 14 Iraqis in 2007, an episode that destroyed the reputation of the military contractor and damaged relations between the U.S.

The Rhythms of the World


When we call something music, we make a simple declaration: Something sounded in time. That definition covers everything from four minutes of silence to 15 minutes of marching band to 75 minutes of symphony.

What's Driving the Violence in Sinai


Violence erupted on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula today as gunmen attacked an Israeli Defense Force patrol stationed near the border town of Mount Harif.

Pulling Teeth to Treat Mental Illness


There's a scene in the finale of The Knick, the Cinemax show about an early-1900s New York hospital, where one of the doctors, Everett Gallinger, enters a room in a mental asylum to which his wife, Eleanor, had recently been committed.

The Author of White Noise Reviews Taylor Swift's White Noise


This morning, in Canada, "Track 3" from Taylor Swift's new album, "1989," rose to No. 1 on Canada's iTunes.

The Latest: Ebola in the United States


In late September, Thomas Duncan became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Two hospital workers who treated him also became infected, setting off a nationwide effort to contain the disease, and fears of a larger outbreak.


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