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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.

Trump’s Lucky Break

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Donald Trump has built up his reputation as a rich guy. When he ended up unable to cover a massive bond, the courts threw him a lifeline, but just for now.
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The aftermath of the Baltimore bridge collapse
The Supreme Court is shaming itself.

Is the Shorter Workweek All It Promises to Be?

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A new bill advocates for a 32-hour workweek. Can this approach cure what ails American workers?
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How it all went wrong for Eric Adams
It’s not the economy. It’s the pandemic.

How America Got Scammed

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People are more susceptible to scams than they may think—and Americans are losing more money to fraud than ever.
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Donald Trump’s ego has crash-landed.
Christine Blasey Ford testifies again.
Universities have a computer-science problem.

The Hidden Toll of Surviving Layoffs

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Workers who keep their jobs after layoffs are considered the lucky ones. Still, dealing with the stress and guilt of a changed workplace can be harrowing for those unsure if they will be next.

Could a TikTok Ban Actually Happen?

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Efforts to crack down on TikTok are picking up momentum in Congress. What was once a Trump-led effort boosted by Republicans has since become a bipartisan priority for lawmakers hoping to look tough on China in an election year.

What Jimmy Kimmel Did Right

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Last night, Jimmy Kimmel presided over a surprisingly normal Academy Awards show. The program ran smoothly with no true upsets.

Biden Is Serious About His Candy-Bar Crusade

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In his State of the Union address last night, President Joe Biden took on a new symbolic foe: shrinkflation. In attacking the practice, he’s trying to signal that he’s aligned with the common American against corporate greed—even if it’s not clear what he can actually do about the problem.

America’s False Virus Equivalence

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This month marks four years since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. My colleague Katherine J. Wu recently published an article about what is driving the U.S. government to frame COVID-19 as being flu-like—and the problems with that approach.

A Leap Day Tradition With a Dark Side

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A calendar is a site of order.

Two Theories for Americans’ Dire Economic Outlook

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Even as many measures show that the economy is thriving, Americans have been feeling down lately—especially about grocery prices.

What Nikki Haley Is Trying to Prove

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Nikki Haley faces terrible odds in her home state of South Carolina and beyond, but she has vowed to keep going. Beyond her own political ambitions, her campaign may be about trying to send a message to the Republican Party.

When Private Equity Comes for a Public Good

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In some states, public funds are being poured into the child-care industry—and private-equity groups are seeing an attractive target for investment.

What Companies Owe Retirees

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IBM’s new pension program may not change the game for workers. But it raises big questions about what companies owe their employees, and how existing retirement structures could better serve them.
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Texas’s social-media law is dangerous.