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Paging Dr. Hamblin: My Grandma Is Angry I Won’t Take Her to the Salon

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, James Hamblin takes questions from readers about health-related curiosities, concerns, and obsessions. Have one? Email him at paging.dr.hamblin@theatlantic.com.Dear Dr. Hamblin,My grandmother recently lost her husband and son, and was in a car accident that broke her hip and back. Because she has significant hearing and vision loss, she was told she would never be able to drive again.

Make America White Again: Eddie Glaude on Trump and What James Baldwin Still Has to Teach Us

Amid a nationwide reckoning with systemic racism, we speak with Princeton African American studies professor Eddie Glaude, whose new book on James Baldwin offers lessons from the iconic writer for the present. Baldwin, says Glaude, insisted that “we put aside the myths and illusions and understand what white supremacy has done in terms of disfiguring and distorting the character of this nation.

McConnell’s ‘epidemic’ of COVID-19 lawsuits has no basis in fact, just another way to screw workers

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likes to talk about an “epidemic of lawsuits” that will come “on the heels of the pandemic we’re already struggling with” to justify the liability protections line in the sand he created for a coronavirus relief bill. That’s the ultimatum he came up with after his “let the states go bankrupt” bottom line was roundly rejected by even Republicans. He soon pivoted to pushing the U.S.

Democrats, still on offense, are fielding candidates in almost every House race this year

The last filing deadline for major-party candidates anywhere in the country passed on Friday when Louisiana, which always bring up the caboose, closed its books.

Candidates often enter races late in the Pelican State, and Democrats received a welcome surprise a couple of days before the deadline when Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins announced a bid against Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, giving the party a credible contender where before it had none.

The Atlantic Daily: ‘The U.S. Is Simply Not Ready for Big Films to Return’

Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox.The Tenet debut moved abroad, a major theater made a concession, and Emmy nominations landed. We explain what it all meansBRYAN ANSELM / REDUXChristopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Tenet will debut in movie theaters in August—just not in America.

Why the Democrats Can’t Nail Bill Barr

House Democrats have been waiting for more than a year to grill Attorney General Bill Barr, a man they’ve accused of all manner of professional misconduct—including repeatedly and inappropriately intervening to protect President Donald Trump and deploying federal agents to incite violence in American cities.Today they finally had their chance, as Barr testified, at long last, before the House Judiciary Committee.

Taylor Swift Is No Longer Living in the Present

One of the delights of Folklore, an audacious and almost-too-rich feast of an album, is that Taylor Swift moves away from a solid sense of the first person. (Beth Garrabrant)The coronavirus pandemic has made a mess of the present and clouded any visions of the future, but at least—as artworks of our era keep insisting—the past is there to guide us. Taylor Swift, for example, has been thinking about her grandfather fighting in World War II.