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A Toast to All the Rejects

The gathering held last June at a park in Irvine, California, was not a standard toga party. Instead of undergraduates downing beer from Solo cups, the attendees were graduate students drinking champagne from plastic jeweled goblets. Crowned with laurel wreaths, wearing togas and Roman-emperor costumes, they honored something that rarely gets commemorated:...

Will Omicron Protect Us From Future Waves?

Even before Omicron hit the United States in full force, most of our bodies had already wised up to SARS-CoV-2’s insidious spike—through infection, injection, or both. By the end of October 2021, some 86.2 percent of American immune systems may have glimpsed the virus’s most infamous protein, according to one estimate; now, as Omicron adds roughly 800,000...

Photos of the Week: Wolf Moon, Snow Maze, Burning Barrel

A murmuration of starlings over Rome, an oil spill in Peru, cosplay in a California desert, a marine iguana in the Galapagos Islands, basking capybaras in Venezuela, the Feast of Saint Sebastian in Nicaragua, ice climbing in Turkey, a violent volcanic eruption in the Tongan archipelago, and much more

Families Are Going Rogue With Rapid Tests

“It started as a joke, actually,” Elena Korngold told me. But late last month, the 40-something radiologist from Portland, Oregon, and her family decided that their unsanctioned scheme couldn’t hurt. Elena began the proceedings by unwrapping the sterile swab from a BinaxNOW rapid test for SARS-CoV-2, part of the family’s dwindling supply. She swirled...

COVID Parenting Has Passed the Point of Absurdity

Last Thursday, a group of 20 mothers in Boston met up outside a local high school. Their goal wasn’t to socialize, drink wine, or even share COVID-related tips. They were there for one reason and one reason only: to stand in a circle—socially distanced, of course—and scream.“I knew that we all needed to come together and support each other in our rage,...

Executive Privilege Is Lawless

In a decision late yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that former President Donald Trump had no power to assert executive privilege to prevent the National Archives from turning over hundreds of pages of documents to the House committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021. The Court was right to do so; executive privilege permits a president...

The Atlantic Daily: America Sounds the Alarm on Russia-Ukraine

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. Sergei Supinsky / AFP / Getty The buildup of Russian troops at the Ukraine border continues despite ongoing diplomatic efforts to prevent an invasion....

Hurling Turnips at the Jarramplas

Every January on Saint Sebastian Day, the streets of Piornal, Spain, fill with residents armed with turnips, seeking to punish the Jarramplas. The Jarramplas is a devil-like character portrayed by a person wearing a costume made from colorful strips of fabric, a frightening horned mask, and body armor underneath. In a centuries-old tradition, the beast...

The Power of the Dog Has a Queer Problem

This article contains spoilers for The Power of the Dog.“Poison is a woman’s weapon,” Sherlock Holmes says in the 1945 movie Pursuit to Algiers, articulating one of popular culture’s favorite seductive fictions. The majority of real-life murders by poisoning are, as most acts of violence, committed by men. Yet works of entertainment such as Arsenic...

Democrats Moved the Filibuster Overton Window

Democrats and civil-rights advocates were devastated when Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema blocked a change in Senate rules last night and allowed a Republican filibuster to kill crucial voting-rights legislation.But for activists, the long battle over voter protections hasn’t been entirely in vain: It’s fundamentally changed the center of gravity in...

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