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The Atlantic Daily: Parents Have Hit Their Pandemic Bottom

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. robbie jack / Corbis / Getty The Omicron surge has left parents screaming into the abyss—some quite literally. As the journalist Melinda Wenner Moyer...

The Case Against Masks at School

In the panicked spring of 2020, as health officials scrambled to keep communities safe, they recommended various restrictions and interventions, sometimes in the absence of rigorous science supporting them. That was understandable at the time. Now, however, two years into this pandemic, keeping unproven measures in place is no longer justifiable. Although...

The New Personal Website Isn’t Really a Website at All

Like a lot of singers, Piper Rockelle has a link at the top of her TikTok profile page where her over 8 million followers can check out her music. But instead of sending them to YouTube or Spotify, the link opens up an external landing page crammed with a little bit of everything. Splashed across a looping clip of Rockelle is a stack of hyperlinked...

What You Can Actually Do After an Omicron Infection

America’s tidal wave of Omicron infections seems to have crested, but it’s still in a bad place. Even as coronavirus cases are beginning to tick down nationwide, so many Americans have tested positive for COVID since Christmas Day that they account for a quarter of all cases recorded in the United States. Thanks to the immunity America has—through shots...

Coup Nation

As some would have it, former President Donald Trump’s attempt to steal the 2020 election was really no big deal.“January 6 barely rates as a footnote, really. Not a lot happened that day,” Tucker Carlson said on the anniversary of the insurrection. “If you think about it, the presidential election was not overturned, the Capitol was not destroyed....

Not Even Free Money Can Fix a Carbon Tax

Once more unto the breach, my friends—once more to talk about carbon pricing.For 40 years, economists and environmentalists have proposed a simple solution to climate change: Put a price on it. If the government levies a fee on every ton of heat-trapping pollution that goes into the air, then the economy will move to cleaner, cheaper energy sources,...

The Atlantic Explores the Future of Living With Climate Change in New Planet Series

In a new series of in-depth features, The Atlantic is canvassing the globe to report on some of the biggest questions and consequences of how we experience and adapt to climate change. This new reporting focus is part of Planet, The Atlantic’s guide to life on a warming planet. Several features have so far been published, with additional reports to...

The Atlantic Daily: This Might Not Be the Last Surge

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.Although coronavirus cases are still being logged at an extraordinarily high rate in the United States, experts say that this latest, Omicron-driven...

The Utility of White-Hot Rage

Usually, a story like this starts with a quick roundup of alarming statistics and a reminder of all the latest climate disasters: heat domes, floods, hurricanes, etc. I’m going to skip that part. Most of us get it already. We understand with our rational minds that the climate is changing, and we feel that it is changing in the deepest pit of our gut,...

How Sesame Street Is Handling the Pandemic

When the CDC recommended COVID-19 vaccines for 5-to-11-year-olds in early November, adult publications rushed to explain what the move meant for families, schools, and the pandemic at large. While most of the media competed for grown-up attention, a different network of sources targeted the group most affected by the news—but first, it had to explain...

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