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To enact an FDR-scale agenda, the president needs the energy of his party’s pro-labor wing.

Joe Biden holding a pro-union sign and giving a raised thumbs-up, surrounded by pro-union demonstrators outdoors.
Joe Biden holding a pro-union sign and giving a raised thumbs-up, surrounded by pro-union demonstrators outdoors.
Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images


We can learn from our failures.

3 vertical black-and-white images. Left: Donald Trump pointing at raised hands at a press conference. Middle: A hand drawing medication out of a vial into a syringe. Right: Dr. Fauci looking downward, scratching his head.
3 vertical black-and-white images. Left: Donald Trump pointing at raised hands at a press conference. Middle: A hand drawing medication out of a vial into a syringe. Right: Dr. Fauci looking downward, scratching his head.
Image: Alex Wong / Chet Strange/ Sarah Silbiger / Bloomberg / Getty / The Atlantic


The nation’s politics is in dire need of earnestness. Can its culture meet the moment?

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Image: The Atlantic


When I think about the 1870 riot, I remember how the country rejected the opportunity it had

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Illustration: Molly Crabapple


How to stay safe in the awkward months when only some people are protected

Vintage black-and-white photo of a party of 5 diners at 2 small round tables in front of a mural of a Parisian street inside a restaurant. A waiter is dropping off the beverage order, and 2 people converse at the bar that the tables are next to. All of the people have a solid green or a red circle imposed over their faces to represent vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
Vintage black-and-white photo of a party of 5 diners at 2 small round tables in front of a mural of a Parisian street inside a restaurant. A waiter is dropping off the beverage order, and 2 people converse at the bar that the tables are next to. All of the people have a solid green or a red circle imposed over their faces to represent vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
Photo: Adam Maida/Getty Images/The Atlantic


How to Build a Life

Perfectionism can make you miserable. Here’s how you can muster the courage to mess up.

A light-skinned person with long blond hair almost slipping on a banana peel.
A light-skinned person with long blond hair almost slipping on a banana peel.
Illustration by Jan Buchczik


Will Republican officials in the state pay a price for the recent blackouts?

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Volunteers distribute bottled water at the Fountain Life Center in Houston on February 20. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


NASA has captured the first real glimpse into what it’s like to land on the red planet.

Picture-in-picture style animated gif of a different views of a lander descending into thick dust that sometimes obscures the whole image. Toward the end of the looping animation, we see a view of the parachute deploying from a low angle/the top of the rover.
Picture-in-picture style animated gif of a different views of a lander descending into thick dust that sometimes obscures the whole image. Toward the end of the looping animation, we see a view of the parachute deploying from a low angle/the top of the rover.
Images: NASA


Facebook and Google want to keep playing three roles: essential infrastructure, publisher, and targeted-ad mogul. That’s impossible.

Silhouette of a cowboy holding a bar stool near the seat, brandishing a bullwhip at large Facebook and Google logos.
Silhouette of a cowboy holding a bar stool near the seat, brandishing a bullwhip at large Facebook and Google logos.
Illustration by Adam Maida for The Atlantic


The state’s power outages have revealed the difference between performative governance and actually governing.

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The Texas Capitol surrounded by snow in Austin, Texas, on February 15, 2021. Photo: Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

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