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Amazon (and Friends) Takes On A New Industry: Health Care
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A company defined by utterly ruthless efficiency sets its sights on the flabbiest part of the U.S. economy? We shall see, now that Amazon has announced that it—along with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the banking behemoth
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Anish Kapoor
The British-Indian sculptor behind public installations like Chicago’s Cloud Gate talks personal history, political art and the darkest material in the world
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Roger Federer’s Renaissance Lives On
ROGER FEDERER COULDN’T control his tears. And who, really, could blame him? The Swiss star had just defeated Marin Cilic in five sets at the Australian Open on Jan. 28 to become the first man in history to win 20 Grand Slam singles titles. Now, as he
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What you said about ... AMERICA ALONE Readers took note of the juxtaposition of features in the Feb. 5 issue, which included coverage of the World Economic Forum’s summit in Davos, Switzerland, as well as a photographic look at poverty in the U.S. D
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5 Stories To Watch
RUSSIA’S KINDA-SORTA BAN Officially, Russia was barred from sending a team to PyeongChang as penance for its elaborate state-supported doping scheme at the Sochi Olympics. But 169 athletes who were deemed clean by the IOC will each compete as an “Ol
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Walk A Mile In The Shoes Of A Fantastic Woman
FOR ANYONE STRIVING TO BE SENSITIVE TO questions of gender identity, the world has grown trickier. We need to respect those who are different from us, yet even acknowledging differences runs the risk of segueing into a kind of discrimination. This is
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Inside The Racing Mind Of The Best Skier On Earth
Mikaela Shiffrin is ready to set records in PyeongChang as she chases five Olympic medals. “I only know that right now, I’m happy, I’m skiing fast, and I’m having FUN.”
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A Rogue State Makes Temporary Peace
FROM THE 9TH CENTURY B.C., athletes and spectators traveling to the Olympics were protected by a truce that stilled feuding states during the Games. The ekecheiria was history’s earliest attempt to separate sport from politics. Although tarnished by
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Suffering In Silence, And Out Loud
LISA HALLIDAY’S DEBUT novel, Asymmetry, begins with a lopsided affair—a perfect vehicle for a story of inexperience and advantage. This romance is between Alice, a young woman in publishing, and Ezra Blazer, a literary éminence grise, who resembles a
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Can Donald Trump Accept A Defeat In Afghanistan?
THE TALIBAN AND ISIS KILLED AT LEAST 140 people in January in a wave of attacks inside Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital. It’s a reminder that this 16-year war, the longest in U.S. history, rages on. At least 30,000 Afghan civilians and more than 2,200 U.
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Nathan Chen
When he was 7, Nathan Chen performed a routine set to “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King, decked out in a Simba costume with hoodie, ears and tail that his mother made for the occasion. Few could have predicted how prescient it was. C
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The New Nuclear Poker
AT A VAST TRACT OF UNINHABITED DESERT IN southern Nevada, hundreds of moonlike craters dimple the wasteland, remnants of Cold War nuclear explosions that melted the bedrock and fused the sand to ensure that America could take part in the unthinkable:
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Her Mother’s Mind
Photographer Melissa Spitz gives new dimension to mental illness in images of her own parent
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Will Forte
The actor, writer and Saturday Night Live alum, 47, plays National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney in the new Netflix movie A Futile and Stupid Gesture. He’s also partway through Season 4 of his Fox comedy series The Last Man on Earth.
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The Importance Of Darkness In Kids’ Books
THIS PAST FALL, A CHILD AT AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN Huntington, N.Y., left me speechless. After speaking to an auditorium full of students about books and the power of story, I fielded questions. The first five or six were the usual. How long does it
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Chloe Kim
Rare is the 17-year-old with the perspective to see missing the Olympics as a good thing. Four years ago, Chloe Kim qualified for the U.S. team in Sochi—but she was still two years shy of 15, the minimum age to compete. “Looking back on it, I’m reall
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Altered Carbon Gets Stuck In An Old Future
AS A GENRE, SCIENCE FICTION HAS never been smarter—especially as a more diverse array of characters have come to populate some of the most successful stories told onscreen. Last year’s Star Trek prequel cast a black woman as its lead, while the box o
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CDC head quits amid controversy The Trump Administration’s appointee to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Brenda Fitzgerald, resigned on Jan. 31 following a report that she had bought stock in a tobacco company shortly after joini
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At The Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake Plays A High-stakes Game
IT’S HARD TO THINK OF A BIGGER, more consistently successful star than Justin Timberlake. Since his charmed beginnings as the front man of 1990s boy band ’N Sync, Timberlake has triumphed in all of his endeavors. His solo music career includes a long
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The Continuing Search For A Solution To Syria
SYRIAN, IRANIAN AND TURKISH DELEGATES arrived in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Jan. 30 for a two-day peace conference on bringing the Syrian war to a close, but behind-the-scenes conflict has left experts with low expectations for the Russian
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How Seven Widowed Fathers Overcame Self-doubt
AFTER THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE DEANNA, Neill asked himself a terrible question: Had the wrong parent died? Deanna had been the family’s nerve center; when he traveled for business, she managed the children. Now the responsibility of raising their four c
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Zadie Smith, Renaissance woman
IN AN ESSAY IN HER NEW COLLECTION, Feel Free, Zadie Smith writes, “When I find myself sitting at dinner next to someone who knows just as much about novels as I do but has somehow also found the mental space to adore and be knowledgeable about opera,
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How Donald Trump Is Sowing Distrust In American Justice
PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERED A fairly traditional mix of barbs and bromides during his 80-minute State of the Union address on Jan. 30, but one seemingly anodyne claim was actually pretty audacious. “For the last year,” Trump declared 22 minutes into th
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The View From Davos Was Unusually Sunny
I’VE BEEN ATTENDING THE WORLD Economic Forum in Davos for more than two decades, and I can’t recall another time when the meeting ended with attendees who were so optimistic about the economic outlook. Their reasons: The global economy is enjoying u
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The Missile Factory
VIKTOR MOISA, A RETIRED ROCKET SCIENTIST, WELCOMED THE NORTH KOREANS TO HIS INSTITUTE IN EASTERN UKRAINE JUST AS HE WOULD WITH ANY OTHER GUESTS. HE TOOK THEM UPSTAIRS TO THE SHOWROOM OF SOVIET SATELLITES AND ROCKET ENGINES, THE PRIDE OF THE INSTITUTE
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Two school shootings in two days Separate shootings at schools in southwestern Kentucky and Italy, Texas, killed two people at each site and wounded many more. The crimes, on Jan. 22 and 23, brought to 11 the number of school shootings in the U.S. i
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Fire and Flurries
IN 1941, THE FOUNDER OF THIS MAGAZINE WROTE “The American Century,” the most influential essay of his career, asserting that the U.S. should lead the world in the pursuit of freedom, growth and global well-being. Henry Luce’s thesis helped animate U.
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How Rap Ascended (Again) to Become the Sound of the Mainstream
WHEN PHILADELPHIA RAPPER LIL Uzi Vert was 20 years old, he uploaded a few songs to SoundCloud, a free music-sharing platform. The tracks got a couple hundred plays, then a few thousand. Three years later, on the strength of a moody song called “XO To
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What the Global Elite Can Learn From the Donald
MOST YEARS, THE LATE-JANUARY GATHERING OF the world’s political, business and financial heavyweights in Davos is dominated by an event or individual. In early 2002, it was 9/11 and terrorism. Last year, it was the coming-out party for China’s leader,
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Reading the Resistance
THEY CAME LIKE LOCUSTS: GREAT IN number and all at once. A year after President Trump’s Inauguration, dozens of books about, by or for the resistance have arrived on shelves, offering everything from empathy for the politically afflicted to practical
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