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Listen: @JamesFallows  joins the "Social Distance" podcast to give @katlwells  and @jameshamblin  some historical perspective.

This week, two high-profile incidents laid bare America’s racial contract. Both found accelerants in social media and provoked questions about its role in society. The latest Atlantic Daily, by @mimbsy :

"Spending a year of their life in ... service projects is not what most college students would normally have chosen, but this is not a normal year," @EllenRuppelShel  writes.

The president’s two strongest instincts stand pitted against each other: his need for attention and his need to punish enemies, Andrew Ferguson writes.

SpaceX just successfully launched people to space for the first time. Two NASA astronauts are now on their way to the International Space Station, @marinakoren  reports.

The first time Donald Trump ever made news involved accusations of bigotry against him. He has stuck with a winning formula. An oral history of key moments from Trump's public life, by @GrahamDavidA , @AdrienneNGreen , @ParkerTRichards , and Cullen Murphy:

Two astronauts are about to embark on a historic mission to space that is designed, from start to finish, not by NASA, but by SpaceX, @marinakoren  reports:

"Perhaps it was inevitable that officials would turn to military language as demonstrations spread across the country this week. In cities large and small, police departments are now outfitted like military units," @NickBaumann  writes:


A man coughed up a giant blood clot in the exact shape of the critical airway it had been blocking. Doctors aren't sure how it came out in one piece, writes :

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Exclusive: The Trump administration has decided that Vietnamese migrants who arrived before the establishment of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Vietnam are subject to standard immigration law—meaning they are all eligible for deportation.

Speedy robots. Constant surveillance. Ruthless quotas. A new @reveal  investigation into why the injury rate for Amazon’s warehouse workers is sky-high:

"If the president’s closest advisers believe that he is morally and intellectually unfit for his high office, they have a duty to do their utmost to remove him from it, by the lawful means at hand," writes

"Decades ago, administrators at UT calculated that standardized tests would tamp down the number of African Americans at UT," @asherprice  argues:

"Not in my memory has a sitting attorney general more diminished the credibility of his department on any subject." on the performance of Bill Barr:

1/ In our latest cover story, @fivefifths  investigates the war waged by deed of title that dispossessed black agricultural landowners of millions of acres.

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"Why do working-class white men—the most reliable component of Donald Trump’s base—support someone who is, by their own standards, the least masculine man ever to hold the modern presidency?" From @RadioFreeTom :

Astronomers have puzzled over strange filaments at the center of the galaxy for decades. Now they've found the giant bubbles that house them, @marinakoren  reports:

Young men find themselves smothering emotions, using violent language to discuss intimate acts, and perpetuating misogyny that they know to be wrong. This behavior continues even as society progresses. Why, and how can we encourage these boys to change?