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The Americans Waxes Nostalgic for the '80s

FX Every week for the third season of FX's spy thriller The Americans, Christopher Orr, Olga Khazan, and David Sims will discuss the intrigue and domestic tiffs playing out behind closed doors in the Jennings household.

Obamacare Now Hangs in the Balance

Michael Carvin, one of the attorneys leading the challenge to the ACA, speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court building.

In H Is for Hawk, Grief Takes Flight

Grove Press/Reuters/The Atlantic Of all the emotions, it’s tempting to think of grief as the most primal; to imagine it in animal form, its eyes trained on a target’s tiniest movements, only to bear down upon its prey, dig its talons into it, and sweep the unwitting subject clean off its feet.

White House Official: Nuclear Deal Is Best Way to Avoid War With Iran

Andrew Harnik/AP Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, one of the President Obama’s closest aides, appeared on the Charlie Rose Show last night (Goldblog was guest-hosting), in order to address Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s criticisms of Obama's Iran approach.

Officer Cleared, City Indicted

Michael Brown Memorial in Ferguson, Missouri (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP) Almost seven months after Michael Brown was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, the Justice Department cleared Wilson of civil rights violations in a report released on Wednesday.

Why I’m a Public-School Teacher but a Private-School Parent

Last week, I observed a high-school English class on a campus without bells. The school didn’t need them: Every student showed up for class promptly, and they remained attentive until the last minute—without packing their books early or lining up at the door.

On the Use and Misuse of History: The Netanyahu Case

Elie Wiesel, next to Sara Netanyahu, being introduced to receive an ovation at yesterday's speech (Reuters) Previously in this series on Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech: "Is It 1938?

Does This Child Need Marijuana?

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Beijing's Toxic Sky

In Beijing, awareness of the dangers of the polluted sky is now on the rise, thanks to growing data. China will "declare war on pollution," Premier Li Keqiang told parliament in an opening address in 2014.

The State Secrets in Chappaqua

Mark Brandt/AP Like a salmon returning to its home stream, the Hillary Clinton e-mail controversy, in which the former secretary of state exclusively used a private e-mail address to conduct government business throughout her stint at Foggy Bottom, traced its way back to a private server that Clinton was running out of her Chappaqua home.

American Crime Tackles Fear and Loathing in the U.S. Justice System

ABC The challenge of ABC's new drama, American Crime, is right there in its title. This is no ordinary police procedural about an ornery detective or two, nor is it a murder-mystery: This is the story of a specifically "American" crime.

The Secrets in Sewage

Phoebe Baker/Flickr The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a few different ways of measuring obesity in the U.S., including phone surveys, in-home interviews, and physical exams of nationally representative slices of the population.

Television Loves Female Presidents, as Long as They're Republican

Fox/HBO/ABC Croatia has done it. Latvia, the Philippines, South Korea, Switzerland, and Liberia have done it, too.

When Social Media Censors Sex Education

PeJo/Shutterstock/The Atlantic When The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy launched Bedsider three years ago, it wanted to create the “cool kid” of sexual health and contraceptive information.

What Makes an Electric Guitar Sound Like an Electric Guitar

José Luis Ruiz/Flickr/The Atlantic There’s an old joke in the technology industry: If a product has a problem, simply sell it as a feature.

The End of Obamacare?

Gabriel Schaffzin/Flickr Terry Donald, a self-employed junk hauler who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, didn’t fully appreciate the value of his health insurance until last spring.

Are Companies With Drug Tests Weeding Out Great Candidates?

Anthony Bolant/Reuters The FBI's jobs page makes it pretty clear how the agency feels about marijuana: "You can easily determine whether you meet the FBI's illegal drug policy by answering the following questions." The list's first question: "Have you used marijuana at all within the last three years?

Unplanned Births: Another Outcome of Economic Inequality?

Alex Lee/Reuters There are lots of examples of the growing distance between the nation’s haves and have-nots, and the gap between unintended births for the most-affluent women and the least-affluent women is yet another area with a widening economic divide.

Christian, or Feminist?

Double-M/Flickr Last fall, Dianna E. Anderson wrote an article for a women's website about losing her virginity and realizing that sex outside of marriage can be holy.

Conservatives Can't Trust Talk Radio to Cover Foreign Policy

Cogdogblog/Flickr In 2016, the Republican primary will include a debate about the best approach to foreign policy.