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Taking stock of our nuclear present
Illustration by Darrel Rees. Source photographs: Kim Jong-un © ITAR-TASS Photo Agency/Alamy Stock Photo; Donald Trump © Yuri Gripas/Reuters/Newscom

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When private ownership of a bridge gets old
Illustration by Richard Mia

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Conversations with the petroleum brotherhood in the UAE
Photograph from the United Arab Emirates by the author. This page: Ruwais Mall

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“Horse 1,” by Nine Francois. Courtesy the artist and AgavePrint, Austin, Texas

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A philosopher’s flat-footed meditations on the beautiful game
Tostão, No. 9, and Pelé, No. 10, celebrate Carlos Alberto’s final goal for Brazil in the World Cup final against Italy on June 21, 1970, Mexico City © Heidtmann/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

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Average number of complaints of excessive force lodged each day against police in the three largest U.S. cities:

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The naming of boys after their fathers increased after 9/11 in U.S states with a pronounced honor culture

A jury in Arizona heard closing arguments in the trial of a Mesa police officer charged with the murder of Daniel Shaver, a twenty-six-year-old traveling pest exterminator who was staying at a La Quinta Inn when he was shot and killed by a response team after guests in a hot tub outside his window mistook for a rifle the pellet gun he’d used to eradicate birds from a local Walmart and reported him to the hotel staff.

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Weekly Review — December 11, 2017, 2:21 pm

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A jury in Arizona heard closing arguments in the trial of a Mesa police officer charged with the murder of Daniel Shaver, a twenty-six-year-old traveling pest exterminator who was staying at a La Quinta Inn when he was shot and killed by a response team after guests in a hot tub outside his window mistook for a rifle the pellet gun he’d used to eradicate birds from a local Walmart and reported him to the hotel staff…

Art, Monday Gallery — December 11, 2017, 11:34 am

Cloud Island, a woodcut by Tom Hammick, whose work is on view this week at Flowers Gallery in New York City © The artist/Bridgeman Images. Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London and New York City

Postcard — December 9, 2017, 4:18 pm

Searching for SantaCon

How the once jolly San Francisco festival lost its way

Essay — December 7, 2017, 12:39 pm

The Art of Self

Autobiography in an age of narcissism

Excerpt — December 6, 2017, 3:34 pm

Omnicide

An excerpt from The Doomsday Machine, which was published this month by Bloomsbury. The book is an account of America’s nuclear program in the 1960s drawn from Ellsberg’s experience as a consultant to the Department of Defense and the White House, drafting Secretary Robert McNamara’s plans for nuclear war. Ellsberg is the author of Secrets, a book about his experiences leaking the Pentagon Papers.

Art — December 5, 2017, 12:22 pm

“Huisache Tree, Mexico,” a hand-colored photograph by Kate Breakey, whose work is on view through January 13 at Littlejohn Contemporary, in New York City

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"Gun owners have long been the hypochondriacs of American politics. Over the past twenty years, the gun-rights movement has won just about every battle it has fought; states have passed at least a hundred laws loosening gun restrictions since President Obama took office. Yet the National Rifle Association has continued to insist that government confiscation of privately owned firearms is nigh. The NRA’s alarmism helped maintain an active membership, but the strategy was risky: sooner or later, gun guys might have realized that they’d been had. Then came the shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, followed swiftly by the nightmare the NRA had been promising for decades: a dedicated push at every level of government for new gun laws. The gun-rights movement was now that most insufferable of species: a hypochondriac taken suddenly, seriously ill."

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