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Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers technology.
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What Kind of Monuments Does President Trump Value?

August 18, 2017 On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump announced his unequivocal support for preserving statues of Confederate generals and leaders, moving a step past his previous statements that the fate of the statues should be left to cities and states. In full, his tweets read: “Sad to see the history and culture...

Can the U.S. Government Seize an Anti-Trump Website's Visitor Logs?

August 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Suppose you were to click on this link: This one, right here. It will take you to the website of Disrupt J20, which organized some of the “direct action” protests on the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. The site contains general information about civil disobedience and...

Can the U.S. Government Seize an Anti-Trump Website's Visitor Logs?

August 15, 2017 Suppose you were to click on this link: This one, right here. It will take you to the website of Disrupt J20, which organized some of the “direct action” protests on the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. The site contains general information about civil disobedience and...

Why an Anti-Fascist Short Film Is Going Viral

August 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow How should Americans fight against a resurgent white-nationalist movement in the United States? This weekend, they returned to an artifact from an earlier era of anti-Nazism. Tens of thousands of people rediscovered—and promptly shared and retweeted—a clip from "Don’t Be a Sucker," a short propaganda film made by the U.S....

2016 Was Hot, Weird, and Unprecedented, Says NOAA

August 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 2016 was a stormy, sweltering, and altogether exceptional year for Earth’s climate system, breaking dozens of records across every type of environment before ultimately ranking as the hottest year ever measured, according to a new report from the U.S. government released on Thursday. This finding did not come as a...

Your Smartphone Reduces Your Brainpower, Even If It's Just Sitting There

August 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I sit down at the table, move my napkin to my lap, and put my phone on the table face-down. I am at a restaurant, I am relaxed, and I am about to start lying to myself. I’m not going to check my phone, I tell myself. (My companion’s phone...

What Steve Bannon Wants to Do to Google

August 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Over the past year, the old idea of enforcing market competition has gained renewed life in American politics. The basic idea is that the structure of the modern market economy has failed: There are too few companies, most of them are too big, and they’re stifling competition. Its supporters argue...

Does the Government Track Anti-Public-Land Extremists?

June 30, 2017 The United States government owns more than a fifth of the land in 12 states, all of which are in the West. Recently, Americans everywhere have been reminded of how controversial that fact remains. In the past four years, armed militants have twice attempted to occupy federal facilities or stop...

The American South Will Bear the Worst of Climate Change’s Costs

June 29, 2017 Climate change will aggravate economic inequality in the United States, essentially transferring wealth from poor counties in the Southeast and the Midwest to well-off communities in the Northeast and on the coasts, according to the most detailed economic assessment of the phenomenon ever conducted. The study, published Thursday in Science,...

The Standing Rock Sioux Claim ‘Victory and Vindication’ in Court

June 15, 2017 A federal judge ruled in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Wednesday, handing the tribe its first legal victory in its year-long battle against the Dakota Access pipeline. James Boasberg, who sits on D.C. district court, said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to perform an...