Trump’s Emergency Powers Are ‘Ripe for Abuse’

From The Atlantic. Unbeknownst to many Americans, there is one legal scenario in which the president’s power substantially increases. This is the moment he declares a national emergency. Although Congress has passed more than 100 provisions that outline the power that the president gains in this circumstance—such as the ability to shut down media channels…

A Radio Station for Nostalgic Cowboys

From The Atlantic. Willcox, Arizona. Population 3,500. “It’s not unlike many other towns one might pass by on the freeway while driving around the American West,” the filmmaker Zack Wright told The Atlantic. Driving by is exactly what Wright and his co-director, Ryan Maxey, were doing when they happened to tune into KHIL, the town’s…

The Last Chess Shop in New York City

From The Atlantic. “I came here to get a PhD in American literature, and here I am, with pictures of American writers on the wall—a chess vendor.” That’s Imad Khachan, owner of Chess Forum, the only remaining chess shop in New York City. A Palestinian refugee with no family of his own, Khachan has become…

Your Brain Perceives Reality By Hallucinating

From The Atlantic. Many people assume that they perceive the world as it actually is—as if eyes and ears were windows that allow us to access an objective reality. But perception is not an accurate reflection of an externally existing world. “In fact,” the neuroscientist Anil Seth says, “perception and hallucination have a lot in…

A Teenager Regrets His Role in Fake News

From The Atlantic. Once upon a time, an economically depressed and largely forgotten town in the Balkans experienced a digital gold rush. The average monthly salary in Veles, Macedonia, had been $371; now young denizens were earning up to $16,000. The year was 2016, and the gold was fake news. The idea that fake news…

‘Sometimes, Life Forces You To Do Things.’

From The Atlantic. Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis and Maude Plante-Husaruk, both filmmakers, were researching their upcoming trip to Central Asia when they first heard a man named Raïmberdi talk about plants. “We stumbled upon a French TV program about [Tajikistan] where Raïmberdi had briefly appeared, and we immediately thought he was a very interesting man and that…

The Catholic Church Is Losing its Mothers

From The Atlantic. It’s no longer a secret that the Catholic Church suffers from a pervasive, decades-old child-sex-abuse epidemic, perpetrated by “a huge network of men: priests and bishops and cardinals and possibly even the Pope himself,” writer Caitlin Flanagan says. But, as Flanagan points out in the latest Atlantic Argument, children aren’t the only…