The atlantic daily may 16, 2018 – the atlantic gas city indiana


Diplomatic Setbacks: North Korea suspended talks with South Korea and threatened to cancel Kim Jong Un’s upcoming meeting with President Trump over an annual air-force drill by the U.S. and South Korean militaries. These developments call the recent progress toward denuclearizing North Korea into question—and illustrate the danger of what Uri Friedman calls “the international game of telephone” around Kim’s goals.

Payment Confirmed: A financial disclosure form released on Wednesday by the Office of Government Ethics confirms that Trump made a six-figure payment to Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer and fixer, in 2016—apparently to reimburse Cohen for his $130,000 payment to the adult-film star Stormy Daniels. David Graham breaks down what the disclosure reveals, and the new questions it raises.

America’s New Aristocracy: The group at the top of the U.S. food chain might not be just the wealthiest 1 percent—as Matthew Stewart argues in our June cover story, it’s actually more like 9.9 percent of the population. But members of that group, which Stewart calls a meritocratic aristocracy, “are the principal accomplices in a process that is slowly strangling the economy, destabilizing American politics, and eroding democracy.” Here’s how.

Snapshot It’s been a year since Special Counsel Robert Mueller (pictured above in a photo illustration by The Atlantic’s art team) began his investigation into Russian election interference. Since then, new findings in the far-reaching probe have accumulated at what legal experts call a breakneck pace. Here’s a rundown of the most important revelations.

Maria’s continued battle brings Tiziana’s case into the grayest and most challenging forefront of the ongoing discussion about the right to be forgotten. Is it possible to demand that something’s erased from the internet when it has been reimagined, remixed, and flipped into memes across thousands of web pages? What’s the right course of action when the source of a family’s trauma becomes part of culture itself?

Generally, we think we’re living in a shared reality, but sometimes it crumbles apart with no warning. Recently, an ambiguous audio clip divided the internet between those who heard yanny and those who heard laurel; linguistically speaking, the actual recording is somewhere in the middle. Equally heated was the debate that arose when a new study found that using two spaces in between sentences increases reading speed, to the dismay of single-space stylists. Etymology came to bear in the split over the proper meaning of the h in IMHO: Does it stand for humble, honest, or something else entirely? Nothing, though, could compare to the ontological bloodbath that erupted earlier this year over the color of a tennis ball: Is it green or yellow?

People used to “play” tennis; now they “work” on their backhand. It is not hard to imagine what [G.K.] Chesterton would have thought of such dedication; this is just the sort of laborious pursuit of play that he so often derided. “If a thing is worth doing,” he once wrote, “it is worth doing badly.”

My 32-year-old daughter has developed the idea that I am responsible for all her failures—not having the job she wanted, not being a sociable person, not being capable to love and to be loved … I would like to know how to deal with this, and how I can help her to help herself.

Happy birthday to Nicole’s mom (a year younger than The Cat in the Hat); to Edh (twice the age of the Disney Channel); to Mary (a year younger than Sesame Street) from her dad; to Leigh’s “amazing daughter” Lulu (a year younger than Wikipedia); and to Tori (the same age as the first Star Wars movie).

For nearly a century, coming of age in America meant getting behind the wheel. A driver’s license marked the transition from childhood and dependence to adult responsibility and freedom. To many, it was a far more important milestone than voting or legal drinking. It was the beginning of a new world—of cruising down Main Street to meet with friends and compete with rivals; the ritual of being picked up for a date and making out while “parking”; and of the pleasures and frustrations of repairing, souping up, customizing, or racing a car.

This world, familiar to anyone who has seen American Graffiti, the 1973 paean to teen driving , was unique to the U.S. No teens in any other country in the world shared American teens’ level of enthusiasm for all things automotive. This was in part because in the mid-20th century there was a wealth of available cars—cheap used ones from the late 1920s—as well as the fact that by 1940, American teenagers were more likely to be attending high school than working. Elsewhere, 16-year-olds rode bikes or buses and had jobs. Practically nowhere else on earth did teens have the means—and, as high-school students and not full-time workers, the time—to join the adult world of automobility. And they did so on their own terms, partially emulating their elders who had cars, but also by using cars to craft their own personal styles and escape their parents’ control.

To be in South Korea in mid-May—when North Korea released American hostages and Donald Trump announced his summit in Singapore with Kim Jong Un and the leaders of China, Japan, and South Korea gathered in Tokyo to talk denuclearization and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula—was to feel as if the spring of 2018 might be one of those moments when history, after plodding along for decades, suddenly moved very fast.

And pushing it along was South Korean President Moon Jae In, who had lobbied hard for talks between Trump and Kim and whose diplomatic investment seemed to be paying off as the summit approached. Even last week, when history seemed to come to a screeching halt as Trump canceled the summit, Moon kept pushing, holding his own surprise summit with the North Korean leader on Saturday. Moon had been blindsided by Trump’s decision, but he was moving to reassert control over what he still hopes could be a historic breakthrough for peace on the Korean peninsula. Human history, one of Moon’s advisers told me recently in Seoul, “is … governed by certain law of heavenly mandate. There is a time for peace—that is a dictate of nature. And Moon Jae In is following that heavenly mandate.”’