John Carlos, Tommie Smith, Peter Norman

Why Are Athlete-Led Anthem Protests So Polarizing?

President Donald Trump demonized dissenting footballers as traitors, revealing a widely held American conviction: patriotism precludes protest, and its symbols are more sacred than its ideals — equal protection under the law, regardless of race, gender and status.

data security, Equifax

Can the US Prevent Another Mega-Breach Like Equifax?

The Equifax breach that compromised the personal information of more than 143 million Americans drove home the growing threat of cyberattacks. But attacks on this scale may soon become common if federal regulations and security practice reforms are not speedily put in place.

Bernie Sanders

Sanders’s Single-Payer Bill: More Backing but Questions Remain

Sixteen Democrats co-sponsored Bernie Sanders’s ambitious Medicare-for-all bill on Wednesday, signaling a potential shift in the party’s willingness to try and enact a fully federally funded health care system to replace Obamacare. But can they devise a viable way to finance it?

Richard Nixon, climate change

Can Harvey and Irma End Republican Climate Change Denial?

Hurricane Harvey was supposed to be a 500-year event. Instead, it became the third and most destructive in three years. Whether Americans can outlast more catastrophic disasters will depend on the GOP’s willingness to acknowledge and combat the threat of climate change.

Voyager, golden record

The Voyager Probes — Monuments to Science and Human Ingenuity

Monday’s Great American Eclipse captivated the nation. But it left no time to celebrate the anniversary of one of the US’s most important space missions. Four decades ago, a pair of space probes, dubbed Voyager 1 and 2, set out on an epic expedition into the cosmos and gave humanity the first up-close images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

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