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The Atlantic 12/05/2019 09:15
Perhaps fittingly for the end of the decade, 2019 was filled with thoughtful, retrospective works from master filmmakers who cast an eye on the past amid the rapid changes of the present. While veterans like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino wrestled with their moviemaking legacies, some of the other best works of the year were about the wrenching and rewarding labor that goes into a work of art, be it an 18th century French portrait, an experimental student film in 1980s Britain, or one of the best-known works of American literature. By any measure, this was a thrilling year for the medium, featuring fascinating movies of all genres and styles to dissect, enjoy, and debate for decades to come. Here are my 10 favorites. Lilies Films. 1.
The Atlantic 12/05/2019 07:00
For a little NASA spacecraft, the weather outside is frightful. The Parker Solar Probe is on a mission toward the sun. The spacecraft has been exposed to scorching temperatures and intense sunlight as it draws closer with every loop around. Eventually, Parker will graze the edge of the star and feel the toastiness of nearly 2 million degrees Fahrenheit (more than 1 million degrees Celsius). Parker is dressed appropriately for the journey. It wears a thick, custom-made shield to protect its scientific instruments and systems, and tubes with flowing water to cool itself down. Inside, it is a cozy 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius). Since it set out , Parker has made of the sun, with many more still to come in the . And its findings ar.
The Atlantic 12/05/2019 06:00
During Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, the three law professors called by the Democrats and the one law professor called by the Republicans disagreed on a lot. They disagreed on what George Washington thought of executive privilege. They disagreed on what Alexander Hamilton intended by insisting that impeachment be included in the Constitution. Perhaps more to the point, they disagreed on whether, at least right now, the House of Representatives should refer to the Senate articles of impeachment against President Trump. But the hearing was ultimately about the law. In particular, it was about whether, as a matter of law , the conduct Trump is alleged to have engaged in qualifies as an impeachable offense. And on that key poin.
The Atlantic 12/05/2019 06:00
Shortly after I met my wife, Cindy, in 1989—she was living in New York City at the time, while I was living in Northern Virginia—she told me about a new church she was attending in Manhattan: . The young minister, she told me, was “the best pastor in America.”His name was Timothy J. Keller. Since that time Keller, 69, has become one of the most consequential figures in American Christianity. When he founded Redeemer in the fall of 1989, fewer than 100 people attended; in the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, Keller was preaching in multiple services in three different venues each Sunday to about 5,000 people—mostly young, single, professionally and ethnically diverse. He has written about two dozen books, several of them best.
The Atlantic 12/05/2019 01:00
On a tiny island in the Mediterranean Sea, on the fringes of the European Union, something incredible is unfolding. A political crisis and a social uprising, spurred by investigative journalism, is revealing the failures of Europe. The case is complex: Malta’s best-known journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, was assassinated by a car bomb in October 2017. The murder has not yet been solved. A businessman charged last weekend with complicity in her death has reportedly told police that the prime minister’s chief of staff was involved in ordering the hit. Yet the bottom line is simple: If the Maltese government doesn’t step aside to allow independent investigations to proceed, Europe—as a set of institutions, values, and protections—will have f.
The Atlantic 12/04/2019 15:44
It’s Wednesday, December 4. In today’s newsletter: NATO, impeachment, and revelations about the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. *. « TODAY IN POLITICS ». (Peter Nicholls / Reuters). NATO was meant to represent shared Western values. This year, disagreements rankled. Our London-based writer Tom McTague reports:. … as the leaders of the world’s most enduring military alliance have gathered in London these past two days, amid petty rows and great philosophical disputes, the very notion of this spiritual union is being called into question. + All of President Donald Trump’s predecessors “have generally followed a golden rule” in their interactions with allied leaders, a former U.S. Ambassador to NATO argues. *. « SNAPSHOT ». (Denn.
The Atlantic 12/04/2019 14:58
This hearing was never going to change minds. Its purpose was not to produce or . Unlike during the Intelligence Committee hearings last month, the public did not hear new facts from key witnesses, only legal opinions from a group of law professors explaining the history of impeachment as they evaluated the case against President Donald Trump. Yet as constructed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, the hearing served to reinforce the partisan divide that has swallowed impeachment rather than challenge it. Exercising their rights in the majority, Democrats chose three witnesses and allowed Republicans to choose one. Nadler opted for three experts on constitutional law—Noah Feldman of Harvard, Michael Gerha.
The Atlantic 12/04/2019 13:39
As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look at some of the most memorable events and images of 2019. Events covered in this essay (the second of a three-part photo summary of the year) include the Pan American Games in Peru, a blackout in New York City, a spelling bee with eight co-champions, a polar bear on the streets of a Russian city, the testimony of Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill, the resignation of a British Prime Minister, and much more. See also “” and “,” and come back tomorrow for “2019 in Photos: Part 3.” The series will comprise 120 images in all.
The Atlantic 12/04/2019 12:42
When Marianne (played by Noémie Merlant), the heroine of Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire , paints, the viewer can feel every dab on the canvas and hear every brushstroke as her workmanlike effort creates a graceful piece of art. After a while, Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), the woman Marianne is painting, sidles up to gaze at what she’s produced. “When do we know it’s finished?” Héloïse asks. “At one point, we stop,” Marianne replies. As the film progresses, artist and subject are drawn into a romance that fuels the former’s talent but, because of 18th-century close-mindedness, is doomed to end. The story’s crucial tension lies in Héloïse’s question: not knowing when that end will come. Portrait of a Lady on Fire is primarily a romance.
The Atlantic 12/04/2019 11:52
It’s an exclusive club that members of the House Judiciary Committee are joining today: The United States has undergone impeachment just three other times in its history, and only a handful of people each time have been charged with compiling a list of the president’s impeachable offenses. James Rogan knows what that’s like. Rogan, now a superior-court judge in California, was a 41-year-old member of the Judiciary Committee during former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
The Atlantic 12/04/2019 11:52
On January 22, 1948, Britain’s foreign secretary, Ernest Bevin, got to his feet in the House of Commons to lay the foundations of the Western world’s postwar order. Bevin—a working-class titan, trade-union leader, and fierce critic of Communism—set out the urgent need to “organise the kindred souls of the West” in the face of the emerging totalitarian reality of the Soviet Union. Addressing his fellow members of Parliament—some of whom remained sympathetic to Moscow, Britain’s wartime ally, and its philosophy—Bevin said the British government wished to see the “spiritual unity of Europe,” but had been dealt a fait accompli in the East, which had fallen into Soviet domination. “No one there is free to speak or think or to enter into trade or.
The Atlantic 12/04/2019 10:56
The next phase of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump kicked off today, as the House Judiciary Committee convened its first public hearing on whether the president’s alleged wrongdoing amounts to impeachable offenses. Representative Jerry Nadler of New York, the committee’s chairman, finds himself back in the impeachment spotlight with the unenviable task of . Below, the full text of Nadler’s opening statement as delivered. The facts before us are undisputed. On July 25, President Trump called President Zelensky of Ukraine and in President Trump's words, “asked him for a favor.” That call was part of a concerted effort by the president and his men to solicit a personal advantage in the next election, this time in the form.
The Atlantic 12/04/2019 10:30
“You’ll be dead very soon and I want you to do naked self-portraits and put in everything you feel is relevant to your life and how you think about yourself … Try and make it the most revealing, telling, and believable object … Make a visual statement and forget your inhibitions and be over the top. Take your clothes off and paint yourself. Just once.”According to Lucian Freud, this is a talk he addressed to students of a life-painting course at the Norwich School of Art in 1964. The episode is only briefly described at the end of William Feaver’s first volume of the artist’s biography— The Lives of Lucian Freud: The Restless Years, 1922-1968 —yet it is illustrative of Freud as both person and painter. Freud was notoriously impassioned (he.
The Atlantic 12/04/2019 10:10
Senator Cory Booker is running in slow motion through Reagan National Airport as Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” blasts. In the middle of a presidential bid, Booker is in his campaign casual: blue jeans, black dress shoes, a white button-down, and a black sport coat. As far as we know, he has one minute to catch a 6 p.m. flight to Iowa. It’s 5:59. He exits his slo-mo daze and steamrolls an unsuspecting Dave Jorgenson to the ground. “Booker 2020!” he yells at Jorgenson, who looks like the wind has been knocked out of him. “Thank you for your cooperation,” a voice on the airport loudspeaker chimes in, as if from the heavens. This lives on TikTok, a short-form social video app that has accumulated more than 500 million active users— are ages 1.
The Atlantic 12/04/2019 07:00
A fire on the International Space Station, high above Earth and far from help, could be catastrophic, even deadly. Space agencies try to reduce the risk as much as possible. The station is equipped with smoke detectors, and astronauts practice fire drills. But astronauts have been setting fires in space for years. On purpose! They do it in the name of science, at the careful instruction of researchers back on the ground. The experiments unfold in small facilities inside the station, safe from other equipment, the crew, and their precious supply of breathable air. To study combustion on the ISS, and , the Space Shuttles, astronauts have set fire to a variety of materials and observed how this distinctly earthly phenomenon unfolds in microgra.
The Atlantic 12/04/2019 06:00
"The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society," James Madison wrote in "Federalist No. 57," "and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.".
The Atlantic 12/04/2019 06:00
A bitter irony underlies Kamala Harris’ exit from the presidential campaign. She lost, in part, because she couldn’t forthrightly defend her record as a prosecutor. She couldn’t forthrightly defend that record because party activists deemed it insufficiently progressive. They portrayed her as complicit in the unjust incarceration and killing of black and Latino men. Yet had Harris—especially as a black woman—been the crusading criminal-justice reformer that Democrats now want to see, she would likely never have been in a position to run for president in the first place. What doomed Harris wasn’t just the Democratic Party’s leftward shift on racial and criminal-justice issues. It was the party’s lack of sympathy for the very different politi.
The Atlantic 12/04/2019 06:00
This is not a matter of opinion so much as a factual point of international comparison. The average American worker than her counterparts in just about every similarly rich country, including Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom. If the average American worked as much as the typical German, she’d have about 30 extra days off per year. That’s a free six-week vacation in exchange for embracing the famously leisurely work habits of … Germany. The reasons behind America’s overwork are the subject of exhaustive study and theorizing—including on this site. Some observers focus above all on public policy: The U.S. has been steadily eroding labor rights since the Cold War, and there is no federal guarantee for vacation or parental leave, pushing A.


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