Take the deal, President Trump. Eighteen years is enough. It’s time to leave Afghanistan.

By Ivan Eland | USA TODAY Opinion

President Donald Trump has recently received from his Afghanistan negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, a nearly completed agreement with the Taliban to end the U.S. war in there. The war will soon have lasted 18 years and is already the longest in American history.… read the full article

The New Servant Class

“Wealth work” is one of America’s fastest-growing industries. That’s not entirely a good thing.

By Derek Thompson, Staff writer at The Atlantic

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In an age of persistently high inequality, work in high-cost metros catering to the whims of the wealthy—grooming them, stretching them, feeding them, driving them—has become one of the fastest-growing industries.… read the full article

How Life Became an Endless, Terrible Competition

Meritocracy prizes achievement above all else, making everyone—even the rich—miserable. Maybe there’s a way out.

By Daniel Markovits, Professor at Yale Law School and the author of The Meritocracy Trap | The Atlantic

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In the summer of 1987, I graduated from a public high school in Austin, Texas, and headed northeast to attend Yale.… read the full article

Nobody Knows Anything About ‘Electability’

When pundits anoint Biden—or Sanders or O’Rourke—as the likeliest to beat Trump, they’re making lots of dubious assumptions.

By Peter Beinart, Professor of journalism at the City University of New York | The Atlantic

U.S. former Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware, U.S.
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The Widespread Suspicion of Opposite-Sex Friendships

Can straight men and women really be best friends? Their partners are wondering, too.

By ASHLEY FETTERS | The Atlantic

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In 1989, When Harry Met Sally posed a question that other pop-cultural entities have been trying to answer ever since: Can straight men and women really be close friends without their partnership turning into something else?… read the full article

Why Conservatives Are Turning Against Higher Education

College isn’t providing an effective engine of upward mobility for most Americans.

By Reihan Salam, President of the Manhattan Institute | The Atlantic

A graduate wears a Make America Great Again hat amidst a sea of mortar boards before the start of commencement exercises at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S., May 11, 2019.
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