How America Is Transforming Islam

Taz Ahmed is 38, single, Muslim, and Bengali. She describes herself as spiritual, but not particularly religious. When she was growing up, her immigrant parents hoped she would marry an I.T. worker they found for her in Oklahoma. “I’m like, ‘I don’t even know who this person is, what do you even know about him?’” Ahmed recently told me. “They’re like, ‘You’re asking too many questions. You don’t need to know this much information.’” Like…

"How America Is Transforming Islam"

Donald Trump's First Year as President: A Recap

Every December, The Atlantic looks back on the previous year—to highlight not just the big moments, but the progression of big ideas. Below, the last of four installments looks at Donald Trump’s first year as president. On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration—following his “stunning upset” in the 2016 presidential election—Molly Ball welcomed readers to the Trump presidency: “He enters the White House as determined as ever to divide and conquer, to punish his enemies,…

"Donald Trump's First Year as President: A Recap"

The 'Double Punishment' for Black Undocumented Immigrants

If it were not for the Canadian leaf tattoo on his wrist, Chris Gustave may not be behind bars. In October, 24-year-old Gustave was staying at a weekly motel in Phoenix, Arizona, when police arrived searching for his friend, who had violated parole. At first, “all the attention was on him,” Gustave told me in a phone interview last month. But then, Gustave claimed, an officer noticed the tattoo. “The dude just asked if I…

"The 'Double Punishment' for Black Undocumented Immigrants"

Judge Denies Rick Gates's Request To Leave His House To Celebrate New Year's Eve

Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates leaves federal court on Dec. 11 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images Rick Gates, the defendant in one of the cases brought by special counsel Robert Mueller against associates of President Trump, will not be able to leave his house to ring in the new year. A seemingly exasperated US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied his Thursday request to travel with his family for…

"Judge Denies Rick Gates's Request To Leave His House To Celebrate New Year's Eve"

Town Talk: Folk who helped make 2017 what it was

Future historians may wonder how we stayed calm in the face of 2017’s global economic and nuclear threats let local drug overdosing, homelessness and, for many, unreachable real-estate prices. They may also conclude that 2018’s perils vastly exceeded those before. For now, though, here are some folk from this column who helped give 2017 its […]

"Town Talk: Folk who helped make 2017 what it was"

We Hope We Do This Much Cool Stuff In 2018

As the FiveThirtyEight staff recovers from a hectic year of news, we’ve been reflecting on our favorite stories from the past 12 months. What follows is not a comprehensive list of our best work, but it is some of what has lingered in our minds as we get ready for 2018.35 Our editor in chief, Nate Silver, started the year like many others: trying to make sense of the 2016 presidential election. He wrote a…

"We Hope We Do This Much Cool Stuff In 2018"