The ugly spread of hate: On Friday, a right-wing extremist carried out a series of mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 49 Muslim worshippers and wounding dozens more. James Dann, a native New Zealander, gives a dispatch from the area. Jordan Weissmann examines the manifesto the shooter posted online before the massacre, and Daniel Byman says this attack shows that right-wing terrorism has gone global--and requires an international response in turn. Not quite accurate: The Atlantic's cover story this week is a long screed from former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum, arguing that the U.S. should reduce legal immigration in order to reduce America's vast divides. The main problem with this argument, among the many, is that immigration is currently favored by a significant plurality of Americans.
Since the coronavirus shutdowns began in March, everyone's been wondering the same thing: Are city residents really leaving? And if so, are they ever coming back? Eager journalists have rushed to quote suburban real estate brokers--which is like asking Oscar Mayer if people like hot dogs. Local TV is following families out to greener pastures, and Instagram shows a never-ending stream of vacations. To find out how many people have really left, I consulted some experts on cities and suburbs: Emily Badger of the New York Times, Natalie Moore of WBEZ Chicago, and Amanda Kolson Hurley of Bloomberg Businessweek.
Our new project: We're looking at the Slate 90, a group of wealthy nonprofits raking in untaxed income that (as Felix Salmon writes in his introduction) should probably be subjected to far more scrutiny. The series starts with Jordan Weissmann on Harvard Business School, Nick Greene on the Big Ten Conference (yes, that's a nonprofit), Henry Grabar on Ducks Unlimited (so many ducks!), and more. Sea change: In 2018, it's the Democratic Party that's going to emphasize rising health care costs to try to win elections. Turnabout is fair play, writes Jim Newell. A milestone: Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson is in trouble with the faithful, who object to his attitudes on women and marriage.