Five years ago a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan’s northeastern shore—the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to have hit Japan—generating enormous tsunami waves that spread across miles of shoreline, climbing as high as 130 feet (40 meters). The powerful inundation of seawater tore apart coastal towns and villages, carrying ships inland as thousands of homes were flattened, then washed tons of debris and vehicles back out to sea. Damage to the reactors at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant then caused a third disaster, contaminating a wide area that still forces nearly 100,000 residents to live as evacuees. The March 11 earthquake and subsequent disasters cost tens of billions of dollars, and nearly 16,000 lives.
The issue teed up in Moore v. United States may be so intellectually stimulating that nobody seems to have noticed that the case has been fundamentally misframed.
If Donald Trump returns to the White House, he’d bring a better understanding of the system’s vulnerabilities, more willing enablers, and a more focused agenda of retaliation against his adversaries.
The staff of The Atlantic on the threat a second term poses to American democracy.
America survived the first Trump term, though not without sustaining serious damage. A second term, if there is one, will be much worse.
If reelected, he would end our commitment to the European alliance, reshaping the international order and hobbling American influence in the world.
Do West Virginia kids of modest means deserve the humanities?
If reelected, he could use the powers of the presidency to evade justice and punish his enemies.
Powerful images from the past 12 eventful months
The IDF can hand Hamas either a Pyrrhic victory or a real one
On Saturday, the Republican primary challenger checked off the last of all 99 counties in Iowa. It seemed more dutiful than fun.