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“We should probably stop knocking him for not being Lincoln. ... At the same time, Obama should stop downplaying the power of the office he holds.” (Photograph by Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty)

Obama and the End of Greatness - The New Yorker

Members of the Ottawa Police stand guard in front of the National War Memorial on Thursday, one day after a gunman killed a member of the Canadian Army Reserves. Following two shootings in Canada this week, Jeremy Keehn examines “a shift in the global perception of the country in recent years as more warlike.” (Photograph by Andrew Burton / Getty)

Scott Brown, at the Republican National Convention, in 2012. With Obama’s approval rating in New Hampshire at a record low, are Scott Brown’s efforts to tie Jeanne Shaheen to the President working? (Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Scott Brown and the Democrats’ Obama Problem

Katharine Graham, the publisher of the Washington Post, and Benjamin C. Bradlee, its executive editor, review reports on the 6–3 U.S. Supreme Court decision permitting publication of the Pentagon Papers, June 30, 1971. David Remnick remembers the editor: (Photograph by Charles del Vecchio / The Washington Post via Getty)

Postscript: Benjamin C. Bradlee (1921-2014) - The New Yorker

“From a working journalist’s perspective, the Edward Snowdens of this world come around about as often as Haley’s Comet.” Steve Coll on the N.S.A. whistleblower: (Photograph by Press Image for Citizenfour)

How Edward Snowden Changed Journalism - The New Yorker

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Staten Islanders face a dilemma posed to communities affected by extreme weather events: Should I stay or should I go? Watch Nate Lavey's documentary report:

After Hurricane Sandy, a Community Decides Whether to Leave

Rebecca Mead asks: “Might Apple and Facebook’s offers of egg freezing be, in fact, the kind of employee benefit whose principal beneficiary is the company?” (Photograph by Lex Van Lieshout / AFP / Getty)

Who Benefits When Companies Pay for Egg Freezing?

Sunday Mass at the Catholic mission in Bossemptele, Central African Republic. When the town was invaded by militias, the mission grounds provided refuge to both Christians and Muslims. The photographer Jehad Nga accompanied Jon Lee Anderson to the Central African Republic to report on the country’s horrific sectarian civil war: (Photograph by Jehad Nga)

In the Central African Republic - The New Yorker

We tend to think of innocence as a moral absolute, but, as the character of Carrie Mathison makes clear, its value is prone to fluctuations. Jelani Cobb reflects on “Homeland,” modern warfare, and why we have “arrived at a place that should deeply concern us all.”

The “Homeland” Kill List and the Meaning of Innocence

Tom Frieden, the director of the C.D.C., addresses the media on the Ebola case, on October 5th. Amy Davidson argues that health authorities “can’t just keep repeating that simple competence, prudence, and sympathetic good sense are the answers, while exhibiting none of those traits." (Photograph by Kevin C. Cox/Getty)

Amber Vinson’s Airplane Ride: An Ebola Nurse and the C.D.C.

An Ohio woman is suing a sperm bank after giving birth to a mixed-race baby girl, citing “fears, anxieties and uncertainty” that she and her partner must now navigate. Matthew McKnight considers the controversial case: (Photograph by Mark Duncan / AP)

Reparations and the Ohio Sperm-Bank Controversy

A woman throws a handful of soil toward the body of her sister, a twenty-eight-year-old market vender who collapsed outside her home on the morning of October 10, 2014, as it is removed for cremation. The World Health Organization has projected that the number of new Ebola infections in the countries worst affected by the virus—Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone—could increase from 1,000 per week to 10,000: (Photograph by John Moore / Getty)

Kurds in the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, on the Turkish-Syrian border, on October 11th. In their fight against ISIS, the Yazidis are outnumbered and outgunned, and few of them have any military training. George Packer talks to a member of the resilient minority, who is now risking his life for his home and his people—and for us, too: (Photograph by Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty)

Fighting ISIS for Us, Too

Alexander Stille on a bombshell document from the Vatican Synod on the Family. The document advocates for making annulment easier, and contains far more positive language about homosexuality than the Church is accustomed to using. (Photograph of Pope Francis by Franco Origlia/Getty)

A Bombshell Document at the Vatican Synod - The New Yorker

James Surowiecki on Ebola, enterovirus, and the flu: “We tend to underestimate the risk of common perils and overestimate the risk of novel events." (Photograph by Fred Guerdin / Redux)

Ebola, Enterovirus, and the Flu

Joe Biden after delivering remarks at George Washington University in April, 2014. Evan Osnos considers the sources of Joe Biden’s off-the-cuff moments, and explains why “the Vice-President’s twilight war with his words is not likely to end soon.” (Photograph by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty)

On the occasion of Monday’s gay-marriage decision, Jeffrey Toobin considers the rest of the Supreme Court’s term, “in which the prospects for progressive victories look slim indeed.” (Illustration by Matthew Hollister)

The Roberts Court’s Brief Progressive Moment

In light of the Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene in gay-marriage cases, Amy Davidson reflects on why “the historic fifty-state case might already be on the books.” (Photograph by George Frey / Getty)

The Supreme Court’s Biggest Gay-Marriage Decision

People gather for a vigil at Whole Women’s Health Clinic in McAllen, Texas, on March 6, 2014. “How do you count women in Texas, and when do the numbers get big?” Amy Davidson on a law that will cause all but eight abortion clinics in the state to close: (Photograph by Jennifer Whitney/The New York Times via Redux)

Fractions of Women in Texas - The New Yorker

The photographer Moises Saman documented the assault on Hong Kong protesters on Friday. A look at his powerful photos:

L.L. Hotchkiss, a school in Dallas where children who were exposed to an Ebola-infected family member attend classes, on Wednesday. “The needs of the health workers in Africa are great, but they’re also relatively basic," Amy Davidson writes. "Instead, this disease may spread because two people on two continents were turned away from two hospitals.” (Photograph by LM Otero/AP)

To Fight Ebola, Fight Isolation - The New Yorker

“We lurched up the two-lane road, our vision hampered by the sweat under our safety masks. Then the sounds came—pop, pop, pop. Acrid smoke filled the air.” Suzanne Sataline reports from the Hong Kong protests: (Photograph by Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty)

Tear Gas On the Streets of Hong Kong

“The realist knows that a single individual enabled by complacency or negligence can alter the path of history." Jelani Cobb on Barack Obama's safety: (Photograph by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Barack Obama’s Safety - The New Yorker

A new fence is another lurch away from a tradition of openness that used to coexist with concerns about protecting the President, Jeff Shesol writes: (Photograph by Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

Keeping the White House Open - The New Yorker

“Twenty-five years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, in which Beijing violently cracked down on a peaceful student protest for democracy, the images of umbrellas … have come to represent a movement.” (Photograph by Reuters)

National Day Dawns on the Hong Kong Protests - The New Yorker