The Atlantic Daily: Turning Points

What Do You Know?

1. Research suggests that humans’ concept of private property originated about 11,000 years ago, concurrently with the practice of ____________.

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2. The first scientific calculations about rainbows were made in 1637 by ____________.

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3. At public universities in ____________, students are charged $8,280 a year in fees—almost five times the cost of their annual tuition.

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Answers: farming, REne Descartes, Massachusetts

Reader Response

Mike, a Bernie Sanders supporter who ended up voting for Trump, lists what would make him change his mind about the president-elect:

  • If he tried to reduce Social Security benefits or privatize them.
  • Reduce Medicare or privatize it into a voucher system.
  • Started making cuts on health insurance and other programs that the elderly, disabled, or those in financial need or distress rely on. … (I don’t worry about Obamacare, the truly needy have state-run Medicaid programs.) …
  • If he makes the price of goods go up with his anti-trade agenda or causes a war with China.
  • If he creates a situation where salaries decrease or interferes with much needed minimum-wage increases.
  • If he discriminates against people because of race or religion, although I find that far-fetched and know that is not gonna happen and is just the media trying to create fear over his presidency. Besides, the Constitution won’t allow for it.

Read more here from Mike and other readers on what it would take to turn them against a Trump presidency.

Urban Developments

Our partner site CityLab explores the cities of the future and investigates the biggest ideas and issues facing city dwellers around the world. Adam Sneed shares three of today’s top stories:

2016 hasn’t been hailed as a great year by many people, but there was no shortage of great ideas nonetheless. We’ve rounded up the 10 best ideas in urban planning over the past 12 months, featuring a collapsible bike helmet, a public living room for the lonely, laundry machines in public schools, and more.

Income inequality and poverty used to be separate phenomena in America. Today, it’s a different story: More than 40 percent of U.S. counties have high rates of both. Richard Florida looks into what’s happening in America’s Economic Distress Belt.

As Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro prepares to leave his post this month, CityLab asked him about his work in the Obama administration, and what the future holds for fair and affordable housing under Donald Trump.

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The Atlantic Daily is written by Rosa Inocencio Smith. To contact us, email

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