Emma Green

Emma Green

Emma Green is a staff writer at ​The Atlantic, where she covers politics, policy, and religion.

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Why Americans Don’t Vote

A dispatch from the lowest-turnout district in the United States illustrates why many people won’t go to the polls on Tuesday.

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Running for Local Office When Everyone Is Obsessed With Washington

Democrats are finally investing in state-level elections. But the party's turn toward national politics may be difficult to reverse.

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How Will Pittsburgh’s Jews Translate Tragedy Into Action?

The Jewish community disagreed about what to do when President Donald Trump came to town—and how to take action after tragedy.

The Capital Gazette Won’t Stop Reporting

Thursday’s shooting in Annapolis will inevitably become part of larger political narratives. But ultimately, this is a story about local journalism and its role in communities.

Celebration in Jerusalem, Bloodshed in Gaza

The new American embassy has opened during a chaotic and violent week in the Middle East.

The Quiet Religious-Freedom Fight That Is Remaking America

A federal law was supposed to put an end to the use of local zoning rules as tools of discrimination. It hasn't.

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The Non-Religious States of America

New survey data indicates that religiously unaffiliated people in the U.S. are diverse—and in many places, they make up a greater share of the population than any faith group.

A Mosque Wins in a Religious-Discrimination Lawsuit—Over Parking Lots

Zoning ordinances are a common tool of bias against faith groups. On Tuesday, a New Jersey town settled two cases brought against it.

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It Was Cultural Anxiety That Drove White, Working-Class Voters to Trump

A new study finds that fear of societal change, not economic pressure, motivated votes for the president among non-salaried workers without college degrees.

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The Death of Community and the Rise of Trump

What does a decreasing attachment to religious and civic institutions in white, working-class America mean for the country's political future?

The Politics of Mass Murder

After Sunday’s shooting in an Orlando gay club, some emphasize homophobia and gun control, while others focus on Islamic extremism.

Violence Against LGBT People in America Is Astoundingly Common

The attack on a gay club in Orlando on Sunday, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, is not an isolated crime.

A Map of God's Countries

The places where people think faith is necessary to be a good person.

Homelessness Is Up in New York City, But It's Down Everywhere Else

The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development says he's optimistic about the homelessness trends in many places.

Apps for the Elderly

Tricycles, computer magnets, and other technologies that could help people grow old comfortably.

Bill de Blasio Pitches Himself as the Next 'World Leader' Mayor of New York

The Democratic hopeful has kept his distance from some of Bloomberg's policies but seems eager to embrace the current mayor's worldly outlook.

Why It's Easier to Sympathize With Boston's Police Chief than New York's

A few months after the marathon bombing, Ed Davis talks about civil liberties with more nuance than Ray Kelly.

The 'Silent Majority' Overlooked by Big Data

Be wary of self-selection bias when measuring engagement with digital platforms, a New York City official warns.

Are Smartphones the Solution to Urban Loneliness?

Tech enthusiasts argue that the rise of mobile will create more face-to-face relationships.

In the Government Shutdown, Mayors See a Moment to Shine

Washington's dysfunction gives them a chance to talk up their operational prowess.