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50 Years Later, It Feels Familiar: How America Fractured in 1968

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It was freezing on New Year’s Eve in Manhattan.

A fresh layer of snow blanketed the ground on the night of Dec. 31, 1967, and revelers in Times Square and Central Park seemed to look to the future with some hope. “World Bids Adieu to a Violent Year” was the Jan. 1 headline in The New York Times.

But 1968 would be tumultuous, too.

Even from the distance of a half-century, the moment feels familiar. From January to December, people demonstrated against racial injustice and economic inequality. Abroad, the United States military slogged through a seemingly interminable war. And after two terms with a Democrat in the White House, a Republican presidential candidate campaigned on a promise of law and order, and won.

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An American lieutenant carried a wounded South Vietnamese Ranger to an ambulance in February 1968, during the Tet offensive. Dang Van Phuoc/Associated Press

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In Montecito, Enclave of Wealth and Fame, Unimagined Tragedy

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A green, military-style Humvee drove along the shore here, the beach on one side, the shuttered Four Seasons Hotel on the other. Up in the hillsides, a no-go zone for civilians, multimillion-dollar mansions are flooded with mud, and cars, tossed about like playthings, are now just hunks of twisted metal, jammed against trees.

On the facades of the big homes are orange markings. An X denotes the house was checked and cleared by rescuers. A V indicates a victim was pulled, alive, from the wreckage. A V with a slash through it indicates a dead body was found.

Unimaginable tragedy struck this small, exclusive enclave, nestled between the mountains and the ocean and home to many celebrities, last week when a torrential downpour — a “once in 200 years” storm, officials are quick to say — set off deadly mudslides in a landscape that, just last month, was scorched from the state’s largest wildfire on record.

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Mansions in Montecito, Calif., were destroyed in last week’s mudslides. Residents are familiar with the inherent dangers of living in the area, but for many, its appeal is undimmed.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

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Even Ann Coulter is questioning Trump’s mental fitness

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‘I think we can call this the lowest day in Trump’s presidency … What he did was fulfill every description of him in the Michael Wolff book.’ — Even Ann Coulter is questioning Trump’s mental fitness.

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Bill Gates Is Helping Nigeria Get Out Of Debt

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Bill and Melinda Gates are paying off Nigeria’s debt.

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What happened this week (in anything but politics)

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After Serena Williams gave birth everything went bad! The 36-year-old developed blood clots in her lungs and had two operations before leaving the hospital. Not only is Serena a tennis star but she’s also a superstar mom!

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After Serena Williams gave birth …

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52 Places to Go in 2018

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Number 1

New Orleans

Louisiana

A one-of-a-kind American city turns 300.

There is no city in the world like New Orleans. Influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and indigenous peoples have made it the ultimate melting pot. And that diversity expresses itself in a multitude of ways that define New Orleans in the American imagination: music, food, language, and on and on. Though it’s been a long recovery from Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans isn’t just back on its feet, it is as vibrant as ever — particularly impressive for a 300-year old.

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A starter kit for escaping into the world.

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Free yourself from your filter bubbles | Joan Blades and John Gable

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Joan Blades and John Gable want you to make friends with people who vote differently than you do. A pair of political opposites, the two longtime pals know the value of engaging in honest conversations with people you don’t immediately agree with. Join them as they explain how to bridge the gaps in understanding between people on opposite sides of the political spectrum — and create opportunities for mutual listening and consideration (and, maybe, lasting friendships.)

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