The Atlantic The Genius Behind the Big Mac 2016-12-07T15:33:27.000000Z Jim Delligatti—who created the signature sandwich for McDonald’s—died last week. He never got rich from his wildly successful invention. How to Kill the Middle Class 2016-12-07T14:58:29.000000Z Strangling public-sector unions in Wisconsin has shrunk teachers’ pay and benefits. Who’s next? 2016 Holiday Gift Guide 2016-12-07T14:30:00.000000Z Everyone has someone on their holiday shopping list who’s impossible to buy for. For the second year in a row, we asked Atlantic readers to describe their someone, and brainstormed a few perfect gift ideas for them. Red States in the Hot Seat 2016-12-07T14:23:32.000000Z Areas of the country Trump won by large margins are particularly vulnerable to the environmental devastation wrought by climate change. Despair and Hope in Trump’s America 2016-12-07T13:00:00.000000Z Americans are optimistic about the communities they live in—but not their nation. Why? Today's News: Dec. 7, 2016 2016-12-07T12:31:44.000000Z Syrian rebels withdraw from Aleppo’s old city, Indonesian quake toll rises, and more from the United States and around the world. Trump’s Transition to the Oval Office 2016-12-07T12:10:00.000000Z The president-elect is selecting his team as he prepares for his inauguration in January. Americans Expect Economic Improvement in a Deeply Divided Country 2016-12-07T10:45:00.000000Z A new poll reveals some optimism about the post-election economy along with doubts that Donald Trump can bring the country together. The Foreign Policy Milestones of 2017 2016-12-07T09:50:00.000000Z A look ahead to some of the major global anniversaries in the coming year Where Students Get Two Years of College in High School for Free 2016-12-07T09:30:00.000000Z A small school in western Massachusetts has been piloting the idea for 50 years.