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Conor Friedersdorf

Conor Friedersdorf
Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.
Public Safety

A Police Killing Without a Hint of Racism

Daniel Shaver begged officers not to shoot him. What role will his death play in the push for law-enforcement reforms?


The Disappearing Right to Earn a Living

Want to become a florist in Louisiana? A home-entertainment installer in Connecticut? Or a barber anywhere? You’re going to need a license for that—and it’s going to cost you.


How Venice Beach Became a Neighborhood for the Wealthy

... and what that means for affordable housing across the country


Federalism Is Dead, Long Live Federalism

A Yale law professor argues that America has moved past the relationship among states that the Framers envisioned––but that a new federalism is serving the country well in its stead.


Is Russia Behind a Secession Effort in California?

The Calexit campaign aims its pitch at progressives, but sports some curious ties to Moscow.


Local Law Enforcement Wants Your License Plate Data

Many municipalities already employ automated license plate recognition tech, but that didn't stop New York City from trying to purchase more information.

Tech & Data

Mobile X-Ray Vans Are the NYPD's Spy Vehicles

Unclear is how often police bombard places, vehicles and people with radiation—and the health risks to residents.


More Than 610 People Killed Over 6 Years by California Police

Will body cameras reveal unjust killings more common than previously thought?