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The Eclipse of Equality

Solon Simmons sifts through 'Meet the Press's' archive to show how sharply Washington’s conversation over economic equality has changed over seven decades.

Unaccountable

Though an intelligence agency operates largely in secret, its credibility depends on respect for the law and clear accountability.

Obama, Beyond the Sound Bite

The president has reason to be frustrated that one sentence ripped out of context can paint a picture of a directionless approach to the world.

Small Problem, Big Solution

Do certain seemingly insignificant habits have a profound impact on our lives—on our success in school, at work, and even in our marriages?
A stone marking the boundary between Alsace-Lorraine and France after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71

Why We Fight

If revanchism seems far-fetched, even old-fashioned, consider the passions at work today in familiar trouble spots.
Kurdish "peshmerga" troops stand guard against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the province of Ninevah, Iraq, Aug. 6

Reluctant Rescue

Does the threat of ISIS justify expanding military involvement in Iraq? Obama faces a decision he set out to avoid.

Ferguson Divides Us Less Than We Imagine

What you may have heard is how racially polarized the country is in its reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown. But polarization is the wrong concept here.

Understanding Scarcity

Scarcity, whether of time or of money, taxes our bandwidth. If you have to think nonstop about either, you can’t think about much of anything else.

Fearful Asymmetry

Israel’s bombing and invasion of Gaza raises questions about the ethics of military strife in an era when war has become asymmetrical.

‘A Man Without Cattle Is Lost’

The fragile economy of Uganda's Karamoja region is one that is based on cattle, just as life is, and that life has never been easy.

Off the Grid

A colonia is any “identifiable community” within 150 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border lacking potable water and decent housing. There are 141 in New Mexico alone.

Borderline

Our so-called border crisis is not fundamentally a question of security, but one of poverty, injustice, and disorder.
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Scalia: A Court of One

October 11, 2014 | 0 comments

The Pope and Mussolini

September 10, 2014 | 3 comments

The Eclipse of Equality

September 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Blessed Are the Rich

June 2, 2014 | 4 comments

Defensive Secretary

May 14, 2014 | 7 comments

Goodbye to All That

April 19, 2014 | 7 comments

Not Beanbag

January 13, 2014 | 0 comments

Voracious

December 18, 2013 | 0 comments