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  • How the new budget reflects White House values

    How do you measure compassion? The White House budget director says this administration wants to measure it in terms of the number of people it gets off food stamps and welfare. Here’s a look at the ideals shaping the Trump budget.  

  • An attack on youths puts focus on parental balance

    Last night’s bombing at a pop concert in England could be seen as an attack on childhood. By definition, terrorist attacks aim to create fear, and this was an attempt to instill fear among British parents and their children. The Monitor’s Sara Miller Llana, a mother herself, looks at how parents can deal with those concerns.

  • In ancient multifaith city, a community that coheres

    This next story offers a stellar example of brotherhood. It’s not just about love thy neighbor – it’s about defending him or her, too. These Jordanians fiercely resist any effort to divide their community by religion.

  • Same-sex marriage tests Taiwan as region’s change leader

    Taiwan often portrays itself as a counterpoint to China: more liberal, more democratic, and more socially tolerant. But Taipei’s effort to lead Asia in legalizing same-sex marriage may yet founder in the face of conservative family values.

  • Climate change: making points heard across party lines

    Here’s a shift for you: A small number of Republicans are no longer simply denying climate change. Instead, they’re focusing on solutions that fit their conservative values. This could be a first step toward disentangling climate change from identity politics, Jessica Mendoza reports.

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We think it is time to rethink the news.

News is essential. It is the fuel for a thriving democracy. It takes us to places and and introduces us to people we never imagined. It defends our rights and values.

Over the Monitor’s 108-year history, we’ve built a legacy of high-quality, distinctive journalism because we recognize that news is more than facts. It’s the story of how we are each trying to make our homes, communities, and nations better. What matters are the values and ideals that drive us, not just the who, what, when, and where of the news.

When we understand that, we understand the world, and one another, better.

The Monitor gives readers that deeper insight by offering this approach to readers:

We challenge conventional thinking. As forces from politics to social media try to break us into competing tribes – political, racial, or economic – together we’ll rethink the question, “Who is my neighbor?”

We listen to you. We need you to hold us accountable – to keep us honest and grounded. To inspire us with what inspires you. Together, we can build a community of people who ask more from news.

We will change how you see news. News must be accurate and trustworthy, but facts alone can miss the whole story – the story of us. We are much better than much of today’s news portrays us to be. We will have the courage to look into both the best and the worst in us – and not to blame, but to demand better.

Journalism can be a force for good – for inspiration and progress. But only if we all make it so.

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