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  • The power in welcoming alternative views

    President Trump’s first official trip was to the CIA, an agency trained to encourage dissent about intelligence information but one that must also ‘face hard truths’ about itself.

  • What defines victory for Iraq in Mosul

    As Iraqi forces end Islamic State’s hold in the country’s second-largest city, politicians are racing to avoid the old mistake of continuing Shiite-Sunni divisions. Political reconciliation is the best weapon against terrorist groups.

  • Africa’s object lesson in democracy

    A postelection crisis in Gambia has stirred the country’s neighbors to intervene, sign of a stronger commitment to democracy in Africa.

  • Breaking the fall of trust in institutions

    A global survey shows a sharp decline of trust in government, business, and other institutions. Rebuilding trust starts with qualities that lessen the fear of rapid change or end corrupt practices.

  • Finding unity on a new health-care law

    Obamacare set down access to health care as a universal good, a point that Trump and much of the GOP now concedes. A new law would help fix flaws in the Affordable Care Act.

  • Indonesia’s hunt for honest taxpayers

    A tax amnesty in this Southeast Asian nation has yielded a mass display of contrition among tax evaders. The new honesty will help rebuild both the economy and democracy.

  • The Big Apple’s big drop in crime

    Killings and felonies are way down as the city shifts police work to focus on habitual lawbreakers. The key: offering a choice to be free of crime.

  • That Detroit light on urban revival

    As Washington debates bipartisan spending on infrastructure, it can take a cue from Detroit’s post-bankruptcy progress in bringing a fresh light on urban dark spots.

January 23, 2017

Photos of the weekend

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount celebrates with fans in the stands after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2017 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday.

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