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  • The Fed’s search for breakout growth

    America’s central bank, like other big financial institutions, seeks fresh ideas to end the ‘new normal’ of mediocre economic growth. Breaking up old models is a good first step.

  • The Nice attack: The Internet as instigator

    As more terrorist attacks appear inspired by the Islamic State’s appeal over social media, the struggle must move to the Internet, and winning the high moral ground with alternative narratives.

  • The rush to curb a heroin/opioid crisis

    Congress, in rare bipartisanship, passes a law that will help support the many local efforts to end a heroin ‘epidemic’ and a prescription opioid crisis. Still left undone: a consensus on whether addiction is a ‘disease.’

  • Rio Games as test of Olympics' purpose

    Brazil is experiencing turmoil even as it prepares to host the 2016 Summer Games. Will it be able to fulfill one of the goals of the modern Olympics: promoting peace?

  • A ruling tells China why no country is an island

    For the first time, an international tribunal rules against China and its claim on the territory of another country. The decision is the basis for other countries to question China’s denial of universal values, especially those needed for world order.

  • Islamic State’s failing ‘war of religion’

    After Islamic State claimed credit for the killing of a French Catholic priest, leaders of major faiths gathered to counter this attempt to incite Muslims and Christians against each other. Peace is the norm between religions.

  • Mercy for the corrupt who come clean?

    The US and Tunisia are each testing whether leniency toward individuals or businesses that are open about their corruption might lead to less corruption. Confession can be a shorter path to reconciliation.

  • Germany's response to mass violence

    Four recent attacks on the public, some with links to Islamic State, have raised fears but also calls not to allow fear to create an overreaction.

July 29, 2016

Photos of the day 7/29

A little girl on the convention floor wearing a Bernie Sanders hat holds a USA sign as she listens to speakers on the fourth and final night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday.

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