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  • The many jobs a job can do

    The recovering American economy isn't just good for individuals, families, businesses, and communities. It is important in the global war of ideas.

  • Oil, gas, and the Saudi factor

    Saudi Arabia's oil wealth gives it enormous influence in the world. Decisions made in Riyadh are felt from Moscow to North Dakota, Venezuela to Iran. 

  • Caring for our food at its source

    The pleasures of dinner can be quickly spoiled when you consider where it came from. But that consideration is behind the ethical food movement.

  • Mining character for clues

    We study people's pasts – especially the pasts of people who rise to prominence – hoping to understand how they will act in the future. But humans can always surprise us.

  • Opportunity, hope, and urban cool

    Cities form for all sorts of reasons -- location, resources, tradition. They thrive because of their people.

  • Why progress endures

    The rise and fall of civilizations is the drama of history. But quiet progress -- century by century, civilization by civilization -- is the real story to watch.

  • The promise, and pitfalls, of boundaries

    Privacy has always been an essential need for humans. Do the conveniences and dangers of the digital age change that?

  • The freedom to decide

    China's command economy has pulled 500 million people out of poverty. Many Chinese are now searching for something deeper than material prosperity.

March 3, 2015

Photos of the day 03/03

A trainer picks up Yuan banknotes from the open mouth of a crocodile during a performance at a zoo in Wenling, Zhejiang province, China, Monday.

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