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  • Ancient and modern politics

    Preserving antiquities is important not just for culture and tourism. The ancient world is a reminder of the fleeting nature of human events.

  • Perspectives that bring change

    Politics has always been contentious. People differ. Beliefs differ. But the orderly process of democracy deserves support that supercedes politics.

  • Europe's great rethinking

    Whichever direction Europe now takes, a crucial achievement should not be overlooked: It is making its choice without war or repression.

  • A determination to improve

    Gang activity remains one of few areas of crime that have not fallen in recent decades. But progress is being made -- step-by-step, life-by-life.

  • A time to acknowledge our oneness

    Even in the hypercompetitive, win-at-all-costs world of congressional politics, there's a safe space where members of both parties can unite.

  • Breaking down mental walls

    Racial integration in the United States remains unfinished business -- both in society and in the hearts of many Americans.

  • Where democracy thrives

    While candidates and parties battle it out high in the political canopy, American democracy endures on the forest floor.

  • Protecting the internet's purpose

    Like every paradigm-shifting technology, the internet has evolved quickly from interesting to essential. Security failures are not an option.

  • Thinking through 'fortification'

    Walls can keep people, goods, and contraband at bay. But walls are only a temporary measure. Real security requires much more than a barrier.

  • Getting smarter about water

    Water management has always been important. With 2 billion more people arriving on our planet by mid-century, water management will be crucial.

December 7, 2016

Photos of the Day 12/07

Employees dressed as Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, and his granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden), sit on a sledge harnessed with a reindeer while waiting for visitors outside an upside-down house, constructed as an attraction for local residents and tourists and located at the Royev Ruchey Park of Flora...

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