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  • Behind a changing equation

    The US-Saudi relationship epitomizes the old maxim that nations don’t have permanent friends or enemies, only interests. 

  • The triumph of innocence

    Ricky Jackson's four decades in prison for a crime he didn't commit is the story of injustice, perseverance, and, most of all, grace.

  • Quality child care: what’s at stake

    Child care in today's economy is a problem with millions of patchwork solutions, many far from ideal. Can we do better for kids and parents?

  • Outlasting terror's waves

    Every generation deals with the desperation of terrorism. Every generation of terrorists learns how futile their cruelty is.

  • Knowns, unknowns, and what matters

    Political dynasties and political newcomers both have pluses and minuses. In the end, voters must focus on the individual.

May 21, 2015

Photos of the day 05/20

A displaced Iraqi Sunni woman, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, carries her child in a plastic basket on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday. Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront Islamic State fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Bag...

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  • Finding better paths to justice

    Society is developing smarter, more compassionate, more effective ways of reforming juvenile offenders. 

  • Feeding a cycle of virtue

    Smart, sensitive policing is crucial in fighting crime and building healthy communities. And healthy communities build healthier ones.

  • 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.

  • Learning to expect surprises

    For nations as for people, flexibility, adaptability, and tolerance for a degree of messiness is the best approach for dealing with the unexpected.

  • Tsunami aftermath: The drive to move forward

    Humans -- and humanity -- are more than the disasters that sometimes befall them. They recover. They rebuild. They live and laugh again.

  • 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.

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