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    The politicians who have ridden today's wave of populist discontent to power now enter the next, more difficult chapter: governing

  • What we get when we give

    Charity is not just a way to help others. It is an outward indication of healthy, happy individuals and communities.

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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