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When laws are drafted behind closed doors, should we worry?
As Senate Republicans roll out their new health-care plan, there's a lot of chatter about the secrecy that has surrounded it. But those concerns might be missing the more important point.
The president and the press
The relationship between the press and the White House might seem unprecedented, but it reflects a change long under way in how Americans perceive their institutions.
A city without cars? Helsinki tries to persuade Finns to give up their keys.
How do you change car drivers' behavior? It's a question that's been debated from Los Angeles to London for decades. But here's a Nordic twist: What if a city could reengineer itself to make cars a bad investment? Helsinki, Finland, is trying to do just that.
Tech companies caught between American, European ideals
When can France veto the First Amendment? When the internet brings the free-speech values of American tech companies into Europe's backyard, perhaps. In that way, the internet is fueling a larger clash over countries' different visions of fundamental rights.
Ramadan? There's an app for that.
In the Muslim world, this year's Ramadan is showing how technology can significantly change a core religious observance.
Castles in the sand
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