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Dear ISIS, We Need to Talk
Negotiating with terror groups may be the only way to defeat them.
Inside India's Zodiac Murders
Astrology is big business in India. It can also get you killed.
China is Eager to Invest Trillions Abroad. Is the World Ready?
As its stocks slump, Beijing plans to ease restrictions on overseas investments. Can the global economy withstand the flood?
Two Numbers: Pluto Gets Its First Close-Up
NASA’s New Horizons probe is scheduled to make its historic flyby past the dwarf planet this summer.
As Russia Makes Moves in the Arctic, Some Finns Fear a Red Army from Within
Some worry about those Russians in Finland’s military as Moscow's incursions progress.
The Sound and Fury of Michael Oren
The Israeli diplomat’s new book offers a window into the deep rifts between Israeli and American Jews.
Revolutionary (and Hypocritical?) Supreme Court Makes Gay Marriage Legal
The ruling shows an activist court, for both the right and left.
Two Numbers: Little Hope for Americans With Rare Diseases
Despite regulations meant to speed up research, there is still treatment for only 7 percent of rare diseases.
Charleston and the Importance of Hate Crime Laws
The recent church massacre occurred in a state with no hate crime law. Does it matter?
Donald Trump: The Billionaire for Blue-Collars
Why the sultan of self-promotion can sway the GOP’s white working class.
Meet Eliot Higgins, Putin’s MH17 Nemesis
A gaming nerd’s discovery about the downed Malaysian airliner has made him an enemy of the Russian state.
Inside Israel’s Secret War in Syria
A trial in the Golan Heights offers a window into how Israel is dealing with violence across the border.
Harvard's $400 Million Gift and The Widening College Donation Gap
A huge donation to Harvard from billionaire John Paulson points to an increasing gap in which colleges get gifts.
Martin O'Malley Needs Black Votes to Win in 2016
Presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley made his name winning black votes in Baltimore, but the recent riots might have gutted his support.
Tunisia’s ISIS Connection
This tiny nation sends more foreign jihadist fighters to Syria than any other country.
Who is Responsible for ISIS? Bush or Obama?
The rise of the Islamic State has become a major issue in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Tanks for Nothing: Why Obama's Plan to End Police Militarization May Be Dead in the Water
President Obama has vowed to demilitarize police. Get ready for a long war.
Beyond Torture: The New Science of Interrogating Terrorists
Experts say the U.S. needs to rethink how its interrogators are trained.
Broadway Plays Outdraw New York Sports Teams
Broadway's 2014–2015 season put more fannies in seats than the local pro sports teams did.
To Quiet Calls for Fracking Curbs, Texas Bans Bans
George P. Bush backs Texas's efforts to halt municipal fracking bans.
How Timothy McVeigh's Ideals Entered the Mainstream
Republican politicians now often echo conspiracy theories once relegated to troglodyte pamphlets.
Two Numbers: Chris Christie's Big Appetite—and Budget—For Concession Stand Bites
Many New Jersey households could live large on what Governor Chris Christie spent at concession stands.
Millennial College Graduates: Young, Educated, Jobless
These grads are facing the longest sustained period of unemployment in history.
Rebuilding Nepal to Survive the Next Quake
Villagers are trying to balance the desperate need for immediate shelter with a desire for long-term security.
No Rest for the Rohingya of Myanmar
More than a million Rohingya are not welcome in Myanmar, or anywhere else.
Medical Mystery: Making Sense of ABIM’s Financial Report
After months of delay, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) finally filed its latest financial reports with the IRS.
A New Cold War, Yes. But It’s With China, Not Russia
The Soviet system failed because it didn’t work; China will be a tougher adversary.
Why the Teen Birth Rate Keeps Dropping
How the U.S. learned its lesson and cut teen pregnancy in half.
Dick Cheney’s Biggest Lie
What we knew then should have kept the U.S. out of Iraq, but the president wasn’t told everything.
Arming the Enemy in Afghanistan
Members of the Afghan army and police are selling American weapons and ammo to the Taliban.