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December 22, 2014

Detroit and Stockton Are Just the Beginning of a Wave of Bankrupt Cities

Heading into 2015, many cities are in what one professor calls "deep doodoo."

How The World Fell in Love with America

Is America just a "vast conspiracy to make you happy"?

The 3 Worst Policy Predictions of 2014

Gay marriage will lead to polygamy? Marijuana will cause more crime? Obamacare will increase premiums?

The Most Encouraging, Least Noticed Economic News of 2014

In fact, it's the most encouraging economic news of 2014.

Why Couldn’t Patrick Leigh Fermor Finish His Masterpiece?

The incompleteness of certain kind of aesthetic object can inspire additional devotion.

The New York Cop Killer Was Arrested 19 Times. Why Was He Able to Get a Gun?

The NRA, not protesters, makes police officers' jobs more dangerous.

Finally, a Financial Executive Is Sacked for His Company's Misdeeds

The chairman of Ocwen is being forced to step down.

How 'Silent Night' Became the Most Popular Christmas Carol of All Time

Did the song unite the German and American troops during World War I?  

Conservatives Are Right About Reckless Political Rhetoric

But they should turn this lens on themselves.

A Letter from the Editor

Gabriel Snyder on The New Republic's future.

December 21, 2014

This Is What Our Hellish World Will Look Like After We Hit the Global Warming Tipping Point

What does a 3.6-degree increase in global temperatures really mean?

December 19, 2014

Can Potential Terrorists Be "Rehabilitated"?

What should governments do with fighters who've returned from Syria?

The World Is Experiencing the Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

Following the footsteps of migrants from Africa to London.  

Obama's Right: Belgium Really Does Need a Politico

"I think there's no doubt that what Belgium needs is a version of Politico," Obama joked. He's right.

Wall Street Is Dismantling Financial Reform Piece by Piece

Last week, it was a key Dodd-Frank provision. This week, it's the Volcker rule.

Stephen Colbert Didn't Change the World, But We Wouldn't Have Survived the Bush Years Without Him

Colbert's goodbye was predictably sentimental, but he deserved it. 

Why Aren't We Retaliating Right Now for the Sony Cyberattack?

The White House is guilty of dithering and poor planning.

December 18, 2014

Serial’s Greatest Strength Was Also Its Greatest Weakness

The show's format seemed innovative at first, but it ended up weighing it down. 

Watching Colbert Makes Conservatives Even More Conservative

“Not everyone comprehends the nature of Colbert’s satire.”

Stop Making Fun of North Korea

Our laughter is drowning out their horrific human rights record.

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