Mexico

The gruesome details of the thieves' likely death.

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The Disappearing Road Home

Inside one immigrant family's search for a different American dream

The house in Mexico is a two-story, three-bedroom brick building with a bright blue door and a jacaranda tree in front, set against a hill in the southern state of Guerrero. Atanacio, who cannot give his full name because he has lived as an undocumented immigrant in New York City for 12 years, built it with the wages he earned washing dishes and delivering Mexican food in Manhattan. “I designed it myself,” he said in Spanish as he and his wife, Maximina, who is also undocumented, showed me pictures at their kitchen table one day in March.

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Why the Justice Department let HSBC get away with criminal conduct.

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Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Could online education be the death knell for the university? The Guardian | 15 min (3,700 words) In Mexico, drug lords warn journalists they plan to attack with a cautionary phone call.  Why do reporters ignore it? NYRB | 16 min (3,893 words) Why did Orhan Pamuk make a museum?

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Rick Perry's presidential campaign may have been a joke, but did it help decide the 2012 election?

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The candidates spent almost no time debating the substance of foreign policy.

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The sheer size of Sheldon Adelson's donations to Republican causes poses a real ethical quandary for Mitt Romney.

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Undefeated

THE GREAT THEORIST Leszek Kolakowski once told the following parable: Two girls are racing in a park. The one behind cries at the top of her lungs, “I’m winning! I’m winning!” Suddenly, the girl in the lead quits the race and sobs into her mother’s arms: “There’s no way to beat her.

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Marijuana and blood diamonds may have a lot in common. If you can’t prove your stuff is conflict-free, you shouldn’t be smoking it.

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