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U.S., partners strike ISIS in Syria

September 22, 2014  |  World Magazine

The airstrikes fulfill a plan proposed by President Barack Obama and approved by Congress just last week Read More

Cases to watch when SCOTUS opens in two weeks

September 22, 2014  |  World Magazine

Two weeks from now, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin a new term, as it does every year on the first Monday in October. That first week, the court has six cases scheduled for oral arguments. For all the court’s austerity and seriousness—the black robes, the… Read More

Doing Britain the Scots way

September 22, 2014  |  World Magazine

So Scotland has decided against national divorce. It was an odd settlement that Alex Salmond, the Scottish National Party leader, was proposing. The northern partner would move out but keep a key to the house and all the credit cards. But divorceland can be a scary place,… Read More

Money and politics

September 22, 2014  |  World Magazine

For more than a year, Majority Leader Harry Reid had taken to the Senate floor numerous times to blast the Koch brothers, billionaire industrialists and philanthropists whose family fortune is built on oil refining. Reid blames Charles and David Koch for voter suppression,… Read More

The link between religious freedom and national…

September 22, 2014  |  World Magazine

Thomas F. Farr is director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. He’s also a visiting associate professor of religion and international affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign… Read More

Midday Roundup: A portrait of Lois Lerner, in her own…

September 22, 2014  |  World Magazine

Lois Lerner speaks. Former IRS official Lois Lerner, who remains at the center of the scandal involving the agency’s targeting of conservative groups, broke her silence today in an interview with Politico. She claims she’s become a pariah, unemployable, and plagued by death… Read More

Globe Trot: U.S. intel limited in fight against ISIS

September 22, 2014  |  World Magazine

ISIS: When it comes to the U.S. battle against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, a basic question arises: How do we know where to strike? In a piece in the Congressional Quarterly , a handful of security experts and other officials say the U.S. capacity for on-the-ground… Read More

Fall cleaning

September 22, 2014  |  World Magazine

This was the Sunday afternoon my mother and I were going to move her summer clothes to the far end of the closet and her winter clothes to the close end where she could reach them better. Instead I was at the hospital stroking her white and cooling matter in her blue snap-sleeve… Read More

Boko Haram expanding from Nigeria to Cameroon

September 22, 2014  |  World Magazine

The terror that Boko Haram continues to inflict on Nigeria has spilled into neighboring Cameroon in the form of refugees and direct attacks from the radical Islamist group. Cameroon’s military fought with Boko Haram militants Sept. 6, killing 100 of them who had crossed into… Read More

Dollars and Sense: The markets are singing ‘Happy…

September 22, 2014  |  World Magazine

The Fed speaks. As happens periodically, all eyes were on the Federal Reserve last week. The markets have been marking time for the past few weeks, in part waiting for the Fed to meet, which it did on Tuesday and Wednesday. Specifically, traders were waiting for news of a change… Read More

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