The Century's take on the issues of the day
Going into the Paris climate summit, many nations remain sketchy about their commitments. But several things are new since the Kyoto Protocol.
President Obama is furious that legislators lack the will to address gun violence. But there are steps he could take without them.
Americans tend to have a romanticized, inflated sense of the White House and its power. In domestic affairs, most of the power is elsewhere.
The state killed Kelly Gissendaner despite the evidence of a changed life. This points to a desire for retribution rather than reformation.
At a moment when the spotlight shines on those who say the most outrageous things, it's worth noting Bernie Sanders's approach at Liberty.
The wrenching dislocations of World War II were often pitilessly ignored by the world. What story will be told of our time, and of us?
Free exercise is a basic right and a great asset to the American religious landscape. Yet some of its advocates seem eager to give it a bad name.
In a forceful speech, President Obama laid out in a few words the best argument for the deal with Iran: there is "no plausible alternative."
Most white people now say race relations are bad and getting worse. Black people overwhelmingly agree. Will we stop talking and do something?
Most Americans say they want to discuss end-of-life treatment with their doctors. Yet few seriously ill patients ever actually do.
Amid the chorus of Facebook likes and rainbow images, it was easy to overlook a third critical SCOTUS ruling.
We need more than a national conversation about race and policing. We need spiritual and political change at the local level.
This has been the spring of discontent over standardized testing. Unfortunately, this has been closely tied to resistance to the Common Core standards.
One practical lesson of the Pew report is the crucial need for mainliners to focus on passing the faith on to the next generation.
By the time of Freddie Gray's arrest, his part of town was already awash in legitimate grievances against the police.
No rain in California is a disaster for all of us. But the drought, now entering its fourth year, is also an opportunity.
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