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The Century's take on the issues of the day

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."
August 17, 2015
Most white people now say race relations are bad and getting worse. Black people overwhelmingly agree. Will we stop talking and do something?
August 3, 2015
Most Americans say they want to discuss end-of-life treatment with their doctors. Yet few seriously ill patients ever actually do.
July 20, 2015
Amid the chorus of Facebook likes and rainbow images, it was easy to overlook a third critical SCOTUS ruling.
July 1, 2015
We need more than a national conversation about race and policing. We need spiritual and political change at the local level.
June 22, 2015
This has been the spring of discontent over standardized testing. Unfortunately, this has been closely tied to resistance to the Common Core standards.
June 9, 2015
One practical lesson of the Pew report is the crucial need for mainliners to focus on passing the faith on to the next generation.
May 21, 2015
By the time of Freddie Gray's arrest, his part of town was already awash in legitimate grievances against the police.
May 7, 2015
No rain in California is a disaster for all of us. But the drought, now entering its fourth year, is also an opportunity.
April 27, 2015
When what's at stake is a commercial transaction, it makes sense for a religious freedom claim to be trumped by the commitment to treat people equally.
April 13, 2015
The ACA is no longer just an idea. It is how millions of people access health care—and the Supreme Court stands poised to gut it.
April 6, 2015
Is anti-Semitism on the rise? It's hard to quantify, and data vary across regions. But a vicious anti-Semitism persists in Europe and the Middle East.
March 26, 2015
ISIS’s primary targets remain Muslims it views as apostate. But a new generation of Christian martyrs is arising as well.
March 4, 2015
Obama's budget includes more money to detain undocumented children. At the largest family detention center, the average child is age six.
February 17, 2015
Imagine a tax increase that makes sense to liberals and conservatives, the Chamber of Commerce and unions, truckers and environmentalists.
February 6, 2015