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The Century's take on the issues of the day

Americans tend to have a romanticized, inflated sense of the White House and its power. In domestic affairs, most of the power is elsewhere.
October 29, 2015
The state killed Kelly Gissendaner despite the evidence of a changed life. This points to a desire for retribution rather than reformation.
October 12, 2015
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.
September 28, 2015
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?
September 14, 2015
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.
August 31, 2015
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