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Brexit and North Korea: Why 'breakthroughs' falter

For Britain, the issue is Brexit: the 2016 referendum calling for an end to its decades-long membership of the European Union. In North Korea’s case, it was the unprecedented decision by US President Trump to sit down for a summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June of this year.

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How this man helps ordinary people feel a book is written just for them

On a recent evening on the outskirts of Heidelberg, a city in southern Germany with a long tradition of writers and philosophers, five young women and a man have come together to read prose and poetry out loud.

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Readers write: Influence of ‘Jurassic Park,' Daily praise, wisteria memories, Americans finding common ground

The June 11 Focus story, “Rise of the ‘Jurassic Park’ generation,” was great! I am a longtime science teacher, and I, too, have seen the profound influence that this movie series has had on my students over the years. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test? The fence in our side yard was covered […]

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The women activists for peace in Syria

After seven years of war in Syria, so many men have been killed or left the country that women are now a dominant presence in many parts of Syrian society. This is especially true in Idlib, the last province still largely controlled by opposition forces and home to more than a million people who fled […]

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Can John McCain memorials be a healing moment?

In his final years, John McCain became an increasingly polarizing figure. Most telling, perhaps, were the bitterly negative comments about McCain on social media, amid the praise. “There’s a longing for a sense of coming together with purpose, and I think that’s what John McCain symbolized,” says Kirsten Fedewa, a Republican consultant who worked on […]

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Detroit battles tax penalties that create city of renters

Pearlie Mack was a homeowner for years, until a series of difficult-to-prevent disasters. First, an electrical fire left her West Side Detroit home in ashes in 1998. Last summer, a bright orange foreclosure notice was tacked on the front door of the house she rented.

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Neutral no more: Can the Supreme Court survive an era of extreme partisanship?

On February 23, 1857, Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier (my multi-great granduncle) wrote President-elect James Buchanan one of the most infamous letters in the history of American jurisprudence. In it, Justice Grier outlined for the incoming US chief executive the decision reached by the court in Dred Scott v. Sandford, a case in which […]

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Tackle the rush to sports gambling

In a decision last May, the Supreme Court said that individual states can, in effect, “Play ball!” on legalized sports betting. In just three months, seven states have approved sports wagering while 14 others have bills pending. The rush is on to tap the estimated $150 billion now spent in illegal sports gambling each year […]

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With new negotiations, South Sudanese warily hope for a 'peace' they can see

The president, Salva Kiir, was about to land from Khartoum, Sudan, where the peace deal had been inked, and Mr. Guloch wanted to be there when he did. Like many of the 10,000 South Sudanese who gathered at the airport that day, Guloch was tired of hearing about peace secondhand.

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