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Walter Russell Mead
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The Light at the End of the Yule Blog

Christmas is important to Christians because from their point of view the Baby Jesus is the meaning of Christmas, and the meaning of Christmas is the meaning of life.

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How Real Is the Meaning?

The Gospels occupy a kind of center point in human culture as a whole: products of a particular time and place, but comprehensible to all.

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Sitting in Darkness, Blogging the Light

If we leave religion out of our national conversation, we end up with a vapid conversation that doesn’t address the deepest realities that move most of the people in this country.

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China Bubble Looking Ever More Ominous

IMF economists are chastising Xi’s economic team in uncharacteristically strident tones.

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The GOP Takes a Hack at the Healthcare Gordian Knot

A screwed-up repeal of Obamacare is likely to have fewer political repercussions than passing it in the first place. Still, Republicans may soon wish they had taken a slower and steadier path to repeal and reform.

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Christmas Violence Forces Germany to Face Hard Truths

Like Japan, Germany is making moves that would have been unthinkable until recently. These are the costs of a fraying liberal world order.

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The Mother of All Meaning

To get any insight at all into what Jesus’ childhood and upbringing were like, you have to do something that sometimes makes Protestants uncomfortable: study Mary.

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God’s Dilemma

The flawed human race, trapped in a cycle of cascading pain and wrong is what, and who, God is bound and determined to love; the question is how can He do it?

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One for All

The Christmas story suggests that we can somehow try to be loyal members of our nations, our families, our tribes—and also to reach out to the broader human community of which we are also a part.

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Meaning in 3-D

That little baby lying so cutely in the manger is the biggest trouble maker in world history, and the shocking claims that Christianity makes about who He is and what He means irritate and antagonize people all over the world.

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Trump Ties

Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch with ties to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, could soon face extradition to the U.S. on bribery charges.

Frack Baby Frack

A newly energized shale industry is once again pushing U.S. oil production near the 9 million barrels per day mark.

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… covered very differently by the New York Times.

MSM watch

The purpose of a pension fund is to invest money and turn a profit for pensioners, right?

Higher Education Watch

GOP legislators are beclowning themselves by proposing utterly unworkable solutions that infringe on academic freedom and in any case would make things far worse.

Asia's Game of Thrones

On behalf of ASEAN, the Philippines has issued a rare expression of unanimous concern over China’s actions in the South China Sea.

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