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Trump’s Brinksmanship Shows Importance of Electoral College

America’s peculiar system for choosing presidents may help avoid post-election chaos.

Third Debate Recap
How Much Does Trump Care About Immigration, Really?

Trump shortchanges his supposed signature issue to defend man-crush on Putin.

Immigration and 2016
On Immigration, a Nation Divided

A look ahead at how the issue will play out in tonight’s debates.

Crying Uncle
Putin’s Boasting Hides His Fear of Sanctions

Outraged by Aleppo, the Obama Administration says it might impose more sanctions on Russia. It should, because sanctions are working.

immigration nation
America’s 2016 Nobel Prize Winners in Sciences All Immigrants

But this suggests a different conclusion than many in the media are drawing.

Heckuva Job
What Erdogan’s Pivot to Putin Means

Briefly: nothing good for American interests.

Balancing Act
Thailand’s King Has Died

King Bhumibol’s passing makes the task of American foreign policy in Asia more complicated than ever.

Columbus Day 2016
The Immigrants’ Holiday

Columbus Day started as a celebration of penniless immigrants made good, not of genocide.

How norms erode
What to Make of Trump’s Debate-Night Threat

The media can’t be an effective referee of democratic norms if it defines them selectively.

In Africa, a Link Between Phones and Freedom

Uganda’s putting porn on the “naughty list” and Zimbabwe’s trying to block WhatsApp, but Africa’s mobile revolution is real and its impacts are just beginning to be felt.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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