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Bouncer, Marxist, Reformer, Pope

Pope Francis was already the “most talked about person on the planet,” but lately the media obsession with him has gone into overdrive. Buzzfeed is running stories about how Francis used to be a bouncer, and Think Progress and Huffpo are excited that he currently spends his evenings sneaking out of the Vatican to distribute alms to the poor. But the biggest driver of the pope’s ubiquity was the release of Evangelii Gaudium, the apostolic exhortation heard round the world. The document was released just before Thanksgiving, and immediately made waves with its strongly worded claims about economics.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

As Duterte continues to slam the U.S. and look to China, Japan is caught in an awkward position.


By snubbing nuclear power, Berlin has consigned itself to decades of coal dependence.

The European Immigration Crisis

There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

Miracles Can Happen

It’s probably not a model for the country (as some analysts would have it), but it shows that compromise is possible when all parties involved are committed to finding a practical solution.

Putin on a show?

Russia’s advantage in Syria is a matter of political will, not technical capability.

Higher Education Watch

Colleges make resident assistants “mandatory reporters” for potential Title IX violations.

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