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Slaying the Hydra
Slaying the Hydra
Pakistani Taliban Fractures, Posing New Challenges

A radical new group has split off from the Pakistani Taliban, apparently inspired by the success of ISIS. A fracturing Taliban may sound like a weakening Taliban, but a diffuse group of enemies can be more dangerous than one big one.

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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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