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Allowing path to citizenship for Dreamers proves divisive within GOP

As House Republicans search for a solution to their campaign-season standoff over "Dreamers," the question of whether to provide them a conduit to citizenship has split the party's moderate and conservative factions. 

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Why Trump canceled N. Korea summit: Three questions

President Trump’s abrupt decision to scrap the highly anticipated meeting with Kim Jong-un was both unexpected and entirely forseeable – and raises questions about what may come next.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
A new unity on solutions for climate change

Both parties in Congress now support incentives for capturing carbon emissions from oil, gas, and coal. The political shift from a divisive debate is welcome.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Trump cancels summit with North Korea over perceived threats

President Trump canceled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un planned for next month. While diplomacy with Pyongyang had become Trump's top focus, he said a recent statement from the North had "tremendous anger and open hostility." 

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Argentines use murals to draw awareness to missing children

A growing number of urban artists are painting the faces of missing Argentine children on walls in a bid to raise awareness about their disappearances. The murals are visible to pedestrians and motorists in strategic parts of the capital.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Kneel if you like, but stay out of sight: NFL muddles issue with new anthem policy

With its popularity threatened, the NFL wanted to put the focus back on football. Instead, the league raised all sorts of potential questions heading into next season.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Texas mulls school safety in wake of mass shooting

Some students have voiced support for installing metal detectors at school entrances or embraced the idea of arming teachers. 

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
'Saving Central Park' recounts a love affair with a legendary green space

Former Central Park Conservancy president Elizabeth Barlow Rogers blends her own story with that of the park that she loves.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
‘Charity begins at home’

As he found a more spiritual way to think about others, today’s contributor found a richer relationship with his dad and saw him freed from alcoholism.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Where did all the hoydens go?

It is hard even to imagine hoyden as a meaningful term of reproach and criticism today. Why shouldn’t girls climb trees? What’s wrong with women laughing loudly and saying what they think?

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Meanwhile in ... Mauritania, climate change has pushed women into leadership roles

And in South Korea, the tremendous popularity of K-pop music is drawing more foreign students, particularly Europeans, to study at Korean universities.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Dodd-Frank 'rollback'? What bipartisan easing of bank rules could mean.

Banks are a fulcrum of the economy, either fueling growth or sometimes stifling it when their condition turns sour. So it's worth a closer look when some Democrats join Republicans to ease their regulatory boundaries.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Amid Israel-Gaza violence, a personal drive to preserve humanity and hope

It's a challenge to prevent fear from overwhelming compassion. Even before the latest violence, animosity and distrust have run deep on both sides of the Israeli-Gazan border. For some Israeli residents of the region, there's no alternative but to reach out to preserve hope.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Why the US and China settled for a trade truce

Trump's threat of a US-China trade war has abated, but underlying tensions are likely to deepen over China's drive to catch up with the US on technology. 

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
The deft broker behind plans for a Trump-Kim summit

Over the past year, South Korea’s new president has used praise, warmth, and humility to bring out the best in the American and North Korean leaders.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
More than 'beautiful words': How one school fights to keep racial equity

At this Missouri school, an intentional focus on parity leads to open discussions about race, with students learning skills they are carrying forward into other settings. 

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Wyoming tries to attract blockchain business

Wyoming has passed several laws to make it a more friendly state for blockchain companies, the much-hyped decentralized database that records digital currency transactions. The state, dependent on fossil fuels, hopes to diversity its economy by attracting tech businesses. 

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
New Malaysian government offers hope for simmering ethnic tensions

With the surprising loss of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak two weeks ago, the country has undergone a dramatic transformation. Now, new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is urging greater equality for the region's many ethnic minorities. 

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
How a soccer star gave hope to his Egyptian hometown

An entire village will tune in to watch Mohamed Salah, a forward for the English club Liverpool, who in turn has invested in his Nile Delta village with an improved mosque, hospital, and school as Egypt struggles through economic hardships. 

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Diaz-Canel crafts new public persona as Cuban president

In sharp contrast with his reclusive predecessor, Raúl Castro, Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel has begun to appear in publicly televised speeches and meetings with local communities – signaling a potential shift in how the new leader intends to govern.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Turkey's halal-friendly tourism draws crowds

Dozens of hotels and resorts in Turkey are accommodating religious strictures on modesty to boost tourism. Many foreign guests are Muslims from European countries seeking a respite from right-wing and anti-immigrant sentiments.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Summits give aging North Korean spies hope of returning home

Former cold war-era North Korean spies trapped in the South are hoping the recent thaw in tensions between their countries will allow them to return home to their "ideological homeland."  

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
'The World-Ending Fire' collects 31 essential Wendell Berry essays

Who better than Berry to explain to us 'who we are, where we are, and what we must do to live'?

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Beyond positive thinking: thoughts that heal

When today’s contributor prayed for his injured dog, he experienced how God’s thoughts come with a power that brings tangible healing.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
The payback of follow-through

‘I’ll send you a postcard,’ I said to the phone store clerk.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
After mass shootings, students hope to change sense of siege to surge in activism

Summer used to mean weeks of fun and freedom for students. This year, led by survivors of school shootings, summer means introspection and tackling a societal issue that had previously been seen as hopeless: gun violence in schools.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Confronting Iran, US tests diplomatic strength without unity

Beyond outlining harsh measures to constrain Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech Monday at the Heritage Foundation seemed to imply a fundamental question about US foreign policy: Can it achieve key goals without a coalition of its most powerful allies?

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
In a Nigerian melting pot, living – and loving – despite Boko Haram

Maiduguri has endured Boko Haram attacks for nearly a decade. But many Nigerians here try to carry on with their normal lives – including the city’s tradition of tolerance.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
A G7 summit with hospitality on the table

As host of June’s Group of Seven gathering, Canada has put two of the latest mass migrations on the agenda. Its own generosity toward migrants should help elevate the West’s response to a global refugee crisis.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
With fewer incoming refugees, US resettlement centers dwindle

Dozens of resettlement offices around the country are closing or downsizing following the Trump administration's decision to slash the numbers of refugees allowed entry to the US. For local communities, these organizations are vital to helping new arrivals assimilate. 

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Security advocates challenge facial recognition in policing

Several privacy advocate organizations have penned a letter to Amazon, asking the corporation to stop marketing new facial recognition software to police stations. The group argues that the powerful technology equates to government surveillance.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
British chefs cook up food waste solutions

In Britain, chefs have started concept restaurants, soup kitchens, and social enterprises turning waste into meals. With no national food waste program, nonprofits have been taken the lead to redistribute food and change the way people think about kitchen scraps.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Social media ads under scrutiny in Irish abortion referendum

With Facebook and Google restricting or banning ads, groups on both sides of the highly emotionally charged campaign have had to adjust their strategies and expressed frustration at the ability of foreign-based tech firms to make important decisions about appropriate content. 

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
As summit approaches, North Korea's media sharpens its tone

North Korea's state media has taken on an angry tone and released strongly worded commentaries slamming Seoul and Washington for their join military exercises, raising concerns higher that the Kim-Trump summit may not happen.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Why school shootings seem to happen mostly in small towns

Tight-knit communities with low crime rates and good schools can make struggling teenagers feel on the outside, experts say. Other contributing factors behind mass shootings are the strong presence of guns and the tendency among teens to emulate the acts of others.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
'When Einstein Walked with Gödel' is science writing at its best

Jim Holt's collected essays are like a series of dispatches from the larger scientific world inhabited by Einstein and Gödel.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Trusting God, finding home

Facing uncertainty and worry about where she would live next, today’s contributor found practical answers to her needs as she learned more about God’s care for all.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Trump, his critics, and the basic divide over the FBI

In calling for the investigation of his investigators, President Trump appears to have embraced the adage that the best defense is a good offense. How good an offense? Legal experts are weighing in.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Setback for workers: What fallout as Supreme Court OKs forced arbitration?

Some employers have faced allegations of widespread workplace discrimination or cheating workers on their pay. Yet increasingly workers are asked to waive any right to class-action lawsuits in order to be hired. A Supreme Court ruling now gives employers added leverage.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM
Incentives for inmates to choose a crime-free life

A bill with wide bipartisan backing in the House and supported by Trump would boost rehabilitation programs in federal prisons, building on state successes in reforms aimed at inmates seeking redemption.

05/24/2018 05:51 PM