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Look for This From Aspen: Minxin Pei vs. Eric Li Reuters

Look for This From Aspen: Minxin Pei vs. Eric Li

Two gentlemen from Shanghai debate the future of China -- in a for-real, very interesting debate

Parents Need to Relax—Even the 'Tiger Mother' Thinks So Reuters

Parents Need to Relax—Even the 'Tiger Mother' Thinks So

Parents tend to think their kids want more from them. But what they really wish is that their parents wouldn't be so anxious.

American Innovation: It's the Best of Times and the Worst of Times AP

American Innovation: It's the Best of Times and the Worst of Times

Two radically different ways to view the state of innovation in America.

Why Mayors Might Want Obamacare Even If GOP Governors Reject It C-SPAN

Why Mayors Might Want Obamacare Even If GOP Governors Reject It

A lot of uncompensated health-care spending comes out of municipal budgets, not state ones, and the bill could save cities money.

What Is The Goal of Parenting? Greg L. photos

What Is The Goal of Parenting?

Pondering the question with 'Tiger Mom' Amy Chua, Bill Cosby, an expert on navigating work and family, and Rod Dreher.

An Urban Myth That Should Be True Reuters

An Urban Myth That Should Be True

U.S. prison planners don't use local third-grade reading scores to predict future inmate populations. But maybe they should.

Orszag: Even If They Win, Republicans Can't Kill Obamacare Reuters

Orszag: Even If They Win, Republicans Can't Kill Obamacare

The president's former budget director is skeptical of GOP plans to repeal or subvert the Affordable Care Act in the wake of the Supreme Court decision.

The Future of X: Lauren Bush on World Hunger Atlantic Video

The Future of X: Lauren Bush on World Hunger

From the Aspen Ideas Festival, Lauren Bush shares her thoughts on social entrepreneurship and fighting hunger around the globe. 

Admiral Mullen: The President Should Tell No One When He'd Strike Iran Wikimedia Commons

Admiral Mullen: The President Should Tell No One When He'd Strike Iran

Attacking would merely delay their ability to get a nuclear weapon, he argues, adding that a nuclear Iran would itself be a disaster.

The Radical Libertarianism of Richard M. Daley Aspin

The Radical Libertarianism of Richard M. Daley

The progressive Democrat who ruled Chicago for 22 years has a simple explanation for America's decline: "The federal government destroyed big cities."

'We've Got 18 Vets a Day Who Are Killing Themselves in the United States' Wikimedia Commons

'We've Got 18 Vets a Day Who Are Killing Themselves in the United States'

Former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen describes, in dramatic detail, the stresses put on soldiers and their families since 9/11.

The Book of Revelation in 2,000 Years of Multimedia Wikimedia Commons

The Book of Revelation in 2,000 Years of Multimedia

Why has it had such a powerful recurring effect on Western culture?

Arthur Brooks, Robert Putnam, and the Opportunity Society AEI

Arthur Brooks, Robert Putnam, and the Opportunity Society

It's refreshing to see a conservative like Brooks cast the argument for free enterprise in terms of opportunity.

It's Biological Weapons That Keep James Steinberg Up at Night Reuters

It's Biological Weapons That Keep James Steinberg Up at Night

The former Deputy Secretary of State rightly notes that they're arguably more terrifying than even nuclear weapons.

Tune In Tonight: 'No Fracking Way' Intelligence Squared

Tune In Tonight: 'No Fracking Way'

A debate to watch, a film to seek out

Anne-Marie Slaughter Answers Her Critics The Atlantic

Anne-Marie Slaughter Answers Her Critics

"I think if I had an absolutely accurate title it would be 'Why working mothers need better choices to be able to make it to the top,'" she said.

Does America Have a Responsibility to Stop Mass Killings? Reuters

Does America Have a Responsibility to Stop Mass Killings?

The near consensus is "sometimes." The foreign policy establishment thinks presidents should make the call. But Congress ought to have the final say.

Former Obama Official on Syria: 'A Lot of What We're Doing Is Not Visible'

Former Obama Official on Syria: 'A Lot of What We're Doing Is Not Visible'

The line between U.S. humanitarian and military intervention is blurring as the death toll rises in Syria.

Aspen Snapshot: An Eye to the World Michael Brands/Aspen Institute

Aspen Snapshot: An Eye to the World

Three of the nation's top foreign-policy experts at a panel moderated by The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg

The Arab Spring, 18 Months Later Reuters

The Arab Spring, 18 Months Later

More than a year after their moment of glory, young protesters in Egypt and Tunisia are chain-smoking in cafes, wondering what went wrong.