Is the nation in terminal decline? Not necessarily—this country has been built on cycles of crisis and renewal, and the forces that have made it great remain strong. But the government is broken. Securing the future will require fixing a system that has become a joke.
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Our State of the Union report; James Fallows on America's decline; Amanda Ripley on what makes a good teacher; Tim Lavin on late-night radio; Caitlan Flanagan on the trouble with school gardens; Ta-Nehisi Coates on Civil War battlefields; James Parker on 24; and much more.
Times were tough in 2009. But according to a cool Facebook app, people were happier.
How one organization, drawing on two decades of observation and research, may have found the answer
George Noory, America’s most popular late- night radio host, chronicles our national anxieties, from Vampires and shadow people to the Bilderbergs.
David Greenberg on presidential disappointment, David Frum on reviving the Mugwumps, David M. Kennedy on the lessons of Woodrow Wilson, Paul Starr on governing in the age of Fox News
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In Qom, the site of Iran’s secret uranium-enrichment facility, the Islamic Revolution remains as strong as ever.
A new computer game lets army officers practice counterinsurgency off the battlefield.
In South Africa, good intentions and poor follow-through are helping to spread deadly drug-resistant tuberculosis.
A scientist, a pool hustler, and an avant-garde composer fight a fearsome insect invasion.
Saving hallowed ground from a Big Box invader
The drinking man’s case for smaller servings
Exploring the city’s historic, and seductive, shopping arcades
New sensor tech is democratizing art and invention.
How school gardens are cheating our most vulnerable students
The haunting science fiction of J.G. Ballard
American girls; Lorrie Mooreâ€™s latest; and more
Commercial real estate is dominated by financial professionals, not hustlers looking for a quick flip. So why is the market about to melt down?
Fox’s 24 is exquisite nonsense. But can its limerick logic survive in the post-Cheney era?
Newspaper articles are too long.
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