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Daily News Briefing

December 2013

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When we say “Happy New Year” tonight, we aren’t just making a wish. We’re stating a fact.

After more than a dozen years of nation-building, the world can’t afford to let Afghanistan slip away from civilization again.

Nationalism is a dangerous political tool.

Looking back, looking ahead

Hot news cools between Christmas and New Year’s, so the media trot out two old journalistic warhorses: the year-ender and the look-ahead.

A card that’s never depleted

The gift of Christmas – from the first one to the one we mark tomorrow morning – is a never-depleted Get Out of Jail Free card.

Caveat publisher

People from all walks of life post photos or make remarks on public forums that they come to regret.

A need for digital security

Keeping cybercrime in check is no longer a niche need.

The taper begins

Americans, like people in every developed country, live in a managed economy.

East-West tug of war

The great tug of war over Ukraine took a lurch to the East yesterday.

Beyond the humanitarian concern lies a demographic dilemma.