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April 2017

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Tax and consequence

President Trump's tax proposal is dramatic. It could help the US economy, or it could hurt it. Getting there won't be easy.

Ideas worth spreading

This year's TED gathering in Vancouver, British Columbia, had an unusual speaker with an old but timely theme: the power of tenderness.

The longest war

Superior American firepower won’t yield an Afghan peace.

Unnecessary brinkmanship

Congress and the White House are grappling with huge issues on a tight deadline this week. They don't need to do that.

Can the center hold?

As in the Netherlands last month, centrists in France might be taking a more active political stand to counter populist/nationalists.

Why 'Earthrise' inspires

Tomorrow humans celebrate Earth Day for the 47th time. It is a moment to recommit to environmental stewardship.

Although President Trump came into office critical of the US role in the world, he has adopted most of his predecessor's positions.

May's mandate

A British election will give voters another chance to debate Brexit.

Democracy in distress

Across Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia, nostalgic nationalism and autocratic governance are increasing.

Putting taxpayers first

Like President Trump, most Americans want tax reform. But the road to that achievement has to be bipartisan.