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Bold lawmaking can come at a cost. House Democrats still haven't recovered from their 2009 "Obamacare" vote. So it's no wonder congressional Republicans are being a bit cautious. But their lack of action is starting to create a cost of its own.
Hong Kong has long held an outsize importance. It is a laboratory for Chinese democracy. But 20 years after China took control of the city, there are mounting signs that this uniqueness is under threat.
How do you undo a mistake? Unauthorized immigrants who served in the United States armed forces but then were deported for a crime are asking themselves that question. Their answer? Start by helping one another.
This next story has the ring of a real-world "WALL-E," the Pixar film in which we pollute ourselves off planet Earth. Here, the issue is junk in space. And the good news is that scientists are coming up with creative answers.
Your Fourth of July barbecue may well owe its savory smells to Southern slaves, German mustard, French vinegar, and Spanish pigs. Which makes it the perfect American food to take over the world.
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We think it is time to rethink the news.
News is essential. It is the fuel for a thriving democracy. It takes us to places and and introduces us to people we never imagined. It defends our rights and values.
Over the Monitor’s 108-year history, we’ve built a legacy of high-quality, distinctive journalism because we recognize that news is more than facts. It’s the story of how we are each trying to make our homes, communities, and nations better. What matters are the values and ideals that drive us, not just the who, what, when, and where of the news.
When we understand that, we understand the world, and one another, better.
The Monitor gives readers that deeper insight by offering this approach to readers:
We challenge conventional thinking. As forces from politics to social media try to break us into competing tribes – political, racial, or economic – together we’ll rethink the question, “Who is my neighbor?”
We listen to you. We need you to hold us accountable – to keep us honest and grounded. To inspire us with what inspires you. Together, we can build a community of people who ask more from news.
We will change how you see news. News must be accurate and trustworthy, but facts alone can miss the whole story – the story of us. We are much better than much of today’s news portrays us to be. We will have the courage to look into both the best and the worst in us – and not to blame, but to demand better.
Journalism can be a force for good – for inspiration and progress. But only if we all make it so.