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The 2015 State of the Union, by Google Autocomplete

What the world’s search engine tells us about the state of the American psyche. Hint: It is not “strong.”

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Wherefore Art Thou Luomiou?

Shakespeare is booming in China. But translating the Bard’s greatest works isn’t as clear as a summer’s day.

Best Defense

Yes, Marcus. They did die in vain.

The most popular post on Best Defense in 2014.

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How to Make a Skyscraper Invisible

How did the city that gave the world the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Pyramid become so afraid of bold construction?

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L Is for Looting

Teaching Brazilians to read, one socially-charged flashcard at a time.

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Kerry’s Visit to Nigeria Coincides With Major Boko Haram Offensive

Kerry’s Visit to Nigeria Coincides With Major Boko Haram Offensive

White House Gaffe Outs American Held by the Islamic State

White House Gaffe Outs American Held by the Islamic State

Beheading of Japanese Citizen Leaves Tokyo With Agonizing Choice

Beheading of Japanese Citizen Leaves Tokyo With Agonizing Choice

Stay Scary, America

Stay Scary, America

Davos Diary: When it Comes to Human Rights in China, It’s Don’t Ask, Won’t Tell

Davos Diary: When it Comes to Human Rights in China, It’s Don’t Ask, Won’t Tell

Despite King’s Death, U.S.-Saudi Relationship Unlikely to Change

Despite King’s Death, U.S.-Saudi Relationship Unlikely to Change

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