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One Nation, Divisible

Our annual American Values Survey finds that the country is badly polarized -- and the blame falls squarely on our political leaders.<p>Kevin Lamarque/Reuters<p>The second annual Atlantic/Aspen Institute American Values Survey of more than 2,000 Americans, commissioned for the Aspen Ideas Festival and …

Shadow Banking Threatens China's Economy—but What Is It, Exactly?

Needed government reforms to the country's byzantine financial system may nonetheless upend China's growth.<p>Last week, the Shanghai interbank offered rate (Shibor), China's once-anonymous version of London's LIBOR, made news around the world when it suddenly spiked at all time high. Expected to …

Home Economics: The Link Between Work-Life Balance and Income Equality

The central conflict of domestic life right now isn't men versus women or mothers versus fathers; it's the family against money.<p>My wife leans in. A year ago, after nine hours of labor, she received an epidural and immediately asked me to pass the iPad so she could send a note to work. I suggested …

Does the Rise of the Super-Wealthy Require New Global Rules?

Chrystia Freeland on the power of plutocrats<p>When the 113th Congress opened in January, the number of millionaires in its ranks rose to 257 out of 535, or just over 48 percent. Whether or not this constitutes true plutocracy, or rule by the wealthy, Reuters editor Chrystia Freedland says the line …

Ten Years After the Fall of Saddam, How Do Iraqis Look Back on the War?

A decidedly non-negative view from the Kurdish North, via Barham Salih<p>It's become tough for Americans to reflect on the U.S. overthrow of Iraq's Ba'ath regime without coming back to the conclusion that the failure to build a new, democratic state in the heart of the Middle East was inevitable to …

Why the US doesn’t use cyber-weapons to attack its enemies more often

The US government doesn’t like to talk about it, but it has developed an arsenal of cyber-weapons that can be used to attack adversaries. Why doesn’t it deploy computer worms and other technologies for disrupting enemies’ networks and computer-controlled physical infrastructure more often in …

The GOP Can't Win With Eric Cantor as Its Ambassador

Whatever his strengths, communicating a compelling vision to the American people isn't one of them.<p>Reuters<p>Over the weekend, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor participated in several panels at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and was interviewed on its most prominent stage at an event witnessed …

Study: People With a Lot of Self-Control Are Happier

Improbably enough, people who are better able to resist impulses report being more satisfied with their lives.<p>austin hsieh/Flickr<p><b>PROBLEM:</b> "Among humankind's most valuable assets" is self-control, according to Wilhelm Hofmann and his team of researchers at the University of Chicago. They define it …

How North Carolina Became the Wisconsin of 2013

With a Republican takeover of state government and weekly protests in Raleigh, the Tar Heel State is the front line in America's partisan battle.<p>Gerry Broome/Associated Press<p>Nowhere is the battle between liberal and conservative visions of government fiercer than North Carolina. From the …

Why Is Jack Lew So Optimistic About the Economy?

The treasury secretary's upbeat predictions about growth, immigration reform, and U.S.-China relations<p>Wikimedia Commons<p>The U.S. Treasury Secretary is feeling optimistic. Despite some long-term problems (such as weak job growth and income inequality), Jack Lew believes the economy is on the way …

Why and How Obama Will (Probably) Approve Keystone XL

The test the president laid out for the controversial pipeline wasn't a prelude to rejecting it -- just the opposite.<p>Gazing into my columnist's crystal ball on a steamy summer day when many in the Obama administration have climate change on their minds, I see a decision coming on the Keystone XL …

Don't Blame Unemployment Insurance for Our Jobs Crisis

A new study shows that labor markets are just as broken for people who aren't collecting benefits as it is for people who are<p>(Reuters)<p>The Great Recession has not been a great vacation. Four years since the recovery officially began, many people are still unemployed not because they don't want to …