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From fast food strikes to Wal-Mart: 2013 and the year in labor

2013 was a year of unexpected vulnerability and vitality — and the year fast food and Wal-Mart campaigns diverged<p>This time 13 months ago, low-wage non-union workers had just mounted first-of-their kind strikes against the behemoths of the post-crash economy: fast food and Wal-Mart. One year later, …

Florence Is Twinkling

'The Holidays' (as I, trying to be a politically correct New Englander, always call this time of year) are in full swing in Florence, where they celebrate Christmas unabashedly!!!<p>Thanksgiving, of course, was terrific for me, mostly because of my family (son David and daughter-in-law Meredith)'s …

How to Spend the Holidays in Italy

Even if you’re lacking an invitation to a home-cooked Christmas dinner, you can still enjoy the echoes of Italy‘s holiday festivities pouring into …

6 Reasons to Visit Paris this Winter

Aah, Paris in springtime. Fresh baguettes and pungent cheese perfume the air, flowers cascade from balconies, the sun returns to bathe the city in a …

Poland Photos

See photos of Poland (including Krakow, the Baltic Coast, the Tatra Mountains, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

New High-Speed Train From Paris to Barcelona Started Service Sunday

A high-speed rail service linking Spain and France has been inaugurated that will cut the journey time between Barcelona and Paris by half.<p>Up until …

Supreme Court to hear case on separating church and state

WASHINGTON — When Susan Galloway, who is Jewish, and Linda Stephens, an atheist, complained about the Christian prayers at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y., they were told they could "leave the room or just not listen," Galloway said.<p>"We felt like outcasts," Galloway said. "We are not …

Religion

National Geographic puts more than 500 historic maps on Google

National Geographic and Google are trying to recreate the thrill of cracking open one of the magazine's signature paper maps, but in the digital world. A new project puts more than 500 of National Geographic's 800 historic maps online using Google's Maps Engine platform.<p>"People have collected our …

In Conversation: Antonin Scalia

On September 26—a day that just happened to be the 27th anniversary of his swearing-in as associate justice—Antonin Scalia entered the Supreme …

Strassel: A Crisis of the President's Own Making

Unless Mr. Obama is willing to make a serious deal on spending, he will spend the next three years fighting the same budget wars over and over.<p>For months now, the GOP has been held hostage by a faction of its party that deluded itself into believing President Obama might be rolled on his signature …

Government Shutdown

Christie: 'If I was in the Senate right now, I'd kill myself'

<i>By Matt Katz</i><p>Slideshow<p>The many faces of Gov. Christie<p>Gov. Christie today blamed Republicans and Democrats for the government shutdown, saying "it's …