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  • Don't fast track trade deals that hurt the middle class

     Don't fast track trade deals that hurt the middle class
    Trade is a simple concept. You sell me yours, and I'll sell you mine. At least that's the way it used to be. I can remember when our food, our clothing, our cars, our televisions, our appliances and the homes we live in, were all "Proudly made in...
  • Doing the math on California's bullet train fares

    Doing the math on California's bullet train fares
    Riding California's bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco would cost "about $50 a person," supporters wrote in ballot arguments seven years ago when voters approved billions in funding for the project. In the years since, the state high-speed...
  • Afghanistan's goat farmers find luxury niche in cashmere

    Not so long ago, Afghan farmers collected the thick winter undercoat their goats shed every spring and threw it on the fire to heat their homes and cook their food. Some have since learned that the super-soft fluff that comes off in clumps as the...
  • China teaches top cadres Western ideas despite backlash

    In the still, early hours, cadres make their way down tree-lined paths. They walk through a polished lobby, down dim hallways and settle themselves in rows in plain, wood-paneled classrooms. Here, they sit at the vanguard of the Communist Party of China....
  • Dick Meyer: A world ranking that shifts the measure of success

    To paraphrase the advice Horace Greeley gave America's youth in 1865, "Go to Iceland, young man, go to Iceland..." Iceland? Why? Because Iceland just might be the best place on earth to get happy. That's according to the World Happiness Report 2015....
  • Belarus requires the idle to pay for not working

    Under a new measure in Belarus, people who work less than half the year will have to pay the government for their idleness. The parliament on Wednesday passed the proposal by authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, which requires work-capable...
  • Afghanistan's Ghani says a tough year will yield stronger nation

    KABUL, Afghanistan Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said his security forces will weather the loss of most U.S. combat support and defeat a Taliban insurgency that's inflicting record casualties. "It's going to be a difficult year, but at the end...
  • Critics of Pacific Rim free trade agreement cite worries over jobs, immigration

    Critics of Pacific Rim free trade agreement cite worries over jobs, immigration
    About 30 members of unions, immigrant rights groups and an environmental advocacy organization joined Wednesday to voice their concerns that a Pacific Rim free trade deal would reduce U.S. jobs and increase immigration to the country. At a rally in City...
  • Study: Organized crime undermining Venezuelan institutions

    BOGOTA, Colombia How easy is it to have someone whacked in Venezuela? A new survey found that 36 percent of the population say it's "easy" or "very easy" to have someone killed. Venezuela's rampant crime often makes chilling headlines. Despite being rich...
  • Rachel Marsden: The Republic of Clintonstan's problematic matchmaking

    PARIS -- Hillary Clinton isn't just a Democratic candidate for president of the United States; she's co-president of the breakaway Republic of Clintonstan. As Clinton said herself in the early '90s when her husband was running for president: "If you vote...
  • Putin says Russia over worst of economic downturn

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country's economy has weathered the worst of its downturn even though it appears headed for a deep recession. In comments reported Tuesday by state news agency RIA Novosti, Putin said the economy had stabilized...