North America

Argument

Immigration Reform Is Happening

With the federal government paralyzed by partisan bickering over undocumented immigrants, states and cities are leading the way.

Shannon O'Neil |

Report

The Snowden Aftermath (Revised)

Intelligence leaks may have caused damage, but it's not irreparable.

Shane Harris |

COLUMN

It’s 10 o'Clock -- Do You Know Where Your Bubonic Plague Is?

Spilled smallpox, missing SARS, and rogue scientists with mutant H1N1. If you’re not scared, you should be.

Laurie Garrett |

COLUMN

Magic Money and Budgetary Malpractice

There's something fishy about the U.S. Navy wanting to create a new fund to pay for nuclear submarines -- so it can also pay for other ships.

Gordon Adams |

Report

The FBI's Dirty Little Secret

The NSA wasn't the only one snooping on ordinary Americans.

Shane Harris |

Report

The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane to Nowhere

The next-generation F-35, the most expensive plane ever built, may be too dangerous to fly. Why is Congress keeping it alive?

Kate Brannen |

Argument

America's Young Refugees

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors trekking north from Central America is a humanitarian crisis -- and the United States should treat it like one.

Scarlett Aldebot-Green |

THE MAGAZINE

Have We Hit Peak America?

The sources of U.S. power and the path to national renaissance.

Elbridge Colby |

Report

Big Business Hopes to Inoculate Ex-Im Bank From GOP Opposition

Chamber, manufacturers leaning on reluctant lawmakers to keep export credit flowing.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

We're No. 1 (and We're Going to Stay That Way)

Why the prophets of American decline are wrong.

Tom Donilon |

THE MAGAZINE

The Bleeding Edge

For decades, Minnesota has 
led the world in developing medical technology. But now red tape 
at home and competition abroad 
are threatening its dominance.

Sarah Laskow |

Slide Show

Keeping Pace

Inside Minnesota’s mammoth medtech industry -- and the debate over whether it’s losing its global edge.

Christopher Leaman |

Feature

One Billion Drinkers Can Be Wrong

China's most popular spirit is coming to the U.S. Here's why you shouldn't drink it. 

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

A Foreign Policy for Main Street America

How to convince the heartland that the world matters.

Robert D. Hormats |

Dispatch

Pipelines and First Nations

Can Canada's indigenous communities stop Prime Minister Stephen Harper from turning the country into a petrostate?

Geoff Dembicki |

Argument

A Little Hit and a Big Miss

Don't be fooled by a minor success. America's interceptor missile-defense system is still a failed $40 billion boondoggle.

Tom Z. Collina |

COLUMN

Building a Warship for the Video Game Generation

The Navy's latest high-tech destroyer is basically a floating Xbox. (See bad jokes below.)

Michael Peck |

In Box

Third Gender: A Short History

From ancient Greece to modern Pakistan, the political and cultural emergence of a complex, controversial term.

Jake Scobey-Thal |

COLUMN

How to Lose Friends and Alienate Allies

Why America’s friends in Europe are wishing for the good old days of George W. Bush.

Kori Schake |

COLUMN

Get Ready for the Perma-Slump

Sorry to be a downer, but the American economy’s best days are behind it. (And China’s are too.)

Daniel Altman |

Exclusive

Obama Poised to Yank Top Military Intel Pick

An investigation into potentially illegal spending could leave the Pentagon's spy agency rudderless as it ramps up operations in Iraq.

Shane Harris |

Report

In Mexico, Old Habits Die Hard

Mexico's president threw open the door to reforming the energy sector, potentially reversing 75 years of revolutionary legacy. Now the ambitious overhaul is colliding with messy political reality.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

The Mogul Takes Manhattan

China’s most eccentric tycoon just made New York’s homeless sing for their supper. Then he did magic tricks.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Report

Bank Run

Tea Party Republicans want to shutter the Export-Import Bank. Would American companies suffer if the government didn't lend an occasional helping hand?

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Obama Needs to Find His Inner Cold Warrior

The problem with being a post-deterrence U.S. president is that without deterrence, the world we live in quickly becomes dangerous.

Suzanne Nossel |

Argument

The Game Theory of the Game

When the United States meets Germany, will either side try to win?

Michael Goodman |

Argument

Divided Loyalties in the Home of the Brave

Why do some immigrant soccer fans root for the United States, while others don’t?

Andrea Canales |

Report

Government Set to Continue Backing Terrorism Insurance

A post-9/11 program meant to be temporary is likely to be renewed until at least 2019.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

C’mon Germany, America Needs a Draw

With all the things the United States has done for Germany, isn’t it time for a little payback?

Daniel Altman |