The Great Debate

The U.S. Navy’s $500 million ship that’s ready for disaster in a warmer world

December 9, 2015
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The USNS Lewis B. Puller. COURTESY OF GENERAL DYNAMICS/NASSCO

Culturally, the U.S. military is a fairly conservative organization. But unlike many other conservative American institutions, the armed services harbor no doubt about arguably the most important issue in the world today — one that has drawn experts, advocates and leaders from all over the world to Paris for an historic conference.

If Vladimir Putin carries through on latest threats, it would only hurt Russia

December 9, 2015

  An employee stands near pipes made for the South Stream pipeline at the OMK metal works in Vyksa in the Nizhny Novgorod region April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY) - RTR3LET2

An employee stands near pipes made for the South Stream pipeline at the OMK metal works in Vyksa in the Nizhny Novgorod region April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

The public doesn’t support restrictive voter ID laws, but many new ones will be in force in 2016

December 8, 2015
A worker carries a sign that will be displayed at a polling place that will inform voters of the new voter ID law that goes into effect in 2016 at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4CMZT

A worker carries a sign that will be displayed at a polling place that will inform voters of the new voter ID law that goes into effect in 2016 at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane

What a climate deal means for oil markets

December 8, 2015
An employee of Indonesian oil company Pertamina walks on the top of drums at the oil storage depot in Jakarta September 1, 2005. Indonesia's state oil company Pertamina increased prices of high octane gasoline by more than 40 percent and hiked the prices of some other industry fuels on Thursday to catch up with the rising cost of crude oil. REUTERS/Beawiharta  BEA/PN - RTRM69Y

An employee of Indonesian oil company Pertamina walks on the top of drums at the oil storage depot in Jakarta, September 1, 2005. REUTERS/Beawiharta

What the West should have learned from its long ‘war on terror’

December 7, 2015
A police officer picks up a weapon from the scene of the investigation around the area of the SUV vehicle where two suspects were shot by police following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California December 3, 2015.  Authorities on Thursday were working to determine why Syed Rizwan Farook 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, who had a 6-moth old daughter together, opened fire at a holiday party of his co-workers in Southern California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 in an attack that appeared to have been planned.  REUTERS/Mike Blake (TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)   - RTX1X2D8

A police officer picks up a weapon from the scene of the investigation around the area of the SUV vehicle where two suspects were shot by police following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Obama’s terror speech perfectly highlights reasons for Trump’s rise

December 7, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about counter-terrorism and the United States fight against Islamic State during an address to the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, December 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Yuri Gripas      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1XH8S

President Barack Obama speaks about counter-terrorism and the United States fight against Islamic State during an address to the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, December 6, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The best science fiction movie of the year has a contradictory message

December 6, 2015
A location on Mars associated with the best-selling novel and Hollywood movie, "The Martian is seen in an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter taken May 17, 2015.  This area is in the Acidalia Planitia region and in the novel and the movie, it is the landing site of a crewed mission named Ares 3.  REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Handout via Reuters  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTS39QM

A location on Mars associated with the best-selling novel and Hollywood movie, “The Martian is seen in an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter taken May 17, 2015. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Handout via Reuters

Why it’s still worth being president of the fractious United States

December 6, 2015
A man holds a sign reading "Obama Bin Lyin'" before a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Columbia, South Carolina January 11, 2012.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2W5YS

A campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Columbia, South Carolina, January 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The end of the post-World War Two order

December 5, 2015
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Marine Le Pen, French National Front political party leader and candidate for the National Front in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region, addresses French farmers as she campaigns for the upcoming regional elections, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

The next battleground in the U.S.-China power struggle

December 4, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L), Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (2nd L), Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (2nd R) and Vietnamese Politburo member Dinh The Huynh raise a toast after witnessing a signing ceremony of a dozen of  bilateral agreements following their official talks at the VCP's Headquarters in Hanoi on November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool - RTX1UVMZ

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L), Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (2nd L), Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (2nd R) and Vietnamese Politburo member Dinh The Huynh raise a toast after witnessing a signing ceremony of a dozen of bilateral agreements following their official talks at the VCP’s Headquarters in Hanoi on November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Hoang Dinh Nam