An Afghan Truce Test Is to Begin Amid a Political Crisis

KABUL, Afghanistan — A weeklong reduction in violence across Afghanistan, a major condition for the United States to formally sign its initial peace deal with the Taliban, goes into effect early Saturday, right after midnight, Afghan officials said Friday. The measure, in which all sides are expected to end most …

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Opinion | In Search of Darkness

Perhaps it does, to a degree, though the apparent belief that security is directly proportional to lumens seems pretty dubious. And we still don’t seem to feel any safer. Does all that unnatural light help us look one another in the eye more readily, trust our neighbors more, greet the …

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Opinion | The Billionaire Election

Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren, the senior senator from Massachusetts, have some meaningful differences of policy and personality. But the thread that connects their campaigns is their insistence that the “left behind” in America are not actually being left behind so much as stood on. They each seek to take …

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Opinion | The Authoritarian Stamp of Jim Crow

Mickey notes how the Farmers’ Alliance and Populist Party “clashed with state and national Democratic parties on major economic issues, including debt relief for farmers and the regulation of business.” What’s more, “A Colored Farmers’ Alliance grew rapidly as well, and held out the possibility of biracial coalition-building.” This possibility …

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Opinion | What Nevada Wants in a President

Also driving support for Senator Sanders is the fact that, for working-class communities that are not covered by the protection of a union or citizenship, a life in Nevada is defined by economic struggle and poverty. Our Democratic legislators have not hesitated to use billions of dollars to build an …

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Microbes Point the Way to Shipwrecks

Off the coast of Mississippi, under 4,000 feet of water, a luxury yacht is slowly disintegrating. Marine creatures dart, cling and scuttle near the hull of the wreck, which has been lying undisturbed for 75 years. But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this shipwreck and …

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Ocasio-Cortez Builds Progressive Campaign Arm to Challenge Democrats

WASHINGTON — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plans on Friday to endorse an all-female slate of progressive candidates through her new political action committee, using her clout in the insurgent left and the considerable campaign funds she has drawn to counter the Democratic establishment in key races around the country. The endorsements …

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