A meeting to avoid climate catastrophe

As the world’s leaders convene in Paris to devise a plan to avert the most devastating effects of climate change, here is a sure bet: Whatever deal emerges is not going to save the planet. But wait, there’s also good news: This meeting is more promising than any that have gone before.


Congress at work, or hardly working?

To judge from next year’s schedule, members of Congress aren’t even bothering to pretend that they’re doing their jobs. The Senate plans to spend no more than 143 days at work in 2016, and the House calendar is even sleepier: only 111 days in session, roughly two days a week.


Fight ISIS, without adding U.S. troops

When President Barack Obama announced an international campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State last year, the organization was primarily a regional threat. But the coordinated attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and the downing of a Russian airliner suggest that the organization has embarked on a campaign of exporting terror globally.


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