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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.

What Putin wants, and how he plans to get it

It was tempting to look at last week's diplomatic agreement to pull Ukraine back from the brink of war and see the beginning of a grand compromise between Russia and the West.

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Campaign finance reformers are worried about the future. They contend that two Supreme Court rulings — the McCutcheon decision in March and...

I go to Mass almost every Sunday, but I try to avoid the big holidays. Especially Easter. In most Christian churches, Easter is a kind of triumphalistic affirmation of Christian...

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