Stories from America

The Day After Election: ‘There are two Americas now.’

Inside the Republican creation of the North Carolina voting bill dubbed the ‘monster’ law

Troubled. Quiet. Macho. Angry. The volatile life of the Orlando shooter.

 Rahm Emanuel, crisis manager for two presidents, now embroiled in crisis of his own  

 

Stories on Obama

What the world looks like, when you look like Obama

A monk in Laos, dreaming of America, waits for Obama

Life after the first
Being first is never easy. Living with the label can be just as hard.

Obama’s China visit gets off to rocky start
Chinese officials scream at White House press, argue with Susan Rice, almost fistfight over access

The Obama effect: An education in hope and change

Stories on China’s secretive cops and courts

The Wronged Officers Club
A Chinese tale of abuse and a craving for justice

Blog: Days after we interviewed these former cops, Chinese authorities arrested two of them

Ex-police officers in China protest by attempting suicide

Armed and Dangerous
China ends its ban on officers carrying guns, and a string of suspicious shootings follows

Blog: Newly armed police in China say they fear their guns as much as public

Escape from Execution
In China, a rare criminal case in which evidence made a difference

Party Justice
How the secretive, powerful agency in charge of investigating corrupt Chinese officials works

 

Stories of parenting in a Communist state

To talk, or not, about Tiananmen 
Witnesses to Tiananmen Square struggle with what to tell their children

One Child, One Death
Parents’ pain is magnified by China’s one-child rule

An Education in Corruption
Parents bribe to get students into top schools, despite campaign against corruption

Left Behind
China’s ‘left-behind children’ reflect toll of labor migration

 

Stories of China

Mining for baseball diamonds
MLB enters the world’s largest market, but turning China on to America’s pastime is a tough sell

Dark U.S. politics plays well in Beijing
‘House of Cards’ finds avid audience in China

An interview with a president
Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou, plans to expand relations with China

Love, Lies & Loyalty
A fallen official’s trial turns into soap operatic affair

The reclusive designer refashioning China’s first lady 

Clash of party titans
China’s President Hu seeks to exert influence long after he leaves power

Communist officials learn lessons in cronyism at China’s party schools

The Tale of Tai Lake
Sullied waters tell story of divergent forces at work in China’s push for environmentalism

The fundamentals of Freud come into fashion in China
Through online sessions, U.S. psychoanalysts train their Eastern counterparts

 

Stories from the world and national security

Egypt’s facebook revolution faces identity crisis

Xi visits Iowa where the diplomatic equivalent of love is in the air

Global race on to match US drone capabilities

U.S. offers incentives to lure Burma into reform

Negotiations over dissident Chen Guangcheng offer rare glimpse into how China operates

Suspect in Fort Hood, unassuming on the surface, but roiling within

A Complicated Relationship
A U.S. congressman’s love and fear of Muslims

 

Stories of faith

Serving his country, testing his faith
After the Fort Hood shootings, a Muslim American soldier battles on friendly ground

Soul-Searching on Facebook
For Many Users, Religion Question Is Not Easy to Answer

In the midst of crisis, a bedrock of faith
Seminarians still devoted to scandal-scarred vocation

Need a blessing with that bread?
Preacher offers shoppers something they never bargained for

Sense of Sanctuary Lost As Church Attacks Spike
String of Shootings Includes Md. Death

Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Friars Trudge 300 Miles and Find Kindred Souls On the Way

 

Stories from suburbia

Let There Be Light
Christmas Display Rivalry, 12 Years Strong, Is Both Bond and Balm

Life Lost, a Plan Derailed, a Fiancee Left in Limbo
In the Army, There’s No Form to Verify Love

Caught in Time’s Currents
In the Twilight of Life, Md. Man Fears His River Is, Too

So That’s Why the Grass Is Greener
Septic Tanks Hold Surprises, Some Odious, for New Exurbanites

 

Stories of Los Angeles & Baltimore

A sea lion murder mystery

Satan Wood Drive name bedevils these poor souls
It’s hardly the road to perdition, but some fed-up Columbia residents are ready to say ‘To heck with it.’

He’s still ho, ho, holding on
Grand marshal SpongeBob SquarePants might soak up more attention, but Santa Claus is the mainstay of Baltimore’s annual Thanksgiving parade.