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Nathan Gardels

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Weekend Roundup: Is China Outpacing Mexico on the Rule of Law?

Nathan Gardels | November 21, 2014 | World
On the same day this week that President Obama announced a measure that could give legal protection to 5 million undocumented immigrants, massive protests raged across Mexico against the impunity and corruption that led to the horrific massacre of 43 students. From Mexico City, Sergio Sarmiento, (LINK NEEDED) Elena Poniatowska and Homero Aridjis (LINK NEEDED) chronicle the events and ponder what's next. Anthropologist Claudio Lomnitz examines the causes behind Mexico's corrosive impunity. Meanwhile, as Xin Chunying writes from Beijing, China is also seeking to establish the rule of law through steadily boosting the role of the National People's Congress. While stifling dissent, China's President Xi is taking on both "tigers and flies" in his no-holds-barred assault from the top down on corruption. Can China's effort succeed without active public engagement? Can Mexico learn from China and move from angry protest to systemic change? (continued)
Sergio Sarmiento

Mexico's President Forced into a Corner

Sergio Sarmiento | November 21, 2014 | World
The government is now afraid to use public force to prevent demonstrators from blockading roads and streets, stealing buses and trucks, ransacking supermarkets and torching government buildings. President Peña Nieto has claimed that his patience has limits, but so far the Ayotzinapa movement appears to have forced him into a corner.
Chris Weigant

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Friday Talking Points -- Obama's Gutsy Move

Chris Weigant | November 21, 2014 | Politics
When Congress wouldn't pass a bill, the president had to act on immigration and deportation policy, to keep families intact -- a measure that affected 40 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Pamela Feinsilber

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Cinderella: San Francisco Opera's Whipped Cream Atop a Delightful Season

Pamela Feinsilber | November 21, 2014 | Arts
Because I love bel canto, I was overjoyed to see Bellini's Norma, especially since the season-opening opera starred the dazzling Sondra Radvanovsky, a dynamic "once in a generation" soprano.
Brad Liberti

Old Dogs & New Tricks: The Oral History of a 'Gay' Web Series (Part 2)

Brad Liberti | November 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
To this day, Leon Acord marvels at how successfully his beloved Old Dogs made the transition from his brain to the page to the screen. He credits his "dream team" of actors for making this possible and once again wonders what he's done karmically to deserve such luck. I tell him what he did was write a fantastic script.
Laura Wattenberg

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18 Ingenious Names from the World of Steampunk

Laura Wattenberg | November 21, 2014 | Parents
Sophronia Temminnick, the young heroine of Etiquette & Espionage, attends finishing school on a dirigible, where she learns the proper way to throw a knife while curtseying. And yes, it's OK to laugh.
Laura Stack

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Know Thyself: Harnessing the Power of Metacognition

Laura Stack | November 21, 2014 | Business
With a little self-reflection, we can understand how we think... and when we know the "how" of something, we can make efforts to improve upon it.
Common Sense Media

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12 Best YouTube Channels for Kids and Teens

Common Sense Media | November 21, 2014 | Parents
We set out to find the 10 best channels for kids on YouTube; we wound up with 12. Along the way, we learned a lot, laughed out loud, and fell in love with what YouTube -- at its best -- can bring to your kids. (We estimated age targets and recommend you watch with your kid to familiarize yourself with the content.)
Margaret Klaw

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Attached at the Hip

Margaret Klaw | November 21, 2014 | Parents
I have represented mothers of infants who do not want to be always available to them, who want time away, who want the fathers to share the burden as well as the joy. And if those parents are happier with that arrangement, doesn't that benefit their babies?
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

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10 Lessons I Learned While Working With Women Activists in Nepal

Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. | November 21, 2014 | Impact
It's true that because of local and global inequalities most women I lived among in our village in Nepal didn't have the means to broadcast their voices far. But they still had voices -- many voices: loud, kind, gruff, joyful, argumentative, funny, critical, quiet, curious, smart, compassionate, teasing. I just had to learn some lessons on how to tune in better.
Orbitz.com

5 Stunning Art Hotels

Orbitz.com | November 21, 2014 | Travel
Here, art isn't merely decoration but a defining feature of each hotel's identity, so don't be surprised if, on the way to your room, you stumble upon an on-site gallery or jaw-dropping collection.
Susie Orman Schnall

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A Mom's Thanksgiving Story of 'Will' and 'Grace'

Susie Orman Schnall | November 21, 2014 | Parents
Lately, I have been overwhelmed by the stubborn impenitence of serious disease. How it seems to strike friends and family powerfully and at random. Lives are forever changed. That could have happened to our family today. For some reason, we were spared. For that, I was thankful.
Catherine McDonald Davenport

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19 Tips in 19 Tweets: College Selection Advice for the Class of 2019

Catherine McDonald Davenport | November 21, 2014 | College
The college search and application process for prospective students is really picking up speed, especially for the class of 2019. Maybe you are feeling a bit overwhelmed -- sifting through all that information?
Kindness Blog

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Letters Left in London By Anonymous

Kindness Blog | November 21, 2014 | Good News
For over a year now I have been writing letters to strangers anonymously and leaving them around London for someone to find in the hope that I will bring some warmth, comfort or encouragement to that person. Why, you may ask?
Shannon Sutherland

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Unsolicited Opinions and Halloween Candy

Shannon Sutherland | November 21, 2014 | Parents
As a parent, I wish I could make all the opinionated people on the bus and other public spaces just be quiet and keep their opinions to themselves. But I can't. They and their ridiculous ideas will always be there for my daughter and everyone else to unwillingly hear.
Jenny Witte

On Breasts

Jenny Witte | November 21, 2014 | Parents
Three more kids later, my mind is once again focused on breasts on a daily basis like it was in middle school, partly because I'm breastfeeding my daughter, but mainly because my mom was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Deborah Hersman

Thanksgiving Travel Turns Into Tragedy

Deborah Hersman | November 21, 2014 | Travel
If our everyday lives are hectic, then the holidays are doubly so. How many times have you stayed up late cleaning, packing or worse -- driving through the night to get to your destination to "start your vacation?"
SidneyAnne Stone

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Double Mastectomy Debate

SidneyAnne Stone | November 21, 2014 | Women
Do what is best for you and don't let anyone, including me, take you off course. You have enough to think about when you find out you have breast cancer and it can be easy to get lost in the haze.
Jim Gibson

Unexpected Resource for Personal Finance Tools

Jim Gibson | November 21, 2014 | Money
Who would have thought it? Would you believe there is set of financial tools and resources out there just waiting for you to stop by and give them a spin?
Everett Glenn

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The Intersection of Race, Sports & Money: 'C'mon Man'

Everett Glenn | November 21, 2014 | Black Voices
In our American system of jurisprudence, ignorance of the law is no defense and in many other instances people are held liable for what they knew or should have known. In light of these well established principles, I am at a loss to understand how an...