The concepts of work and play have become farcically reversed: schoolwork is meant to be superfun and play, like homework, is meant to teach.
The budget sequester will soon affect American life in hundreds of painful ways.
“The Kidnappers Foil,” by a traveling filmmaker of the early 20th century, exists in many versions made in many different towns. And more versions are likely out there to be discovered.
Threatened by declining participation in shooting sports, gun makers and sellers have poured millions of dollars into a campaign to get firearms into the hands of more, and younger, children.
The N.R.A. tries to turn the focus from new gun laws to lax enforcement of existing laws.
The rapid growth in gun sales began after President Obama’s re-election and surged after the Dec. 14 shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn.
Stubbornness by Afghanistan’s government and refugees, inadequate aid and desperate families’ selling of clothes for food are again yielding a deadly toll in squalid camps.