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how the presidential candidates found their faith

It was built in the 1920s in the Spanish Mission style, topped by one of those red clay tile roofs so popular in South Florida back then. The Catholics laid their foundation just a short walk from the famed Biltmore Hotel (modeled on the Giralda, the tower of the Seville Cathedral in Spain), and named their church in honor of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as “the Little Flower.” These days, Coral Gables is majority Cuban-American, the Church of the Little Flower’s pastor, the Reverend Michael W. Davis, tells me, which might also explain why he is so comfortably bilingual. Unlike so many Catholic parishes in the U.S., Davis says, his still boasts packed pews and “reflects a vibrant community.” He adds playfully that the church’s lovely setting makes…

how a bloody brawl sparked fears of a new ebola outbreak in liberia

On a warm morning in February, as Liberia’s deadly Ebola outbreak seemed to be waning, Ralph Norman was returning to his home in Paynesville—a suburb east of Monrovia—when a welder stopped him on the street and asked for help. A man, he said, was lying in his work shed, bloody and near death. For days, Norman, a broad-shouldered middle-aged man with a boyish face, had hardly slept. He’d heard that his stepson, a troubled 21-year-old named Emmette Logan, had been in a knife fight. Logan hadn’t been home since, and Norman spent days scouring the streets of Red Light, one of Paynesville’s most dangerous neighborhoods, going from one drug den to another, searching for him. Wanting to help the welder, Norman—an unemployed former soldier in the Liberian Army—rushed to the shed. When…

black power in washington and the iran nuclear deal

Jim Clyburn was livid. In February, shortly after learning that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would deliver a speech to Congress criticizing President Barack Obama’s nuclear diplomacy with Iran, the House’s assistant minority leader joined a small group of senior Democrats for a closed-door meeting in the Capitol building with Yuli Edelstein, the speaker of Israel’s parliament. The boyish-looking Edelstein, a member of the ruling Likud party, had flown from Jerusalem to tamp down the furor that erupted over Netanyahu’s planned address. Usually, meetings between American lawmakers and Israeli officials on Capitol Hill are chummy. But this one was tense. The Democrats felt it was outrageous for a foreign leader to use Congress as a soapbox to challenge their president, and they were particularly incensed by the way Netanyahu and Republican…

stalking jon corzine

Few of the financial titans who ran firms into the ground over the past decade are as deeply connected on Wall Street and in Washington, D.C., as Jon Corzine, onetime New Jersey governor and U.S. senator and the former CEO of both Goldman Sachs and the now-defunct brokerage house MF Global. A testament to that may be how easily he bounced back from his grilling in Congress over the 2011 bankruptcy of MF Global—the eighth-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history— to be welcomed back into society circles. In August, Corzine hosted a “Ready for Hillary” party in the Hamptons with his new wife, psychotherapist Sharon Elghanayan, along with a group of well-heeled co-hosts that included actress Ashley Judd. Yet James Koutoulas, CEO of $100 million Chicago hedge fund Typhon Capital Management, is determined…

streaming killed the cd star

Not so long ago, part of the ritual of the great American road trip was spending hours burning a CD—or even recording a mixtape—to produce that perfect combination of open-window anthems. These days, not so much. Digital playlists and Internet radio services have taken over. Last year, for the first time, streaming music revenues in the U.S. surpassed CD sales—$1.87 billion versus $1.85 billion, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. That’s quite a shift from 2008, when Spotify debuted and CD sales were $8 billion, although CD sales were already in decline then, down from about $13 billion in 2000. Streaming now accounts for 27 percent of U.S. music industry revenues, up from 21 percent in 2013. Total music industry revenues clocked in at just under $7 billion, down 0.5…

russia launches next deadly phase of hybrid war on ukraine

Pushing his baby daughter in a pram in front of him, 37-year-old Dmitriy Komyakov paused as marchers ahead adjusted their positions around a huge Ukrainian flag. It was a bright day in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city. A good day for the hundreds in attendance to celebrate one year since Euromaidan demonstrators ousted president Viktor Yanukovych. Just as the march moved off again, an explosion ripped into the crowd. Komyakov was close enough to feel the heat of the blast wave. As bloodied victims slumped to the floor, he searched for his wife and 12-year-old daughter among the panicked crowd. “I could see pieces of metal flying and people starting to fall,” he says. “First I checked the baby to see if she was injured, then myself, looked around and that’s…