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Boston: A Runner’s Reflection

When called on to comfort and reassure communities stricken by tragedy—be it manmade or act of God—American politicians often turn to sports metaphors. The marathon …

By Max Perry Mueller

The States Project

North Carolina: A Southerner Mines the Meaning of Progress

A Southerner Mines the Meaning of Progress.

By Marla Frederick


Romney and the Jewish Vote: What I Learned From My 1994 Interview

Flash back to summer, 1994. Mitt Romney strode down the corridor, aide in tow, and greeted me in the cramped newsroom. He was eager and …

By Robert Israel

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Writers tell us stories about where they discovered religion and politics in their states.


A French Teacher Lives Among the Cajuns.

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