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Each week, we scan several thousand news stories, looking for a handful that we believe provide powerful insight into important and lasting forces of change. This is a subjective process, but we take it very seriously. We aren't just looking for the obvious or the entertaining. We are trying to find stories about milestones, trends, and developments that will impact the way we live and work.

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7 Must Read Stories From April 2016

May 01, 2016
Each week, we scan several thousand news stories, looking for a handful that we believe provide powerful insight into important and lasting forces of change. This is a subjective process, but we take it very seriously. We aren't just looking for the obvious or the entertaining. We are trying to find stories about milestones, trends, and developments that will impact the way we live and work.


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These 4 maps show how China is dominating global trade

April 28, 2016

Excerpt: We often use big, overarching ideas to help us understand the world and the opportunities contained within. These narratives, which can change over time, are used to create context. They give us a frame of reference for comprehending the news and events that affect our outlook on things. China’s economic prowess is one of these new paradigms that has emerged, but many people still can’t really wrap their heads around the scale or scope of it. It’s happened suddenly, and the ramifications are extremely relevant to our investments and understanding. Here’s four maps on China’s trade dominance that will help you think differently about the world.

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Was a Va. firefighter humiliated by co-workers online before she killed herself?

April 25, 2016

Excerpt: The trolls were horrid to her while she was alive. And they continued to be awful after her death. Fairfax County firefighter Nicole Mittendorff, 31, killed herself in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, the state medical examiner concluded. But even after the search for her was over, her body was identified and memorial candles began to burn, the cyberbullies — who claimed they were her fellow firefighters — kept scorching away at Mittendorff online. If these trolls are actually members of her firehouse family, then Mittendorff becomes another example of a new form of workplace harassment. Instead of happening in the office, it happens publicly online.

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(Photo Credit: Family photo-Washington Post)


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In an Age of Privilege, Not Everyone Is in the Same Boat

April 23, 2016

Excerpt: Behind a locked door aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship is a world most of the vessel’s 4,200 passengers will never see. And that is exactly the point. In the Haven, as this ship within a ship is called, about 275 elite guests enjoy not only a concierge and 24-hour butler service, but also a private pool, sun deck and restaurant, creating an oasis free from the crowds elsewhere on the Norwegian Escape. If Haven passengers venture out of their aerie to see a show, a flash of their gold key card gets them the best seats in the house. When the ship returns to port, they disembark before everyone else…With disparities in wealth greater than at any time since the Gilded Age, the gap is widening between the highly affluent — who find themselves behind the velvet ropes of today’s economy — and everyone else.

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(Photo Credit: Edward Linsmier for The New York Times)


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U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High

April 22, 2016

Excerpt: Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of deep anguish from a group whose suicide rates had been stable or falling since the 1950s.The suicide rate for middle-aged women, ages 45 to 64, jumped by 63 percent over the period of the study, while it rose by 43 percent for men in that age range, the sharpest increase for males of any age. The overall suicide rate rose by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which released the study on Friday.

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Harriet Tubman Ousts Andrew Jackson in Change for a $20

April 20, 2016

Excerpt: Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Wednesday announced the most sweeping and historically symbolic makeover of American currency in a century, proposing to replace the slaveholding Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the former slave and abolitionist, and to add women and civil rights leaders to the $5 and $10 notes…But the broader remaking of the nation’s paper currency, which President Obama welcomed on Wednesday, may well have captured a historical moment for a multicultural, multiethnic and multiracial nation moving contentiously through the early years of a new century,

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Sewall-Belmont Becomes Newest National Park Site

April 12, 2016

Excerpt: The red-brick house on Capitol Hill served for decades as a national headquarters and dormitory for the so-called iron-jawed ladies lobbying for equal rights, even as male members of Congress sought to raze it to make room for offices for themselves. British soldiers set it on fire during the War of 1812 to squelch American resistance, and generations of Washington brides and grooms have held their wedding receptions in its historic halls. On Tuesday, President Obama designated the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum as a national monument for women’s equality, declaring the three-story structure a symbol of the American fight for civil rights at a time when the country could be on the cusp of electing its first female president.

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7 Must Read Stories From March 2016

April 01, 2016
Each week, we scan several thousand news stories, looking for a handful that we believe provide powerful insight into important and lasting forces of change. This is a subjective process, but we take it very seriously. We aren't just looking for the obvious or the entertaining. We are trying to find stories about milestones, trends, and developments that will impact the way we live and work.

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Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt Children In All 50 States

March 31, 2016

Excerpt: A federal judge ruled Thursday that Mississippi’s ban on same-sex couples adopting children is unconstitutional, making gay adoption legal in all 50 states. U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, citing the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide last summer. The injunction blocks Mississippi from enforcing its 16-year-old anti-gay adoption law. The Supreme Court ruling “foreclosed litigation over laws interfering with the right to marry and rights and responsibilities intertwined with marriage,” Jordan wrote. “It also seems highly unlikely that the same court that held a state cannot ban gay marriage because it would deny benefits — expressly including the right to adopt — would then conclude that married gay couples can be denied that very same benefit,"

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Natural Gas Poised to Surpass Coal For Electricity in US

March 21, 2016

Excerpt: This year is expected to be the first in U.S. history that more electricity will be generated from natural gas than coal, a new analysis has found, marking another milestone in the decline of America’s largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions. Coal that's used to generate electricity represents about 30 percent of U.S. emissions driving climate change. Natural gas emits roughly half the carbon as burning coal, not accounting for methane leakage from natural gas wells and pipelines.

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