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Members of a search and seizure team conduct an exercise on the USS Bunker Hill in 2010.

It's not just Colorado and Washington: The world is abandoning the U.S.-backed drug war in favor of a more liberal approach to cannabis. Four decades after President Nixon declared war on drugs, nearly everyone agrees it's time for a truce. Read more» 2

Kim Jong-un

Five questions with MIT professor Jim Walsh on what North Korea's nuclear detonation means for China, the US and global security. Read more»

The Romney/Ryan bus in Arlington, VA on Oct. 30.

Commentary: As the East Coast struggles with floods, fires and blackouts, does it really need Campbell's soup? Read more» 1

From the troubled farmlands of Middle America to uneasy suburban enclaves across the nation, the US middle class is in decline.

After losing ground for four decades, middle America increasingly looks doomed. Here's how it happened. Read more»

Funded with millions from Republican strategist Karl Rove’s political advocacy group Crossroads GPS, an ad blaming Obama for the debt crisis is convincing, concerning and very easy on the eyes. Read more»

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

The French elite are outraged over what they see as American vulgarities surrounding the treatment of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief and putative 2012 presidential frontrunner, accused of raping a 32-year-old Sofitel chambermaid in Manhattan. Read more» 1

The price for gold has increased 5 percent for the year.

Despite recent headlines about sharp drops, over the past week or so gold has recovered much of its losses. The price is up about 5 percent for the year. So is it time to pour your savings into the yellow metal? Read more»

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Kahler, left, Pfc. Jonathan Ayers and Pfc. Adam Hamby arm a M240 machine gun in Afghanistan's Kunar Province, 2007. A recent study by Congress’s non-partisan research arm calculated the direct costs of Iraq, Afghanistan and other post-9/11 operations at $1.28 trillion through 2011.

The numbers are murky, but there’s enough information to conclude that the financial toll to the United States is astronomical. Read more»

U.S.S. Carl Vinson in 2010.

The Pentagon has confirmed that early this morning, Osama bin Laden’s remains were “buried at sea.” Did the Obama administration risk angering Muslims by disposing of his remains at sea? Read more»

Valued at $60 billion, Switzerland-based Glencore is being scrutinized by investors and regulators as it moves forward with plans to gain listing on the U.S. Stock Exchange.

With $145 billion in 2010 revenues, trading powerhouse Glencore buys and sells much of the staples that end up on the world’s dinner tables and now has its eye on going public. How did it avoid scrutiny for so long? Read more»


How might the Tea Party use the world’s most powerful army? Author Ann Coulter provided some clues in a speech last week. Read more»

This is a satellite image of Japan showing damage at Dai Ichi nuclear power plant. This was taken at 11:04 a.m. local time, 3 minutes after an explosion.

The nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan is continuing to deteriorate. Multiple explosions have blown roofs and outer walls off reactor buildings, and a dire struggle is under way to prevent the worst. To get independent answers about the risks faced by people, GlobalPost turned to a 39-year veteran of the nuclear industry. Read more»

A vintage stock certificate from GM's Cadillac Automobile Co.

Tucked away in the euphoria over General Motors' stock offering is the news that the Chinese government is now one of the company's largest shareholders, with a stake valued at about $500 million. Should you be worried? Read more»

Part of an iPhone circuit board.

How China’s got us over a barrel on rare earths, key to iPods and guided missiles Read more»

Padnos says he went through 'various stages of Yemenization,' and that although he never flet himself succumbing to the power of Islam, the years he spent in Yemen were transformative.

To understand radical Islam, American writer Theo Padnos pretended he was a Muslim and settled himself into Yemen’s radical mosque scene. Years later, his cover has finally been blown. Read more»

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