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on Dec 24, 2014 - 10:50 AM ET

We usually eschew end-of-clue punctuation, even when we manage to have a clue that is a bona fide sentence, as in this example:
   EMIGRANTS  They have moved away from streaming illegally (9)

One exception is the exclamation point; as is standard in American cryptic usage, we generally use that to indicate an &lit clue. But the more common exception is the...

on Dec 24, 2014 - 08:41 AM ET

These are Dickensian times, when charity is rationed by politicians and pundits callously dismiss the poor as a burden best forced by hunger to grab at bootstraps and pull themselves upward.

Charles Dickens wrote of such times in 1843.

But surely he would have recognized 2014, a year that began with the Congress of the wealthiest nation in the world locked in debate over cutting funds for nutrition programs that serve those who are in need. The cuts were...

on Dec 23, 2014 - 15:33 PM ET
Christmas Truce 1914

100 years ago, on Christmas Day, 1914, in the middle of World War I, British and German soldiers put down their guns and stopped killing one another. The terrible industrial slaughter had already taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of young men. But on that day, thousands of troops climbed out of the trenches in France and Belgium, sang Christmas carols, and exchanged food, gifts, and souvenirs. They traded German beer for British rum. They even played soccer. It...

on Dec 23, 2014 - 12:18 PM ET
American and Cuban flags on balcony

Editor’s Note: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here.

President Obama’s...

on Dec 23, 2014 - 10:54 AM ET
Shaneka Thompson

New York City’s police commissioner is laying blame for the Saturday shooting of two of the city’s police officers at the feet of protesters participating in #BlackLivesMatter actions. Patrick Lynch, the head of the police union, claimed there’s...

on Dec 23, 2014 - 08:31 AM ET
USPS van

Postal workers, mail handlers, letter carriers and rural carriers will process and deliver more than 15.5 billion packages, letters, and parcels this holiday season. It’s intense, demanding, long-hours, late-night and weekend work that keeps the promise of a robust national Postal Service outlined in Article 1 of the United States...

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