Will Iran Really Change After Nuclear Deal? Looming Vote and Economy Will Tell Tale.

When people ask me where U.S.-Iran relations are headed following the initial implementation by both sides of the joint nuclear agreement, my thoughts turn not to big, world-moving possibilities but to something actually quite small: my purchase last July of a plane ticket from Tehran to the provincial city of Shiraz.


'New York Values' Are Plenty Religious — Just Not in the Way Ted Cruz Likes

Despite what Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz wants you to think, New York is actually the religious capital of America, Raphael Magarik argues.


Can Bernie Sanders Win Over Black Voters — and Crack Hillary Clinton's Firewall?

Bernie Sanders is trying to craft a politics that unites black and white working-class voters around their common economic interests. J.J. Goldberg watches him take dead aim at Hillary Clinton’s so-far-solid black support — and asks if he might just have a chance.


Jewish Uses and Abuses of Martin Luther King's Memory

Years ago, Jared Jackson swore not to speak at any more Jewish MLK Day events. Here’s how the problematic pageantry drove him away.


Why Pope’s Visit to Rome Ghetto Means So Much to Italian Jews

When Pope Francis walked the streets of Rome’s Jewish ghetto on Sunday, he was treading on centuries of painful history — and giving us hope for a better future, Rossella Tercatin writes.

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