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Our fact-based editorial guiding beliefs
Misinformation and the erosion of truth, often propagated on social media, are existential threats to democracy. Journalism must be fact-based.
Robotics, machine learning and AI will upend vast swaths of our lives.
China’s influence is real and growing.
Human activity is posing threats to Earth’s climate.
Demographics don't lie: America is quickly becoming more diverse, radically changing the nation's politics, from local to state to national.
The U.S. government faces mounting debt, an aging population and the need to adapt to new technologies and threats faster.
America’s capitalistic system brims with economic possibilities but is often stacked to favor the powerful and rich, exacerbating inequalities that need to be addressed.
Cities will showcase national trends, innovations and laws, particularly as 5G unleashes both the possibilities and challenges of automation at scale.