This June 24, two women met in Berlin for tea and a tête-à-tête. The hostess, in black slacks and vivid coral jacket, was waiting at the door, as the woman from London, elegant in white dress, hat and gloves, alighted from a limousine as glossy black as her shoes and ever-present purse.By KEN MACQUEEN
WHEN POLLSTERS ASK voters about their priorities, employment is always at or near the top of the list. The Conservatives pitch their annual budgets as plans for “jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.” Finance Minister Joe Oliver habitually framed his budget last spring as coming after the Tories created “1.2 million net new jobs” since the depths of the last recession.By John Geddes, Zoe McKnight, Amanda Shendruk, Nick Taylor-Vaisey
Any history of the Long Campaign of 2015 that begins with the official launch—the sunny summer morning of Aug. 2, 2015, when Stephen and Laureen Harper strode to the front door of Rideau Hall—will miss much of the action. Sure, many long weeks of intrigue lie ahead.By PAUL WELLS
A Vietnam War veteran named Stanley Goldstein reined his electric wheelchair to a halt and planted a small American flag between the planks of the famous board-walk in Atlantic City, N.J. It was a sizzling August Saturday morning as Goldstein set up for another day of business as a professional panhandler duly licensed by the ocean-side municipality.By ALLEN ABEL
From Aboriginal Australians to Caribbean vacationers, humans have long felt an affinity with dolphins. Poseidon, Aristotle, the Emperor Augustus—all were dolphin crazy. (It was legal for an ancient Greek to kill his slave, but to kill a dolphin was akin to murder.)By Susan Casey, LARISSA LIEPINS
In Aaron Wherry’s interview with Thomas Mulcair (“The Interview,” Aug. 3), the leader of the NDP continues with the “Canada as peacekeeper” theme. Air strikes and contributions toward the fight against Islamic State include no fewer than 60 nations, among them Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands and Turkey, the latter which Mulcair denies.
Google is our Oracle. It is to the godlike search engine that we turn to when we find ourselves in need of knowledge or guidance about celebrity birthdates, home repair, the strange words that teenagers use or current events. Ahead of this fall’s federal election, you have been asking Google various questions about the party leaders, from the mundane to the profound.By AARON WHERRY
When Cyndi Lauper released her first major single on Sept. 6, 1983, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, she had no idea it would become one of the defining songs of the 1980s and kickstart a long and successful career. In Lucy O’Brien’s book She Bop: The Definitive History of Women In Rock, Pop & Soul, the trailblazing American singer-song-writer, actress and LBGT activist recalled, “At the time of Girls Just Want to Have Fun, I was shocked at the reaction.By MAX MERTENS
In American politics, much of the country is divided up in two: battle-ground states and flyover states. Presidential candidates next year will organize their rallies in places such as Ohio, Florida and Missouri, and will steer clear of regions that are reliably Democratic (Illinois, Michigan) and Republican (the Deep South and the Plains).By JASON MARKUSOFF
On New Year’s Eve a couple of years ago, Janice Kaplan gathered in Times Square with her husband and a million strangers. A woman turned to Kaplan, a journalist based in New York City, and mused, “Why pretend anything is going to be different just because a ball dropped?”By CATHY GULLI
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