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For denizens of D.C. life and work in unusual times

‘Why am I doing this?’ It’s a question that has crossed the mind of more than a few Washington staffers amid the often sharp-edged disruption of the Trump administration. But most are drawing on qualities long on display in the capital, even amid the rough and tumble of politics: adaptability and commitment to good government.

Macron’s next act: expand a political experiment

In France, voters appear to want something old – a reminder that France matters globally – and something new, in the form of a challenge to a creaky status quo. But the new president seems to be threading those two things together with the common element of hope.

A heartland city finds success – but more reasons to strive

We found a Midwestern city that is in some ways living out President Trump’s economic vision. Kokomo, Ind. has low levels of immigration and a thriving manufacturing sector. But the city is defining its aspirations less around data points and more around building a community that’s attractive to newcomers.

China hopes a planned megacity will bring new kind of growth

Think megacity and you may think urban sprawl and pollution. But Michael Holtz traveled south of Beijing to see where a country that’s playing for global green-power dominance – think solar panels – is now turning its attention to clean urban development.

Newest home buyers? A generation that’s been averse to owning.

More “I’ll rent forever” Millennials are eyeing home ownership. But the challenges they face in taking that step point to the need for fresh thinking on everything from financing to house size – some of which is already in evidence.

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