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The one glaring exception to Narendra Modi’s impressive foreign policy record so far: a rudderless approach to Pakistan that lurches between unrelenting toughness and the promise of a thaw.

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Here’s my latest assortment of interesting links, quotations, a Venn diagram, a classic Milton Friedman video on the minimum wage, a new ‘markets in everything, a portrait of a crony capitalist taken down by the free market, and more.

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A Syrian Kurdish refugee boy smiles as he waits for transportation after crossing into Turkey, near the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 30, 2014. Tens of thousands more Syrians could be forced to flee their war-torn homeland if Islamic State fighters continue gaining ground, the U.N. aid chief warned on Tuesday as U.S.-led air strikes pound the extremist group. Valerie Amos told the United Nations Security Council that recent advances by Islamic State - also known as ISIL and ISIS - in northern Aleppo had forced more than 160,000 people, mostly women and children, to escape across the border into Turkey in just a few days. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION) - RTR48E3S

ISIS is forcing young boys to attend indoctrination camps designed to turn out a new generation of suicide bombers — and tells the children that their goal is to repeat the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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China’s decision-making and our record as observers should be evaluated against the much larger backdrop of economic performance.

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Emile Turner (L) and Michael Foster play live music at Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana September 12, 2005, two weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit the city. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The personal hardship is real, but so is the resilience of a community that has been through so much. The new Kaiser survey tells both stories well through the opinions of the people who live them.

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Melvin Patterson (C), 7, listens to a lesson during seventh grade class at Samuel J. Green Charter School in New Orleans February 22, 2006. Hurricane Katrina gave New Orleans chronically underperforming school system a fresh start. REUTERS/Lee Celano.

In the decade since the largest natural disaster in US history, New Orleans has made a comeback, and perhaps its most dramatic changes are seen in its K-12 school system.

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If the recently passed $15 an hour minimum wage laws in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles really will generate positive economic benefits, then why delay those alleged benefits for up to six years with a gradual phase-in schedule?

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An investor looks at a computer screen in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang, Anhui province, China, August 5, 2015. Reuters

AEI scholars weigh in on the recent run on the Chinese stock market, its causes and its implications for the US and global economy.

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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) debates with Univision reporter Jorge Ramos before Trump's "Make America Great Again Rally" at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, August 25, 2015. Reuters

Denying citizenship to the children of immigrants wouldn’t solve any problems.

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An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93) follows behind during a show of force transit. 08/11/15 US Navy | Flickr

Fact checkers provide a useful service to the public, and they are right to look below the surface of issues. But in this case they are wrong; the Navy is too small, and historical comparisons are a legitimate way to show it.

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