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Two months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island remains devastated. Here, a photo taken outside Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 10 shows downed trees and a washed-out road. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Puerto Rico two months after Maria: 5 essential reads

Scholars answer key questions about Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Huricane Maria, which destroyed the island two months ago.
Crosses placed in memory of those killed in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas on Nov. 6, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Mass shootings in America: 4 essential reads

Four articles from The Conversation archive offer insight on mass shootings in America.
President Donald Trump signs his first executive order, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Trump’s cabinet: Eight essential reads

Get ready for Senate hearings and confirmation votes on President Trump's Cabinet picks by reading this roundup of key coverage from our archive.
Sanders and Clinton had plenty to say Saturday evening – but was anyone listening? Brian Snyder/REUTERS

Democratic debate takes on ISIS, guns and taxes

Did you miss the Democratic debate on Saturday? Here are some of the key themes that developed and scholarship to help you understand them.
Republicans and Democrats have a hard time agreeing on anything, but the issue of trade seems to defy party affiliation. Teeter totter via www.shutterstock.com

Why fight over free trade confounds partisan divide

The passage of fast-track trading authority represents a rare moment of bipartisan compromise. How did it happen?
It’s easy to sneer at people for protecting their backyards, but what if there’s a compelling reason to do so? Mickey DeRham photos

In defense of NIMBYism

Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the US. Our foundation essays…