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We all face stretches of time when it seems like nothing else could go wrong — but it does.

Things go sideways at work. Health issues crop up. Income goes down. The kids cause havoc. The car breaks down. The dog needs surgery. And the roof starts leaking.

They all combine in an instant, and taking care of weeds in the backyard falls way down on the priority list.

Welcome to the world of President Barack Obama in July 2014.


A few years back, someone stole a laptop from one of my students.

The tech-savvy freshman set up an elaborate sting to get it back.

He went on Craig’s List and the like, and sought out a laptop with the same specifications as his.

And sure enough, a seller turned up in Louisville, Ky.


In their interactive blog on the New York Times website, “The Way North,” Damien Cave and Todd Heisler took Interstate 35, from Laredo, Tex., to Duluth, Minn., to look at how immigration has changed life in middle America.

Along the way, they ask the question: “What does it mean to be an American?”

No better day exists to ponder that question than July 4, Independence Day, by historical accounts, the official start of America.