Reasons to be cheerful, parts one and two

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Small compromises are so rare in the US nowadays that we should be thankful for them

Refugees and the propagation of fear

America took in the ‘wretched refuse of teeming shores’ but now it is so fearful and mean-spirited

Proxy war in Syria imperils US-led strikes

Russia-Turkey tension endangers push to clear Isis from border

States warn US climate plan is illegal

West Virginia and Texas stage intervention ahead of Paris summit

It’s who you meet not what you learn

Intrigue your colleagues and increase your allure by getting out of the office, writes Jeremy Shapiro

Cyber threats insurers cannot measure

Attacks on data are presenting a whole new wave of uncertainty

UnitedHealth warns it may quit Obamacare

Insurer struggles to profit from plans it offers through exchanges

The children of the Obama era are angry

African-American students have erupted in protest over what they see as continuing prejudice

Microsoft in German plan to curb spying

New data centres a response to US internet surveillance scandal

Deft footwork behind clumsy moves

The US wants weighty politicians but it also wants them to be likeable, says Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

Airbnb is no pioneer

Its innovation was to add ka-ching to the tradition of couch-surfing

Four killed in Jordan training centre attack

Deaths stir fears of exposure to regional extremist violence

US takes early education cue from Shakira

Duncan urges Congress to improve ‘shameful’ pre-school funding

Cuban migrants create crisis for Mexico

Improved relations with the US have prompted thousands more to flee the communist island

Diversity hits prime time on US screens

‘Quantico’ and ‘Empire’ point to rising role of minorities

Start-ups turn healthcare on its head

Tech companies could transform the medical industry

Do not let the spies weaken encryption

The internet’s biggest privacy problem is not that there is too much security, but too little

Verdict nears in US Libor trial

Two former Rabobank traders accused of rigging benchmark rate

White, middle-aged, uneducated and dying

Drugs and suicide drive surge in US deaths for those aged 45-54

America’s labour market is not working

It matters if many prime-aged adults cannot support a family

The FT’s overview of key American economic data, including GDP, inflation, unemployment, consumer indicators, interest rates and mortgage rates