Illustration by Jay Shaw for TIME
February 26, 2015

The War on ISIS
As the U.S. and its allies prepare to attack the terrorist group’s stronghold in Iraq, the real challenge is the chaos that could come after

Don’t Take the Bait: The U.S. Should Not Send Troops to Fight ISIS
The group was, after all, spawned by the occupation of Iraq

Uproot the Enemy: The U.S. Should Send Troops to Fight ISIS
Our current approach isn’t working

The Real Meaning of $9 an Hour
Walmart’s modest wage hike isn’t just good for business. It’s proof the economy is doing better

Jeb Bush’s Sense and Sensibility
The candidate’s grown-up tone is a breath of fresh air amid so many strident conservative voices

Inside the World’s Largest Solar Power Plant
The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm is a burst of energy in the Mojave Desert

Madonna Stays in Vogue with Rebel Heart
Her bold new album shows that for the Queen of Reinvention, the more things change, the more they stay the same

Dog Interrupted: Psychotherapy for Pets
The animal mind is a complex thing. But there is new hope for nonhumans suffering human-like psychological problems

The Culture

Pop Chart

Review: The Buried Giant Is an Arthurian Epic
It’s been 10 years since Kazuo Ishiguro’s last novel

Maps to the Stars Shows an Oscar Winner’s Untamed Side
Julianne Moore shows off a taste for mania in David Cronenberg’s new film

Why Does Hollywood Hate Itself?
What causes the industry’s Oscar mire

Kehinde Wiley’s Royal Treatment
The artist does a street-chic update of the Old Masters

Will Smith’s Charming Con
He’s a smooth scoundrel in the heist comedy Focus

Unromantic Comedy

May I Fetch You Some Flavonoids?
As a concierge at a tony L.A. hotel, I test my ability to please the 1 percent

World

Briefing

Obama’s Legacy on Trial
The fate of the president’s key initiatives rests with the Supreme Court

The Apps That Will Help You Get to Inbox: Zero
Office collaboration tools want to reshape the workplace

The New Way To Prevent Nut Allergies?
It’s with nuts

Covering a Global Story

Milestones

David Carr
Media critic

Clark Terry
Jazz trumpeter

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