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FIGHTING ISIS “Thank you for your insightful and well-researched story,” wrote Sharon Shepard of Greensboro, N.C., in response to TIME’s March 9 examination of ISIS and the arguments for and against engaging American troops in a battle against the group. David Von Drehle’s analysis–focusing on what happens after a U.S. military victory–drew praise from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough (“An important cover article”), while some readers were skeptical of Max Boot’s argument for boots on the ground. “It seems utterly foolhardy to assume that a standing U.S. force placed in Iraq would elicit anything more than greater feelings of Western and Shi’ite dominance,” wrote Nicholas Francis Cody. On Twitter, many shared Aryn Baker’s TIME.com story on the connection between ISIS and Syria’s Assad regime, based on an interview with a Syrian businessman close to the government. Joshua Hersh of BuzzFeed called it “a pretty accurate-sounding analysis of the Assad regime’s dealings with ISIS.”

WALMART WAGES Rana Foroohar’s column “The Real Meaning of $9 an Hour” hailed Walmart’s decision to raise its base wage for workers around the world. The piece was widely shared on Twitter, where Damon Silvers of the AFL-CIO called it “the one story u have to read on walmart.” Labor activist Jamie Way found it a “great read” and added, “Thanks for speaking with a Walmart worker.” Reader Billie Trahin of Baxter Springs, Kans., meanwhile, lamented the rise of big-box stores. “I can tell Rana the REAL meaning of $9 an hour,” she wrote. “Corporate heads decided to close our little store, putting 60 people out of work.”

PET ANXIETY “Dog Interrupted,” Jeffrey Kluger’s piece on the current medications and therapies used to treat the psychological woes of nonhumans, “was an interesting look at our fellow creatures and their needs,” wrote E.R. Mechler of Brunswick, Maine. But feline behaviorist Jane Ehrlich of Phoenix said veterinarians are prescribing drugs for animals too quickly: “It would seem that prescribed drugs are replacing behavior modification” in part because of a “zeal for immediate results.”


Writer Alexandra Sifferlin curated a list of the 50 healthiest foods of all time (along with recipes from Cooking Light). Here’s a sampling of what’s at time.com/50foods.

1. Ground cumin may support heart health, fight infection and combat inflammation; one half-teaspoon has twice as many antioxidants as a carrot.

2. Greek yogurt has double the protein, half the sodium and half the carbohydrates of regular yogurt.

3. Swiss chard contains vitamins A, C, E and K as well as magnesium and potassium.

4. Quinoa provides all nine essential amino acids in one serving, making it a good protein option for vegetarians.

5. Walnuts are a tasty source of plant-based fatty acids.

6. Pomegranates tend to have more vitamin C and potassium and fewer calories than other fruits.

7. Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, many of which are easily absorbed by the body.

8. A kiwi has more vitamin C than an orange.

9. A large sweet potato has over a day’s worth of vitamin A, which is essential for eyesight.

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