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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Christian Raja of Brooklyn reacts at a missed attempt on goal by the USA during overtime against Belgium in the World Cup. July 1, 2014 (Andrew Burton/Getty)

ISIS says it has set up a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, and wants to be called "the Islamic State". Fawaz Gerges, the director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics, explains the history of the caliphate and ISIS’ plans. Plus: New York real estate may be the new “Swiss bank account,” where foreign buyers park their money in the form of expensive apartments; how Airbnb and sites like it have disrupted the summer rental market in the Hamptons; and now that Team USA is out of the running, what team will you be cheering on for the remainder of the World Cup? 

NYC Apartments are the New Swiss Bank Accounts

Foreign buyers are parking their (sometimes ill-gotten) gains in high-end New York City apartments. 

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How Are You Patriotic?

On this day before July 4th, how does the idea of patriotism change across generations?

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What's Your Favorite Non-USA World Cup Team?

We break down the strengths and weaknesses of the players and the teams headed to the quarterfinals.

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Mayor de Blasio, and Union Contracts, at 6 Months

After six months in office, the mayor says he has reached labor deals with unions representing over 60 percent of the city's workforce - including most recently District Council 37. Brigid Bergin, WNYC political reporter, talks about what the deals indicate about the mayor's approach.

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The Caliphate, Then and Now

ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, claims to have set up a caliphate and wants to be referred to as "the Islamic State". Fawaz Gerges, chair of Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies and professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of  The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World  (Cambridge University Press, 2013) talks about the history of the caliphate - both imagined and real - and why ISIS is trying to establish one (and if they've succeeded).

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Disrupting the Hamptons Rental Markets

Airbnb and Craigslist are disrupting the market for vacation rentals on the East End of Long Island.

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You Should Root for Costa Rica Now That the U.S. Is Out of the World Cup

There's plenty of room on the bandwagon. You might even be able to get shotgun.

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