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Bismarck residents got the Dakota Access Pipeline moved without a fight

Dec 1, 2016
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Snowfall has made its way to North Dakota, adding an element of concern to the ongoing battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline. On Monday, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple ordered an emergency evacuation of protesters working to block the construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline, citing safety concerns with the oncoming winter weather.

So, what does it mean for there to be an election recount?

Nov 29, 2016

In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, Green Party candidate Jill Stein is paying for a recount in Wisconsin, with recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania likely to join.

Hillary Clinton's campaign has agreed to participate in the recount effort.

The situation in eastern Aleppo is as grim as ever

Nov 22, 2016
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There are no longer any functional hospitals in eastern Aleppo; only 30 trained doctors remain. As Syrian and Russian fighters continue to bombard rebel-held parts of the city, a quarter of a million people there are left without access to hospitals, and the siege shows no signs of abating.

“Civilians are literally being targeted and killed,” said Dr. Rola Hallam, a British Syrian doctor and CEO of CAN-DO, a public health non-profit. “275,000 people do not have access to any health care whatsoever.”

The conversation surrounding the case to abolish the Electoral College often centers on the difficulty of passing a constitutional amendment, typically thought of as the only way to remove it from the Constitution.

That would require a supermajority in both the House and Senate — an unlikely scenario when the country is so divided.

All this fake news is rotting our brains

Nov 17, 2016

I've been spending more time than I'd like at the dentist lately. The mortgage on an accident in a sixth-grade swim practice has come due, and some of those damaged teeth need work.

As a Washington journalist, people jump at the chance to yak about politics with me. And like many dentists, my friendly "Dr. Brown" (not his real name) loves to chat. Dr. Brown is a news junkie, and when I'm in his office, he starts the debate right up. I'm always prepared for an indictment of the mainstream media, very affably delivered.

What it's like to be a Muslim in Trump’s America

Nov 16, 2016
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/File photo 

Now that Donald Trump has won the US presidential election, many are asking whether his policies will reflect the type of harmful rhetoric about minorities that came up in his campaign.

'Sanctuary cities' around the US promise to defy Trump's threats

Nov 15, 2016
Carlo Allegri/Reuters file photo 

On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump promised to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities," a name given to at least 300 cities and local jurisdictions that have ignored federal policies that target undocumented immigrants. These cities say it's up to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), not local law enforcement, to enforce these policies.

Have we reached the dawn of a new America?

Nov 11, 2016
Ted S. Warren/Reuters

In 2013, author George Packer declared that the game was rigged against people who don't have access, don't have connections and don't know how to play the system.

Seems awfully prescient today, no? Packer, a New Yorker staff writer, wrote those lines for his book, "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America." But his crystallization of the woes of the mostly white, lower class demographic that elected Donald J. Trump, was ahead of its time.

Gloria Steinem says Donald Trump won't be her president

Nov 10, 2016
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After more than 45 years of activism that helped make this election possible, feminist and writer Gloria Steinem watched as America’s failed to elect a woman as president.

Against that backdrop, Steinem says she rejects Donald J. Trump as her president.

“I'm not going to disobey the law, but I'm not going to pretend he represents me,” she says. “I feel as if this is a vote against the future and the future is going to happen anyway.”

Portraits of Trump America missed almost all of the nuance

Nov 9, 2016
Carlo Allegri/Reuters

President-elect Donald Trump won the White House by a narrow margin — winning in the electoral college, but losing the popular vote.

Throughout the election, Trump supporters were represented as a fringe, alt-right group. But the people who make up Trump America are more than a monolith.

Chris Keane/Reuters

The Electoral College doesn't grant electoral votes to US territories. That's why the votes from the island of Guam, where America's day begins, won't count toward the presidential tally. But the island's straw poll has accurately predicted the results of the US presidential election for 32 years.

About an hour south of Eugene, Oregon, you find the town of Roseburg. This rural community — once known as the Timber Capital of America — is located in the Umpqua River Valley in Douglas County.


Maine is at the intersection between the so-called “liberal elite” and ambiguous “small town America.”

The New England state is "very much in the middle" says copywriter Jennifer Smith from Durham, Maine. But, the middle of what?

Rochester, New York, nestled in Monroe County, on the shores of Lake Ontario, and its surrounding suburbs, are home to about 750,000 people.

But this upstate New York community is far different from the picturesque towns that line the nearby Hudson Valley.

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Jerry Derr will never forget April 28, 2012. It’s the day that his 24-year-old son committed suicide.

His son, Colton Levi Derr, was a US Army sergeant who completed over 500 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Within six weeks of returning stateside, he took his own life after struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Big cities seek racial justice this election season

Nov 7, 2016
Adam Bettcher/Reuters

Though he has lived in many cities around the country, Russel Balenger’s only real home is the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, the place where he was born and raised

“They call it the land of milk and honey, but it isn’t like that for all of us,” says Balenger, a community activist and self-described “circle keeper,” says of the Twin Cities.

Across rural America, energy bust fuels economic uncertainty

Nov 5, 2016

Bonnie Foster is an activist, a Republican and the state director of Donald Trump’s Wyoming campaign.

In the African American South, a holistic approach to fighting poverty

Nov 5, 2016
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Felicia Cosby, 44, is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She has deep ties to the city and has seen it change dramatically.

“It used to be known as a majority-minority city, but that’s not the case any more. We are experiencing a resurgence of people coming into the city, [and] people deciding to make Richmond their home,” she says.

Nestled in the rolling, green hills of Appalachia, you’ll find the town of Bridgeport, West Virginia. Though many young people are leaving America’s rural areas for cities, this small town of 8,000 managed to attract 25-year-old Matthew McManus.

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The town of Edgewater, in Colorado’s Jefferson County, is known as a “tree-city.”

Driving through the small town just west of Denver, you’ll see 1950s style ranch homes and “a bunch of big, old, leafy trees,” according to long-term resident Emmy Babcock. But the area is undergoing a huge change.