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When it comes to North Korea, the era of ‘strategic patience’ is over

Mar 21, 2017

On Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's final day in Asia, a defiant North Korea claimed it tested a new type of rocket engine.

A couple days earlier, Tillerson called for an end to former President Barack Obama's "strategic patience" policy — waiting for economic sanctions to force North Korea to denuclearize — and the new secretary of state suggested that the US might even engage in pre-emptive action against North Korea.

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Over President Donald Trump's first 100 days, we're asking him questions that our audience wants answers to. Join the project by tweeting this question to @realDonaldTrump with the hashtag #100Days100Qs.

#54. @realDonaldTrump, why are you shrinking the EPA when Defense Sec. Mattis believes climate change is a national security threat? #100Days100Qs

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Military commissaries, the discount grocery stores found on US bases around the world, are bracing for big changes as lawmakers and the Department of Defense seek to reduce their reliance on taxpayer funds.

The stores offer low prices for service members and retirees. But taxpayers pay more than a billion dollars a year to subsidize them.

The reforms were set in motion by a law passed late last year. The commissaries are considered a military benefit for service members and their families.

Here's how to experience SXSW from your living room

Mar 11, 2017
Chris Saucedo

The massive arts festival South by Southwest has just kicked off. It features everything from tech talks and movie premieres to stand-up comedy shows, podcast recordings, and of course, lots of concerts.

But if you can't make it to Austin, Texas, for the festival, don't worry — you can still enjoy it from the comfort of your own home, says Melissa Locker, the culture reporter for Time magazine, The Guardian and The Takeaway.

Here's exactly who benefits from the GOP's new health care bill

Mar 9, 2017
Eric Thayer/Reuters&nbsp;

House Republicans unveiled their long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this week. Democrats and some moderate Republicans have already said the plan will hurt Americans who rely on insurance plans under the ACA, while ultra-conservative members of Congress are criticizing the plan and calling it "Obamacare Lite."

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Over President Donald Trump's first 100 days, we're asking him questions that our audience wants answers to. Join the project by tweeting this question to @realDonaldTrump with the hashtag #100Days100Qs.

#46. @realDonaldTrump: How will your administration deal with US-citizen children whose parents are deported? #100Days100Qs

According to the 2016 Current Population Survey from the US Census Bureau, immigrants and their US-born children make up 27 percent of the overall US population. 

Republicans have long talked about repealing  former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law — the Affordable Care Act — and on Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives released details about what they intend to replace Obamacare with.

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Over President Donald Trump's first 100 days, we're asking him questions that our audience wants answers to. Join the project by tweeting this question to @realDonaldTrump with the hashtag #100Days100Qs.

#43. @realDonaldTrump what is your administration’s official stance on organized labor? #100Days100Qs

Bomb threats are one part of a wave of anti-Semitism in America

Mar 2, 2017
Tom Gannam/Reuters&nbsp;

Since January, 100 different Jewish day schools and community centers have been evacuated after bomb threats. Just this Monday, sites in 16 cities across the US were targeted.

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#38. @realDonaldTrump Do you support rehabilitation or incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders? #100Days100Qs

In 1999, Aaron Glasscock was just 22 and two months shy of graduating from college when he was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for a nonviolent drug offense: conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Nearly 20 years later, Glasscock is out of prison, as his sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama.

Immigrants reflect on American values after deadly Kansas shooting

Feb 27, 2017
Dave Kaup/Reuters&nbsp;

An evening at the Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas, quickly turned deadly when a gunman entered the establishment and reportedly yelled, “Get out of my country,” before he shot two Indian immigrants. The incident, which took place last Wednesday and was allegedly carried out by Adam W. Purinton, has renewed concerns about anti-immigrant sentiments in America. 

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Remember when Zack Morris (smart aleck, picture-perfect smile), Kelly Kapowski (cheerleader, the object of Zack’s affections) and Samuel “Screech” Powers (lovable, curly-headed nerd) were household names?

So many Gen Xers and other children of the ’90s and their parents spent part of their Saturday mornings following them on the popular TV show, “Saved by the Bell,” set at the fictional Bayside High School in Palisades, California. 

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Today, Feb. 22, is the actual birthday of George Washington, the father of our country. He’s also got a decent-sized role in the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton.” But there are other, more pressing reasons for Presidents Day.

A couple of answers in our #100Days100Qs to President Donald Trump

Feb 22, 2017
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters&nbsp;

Though President Donald Trump has been in office for just over a month, his administration has already been facing a number of foreign policy questions.

Here's what you need to know when crossing international borders

Feb 17, 2017
Todd Korol/Reuters&nbsp;&nbsp;

We’ve learned a lot about how entering the country and crossing borders work these days. 

We know our phones and laptops are subject to search and seizure when we’re crossing a border, even if we don’t have to unlock anything for officers. 

But what else should we know? What other rights do we have, if any, in that no-man’s-land between the plane and the international arrivals exit?

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Through the years, Donald Trump has made plenty of off-color remarks about women, including on the campaign trail. Plus, there have been allegations against him, of improper sexual advances in the workplace at various times, and more recently, reports that he pays a lot of attention to his

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President Donald Trump set the ball rolling to repeal major components of the Obama administration's economic policy. The executive order signed by the president did not directly impact existing financial regulations, but it did call for a review of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. That law was designed to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis and was a major target of Trump’s presidential campaign.

In some ways, homelessness has become “ingrained” as an everyday part of San Francisco’s identity. 

On any given night here, officials estimate, there are at least 6,700 people living on the streets. 

Actor Alec Baldwin has had a number of roles throughout his long career, but lately, he's been making a splash with a now-iconic character: President-elect Donald Trump.

China's making huge economic bets on green energy

Jan 12, 2017

Officials in Beijing are turning the problem of poisonous pollution into a green opportunity for China.

On Thursday, China’s National Energy Administration announced that it would invest at least $360 billion in renewable energy. The plan, which is expected to help curb greenhouse gas emissions, will also create an estimated 13 million jobs.