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Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic Convention showed why she’s an unusual first lady.

Kate Andersen Brower, a journalist and author of "First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies," says it’s because she’s not afraid to take a strong stance.

Trump: The president Russia wants?

Jul 26, 2016

Russia involved in the US presidential race?

It's a pattern that Anne Applebaum has seen before. Russia has been successful before with hacks like the break-in of the Democratic National Committee's email system or in interfering in myriad other ways with foreign elections, says Applebaum, a foreign affairs columnist for the Washington Post.

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With 4.4 million food insecure individuals in northeastern Nigeria, the region is on the brink of famine. Boko Haram, the militant group who has overrun the area, is clearly a major cause of this crisis, which has taken international aid agencies by surprise.

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Earlier this week, President Barack Obama memorialized the five fallen officers from the Dallas Police Department who were killed in the city last week. During his speech, Obama also acknowledged both the special role and challenges faced by police departments in the US today.

“Your work, and the work of police officers around the country, is like no other," he said. "From the moment you put on that uniform, you have answered a call that at any moment, even in the briefest interaction, may put your life at harm's way.”

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The Democratic Primary finally ended this week, 28 days after the last vote in the contest was cast.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are now on a path toward unity after the senator from Vermont formally endorsed the former secretary of state at a rally in New Hampshire — a state where Sanders beat Clinton by 22 points. It was the first time the two appeared together during for an event this election cycle, and Sanders used the meeting to make one thing clear: He's with her.

Investigation reveals injustices in private prisoner transport industry

Jul 13, 2016
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As the prison population continues to grow, states looking to cut costs have turned to private companies to transport prisoners. But an investigation by The Marshall Project, a reporting outlet focused on criminal justice, found serious problems with the industry.

Are we looking at a new American battlefield in the summer of ’16, or a very old one?

The morning after the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in the spring of 1992, smoke and fire rose over a city that became a battlefield — the images shocked America into accepting that the criminal justice system might have little to do with crime or justice, and lots to do with race and poverty.

“This is the code that brought us to the moon.”

The original source code from Apollo 11 has been posted on the popular programmer website, GitHub. Keith Collins, reporter for Quartz, calls it a 1960s time capsule that “still inspires this awe.”

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The United States is still reeling from a week of racial tension and graphic violence, and while there's more than enough anger in America this summer, some are still fanning the fire.

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Spokane, in southeastern Washington, is where hip-hop artist Macklemore led a parade of dancing people and rode a moose-covered two-wheeler in his music video “Downtown.” But there’s another reason Spokane should catch your eye.  

Back in 2006, the high school dropout rate in Spokane County was 25.6 percent. At the same time, Washington's dropout rate was just 5.5 percent. The troubling statistics out of Spokane inspired the community to take action, and a decade later, thee is a lasting impact in places like Central Valley High School.

How millennials may one day — soon — upend the political landscape

Jun 10, 2016
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Back in 2008, a new youthful candidate named Barack Obama electrified young voters. Eight years later, a not-so-young candidate, but still new to the nation, has done the same thing. We’re talking about Senator Bernie Sanders, of course.

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It's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Pittsburgh Penguins have a commanding lead over the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks, playing in the first Cup finals in their team's history, are down three games to one. The Penguins have been stellar in this series so far, with star Sidney Crosby itching for his second Stanley Cup victory.

Now, if you've watched any hockey, you'll know how announcers typically call a goal: Yell the name of the player, and let the celebratory horn carry on. 

Disappointed, not surprised: Stanford and American rape culture

Jun 8, 2016
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He was once a champion swimmer at one of America’s most prestigious universities, but now Brock Allen Turner is known the world over as a convicted rapist.

Back in March, a jury found the 20-year-old guilty on three felony counts for raping an unconscious woman at Stanford University in early 2015. Two fellow students called the police after they saw Turner thrusting on top of the comatosed woman behind a dumpster. The crime he was convicted of carried a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, and the prosecution asked for six.

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of Senator Robert F. Kennedy's "Ripple of Hope" speech. Delivered at the University of Cape Town on June 6, 1966, during the height of apartheid; most believe RFK's "Ripple of Hope" address was the greatest speech of his life.

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For more than two years, the residents of Flint, Michigan, complained about the taste and smell of their tap water, of skin rashes, and hair loss with little response from officials. Now, much of the world knows of the lead-tainted water that coursed through Flint's pipes, and of the thousands of community members who have elevated levels of lead in their blood.

A history of accidental shootings in the US

Jun 2, 2016
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Back in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, American newspapers regularly carried columns that highlighted “melancholy accidents,” or unfortunate accounts of firearm accidents and gun deaths. For example, in July 1844, The Baltimore Sun ran this brief with the headline, “Shot by Accident”:

How science and counterterrorism are reinventing US police interrogations

May 27, 2016
Lucy Nicholson

You’ve seen it in nearly every police movie. There’s a small, smoke-filled room, and a single bare lightbulb shines down from the ceiling. Two overworked and overtired detectives assume the roles of good cop and bad cop, and they break down a suspect with psychological games until he cracks.

As it turns out, this clichéd Hollywood script has roots in the real world.

After two weeks of massive lines at airport security checkpoints across the country, the Transportation Safety Administration has replaced Kelly Hoggan, the TSA's top security official.

Democrats splintering over DNC chief?

May 23, 2016
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For months, the Republican Party seemed to be splintering apart as Donald Trump inched closer to the GOP nomination. But now it’s the Democratic Party that is struggling to unify.

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North Carolina's controversial HB2 ordinance — commonly referred to as the "bathroom bill" — prohibits transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond with their gender identities. The law has tangible consequences for the bodies and souls of transgender people in the state, says Erica Lachowitz, a transgender woman in Charlotte.