Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

The Old State Capitol — where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "A house divided" speech in 1858 warning against the ills of slavery and where Barack Obama launched his presidential bid in 2007 — served as the backdrop for Clinton as she spoke of how "America's long struggle with race is far from finished."

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When we meet the heroin dealer called Bone, he has just shot up. He has a lot to say anyway. He tells us about his career--it pretty much tracks the evolution of drug use in America these past ten years or so. He tells us about his rough past. And he tells us about how he died a week ago. He overdosed on his own supply and his friend took his body to the emergency room, then left.

New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Anthony Weiner's Run Ends With A Flourish Of His Finger

Sep 11, 2013
Originally published on September 11, 2013 8:55 am

Voters in New York City are waiting to see whether Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio reached the 40 percent point that would avoid an Oct. 1 runoff with challenger William Thompson.

With about 98 percent of precincts having reported the results from Tuesday's voting, our colleagues at WNYC say that de Blasio has 40.19 percent of the vote to Thompson's 26.04 percent.

If de Blasio is declared the winner, he would face Republican Joe Lhota in November.

The story from Tuesday's voting that's getting as much or more attention than the wait to see who will be the Democratic mayoral nominee, though, is the way former Rep. Anthony Weiner departed the race.

Weiner, who lost his job in Congress over a 2011 sexting scandal, had at one time been leading his fellow Democrats in the race for this year's mayoral nomination. But another sexting scandal sent his poll numbers plummeting. On Tuesday, he ended up with only about 5 percent of the votes.

Gawker tracks the rather sordid story of Weiner's night Tuesday — from a concession speech in which he didn't mention his wife, to the appearance of the woman who revealed he'd still been sexting after leaving Congress, to Weiner's one-finger (you know which one) "salute" to a reporter as he left the scene.

As CNN says, "the now-immortalized final moment of Anthony Weiner's failed New York mayoral campaign was the candidate's middle finger."

Also in New York City on Tuesday, the other candidate trying to make a comeback from a sex scandal failed in his bid for electoral redemption. Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned from office in 2008 after it became known that he'd been a customer of high-priced prostitutes, lost his bid for the Democratic nomination to be the city's comptroller.

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