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."

Episode 711: Hooked on Heroin

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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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'Baby Veronica' Custody Battle Continues

Sep 11, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court may have decided almost three months ago the case known as Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. But the young Native American girl known as "Baby Veronica," who turns 4 years old on Sunday, is still stuck in legal limbo.

Many child custody cases are inherently messy, but Veronica's case has been especially complex because she is an American Indian child. She is currently living in Oklahoma with her biological father, Dusten Brown, who is Cherokee. Meanwhile, a white adoptive couple from South Carolina — Matt and Melanie Capobianco — waits to reunite with her.

In the U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown, a registered member of the Cherokee Nation, attempted to claim parental rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act, which Congress passed in 1978 to prevent the separation of Native American children from their biological families and tribes.

The high court ruled in June, however, that the federal law does not apply to this case because Brown "never had custody of the child." In July, a lower court ruling in South Carolina ordered Veronica's adoption by the Capobiancos finalized.

As our colleagues at The Two-Way noted, the Oklahoma Supreme Court recently issued a stay, delaying an Oklahoma county court's order for Brown to hand Veronica over to the Capobiancos.

The United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, weighed in on Tuesday with a written statement, urging "the relevant authorities, as well as all parties involved in the custody dispute, to ensure the best interests of Veronica, fully taking into account her rights to maintain her cultural identity and to maintain relations with her indigenous family and people."

Representatives for Brown and the Cherokee Nation (which has joined Brown in lawsuits) could not be reached by deadline.

But in a phone interview, Lori Alvino McGill, an attorney for the Capobiancos who previously represented Veronica's biological mother, said her clients "are, and always have been, committed to keeping Veronica in touch with her biological family."

"Part of that is educating her about where she comes from," she added.

McGill says the Capobiancos are now waiting for the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision.

Angel Smith, a court-appointed attorney who has represented Veronica in Cherokee Nation tribal court, acknowledged that "two families have loved one child."

She hopes all sides will keep in mind "the daily impact on the life of a child" in the middle of a custody battle.

"[Veronica] certainly has her own worldview. She has her own thoughts. She has her own voice," Smith said. "It's not just a news story. This is a real child, and this, one way or another, will have a real impact on the rest of her life."

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