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.

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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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Book News: Fight Over Philosopher Ends With Gunfire In Russia

Sep 17, 2013
Originally published on September 19, 2013 9:47 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • One Russian man reportedly shot another during an argument about the 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant, The Wall Street Journal reports. Two men standing in line for beer in southern Russia began arguing about the Critique of Pure Reason author, and "decided to find out which of them is a bigger fan of this philosopher, and a tempestuous argument escalated into a fist fight." At that point, investigators say, one man shot the other with a non-fatal bullet. The injured man will recover. The suspected shooter was picked up by the police and charged with "intentional infliction of serious harm."
  • Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates will publish a memoir, Alfred A. Knopf announced Monday. DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War will be published in January. In the book's introduction, excerpted in a press release, Gates writes that he will address not only the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also "my political war with Congress each day I was in office and the dramatic contrast between my public respect, bipartisanship, and calm, and my private frustration, disgust, and anger."
  • James Patterson, the novelist who has sold more than 280 million books, has pledged to donate $1 million to various independent bookstores. The author tells CBS, "We're making this transition to e-books, and that's fine and good and terrific and wonderful, but we're not doing it in an organized, sane, civilized way. So what's happening right now is a lot of bookstores are disappearing." The author says his two conditions for donating to a bookstore are, "one, is it a viable bookstore, and secondly, do they have a children's section?"
  • Tessa Hadley has a new short story, "Bad Dreams" in The New Yorker: "Cold night air struck her shoulders. It was strange to stare into the room with wide-open eyes and feel the darkness yielding only the smallest bit, as if it were pressing back against her efforts to penetrate it. Something had happened, she was sure, while she was asleep."
  • NPR's Lynn Neary reports on changes at the NBA (books, not basketball): "In recent years, the National Book Awards have been criticized for nominating obscure authors. ... Thus the changes instituted this year: nonwriters such as librarians, booksellers and critics have been included in the judging panels. And instead of one announcement of five nominees in each category, this week's rollout of longer lists, 10 in each category, followed in about a month by a short list."
  • Brad Leithauser writes about pet words for The New Yorker: "They are stray cats taken in by the author — as in John Updike's adoption of 'lambent' and 'crescent' or Anne Tyler's of 'nubbin' or John Cheever's of 'inestimable' or H. G. Wells's of 'incontinently' or Thackeray's of 'artless.' Each of these words presents the critic with a little puzzle of devotion: What was it about this particular package of syllables? Why was this stray cat escorted into the author's studio and offered a saucer of cream and a plump pillow by the fireplace?"
  • Update at 9:45 a.m. ET: The National Book Awards' poetry longlist was announced on Tuesday morning. The list of 10 poetry collections includes:

    Frank Bidart, Metaphysical Dog.
    Roger Bonair-Agard, Bury My Clothes.
    Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion.
    Andrei Codrescu, So Recently Rent a World, New and Selected Poems: 1968-2012.
    Brenda Hillman, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire.
    Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke.
    Diane Raptosh, American Amnesiac.
    Matt Rasmussen, Black Aperture.
    Martha Ronk, Transfer of Qualities.
    Mary Szybist, Incarnadine: Poems.

    The longlist for the "young people's literature" category was out Monday, and the lists for nonfiction and fiction will be announced later this week. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in November.

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