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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Book News: North Carolina County Bans 'Invisible Man'

Sep 20, 2013
Originally published on September 20, 2013 9:24 am

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

  • A North Carolina county voted this week to ban Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man from school libraries. The Asheboro Courier-Tribune reports that the decision followed a complaint from a parent, who called the novel "too much for teenagers." The decision was 5-2, with one board member claiming, "I didn't find any literary value." The 1952 novel, which won the National Book Award, is among the most famous novels dealing with black identity — and black invisibility — in America. The famous opening lines of the novel read, "I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids — and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."
  • An English professor at Winthrop University says he may have discovered the identity of the elusive author of The Bondwoman's Narrative, which is believed to be the first novel written by an African-American woman. The professor, Gregg Hecimovich, says the 19th century novel was probably written by a slave woman named Hannah Bond, who disguised herself as a man and fled captivity on a North Carolina plantation. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. told The New York Times, "Words cannot express how meaningful this is to African-American literary studies. It revolutionizes our understanding of the canon of black women's literature."
  • Valerie Plame, the former undercover CIA agent who was outed in 2003, has written a spy novel, according to The Washington Post's "Reliable Source" column. The novel, Blowback, follows a "covert agent who appears incapable of taking orders and finds herself at the center of a deadly race to locate and eradicate an Iranian nuclear threat," according to the Post. The paper added that it's "what espionage fans call 'spy light': Two-page chapters with cliffhanger endings, predictable clashes...and years of covert operations somehow packed into a couple weeks of action."
  • Pavel Astakhov, Russia's children's ombudsman, which is apparently a thing that exists, said in an interview that he didn't believe in sex education for children, but that "the best sex education that exists is Russian literature." As The Guardian rightly points out, Russia is home to some of literature's most demented love affairs.
  • A never-before-published poem by Dorothy Wordsworth, the sister of William Wordsworth and a skilled poet in her own right, has been printed in its entirety for the first time on the Oxford University Press' blog. It begins: "Five years of sickness & of pain / This weary frame has travelled oer / But God is good & once again I rest upon a tranquil shore."
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