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

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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: Without A Shortlist, Nobel-Watchers Turn To Bookies

Oct 8, 2013
Originally published on October 8, 2013 9:30 am

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

  • Speculation about who will win the Nobel Prize in Literature — to be announced on Thursday morning — is rife, with the British bookmaker Ladbrokes spitting out odds. The Nobel selection process is highly secretive, and the prize only announces who the finalists were 50 years after the fact, so the list from oddsmaker Ladbrokes serves as a kind of substitute shortlist. This year, Ladbrokes has given the top spot to Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, who was also the favorite last year. He's followed by Canadian short story writer Alice Munro, the Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksijevitj and then Joyce Carol Oates, prolific American novelist and much more prolific tweeter. As The New York Times notes, the oddsmakers are not actually reading the books. Instead, they "take the temperature of the literary world" by reading blogs and media reports. And how accurate are they? According to the BostonGlobe, Ladbrokes' top pick has gone on to win the prize in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
  • At The New Yorker, Paul Collins applies "stylometry," the software used to identify J.K. Rowling as the author of The Cuckoo's Nest, to argue that Edgar Allan Poe's earliest work of fiction is the pseudonymous story "A Fragment," printed in an obscure Baltimore journal. Collins says, "At just five hundred and forty-two words, 'A Fragment' is a fevered first-person account by a despairing man about to shoot himself."
  • Atavist Books, a multiplatform publishing company with a "mix of digital, enhanced digital, and print works," has launched with an impressive list of authors such as Karen Russell, Hari Kunzru and Kamila Shamsie. Former Picador publisher Frances Coady, who is among those leading the project, told Publisher's Weekly: "We have to stop treating digital as the bastard offspring of print. Digital is its own format and should have its own resources and its own uses and purpose."
  • Paul Auster contributed a short story called "You Remember the Planes" to Granta's new issue: Granta 125: After the War: "You remember the planes, the supersonic jets roaring across the blue skies of summer, cutting through the firmament at such exalted speeds that they were scarcely visible, a flash of silver glinting briefly in the light, and then, not long after they had vanished over the horizon, the thunderous boom that would follow, resounding for miles in all directions, the great detonation of blasting air that signified the sound barrier had been broken yet again."
  • In New York magazine, Jen Doll defends her love of reading YA novels: "Those are the books I read in a one-night rush, staying up until three in the morning to find out what happened, and when I do, sighing in pleasure because the heroine really does get the guy, the world has been saved, the parents finally understand, or there is at least the promise of things working out in the end. Adult books may be great literature, but they don't make me feel the same way."
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