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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Congress Looks Beyond Syria To Its Next Fight

Sep 11, 2013
Originally published on September 11, 2013 6:18 pm

Now that Congress' extraordinary Syria debate is on hold, at least for now, the next upcoming drama is really a return to much more familiar territory: how will congressional leaders get enough votes to pass legislation to keep the government from going off yet another metaphorical cliff.

Until Wednesday, it looked like Congress was moving toward a vote this week to fund the government past September, when the fiscal year ends, and into December — thus avoiding a shutdown. But that vote was postponed until next week at the earliest.

The reason? Too many House conservatives who want to take more than a symbolic vote to defund the Affordable Care Act played hard to get, forcing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., to pull the bill off the schedule.

The House has already voted 40 times to defund Obamacare. But all those past votes were symbolic since none had a prayer of getting past the Democratic-controlled Senate or President Obama.

That group of House conservatives insisted it wasn't going for its leadership's hocus-pocus anymore, however. It wants language to defund Obamacare included in the must-pass continuing resolution needed to keep the federal government from shutting down Oct. 1.

The representatives had the backing of conservative groups like Heritage Action and the Club for Growth, which added pressure on House Republicans by vowing to score how lawmakers voted on the legislative proposal as a "key vote."

Those House conservatives smelled victory Wednesday, a day after Tea Party members rallied in front of the U.S. Capitol on a horridly hot and humid day to insist on the defunding of Obamacare.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., a particularly outspoken member of the House Tea Party Caucus, tweeted: "Shout out to @TPPatriots for planning the Exempt America rally. It worked! House leadership is pulling the trick bill that funded #ObamaCare"

What comes next is uncertain. "Presumably, we will vote on something next week. In order for them to get more votes from their right wing, we presume the bill gets worse" said Drew Hammill, communications director for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic minority leader.

Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner, Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are due to meet Thursday morning. In their first such get-together since the spring, they'll discuss the fiscal path forward, including the debt ceiling issue.

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