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.

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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Dad, I'm 'A Massachusetts Liberal'

Sep 17, 2013
Originally published on September 18, 2013 3:04 pm

A candidate in a crowded House special election is trying to break away from the pack by coming out of the closet — as a Massachusetts liberal.

In his first television advertisement of the campaign, openly gay Democratic state Rep. Carl Sciortino has a light back-and-forth with his Tea Party-oriented father, recalling the first time he told his old man about his left-of-center politics.

The minutelong ad starts out: "I'm Carl Sciortino, and I'll never forget that conversation with my Dad where I had to come out and tell him —"

"Wait for this," his incredulous father interrupts.

"That I was a Massachusetts liberal," says Sciortino.

"And he's proud of it!" his father retorts.

For the remainder of the ad, Sciortino tries to distinguish himself from his six Democratic opponents, touting his progressive accomplishments as a state legislator.

One of those primary election opponents, state Sen. Katherine Clark, employed a similar tactic earlier this week, putting her mother in front of the camera for her inaugural campaign ad.

Three Republicans are also vying for the congressional seat in Massachusetts' heavily Democratic 5th District, which was left vacant when Democrat Ed Markey was elected to the Senate in June.

Off-year special election candidates typically have enough trouble capturing the attention of voters. But the candidates running in the Oct. 15 primary must also deal with an electorate fatigued from more than two years of seemingly perpetual House and Senate campaigning and a high-profile mayoral race in nearby Boston.

The general election will take place Dec. 10.

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