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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Jesse Jackson Jr. Begins Prison Term Several Days Early

Oct 29, 2013
Originally published on October 29, 2013 1:26 pm

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has begun his prison sentence, resolving a brief period of confusion over his status. It seems that Jackson tried to turn himself in to federal prison officials Monday — but he was four days early. The official deadline for his surrender for a 30-month prison term had been set for Friday.

"He is in our custody, as of about a minute ago," Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke tells The Chicago Tribune this morning.

Jackson reported to the federal Butner Correctional Center near Raleigh, N.C., on Monday, according to reports and a spokeswoman; he did so again on Tuesday and was accepted into custody.

"He had been ordered to report to a federal prison camp or correctional institution no earlier than November 1," CNN reports. "The Bureau of Prisons said it couldn't comment on why Jackson reported earlier than ordered."

A former warden at the prison tells the Tribune that an early arrival at the prison can't be held unless the sentencing judge's order is amended.

A former rising star from Illinois, Jackson is being punished for taking $750,000 in campaign funds for his personal use; his wife, Sandi was sentenced to a yearlong prison term for not reporting $600,000 in income on her federal tax return.

Jackson now joins disgraced financier Bernie Madoff as an inmate at Butner, the Tribune says.

Because the Jacksons have a school-age son and daughter, they are being allowed to serve their sentences one after the other.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, who accompanied Jackson to prison, said he "was in good spirits entering the prison, all things considered," the AP says.

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