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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The Panda Cam? That's Shut Down, Too

Oct 1, 2013
Originally published on October 8, 2013 9:17 am

By now, you've probably heard that the federal government shut down at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday after members of Congress were unable to reach a budget agreement in time to keep the government funded.

Here are the basics of what a shutdown means: Hundreds of thousands of federal workers face furloughs and many facilities are closed, but the mail and Social Security checks still get sent.

The federal government's reach, however, expands well beyond entitlement checks. Here are eight programs, services and facilities you might not have realized are affected by the shutdown:

Panda Cam

For the time being, those following every move of the newly born panda cub at the Smithsonian National Zoo have to find a new hobby. The popular Panda Cam video the zoo streams live on its website was officially shut off Tuesday morning, as the zoo itself had to close.

Mars Curiosity Rover

Few agencies will be hit harder during the government shutdown than NASA, which will be forced to furlough 97 percent of its employees.

An agency spokesman said Monday the Mars Curiosity Rover would "be put in a protective mode" and temporarily halt new data-gathering from the planet's surface.

But Curiosity's project scientist John Grotzinger told NPR Tuesday the exploration rover is operating normally. "We are still driving," he said in an e-mail exchange. "All [Jet Propulsion Laboratory] employees are Caltech employees. We have 13 countries represented on the mission and their citizens do a lot of work. And, yes, there are fair number of academics — both professors and graduate students. US civil servants are actually a minority of the team."

Golf Courses

If you're anything like Presidents Barack Obama or George W. Bush, you probably enjoy a leisurely round of golf. But if your favorite course is one of the seven that are in or very near a national park, you won't be able to hit the links.

Public Fountains

During the government shutdown, residents of the nation's capital won't be able to enjoy the 45 public fountains around the city that are operated by federal agencies.

Presidential Libraries

Everyone knows the national parks are closed during the shutdown. But so are the presidential libraries — or at least the portions of them operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. So the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is closed at the moment, but there are parts of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library that remain open.

Wild Horse Adoption Program

You won't be able to adopt a wild horse or burro from the Bureau of Land Management as long as the government is shut down. But the agency will still manage the animals' facilities and take care of them.


Some government agencies, like the Departments of Agriculture and Education, alerted followers this morning that they will not be providing updates or answering questions through their Twitter accounts during the shutdown.

BlackBerrys And iPhones

Furloughed employees must turn off their mobile devices, or risk having them taken away. Federal agencies prohibit furloughed workers from doing any work at home, which means they are not allowed to use their government emails or smartphones during their time off.

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