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."

Episode 711: Hooked on Heroin

1 hour ago

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.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Arizona Hispanics Poised To Swing State Blue

4 hours ago
Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Pages

Monday News Clips: What We're Reading

Sep 23, 2013
Originally published on September 23, 2013 7:11 pm

We're kicking off a new morning routine in which we'll get the day started on NPR's It's All Politics" blog by sharing a handful of political stories that caught our interest or that we'll be watching.

Here are a few of them for Monday, Sept. 23:

  • This week, of course, the Senate is due to take up the GOP House-passed legislation that would continue funding the federal government past Sept. 30 but defund Obamacare. Sarah Binder, a scholar of Congress, explains on the Monkey Cage blog the rococo procedural path the Democratic-controlled Senate is likely to follow to strip out the defunding measure.
  • Robert Pear of The New York Times has a piece likely to make life harder for the Obama administration as it tries to sell the public on the virtues of the Affordable Care Act. The lower premiums due to Obamacare, it turns out, result from more limited choices for patients when it comes to the hospitals and doctors they can use.
  • The New Republic's Alec MacGillis has a fascinating story about Doug Band, a former Clinton White House aide who has parlayed his continued association with former President Bill Clinton through the Clinton Global Initiative into access to the wealthy, powerful and famous. As with so much linked to the Clintons, however, his relationships and activities are fraught with controversy and could trail Hillary Clinton if the former secretary of state decides to run for president in 2016.
  • Journalists have long used Freedom of Information Act requests to get information government agencies don't routinely make public. It goes along with the notion that democracy is improved when voters have more information. But The Wall Street Journal's Brody Mullins and Christopher Weaver report that hedge fund investors have also found the tool quite helpful, and they're making abundant use of them in the hopes of gaining an information edge on other investors.
  • Mayors should run the world, according to political theorist Benjamin Barber. In a TED Talk on Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rahm Emanuel, he says their pragmatism and real connection to everyday people make them far better at getting things done than national leaders who are often ideologues. I'm guessing New York's Bloomberg and Chicago's Emanuel might be among the many members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors "favoriting" this video.
  • According to a new CNBC survey, a clear majority of Americans oppose defunding Obamacare if it means shutting down the government and defaulting on debt. In the wake of Friday's House vote to pass a short-term government spending bill that would eliminate funding for the new health care law, those numbers are eye-opening. Americans are also opposed to the idea of defunding the Affordable Care Act, in general, by a plurality of 44 percent to 38 percent.
Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.