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

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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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'Out In The Dark,' Where Nothing Is Black Or White

Sep 26, 2013
Originally published on September 29, 2013 8:25 am

Paving the way for a brand-new subgenre — the gay romantic thriller — the atmospheric neo-noir Out in the Dark tells of a Palestinian university student who seeks refuge from the homophobia of his traditionalist West Bank village in the more gay-friendly atmosphere of metropolitan Tel Aviv.

There Nimr (Nicholas Jacob) falls in love with Roy (Michael Aloni), a privileged Jewish lawyer from a seemingly liberal family. Israeli-born director Michael Mayer handles their love affair with sexual candor, but his heroes' godlike physical beauty also, somehow, projects a blazing, innocent purity.

As Nimr slips back and forth between the big city and his loving but hidebound home, the two men briefly inhabit an illusory free zone, letting down their guard to bask in the freewheeling colorblindness of a community that understands marginality all too well. Then, shattering the lovers' fragile bubble, Mayer throws them into the cauldron of the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate.

Rejected by his devoutly religious mother, sister and a militant, gun-running brother on the one hand, Nimr is also the target of manipulative Tel Aviv intelligence operatives, who want him to spy on his fellow students at Birzeit University. (If you think the plot is far-fetched, I refer you to The Gatekeepers, a sobering Israeli documentary about Shin Bet's divide-and-conquer machinations in the West Bank.)

Tel Aviv and the West Bank may be worlds apart in terms of culture, politics and religion, but Mayer cleverly merges them into a single claustrophobic continuum of paranoia, violence and corruption that corrodes everything it touches. Soon Nimr finds himself on the run, his loyalties cruelly divided by forces larger than himself. Nor will family prove a reliable refuge; just as Nimr is devastated by his mother's response when he's outed, so Roy is embittered to learn that his nominally enlightened parents' liberalism has its limits.

Out in the Dark suffers a bit from a stiff, sometimes sentimental script, co-written by Mayer and Yael Shafrir. And stuffing the Israeli mafia into the plot feels like gilding the lily.

But as the movie gathers steam, it deepens into an examination of the way politics and tribalism can contaminate everyday life. Here, they sink in so thoroughly that even the two-against-the-world solidarity of young men in love becomes stained with mistrust and betrayal.

In such a universe, the movie's climax tells us, there are no clean hands. Nimr and Roy find themselves trapped between two crippling forms of anxiety: the Palestinians' rage and sexual terror faces off against a deeply rooted Israeli fear of being engulfed by the Other. It's a lethal brew, one guaranteed to bring out the bully in otherwise decent people of any stripe.

Inevitably Nimr, who has no power in either world, takes most of the brunt. But in the end, Roy too learns what it means to be a disenfranchised outsider cornered with no exit. There's heroism and an escape of sorts in Out in the Dark — but in Mayer's despairing vision, there are no winners.

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