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.

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New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

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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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Partial Government Shutdown Will Compromise Some Services

Oct 1, 2013



It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.


And I'm Steve Inskeep. Much of the federal government is in the process of shutting down. With Congress unable to agree on a spending bill, money for continuing operations ran out at midnight and hundreds of thousands of government employees have been told to stop working, although some vital functions like Social Security checks, for example, or the postal service, will continue. NPR's Scott Horsley has more on which parts of the government are still operating and which are not.

For starters, the panda cam at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. has gone dark.


SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: The five-week old baby panda at Washington's National Zoo is being fed and cared for during the government shutdown. But would-be zoo visitors are not so lucky. The zoo, like all the Smithsonian Museums here in Washington, are now closed to the public. So are the national parks. All told, some 800,000 government workers are being idled. But not all departments are affected equally.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Jet Blue 1086, Kennedy Tower. Your traffic is a heavy triple-7 on a four-mile final.

HORSLEY: Air traffic controllers are still on the job, along with about two-thirds of all federal transportation workers. At the EPA, on the other hand, more than 90 percent of the workforce is being sent home, leaving EPA administrator Gina McCarthy with only a skeleton crew.

GINA MCCARTHY: Just emergencies, what we need to keep, to keep the lights on and to respond in the event of a significant emergency. That's basically what we're looking at.

HORSLEY: The White House Budget Office issues guidelines on who stays and goes during a shutdown, which government functions continue and which do not. In general, government employees keep working if their paychecks are not tied to annual authorizations from Congress, or if their jobs are considered vital for the protection of life and property.

That second category requires some judgment, though, and not all agencies take the same approach. Some food inspectors for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for example, are still on the job, while other food inspectors, for the FDA, will be sent home.

J. DAVID COX: There is no consistency to it whatsoever. There's really not a rhyme or reason. But the real issue is, you stay, you still don't get paid on payday. You go, you still don't get paid on payday. It's a double whammy.

HORSLEY: J. David Cox, who leads the largest union of federal employees, doesn't call this a government shutdown. He calls it a federal lockout. Economists say the sudden disappearance of paychecks for some two million federal workers is the single biggest impact of the government shutdown.

Doug Handler of the forecasting firm IHS Global Insight says even tracking that impact will not be easy. Of the 2,400 people who typically measure such things for the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, all but three have been told to stay home.

DOUG HANDLER IHS GLOBAL INSIGHT: Not only will the economic situation be in a state of flux, but we won't have any visibility to measure that state of flux.

HORSLEY: If the shutdown continues all week, it could delay the much-anticipated monthly jobs report, due out on Friday. Scott Horsley, NPR News, Washington. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.