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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Report: 'Iran Plots Revenge' If U.S. Strikes Syria

Sep 6, 2013
Originally published on September 6, 2013 9:31 am

"The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria," The Wall Street Journal reports.

Citing "U.S. officials" as its sources, the Journal says the intelligence is among "an expanding array of reprisal threats across the region. It adds that "U.S. officials said they are on alert for Iran's fleet of small, fast boats in the Persian Gulf, where American warships are positioned. U.S. officials also fear Hezbollah could attack the U.S. Embassy in Beirut."

Iran, along with Russia, China and the Lebanon-based Shiite militant group Hezbollah, is among the relatively few "friends" still supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad. As the Parallels blog has explained, "their relationship dates back to the years after the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran."

NPR has not independently confirmed the Journal's report.

Meanwhile, as NPR's Scott Horsley reports from St. Petersburg, Russia, President Obama will use the second and final day of the G-20 Summit of world leaders to continue pressing for support of his plan to strike Syria. Obama believes Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime must be held accountable for a chemical weapons attack near Damascus last month that the U.S. believes killed more than 1,400 people.

In between meetings with other leaders, Scott adds, Obama has also been calling members of Congress to lobby for their support. The president has said that while he reserves the right to go ahead and use force, he wants a green light from Congress because that would signal to the world that the U.S. is united on the need to take action.

The Senate is expected to vote next week on a resolution that supports a strike on Syria, reports NPR's Ailsa Chang. But she tells our Newscast Desk that, "although the top-ranking leaders in both parties of the House say they're going to back the president's plan, it's not clear what good that will do. Even the House Democrats who say they're used to siding with President Obama on most issues are feeling extremely conflicted. ... So far, House leaders haven't said when they expect to vote — they may wait to take up whatever resolution passes the Senate."

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