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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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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Thursday Morning Political Mix

Oct 3, 2013

Good morning, fellow political junkies. As we enter Day 3 of the federal government shutdown, the impasse appears no closer to a solution. Nothing like a way forward seemed to come from President Obama's White House meeting Wednesday evening with congressional leaders.

But, then, we didn't expect much from it since the president's people said he wouldn't be negotiating.

Still, there's no shutdown in news coverage, far from it. Here's a collection of some of the more interesting pieces, themes, analysis or tidbits I wanted to share this morning.

  • We may be at grasping-at-straws time. Or worse. Wednesday evening, as President Obama met with congressional leaders at the White House, Robert Costa of the National Review caused some initial excitement with a report of a "grand bargain" being attempted by Speaker John Boehner as he tried to cook up a dish his fellow Republicans could stomach to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. But a Boehner spokesman downplayed the effort. And the more you looked, the slimmer the reed seemed to be.
  • It sounds like much heat was generated at a private meeting of Senate Republicans Wednesday as they castigated Sen. Ted Cruz for leading congressional Republicans into the box canyon of the government shutdown-Obamacare fight with no exit strategy, reported Politico's Manu Raju. Cruz also reportedly refused to take back all the nasty things he has publicly said about them.
  • A staggering number of poor, both working and jobless, won't be helped by the Affordable Care Act because of their states' refusal to expand Medicaid. The New York Times' Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff report that more than half the nation's low-wage workers and two-thirds of poor blacks and single mothers won't get the subsidies needed to buy health insurance.
  • While the lawmakers and news media busily showered attention on vets at the World War II Memorial who became a handy symbol of shutdown victimhood and triumph, especially for conservatives, virtually ignored were the very sick kids, especially those with cancer, treated by the shutdown-hamstrung National Institutes of Health. The New Republic's Alec MacGillis found no news cameras or members of Congress at the Children's Inn facility where children stay while taking part in NIH clinical trials.
  • The shutdown has been little more than a speed bump for Washington lobbyists, reports Kevin Bogardus of The Hill. Sure, a few meetings with lawmakers were cancelled and venues changed. But so far, the city's lobbyists have found plenty of shutdown workarounds.
  • Many people probably hadn't given much thought to the possibility that a few furloughed, unpaid U.S. intelligence workers might now be more easily recruited to spy for foreign nations. I know I hadn't. But James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence raised that concern at a congressional hearing Wednesday, reported NPR's Scott Neuman.
  • Perhaps some of the fears held by House Republicans of primary challenges will be assuaged by a new automated poll that shows Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) with a commanding lead over his Tea Party challenger. CQ Roll Call's Abby Livingson reports that Shuster led retired Coast Guard captain Art Halverson by more than 50 points. It's still early, however.
  • If you want to talk to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) try calling his Senate office and see if he picks up. The shutdown has caused him to take decisive action and answer his own phones, reports Politico's Burgess Everett.
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