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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Tuesday Morning Political Mix

Oct 8, 2013
Originally published on October 8, 2013 8:18 am

Good morning, fellow political junkies. It's Day 8 of the partial shutdown of the federal government. Among the only certainties: many federal workers are a day closer to missing a paycheck and the nation is a day closer to hitting the debt ceiling.

While no solution to the shutdown appears close, official Washington seems to be shifting its attention to the fight over raising the debt-ceiling. Indeed, the two fights appear to be merging, suggesting that they'll both be resolved together. Whether that will be in time to avoid a parade of horribles is another matter.

With that as the backdrop, here are some of the more interesting stories of greater or lesser political import that caught my eye this morning.

  • Large foreign holders of U.S. debt are urging American policymakers to resolve their differences and raise the debt ceiling, reports Bloomberg News' Keiko Ujikane. Officials from China and Japan, two of the largest holders of U.S. bonds, warned a default would likely cause them to unload significant investments in U.S. Treasuries. That could lead to sharply higher U.S. interest rates.
  • Democrats have been remarkably unified throughout the current fiscal fight. A bit of daylight appeared between them Monday, however, when a top Obama administration official said the White House might find a short-term debt ceiling raise acceptable, an idea with little traction among Senate Democrats. They sought clarity and seemed satisfied by White House officials' reassurances, reported Politico's Manu Raju and John Bresnahan.
  • Senate Democrats are moving ahead with legislation to raise the debt ceiling without any strings attached. But there's the very real possibility of a Republican filibuster, ABC News' Jeff Zeleny reports.
  • A voter backlash against the federal government shutdown appears to be a factor in Democrat Terry McAuliffe's large, nine-point lead in the Virginia governor's race over Republican Ken Cuccinnell, writes Politico's Alexander Burns. Virginia is very dependent on the U.S. government, since many federal employees and contractors reside in the state.
  • Wall Street's relative calmness to date as the U.S. government approaches the debt ceiling with no agreement to raise it is causing worries that members of Congress could mistakenly conclude they need not worry about how dangerous the situation really is to financial markets, writes the New York Times' Nathaniel Popper.
  • Top bankers are warning that the U.S. can't avoid default by prioritizing its debt payments, as some Republicans have suggested. Even if it paid the interest on its treasury notes, the government's failure to make other payments would raise doubts among investors and consumers, write The Wall Street Journal's Deborah Solomon and Dan Strumpf.
  • Americans seem about equally split over which side should move first in the government-shutdown fight. The Pew Research Center found 44 percent of respondents saying Republican leaders should yield first while 42 percent said President Obama should. The divide was largely along partisan lines.
  • Contrary to what many critics say about the Affordable Care Act, small businesses might actually benefit greatly from Obamacare, writes the New Yorker's James Surowiecki. The new law will allow more people to start small businesses in the first place since many people won't feel the need to remain employees of large companies because it's the only way they can afford health insurance.
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