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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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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What If They Opened A Dolphin Theme Park, And Nobody Came?

Oct 17, 2013

Earlier this month, plans for a new marine theme park were announced for the town of Taiji, Japan. Sometime within the next five years, if the plans come to fruition, tourists will be able to observe and swim with dolphins and small whales. Then, while still in the park, they can eat dolphin and whale meat, all the time knowing that their park fees support the slaughter of dolphins.

You may recognize the name Taiji and know of its annual dolphin hunt from the 2009 movie The Cove. I've still not been able to bring myself to watch the film, but am grateful that it, and its Academy Award for Best Documentary, has brought a global eye to the cruel practices that terrify these animals before violently ending their lives.

When I write about animal welfare, I try to understand at least some points of view that diverge from mine. I won't ever hunt a deer for food, or ever again eat a chicken. I do understand there are reasons why other people, not only here in the United States but in other countries, may decide to do one or both of those things.

The proposed Taiji marine park, like the cove hunting itself, falls into a different category.

Can anyone effectively defend this park? Will Japanese people or foreign tourists really pay money to admire these amazing animals in the morning and consume them in the afternoon? Who among us would pay to underwrite what goes on at the killing cove?

There's a limit, isn't there, a point at which all of us, by collective will, insist that something morally indefensible just can't be allowed to happen? It would send a clear message to supporters of the slaughter if, should the Taiji plans go through, no one at all comes to the park.


Barbara's most recent book is How Animals Grieve. You can up with what she is thinking on Twitter: @bjkingape

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