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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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.

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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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What You Emailed Us About Using The 'ACC'

Sep 26, 2013
Originally published on September 26, 2013 2:16 pm

This morning, I griped about the acc, our newly coined name for the practice of copying a third party on an existing email chain to undermine or pull rank on the original recipient. (The A can stand for angry, awkward, annoying ... or other A-words you might be thinking of ...)

You all have responded with an avalanche of email. In fact, I don't think I've ever received more email responses to anything I've written. A sample of what you had to say:

Robert from Florida says he has to use the acc as a form of "CYA":

"I agree that there is a passive-aggressive element to doing this, and maybe even a 'throwing someone under the bus' element as well. Sometimes I do it to protect myself from my boss coming back and saying 'why didn't you let me know'. This is CYA --'covering your a**.' Sometimes the sales people respond to my e-mail with a phone call, leaving me with no e-trail for future CYA."

Traci, who works in health care, questions whether the acc is a no-no, saying sometimes you have to escalate over email to get your issue addressed:

"One always hopes that the person they are communicating with will be responsive and professional, but unfortunately that is not always the case, and occasionally intervention from 'above' is needed. Anyone who asks to 'speak your supervisor' on the phone with an unhelpful customer service representative, or looks for a manager when there is a problem at a store or restaurant is doing the same thing. It's not annoying. It is expected that you would follow the chain of command when someone isn't doing their job."

Rod, a director and producer, says he has no choice but to use the acc in his line of work.

"In my industry, I have a list of people that are prepared to be the person I randomly add as a CC on messages. This way, the person I'm writing can't ignore the message, or not answer my questions. If they don't, they'll know that there's someone else on the e-mail chain that will see that they aren't doing their job, or at least aren't being professional. Yes, they're guilted into responding. But the bigger issue is why people don't do their jobs, and reply to e-mails in the first place. If people did ... and if they answered the questions asked of them, there would be no need for an 'acc.' "

And a woman who wishes to remain nameless writes of her personal experience:

"The practice of cc'ing third parties was used a lot by my ex in our divorce discussions, dragging in his whole family who were then forced to take sides or email him, saying 'we really don't want to be involved in this!'... so it goes on everywhere!"

Peter from New Jersey says to keep it simple: "The rule we really need is 'Don't be a jerk.' "

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