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Philadelphia teachers plan 'Black Lives Matter week': Does BLM belong in the classroom?

Teachers in Philadelphia are encouraged to incorporate curriculum and activities related to the Black Lives Matter movement into their lesson plans this week, raising questions about how to talk about the movement in the classroom. 

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How different 'news bubbles' covered the Women’s March

Coverage of the historic Women’s March on Washington Saturday varied across media outlets in both exposure and sentiment.

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City sues OxyContin maker: Could it help curb opioid crisis?

Some experts consider the strategy a long-shot, but others contend it might be feasible, given the facts of the case.

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More tornadoes ahead as death toll reach 15 in southeast US

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency. About 38 million people live in the the projected area of bad weather, which spans southern Georgia, northern Florida and southeastern Alabama.

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What Sean Spicer's first news conference tells us about White House press relations under Trump

Press secretary Sean Spicer held his first press conference yesterday, setting the tone for White House press relations under the Trump administration. 

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Why Jared Kushner's appointment doesn't violate anti-nepotism laws

A legal opinion from the Justice Department concluded that presidents have broad authority to choose staff within the West Wing. But some ethics critics say Kushner's appointment still looks bad. 

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Trump accuses 'dishonest' media of fabricating his well-documented feud with CIA

Ignoring his own provocative statements, at a speech at CIA headquarters President Trump accused journalists of fabricating his public quarrels with the intelligence community.

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Festivities at D.C. Trump hotel shine spotlight on ethics concerns

The Trump Organization may have already violated a provision in its lease of Trump International Hotel, drawing ethical questions surrounding the relationship between President Trump’s administration and business ties back into play.

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Women’s marches: 'This is just the start'

At women's marches around the US and the world, huge crowds delivered a passionate but strikingly peaceful message: We will not be ignored.

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What just happened with the Interior Department's Twitter account?

After the National Park Service retweeted an image of the inauguration, representatives from the White House briefly shut down Twitter accounts for all ten agencies in the Interior Department.

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Spy vs. spy: Who will cooperate with Trump?

Intelligence agencies at home and abroad are waking up to a world with a quick-to-tweet US commander in chief who sometimes dismisses intelligence findings. 

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Peltier clemency denied: 40 years later, what does AIM mean to Native American activism?

Leonard Peltier and the American Indian Movement (AIM) aren't exactly models for today's Native activists – but they are still important forebears.

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At least 4 dead after Mississippi tornado: Why advance warning isn't always enough

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is reporting 'massive damage' in and around the city of Hattiesburg.

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Barack Obama's last bill: A bridge for Trump to Silicon Valley and Elon Musk?

Obama's final bill, cementing a program that brings top tech talent to Washington, may be as much an olive branch to Trump as it is an expression of Obama's values.

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Women’s March on Washington: What makes someone a feminist?

Ahead of Saturday's protest, expected to be the largest inauguration-related demonstration in history, questions arose as to whether people who describe themselves as both feminist and against abortion could be partners.

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On Inauguration Day, Washington offers portrait of a polarized America

The scene in Washington on Donald Trump's Inauguration Day illustrated the powerful emotions the president has evoked.

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Trump’s inauguration speech: tough and strikingly different

President Trump used the inclusive 'we' to talk about the path ahead for America. But his portrayal of the country's situation was dark, and critics say he missed an opportunity to reach out to all Americans.

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New York protesters on Trump's inauguration: 'Despair is not our voice'

About 25,000 New Yorkers kicked off a weekend of protests around the United States with a clear message: It’s time to cut the depression and get to work.

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US hits ‘core Al Qaeda’ camp with air strike

A US bomber and drones attacked a militant camp for the second time in as many days. 

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What's next for the Obamas?

The former first family plans to take some time away from the limelight after President Trump's inauguration. But after that, Barack and Michelle Obama say they will plunge back into civic life.

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On Obama's last day in office, a final act of mercy

President Obama punctuated his legacy of clemency and criminal justice reform on Thursday, commuting the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes.

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In Trump stronghold, anticipation of 'momentous' change – and wariness

In the areas that elected Donald Trump, his inauguration brings not gloating but quiet pride in helping to elect a new kind of president.

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Trump’s Inauguration Day: beyond the pageantry, after the boycotts

Amid notes of discord in Washington, and signs the American public is deeply divided, Donald Trump steps into the role of a lifetime. But not all reject the possibility of cooperation.

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The Trump era begins

How far will Donald Trump shift the US to the right? Enough that it will mark one of the biggest U-turns in a half-century. Maybe. 

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Lack of Latinos in incoming Trump Cabinet draws ire

The lack of Latino appointments means no Hispanic will serve in a president's Cabinet for the first time in nearly three decades.

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Obama commutes prison sentences for 330 before leaving office

The commutations were the most done in a single day, the White House said, and brought the total number of sentences reduced by Obama to 1,715.

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A low-key end to fast-paced presidency on Obama's last day

President Obama didn't appear publicly during the day, and he didn't leave the White House, though he was to accompany Trump at midday Friday to the Capitol for his successor's swearing-in.

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Trump’s inaugural: A chance to invoke the national ‘we’

Trump's aides say his inaugural address will not be too long, and will be a personal statement about the country’s future that is 'less of an agenda' and more of a 'vision of where he sees the country.'

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Inauguration Day is here: What do protesters hope to accomplish?

Americans from around the country are marching, dancing, and protesting against President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. this week. How effective are these public demonstrations?

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Is watching Fox News the ultimate conservative calling card?

In a Pew Research Center survey, 40 percent of Donald Trump voters say they got the bulk of their information from Fox News. Why some experts say those numbers aren't accurate.

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Why suspected steroid users are now getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Professional baseball writers are softening their views on players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs. It's a shift some say is representative of American attitudes about the MLB's 'Steroids Era.' 

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In last two days as president, Obama underscores parting messages

As the clock winds down on the Obama presidency, he sends a message of optimism and hope, while indicating the issues that might draw him back into the political fray.

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Another wave of bomb threats hits US Jewish community centers

"These are individuals or groups that want to disrupt our way of life," Paul Goldenberg, the national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish groups, told Reuters. 

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Who’s showing up to protest in Washington this weekend?

Women are taking the lead on protests. But the inauguration weekend could draw some unexpected faces.

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Is China the new world champion of free trade? Not so fast.

At Davos, President Xi thrilled the world's economic elites by warning against protectionism and extolling free trade. But economists and Asia experts say China's vision of globalization differs sharply from America's.

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What to expect from Rick Perry’s confirmation hearings

The former Texas governor faces a critical test, as the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources weighs his fitness as potential head of the Department of Energy.

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As Trump's 'roll-back cabinet' takes charge, lessons from Reagan era

Today’s president-elect may not have the ideological purity of Reagan, but many of his cabinet choices are just as conservative, if not more so. And they could have big impact. 

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U.S Army to begin environmental study of Dakota pipeline

Protests over the controversial pipeline have continued for months over fears that it desecrates sacred ground and could contaminate drinking water. Over 600 people have been arrested.

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What’s in a name? Supreme Court to decide 'offensive' band name case

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about trademarking the name of Asian-American band 'The Slants.' Perceived as offensive by some, the band’s leader sees it differently.

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For some, Trump Tower has become a place of pilgrimage

Ahead of Inauguration Day, Trump supporters have come to Trump Tower, seeing it as a White House away from Washington.

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Can Washington's Democrats and Republicans come together on capital punishment?

Washington State's top officials proposed a bipartisan bill that would repeal capital punishment, marking a unified effort on an issue that historically has found more favor in the liberal camp. 

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Trump to enter office as least popular president in 40 years

No prior US president, stretching back at least four decades, has arrived on his Inauguration Day with less support.

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Why the Secret Service will shell out $24 million to black agents

The agreement settles a protracted legal battle from 2000 initiated by 10 black agents who claimed Secret Service practices had violated the civil rights of black agents for decades.

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The importance of being Josh Earnest

Mr. Earnest, President Obama's spokesman, has a warning for his successor: Those tweets could undermine your message.

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Obama’s approval rating is the highest since his first year in office

Despite widely partisan politics, Obama closes out his White House tenure with a 60 percent approval rating, suggesting that the political center continues to support him as president.

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In last major speech, Vice President Biden warns against Russia

Vice President Joe Biden, one of the most beloved and controversial US vice presidents, appealed to global leaders at the World Economic Forum to stand up to Russia.

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Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning. What's next for Julian Assange?

In releasing Chelsea Manning nearly three decades early, the outgoing Obama administration will test promises made by Julian Assange.

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Partisan opposition flares up at Betsy DeVos confirmation hearing

Democrats took aim at President-elect Trump's pick for Secretary of Education at the Senate hearing Tuesday, accusing her of working against public schools and using her wealth to advance conservative policies.

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Was Barack Obama a transformative president?

Trump threatens to undo key parts of Obama's legacy, but there are elements he can never take away.

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Repealing Obamacare without a replacement could leave 18 million Americans uninsured

Spotlighting potential perils for Republicans, a report Tuesday immediately became a flashing hazard light for this year's effort by Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers to annul Obama's law and — in a more complicated challenge — institute their own alternative.

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