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Trump-Macron: Is friendship built on shows of strength a true partnership?

Amid the fanfare of a state visit, what President Macron may be about to learn is whether or not punching above one's own weight translates into concrete results on matters of concern to France, especially when dealing with the 'America First' president.

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An Armenian rhapsody

Spontaneous mass protests in the former Soviet state of Armenia have ended a deceitful power play by a longtime ruler to stay in office. In throwing off their fears, Armenians showed others in repressive countries how to ‘live in the truth.’

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Will Russia's involvement in Syria end up burning its ties with Israel?

Israel has maintained a good relationship with the Kremlin amid Russia's tensions with the West. But as the Assad regime's victories bring Iran closer to the Israeli border, Russia is finding it harder to balance its needs in Syria with its Israeli ties.

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Can Trump counter Mueller by handing out pardons?

Presidential pardon power is so broad, some legal scholars say, it even allows for pardons issued with 'corrupt intent.' Now, Democrats are moving to head off any potential efforts by President Trump to wield the power in ways that might undercut federal investigations. 

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'The Moralist': What drove the 'tragic figure' of Woodrow Wilson?

A century after his term in office, many of Wilson's ideals remain deeply divisive.

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Mississippi's pretrial jail terms among the longest in the nation

More than one-third of defendants jailed before trial in Mississippi spend 90 or more days incarcerated, according to a recent survey by the MacArthur Justice Center at the University of Mississippi. Inability to pay for bail or hire lawyers are some reasons for the delays.

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Urban Democrats see new opportunities in midterm elections

While President Trump still has a strong following in rural regions, his support in urban areas is less certain. From Dallas to Cincinnati, Democrats are counting on changing demographics to help flip increasingly purple urban districts. 

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Syrian refugees share traditional Arab dance with Berliners

In addition to formal integration efforts, dozens of informal cultural projects, run by migrants wanting to share their culture and Germans attempting to break down barriers, have sprouted up around Germany.

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In new move, Facebook publishes guidelines on inappropriate content

Facebook published 27 pages worth of guidelines on what it does not allow on its service, closely mirroring the rules its 7,600 moderators follow to monitor the social network. 

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Crowdfunding helps Britain's homeless transition to stable housing and work

Beam, a social enterprise born in 2017, is helping England's homeless transition from temporary accommodation into permanent accommodation. So far, Beam has helped 27 people, with two having found employment and many others in training. 

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A principal's receptionist gathers up troublemakers with 'Queens in Pearls' mentoring group

Angelica Solomon saw girls go in and out of the principal's office daily in her North Carolina middle school. So she founded a mentoring group to correct what she saw as discipline without follow through. 

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Resilience amid life’s storms

Today’s column explores how inspiration, joy, and healing break through the storms of fear and self-doubt.

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'You Think It, I’ll Say It' shows Curtis Sittenfeld at her best, where gender meets class

Sittenfeld trafficks in the minor humiliations of fictional women who often self-sabotage, or at least overthink.

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God’s good plan for us

Today’s contributor shares how she found clarity and calm by leaning on God when faced with a career decision.

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Voter redistricting: US Supreme Court to hear third key case of term

In a year marked by several potentially landmark decisions, the most significant could be in the trio of gerrymandering cases the high court has reviewed – the last of which is being argued Tuesday.

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Americans support raises for teachers, poll finds

As teacher strikes crop up across the country, a poll finds that many Americans support more money for teachers, and half would pay higher taxes to do so, according to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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Girls receive warm welcome in introduction to Cub Scouts

An 'early adopter' program in New Hampshire has begun to bring girls into the Cub Scouts – the organization that feeds into the Boy Scouts – in advance of a broader national movement. So far, both Scouts and troop leaders have heralded the change. 

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Ethiopian mega-dam causes stir in Egypt-Ethiopia relations

The filling of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam using water from the Nile River threatens Egypt's agriculture industry even as it promises to boost Ethiopia's hydropower industry. The dam calls into question who has the right to the waters of the Nile.

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At college decision time, conservatives face tough choices

Amid a growing feeling on the right that academia is shutting out conservative perspectives, new institutions are cropping up around the country to provide alternatives. But some students find that engaging with liberal ideas hones their own viewpoints.

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Bob Corker’s relationship with President Trump: It’s complicated

Senator Corker told reporters at a Monitor Breakfast that he has a ‘very warm relationship’ with the president, but questions his colleagues who aren’t conflicted over the Trump presidency. 

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Why a wave of Asian summitry

Leaders of India and China are meeting this weekend, as are those of the Koreas. Perhaps the region’s historic disputes over land are yielding to a need for common prosperity.

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For South Africa's students, college means promise – if they can get there

College access has grown dramatically since the end of apartheid, particularly for black students. But so has awareness of the challenges they face trying to graduate. And for many, like star student Naledi and her family, that struggle starts before they step on campus.

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Britain's DACA? Children of invited laborers caught in 'Windrush' controversy

They didn't need passports to accompany their laborer parents into Britain from the far corners of the Commonwealth. Now, some 50,000 offspring of the 'Windrush generation' appear caught in a press amid immigration scrutiny. 

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Report highlights barriers for working women in China

Chinese companies regularly advertise for job openings using gender stereotypes, according to a recent report from Human Rights Watch. To promote gender equality, experts say, the government needs to do more to enforce anti-discrimination laws. 

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Denver Post hopes for help from wealthy locals to stay afloat

The Denver Post recently published an editorial criticizing its owner, Digital First Media, and asking to be purchased by local investors. The piece kickstarted a chorus of other voices from publications around the country who have successfully found private backers. 

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Memorial addresses history of lynching in the US

A new memorial for thousands of victims of lynching built by the Equal Justice Initiative is set to open in Montgomery, Ala. The memorial aims to commemorate the lives of victims and encourage discussion regarding the history of lynching in the United States.

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How Egypt’s stubborn poverty threatens strongman Sisi’s grip

The majority of Egyptians have agreed to 'tighten their belts' to give Sisi time for his painful, IMF-mandated economic reforms. But without a turnaround, their patience could soon run out. There are already signs of voter apathy.

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Another way to look at ‘DNA’

Today’s contributor was healed of a hereditary, chronic back problem as his sense of identity shifted radically.

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Where maple syrup meets global economics

The recent upheaval in Western democracies has several causes, but perhaps the greatest is this: How are they coming to terms with their shifting role in the global economy?

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Readers write: Lifting humanity through a story, prayer after mass shootings, making sense of confusing events

Letters to the editor for the April 23, 2018-April 30, 2018 weekly magazine. 

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As its beaches recede, Florida shores up private ownership

A new law passed in March sets limits on public access to private beaches. Some conservatives say private beaches should be sacrosanct, pitting them against advocates for customary-use access along Florida's coastline. 

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The art of parsing apologies

A wave of recent apologies by public figures requires a fine discernment to understand when someone does right for the original offense.

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Are environmentalists hypocrites?

Concern for the environment often rises alongside material wealth. Yet that wealth in turn drives environmental destruction. Is there a way out?

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UW-Madison announces plan to address history of racism

The plan comes out of a working group formed in response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., and aims to acknowledge the university's history and find ways to move forward and increase inclusivity of underrepresented groups.

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Former NFL player Chris Borland helps athletes and veterans adjust to retirement

The former 49er walked away from a promising football career after one year because of concerns over head injuries. Now he helps military veterans and other football players deal with the challenges they share reintegrating into society. 

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Protest art is preserved in libraries, museums

Museums, universities, and libraries across the United States collected signs from the 2017 Women's March sites and put out a call on social media. Now these artifacts are being placed in archives and displayed in exhibitions.

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Churches struggle with their #MeToo moment

The #MeToo movement has forced Hollywood, Washington, and Wall Street to grapple honestly with patterns of sexual harassment and abuse. Many churches are still struggling to embrace such introspection and the disruption it brings.  

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Amid US woes, Chinese telecom giant turns to Europe, Asia

Huawei, the No. 3 smartphone brand, has repeatedly been stymied trying to enter the American market. The US has cited national security concerns. 

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Diversity on display at tech conference minus 'tech bros'

An alternative cybersecurity conference held this week in San Francisco was notable for its representation of women and minorities who are often absent at such events. Only one in ten cybersecurity workers are women. 

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