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Thursday Night Lights: Texas integration offers lessons for NFL debate

Until 50 years ago, black high-schoolers in Texas played football in their own league. Observers wonder if the empathy produced when sports were first integrated needs revisiting, given protests over the national anthem at games today.

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Teachers set aside politics to help students tackle economic inequality

For social studies instructors, how much they address economic disparities depends on their level of civic engagement, not their ideology.

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How one school is rising above gang activity to find college success

Dogged by decades of low performance and gang violence, a Chicago high school reinvents itself with skills-based learning – and a motivated principal. Part 2 of 3. 

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From Texas to Congress: Will 'rare' friendship cost politicians their careers?

Democrat Beto O'Rourke and Republican Will Hurd of Texas bonded over an unexpected hit road trip earlier this year. But as elections draw near, this bipartisan friendship may not be charming voters. 

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US to announce new sanctions on North Korea

The Trump administration will announce more sanctions to deprive Pyongyang of funds for its nuclear and missile programs after adding North Korea on the US terror blacklist. 

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Lion trophies: ban against imported lion parts has also been loosened by Trump administration

United States officials allowed importation of heads and hides of lions shot for sport one month before President Trump reversed the ban on elephant trophies. 

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Temporary protected status ending for Haitians living in US

The Trump administration announced that in 2019 nearly 60,000 Haitians who have been living legally in the US with visas issued on humanitarian grounds must return to Haiti. TPS protections for Sudan and Nicaragua have also been terminated.

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Charlie Rose suspended from CBS and nightly PBS show cancelled

Following allegations of sexual misconduct against Charlie Rose, CBS has suspended and removed Mr. Rose from their morning news show and PBS has stopped distribution of his show. Rose issued an apology but asserted that some of the allegations were false. 

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As Hillary Clinton hovers, are Democrats moving on?

Opposition to President Trump has clearly energized Democrats – but the party is still facing a leadership vacuum and struggling to unite its disparate wings, as its former nominee remains controversially in the headlines.

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With rents soaring after fires, can Santa Rosa make room for middle class?

The Tubbs fire destroyed 3,000 homes, sending rents as high as $13,000 a month. The disaster has pushed officials and advocates to consider rebuilding in a way that accounts for the challenges that faced the region before the fires.

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A billionaire wages war on poverty in Oklahoma

In Tulsa, Okla., philanthropist George Kaiser is mounting one of the most ambitious efforts in the US to help the poor.

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'Bad moms' or women in need of help? Oklahoma rethinks view of female inmates.

Oklahoma's rate of incarcerating women is the highest in the US and more than double the average. Pushback is coming from reformers who decry the destabilizing effect on families, as well as fiscal conservatives alarmed by the rocketing prison bill.

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Without needed votes White House may cut health care provision from tax code bill

After Sen. Susan Collins (R) of Maine, whose vote is crucial, said that health care reform should be dealt with separately from the tax code, the White House may scrap its attempt repeal a component of the Affordable Care Act by attaching it to tax reform. 

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Former Bush staffers begin to reappear in Trump administration

As President Trump fills out the remaining gaps in his administration, a theme is emerging: experienced members of former President George W. Bush's team. Critics say this runs counter to his promise to shake things up in Washington. 

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Congress has an 'et tu?' moment as it grapples with sexual harrassment

Legislators, spurred by cultural demands, take steps to deal with the 'pervasive' problem of sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill, including how to handle recently accused Senator Al Franken.

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US needs corporate tax reform. Does the GOP deliver it?

Both parties have called for a rethink of business taxes to boost global competitiveness. New House and Senate plans deliver part of the equation – lower tax rates – but stir controversy in the process.

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New refrain in Washington: Is this the Saudi Arabia we wanted?

US policymakers had long sought a more assertive Saudi Arabia. But there's a growing concern outside the White House about the ambitious and untested Saudi crown prince, who is increasingly confronting Iran.

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Rural schools unite to make college the rule, rather than the exception

Cooperation among sparsely populated districts in Ohio fuels a successful – and necessary – push for college in a place where manufacturing jobs have disappeared. Part 1 of 3. 

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In 2017, transgender community sees record political gains – and violent hostility

Behind the historic eight victories on Nov. 7, America’s transgender community sees a paradox: Both political support and hate crimes are at record levels.  So far this year, 25 transgender people have been killed, breaking last year's record.

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'Thoughts and prayers': For devout, what does it mean to pray after tragedy?

After the Sutherland Springs shooting, the online debate shifted to whether praying is 'doing anything.' Here's what religious Americans and scholars say they mean when they talk about prayer.

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Da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' sells for $450 million

Christie's auction house sold the famous painting of Christ for a record-breaking amount. The only privately owned da Vinci, the painting has been roughly handled in the past, including an extensive restoration process, which some critics feel hurts its authenticity.

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Behind religious defense of Roy Moore, an aggressive view of masculinity

The accusations against the former judge, and the biblical justifications coming from some quarters, have led to condemnations from many Evangelicals. Yet adult-teen relationships may not be as unusual among a certain subsection of fundamentalists as people think.

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A tax cut, but for whom? Republican plans favor business.

Senate and House leaders say their tax cuts will boost economic growth and household incomes. But Senate plan would undercut Obamacare and allow middle-class tax cuts to expire, while making cuts for corporations permanent.

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Republican governors regroup and prepare for next election cycle

The Republican Governors Association is ready to talk strategy in Austin, Texas this week, preparing for the 2018 election cycle when 36 governorships will be up for election.

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Elementary school thwarts entry by California gunman

A gunman in a California who shot 14 people, killing four, went to multiple locations. But he failed to enter an elementary school that had responded quickly to gunshots by putting the school in lockdown.

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Republican tax bill to include Obamacare repeal

Senate Republicans under pressure from President Trump launch another attack on the Affordable Care Act by including a repeal of the individual mandate in the upcoming Senate tax bill. Eliminating the mandate would save an estimated $338 billion over a decade.

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The deeper meaning of the Roy Moore saga

From divisions in the Republican Party to growing demands for how to address sexual misconduct – the Moore story touches on bigger questions than one Senate seat or even the balance of power in Congress.

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What’s the real story behind Hillary Clinton, Russia, and uranium?

In 2010, a Russian nuclear agency purchased a controlling interest in Uranium One, a Canada-based mining firm. US officials, including the State Department under Hillary Clinton, reviewed the deal.

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Barbie now wears a hijab, inspired by US Olympic fencer

Mattel announced its first hijab-wearing doll after US Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad won gold in the 2016 Rio Games. Many see Barbie's new accessory as another sign of increasing acceptance of the traditional Islamic garment in Western culture. 

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Senate committee to discuss who should have the power to launch nuclear weapons

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear testimony this week regarding the nuclear weapons chain of command and how much authority the president should have in a system built for fast decisonmaking, not debate.

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Accusations from women continue to mount against Moore

Following the second allegation of sexual misconduct against Senate candidate Roy Moore, more GOP members have withdrawn their support of his campaign, some even moving to block his election or initiate a vote to remove him from the Senate if he wins.

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Trump's approach to human rights? It's personal, critics say.

Many presidents have been inconsistent on highlighting human rights abuses, excusing strategic allies and lambasting foes. But critics say Trump appears to be guided more by his personal feelings for the nation's leader.

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Russia investigation: What we know and where it may head next

Over the weekend, President Trump called Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election a ‘pure hit job.’ But the investigation is continuing apace, and speculation is mounting about likely next targets.

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McConnell asks Moore to step aside from Senate race

Majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky says he believes the allegations that Roy Moore pursued romantic relationships with teenage girls as an adult.

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First church service after Texas mass shooting brings outpouring of love and support

A week after the deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, hundreds traveled to attend Sunday's church service that commemorated the victims.

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In Trump era, a sudden flood of women candidates

Virginia's House of Delegates nearly doubled its number of female lawmakers on Tuesday, while across the country, Democratic women won key mayoral and other races. Many say dismay over President Trump's election motivated them to run for office themselves.

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On gun violence, blaming mental illness may only deepen stigma

The documented mental issues of Devin Kelley, who perpetrated Sunday's church shooting in Texas, are the exception rather than the rule. Only 14.8 percent of mass shooters in the US have been diagnosed as psychotic, according to one study.

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Concerned about hackers, states turn to cyber insurance

More than a dozen US states now have cyber insurance policies.

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Top Republicans respond to Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations

President Trump says Alabama's former chief judge should drop out of the race if the allegations are true. Some other Republicans called for him to step aside immediately

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From Puerto Rico's ruins, an opportunity to build back better

A bold, innovative vision is emerging for how to rebuild after hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island's shattered infrastructure. But some worry the staggering challenges could overshadow it.

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Commerce and travel to Cuba under new restrictions

The Trump administration announced new restrictions for US citizens who wish to travel to Cuba and blacklisted a number of Cuban companies with ties to the military. Short of cutting off relations, the new restrictions hope to end the flow of US money to the Cuban military. 

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NATO looks to increase troop numbers for Afghan training missions

US commanders say NATO troop numbers fall short of what is needed to promote security and train police forces in Afghanistan.

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As more House Republicans head for the exits, Democrats see glimmers of a wave

The party occupying the White House typically loses seats in the first midterms after a presidential election. But for Democrats to win back the House, they will have to expand their reach into districts that voted for President Trump.

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Support for teachers: One-on-one online mentoring fills a niche

In the face of teacher shortages, the search for ways to keep those already in the profession on track and supporting students has become more urgent. One solution gaining more traction: teachers helping each other online.

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High-schoolers graduate in record numbers, but are they ready for what’s next?

Indiana offers an example of how to better prepare students for college and careers, and it’s narrowing some racial and economic gaps along the way.

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Race and the beauty counter: What a greater selection of hues says about culture

Black women are increasingly able to influence the cosmetics market through their purchases. And it’s sending a deeper cultural message than just creating a fresh face.

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In China, Trump focuses on trade and North Korea

During his visit to China, Trump is expected to focus on the nature of trade relations between the two countries and to promote unity when dealing with the threat from North Korea. 

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In Wisconsin, will Walker's reelection bid serve as conservatism's next test?

Wisconsin has undergone a wholesale reinvention during Scott Walker's two previous terms. This next election will determine if Democrats can mount a comeback in the Rust Belt.

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Why both sides of debate say Devin Kelley should not have owned a gun

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Tuesday ordered the Pentagon’s inspector general to launch an investigation into why the Air Force did not report Kelley to the NICS.

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Democrats score major victories in state races

In a first sign of electoral pushback against President Trump's fiery nationalism, Democrats in Virginia and several other states poll decisive victories, headlined by Democrat Ralph Northam's victory over Trump-backed gubernatorial Republican candidate Ed Gillespie in Virginia. 

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