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How artists can heal – and heal others – after tragedy

Ariana Grande announced Friday she would put on a benefit concert for victims of the Manchester bombing and their families. Artists often have a unique capacity – and enormous platforms – to help communities grieve and recover from violence.

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Montana election victory is also a warning for Republicans

Montanans opted for Greg Gianforte by only 6 percentage points in a statewide House election Thursday. Half a year ago, Donald Trump carried the state by 20 points. New worries about health-care policy are one reason for the difference.

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Trump at NATO: How Manchester delayed alliance's reckoning with Russia

The terrorist attack allowed President Trump to divert the focus from Russia. But security experts say Putin's Russia and ISIS are both illiberal adversaries of the West that must be confronted with an information war.

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Utah anti-cyberbullying law faces criticism

The law would allow online bullies to be sent to jail for a year, but vague language in the law has led many to raise concerns about the implications of the legislation.

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Following loss in appeals court, travel ban faces final challenge in Supreme Court

It could be several months until the high court hears arguments in the case but the justices almost always have the final say when a lower court strikes down a federal law or presidential action.

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When hostility to media becomes assault

A Republican candidate for Congress in Montana physically assaulted a reporter asking a question about health care May 24, the latest in a string of disturbing incidents, media experts say.

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All in the family? NATO first-timers Trump and Macron a study in contrasts.

The two fresh faces on the NATO summit stage encapsulate the opposing forces pushing and pulling on alliance countries and on the West more broadly.

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Survey says: The fastest-growing American cities are in the South

Four of the top five fastest-growing cities are located in Texas, according to the US Census Bureau.

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From gang life to college, one paycheck at a time

A unique Boston program will pay gang members to renounce crime and focus on getting a college degree.

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Adam Schiff: Why Congress needs to go forward with own Russia investigations

While former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s investigation will take place largely behind closed doors, Congress can be much more open in its work, points out Rep. Adam Schiff, lead Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

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Would axing a loan-forgiveness program narrow options for graduates?

The proposed White House budget would eliminate a loan-forgiveness program designed to encourage students to take public service jobs.

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With big spending cuts, Trump’s budget highlights clash of values

The White House budget proposal would slash programs for the poor, including Medicaid and food stamps. Its framers say it nudges the able-bodied into jobs; critics call it ‘Robin Hood in reverse.’

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North Carolina racial gerrymandering ruling may create strong precedents for similar cases

The ruling found that two re-drawn congressional districts in the state relied on race rather than political makeup.

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Year Up matches urban youth to a hungry job market

Year Up is one of a growing number of organizations working to effectively equip under-employed youth with in-demand skills and connect them to the sectors and companies that need them most.

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Trump has denied 'collusion' with Russia. But is that the real issue?

So far evidence of such activity hasn't surfaced. Yet, even if it never does, serious concerns about both the Trump team and Russia are being investigated, and should not be obscured.

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Trump's budget proposal includes more than 25 percent cut to food stamp budget

Many aspects of the proposal are likely to face opposition from Democrats and several key Republicans.

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'Bathroom bill' set to pass for Texas transgender students

The new measure was originally intended to apply to the general public, though it will only apply public school students when it is likely signed into law.

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One West Virginia city's pioneering approach to opioid crisis

Huntington’s blend of law enforcement, data analysis, and compassionate care has become a model both in the state and elsewhere.

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Reinventing high school

Textbooks are rare. So are traditional grades. Students progress at their own pace. See how one New Hampshire school is retooling education. 

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Trump's first trip: Can he offer leadership on both security and values?

President Trump will be tested on his trip to the Middle East and Europe, as he will address leaders and publics with very different aspirations for US leadership.

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Cassette comeback: For fans, 'a yearning for something you can hold'

The generation raised on an everything-digital media diet is heralding the revival of the tangible.

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What path forward for the GOP agenda?

The window for Republicans in Congress to make significant progress on their agenda is closing fast, and White House crises aren't helping. What to do? Experts point to lessons from the Clinton era.

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Last show for Ringling: Why it’s not really the end of the circus

This weekend is the last show for the ‘Greatest Show.’ In part, it's a sign of changing attitudes about appropriate treatment of animals. But it doesn’t mean the allure of acrobats and live spectacle has disappeared.

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How Mueller appointment may calm a roiled Washington

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is being tapped by the Justice Department after days of uproar in Washington, and even rumblings about possible impeachment. The hope now is for orderly fact-finding.

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Could a different kind of transcript revitalize high-school learning?

A consortium of more than 100 of America's best preparatory schools think a competency-based transcript can relieve the pressure on students. And education reformers say the clout of this group could be strong enough to bring about this change nationwide.  

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The place in America where (almost) no one drinks their tap water

Local officials in eastern Kentucky's Martin County insist the water is fine, despite repeated violations of EPA limits. But residents have been relying on bottled water for years.

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How can America's spies navigate today's political minefields?

Politics is always a risky arena for intelligence agencies, as they seek out and supply information that may not fit with government agendas. But President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director Comey has brought the tensions into stark relief.

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Special counsel appointed to investigate Russia-Trump ties: Three key questions

The presence of former FBI Director Robert Mueller III at the head of a semi-independent probe should provide structure and restore some measure of order to the investigation. Some questions ahead.

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Are community colleges finally 'having a moment'?

Accessibility and affordability are giving many students a more favorable view of two-year community colleges, according to a wide-ranging survey by New America.

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Democracy experts to Trump: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

Practicing restraint and cooperation – abiding by the unwritten rules we call political 'norms' – can prevent partisans from locking into fights so bitter they risk tearing democracies apart.

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Does US need a new crime crackdown? Prosecutors see generational divide.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is among those who say tough sentencing brought down crime before, and can do so again. For a younger generation, what's more visible is the human toll of mandatory minimum sentences on small-time violators.

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Comey memo on Flynn probe: Three key questions

The revelation President Trump may have asked ex-FBI Director James Comey to shut down the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn has roiled Washington. What are the relevant questions?

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What Trump's intelligence-sharing with Russia may have cost the US

The main coin of intelligence-sharing, especially in the fight against terrorism, is trust. By divulging sensitive information to his Russian guests, experts warn, Trump likely made US partners less trusting of him.

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Trump revelation of intelligence to Russia: Three key questions

News that President Trump shared highly classified intelligence with top Russian officials last week has rocked Washington. What are the relevant questions?

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Trump defends his right to share certain information with Russia

The tweets were a response to a report Trump shared classified information with Kremlin officials

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Why a Georgia prisoner wants to be executed by firing squad, not lethal injection

The death row inmate is the latest to raise concerns about botched lethal injections. 

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Why US allies still want to cooperate despite the alleged leak by Trump

One Japanese government official said it was simply not possible to stop cooperating with Washington on intelligence matters.  

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Who should replace Comey? Not a politician, say lawmakers

Some suggested they should come from within the FBI ranks. Others floated Merrick Garland, Obama's Supreme Court nominee. 

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Gatekeepers of the Trump revolution

Meet six senators who will help shape the administration's moves, from health care to tax reform.

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Trump call on Afghan surge: Another step away from 'America First'?

A surge of US troops into Afghanistan would speak volumes about Trump’s increasing embrace of a more traditional style of global leadership – and about the growing influence of his military advisers.

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Travel ban: Is a nationwide injunction on behalf of one person overkill?

Some experts, including judges, believe nationwide injunctions – like the one blocking the White House's revised travel ban – circumvent the fundamental deliberative role of the American judiciary.

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Why Texas ban on 'sanctuary cities' divides local law enforcement

Texas's controversial new law raises important questions about whether enforcing a federal law should always trump enforcement of local laws, and whether local officers ultimately will take their orders from their chief – or the president.

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Detroit charts a public-private path to its future, with streetcars

The three-mile, $180 million line is a step forward for a financially strapped city that's big on square miles and short on public transit. But it's there only by the grace of philanthropy. And critics say poorer neighborhoods are still on the sidelines.

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Is edgier political comedy making America worse?

As political satire and late-night comedy become more aggressive, warn some critics, partisan humor risks becoming less effective and more divisive.

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How Trump warned Comey

The president rattled off one of his early morning tweets to send a message to the former FBI director. 

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Marine ad puts focus on a new kind of recruit: women

The new ad is part of a campaign to revitalize the image of the Marine Corps, only 8.3 percent of which are women.

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US Attorney General directs prosecutors to go for harsher punishments

The new policy reverses the Obama-era stance, which was aimed at reducing prison populations.

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After weeks of fuming, how Trump fired Comey

It ended with a surprise announcement, but Trump had been mulling for weeks about when to dismiss the FBI director.

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Why a thorough investigation of Russian election meddling is still possible

Practically speaking, at issue right now are two very different approaches to a new a Russia investigation effort.

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FBI director is out. How does that affect Trump-Russia investigation?

President Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, coming just days after he reportedly requested more funds, has raised concerns that the investigation could be slowed.

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