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Will an outcome of Trump's Phoenix rally be a pardon for Joe Arpaio?

President Trump has said that a pardon is not out of the question for his supporter, a former sheriff known for his controversial approach to immigrants. 

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Confederate monuments: What to do with them?

In the wake of Charlottesville, the nation is again confronting the legacy of its most divisive war. That doesn’t mean all the statues have to be removed. It may mean that those who live with them should have more influence over their future.

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Why the sole resident of a Nebraska town is staying put – but is in good company

Elsie Eiler is the mayor and entire population of Monowi, Neb. Ms. Eiler says she's not lonely: People from down the road  – and around the world – come to visit her all the time. 

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Afghanistan: Why Trump is making longest US war his own

Trump apparently has been persuaded that the US – stuck between winning and failing – has more to lose by leaving the Afghanistan conflict. But a mini-surge of US troops may only serve to reopen the debate over nation-building.

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Bestselling books the week of 8/24/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

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Safe protests and uncomfortable conversations

Last weekend's protests in Boston showed the growing tendency to invalidate those on the other side instead of engaging in tough – but needed – conversations.

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Ditching coca for other crops, Colombia's farmers ask: Where do we sell?

Crop substitution aims to swap out the crop that funded rebels' decades-long fight with the government. But farmers say lasting success will take more than new seeds: new infrastructure, better public services, and tackling the root causes of the conflict. 

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Four suspects in Barcelona attacks face court

Four men in a terror cell linked to Thursday's fatal van attacks in Barcelona appeared in court on Tuesday. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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ISIS trapped in Iraq-Syria military vise, Secretary Mattis says

United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis says ISIS militants, routed from a stronghold in Iraq, are now caught between the Syria-Iraq border where converging forces will be able to target them.

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Despite earlier assurance, Trump denies coal a lifeline

President Trump has opted not to use an emergency order protecting coal plants, despite previous negotiations and campaign promises to bolster the industry. 

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Latest accident in the US Pacific fleet prompts broader investigation

United States Navy and Marine Corps divers on Tuesday work on recovery efforts inside sections of a US guided-missile destroyer that collided with a merchant vessel near Singapore. Monday's collision is the fourth major accident in the US Pacific fleet this year.

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A classroom divided? In the US, Civil War lessons vary state to state

Some schools emphasize state's rights as the primary cause of the Civil War while others point to slavery and deepening cultural rifts across state and district borders.

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UNICEF: Boko Haram's use of child suicide bombers is already four times more than 2016 total

The frequency of suicide bomb attacks in northeastern Nigeria has increased in the past few weeks, killing at least 170 people since June 1, according to a Reuters tally.

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'The Commander' illuminates a figure at the heart of the 20th-century Arab nationalist movement

Fawzi al-Qawuqji spanned a remarkable period in Arab history and led a life well worth examining.

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A spiritual uplift that heals without drugs

A Christian Science perspective: Receptivity to God’s infinite love inspires calm; turns us toward healthier, holier pursuits; and brings healing.

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Everyone's eclipse: America comes together in the moon's shadow

Americans rarely come together to share a single event anymore, and when they do political divisions often take center stage. But on Monday, millions of Americans set aside their differences to share in the wonder of a celestial event.

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Amid Mosul rubble, a crucial challenge: rebuilding education

Rebuilding Mosul's once-vaunted educational system is a crucial investment in Iraq's future as it seeks to overcome years of war, deprivation, and sectarian conflict, officials and educators say.

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Why it's becoming cool to live in your car – or a 150-sq. ft. apartment

High housing costs have prompted some in the middle and upper classes to rethink what they value – and be willing to give up the rest.

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Teachable monuments?

America's debate over Confederate statues comes down to a question of context: What do those statues mean? In the past, some have been used for reconciliation and understanding. 

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Moss could be used to monitor urban pollution, Japanese scientists say

Japanese scientists believe that moss – a common plant in the island nation – could be used as a 'bioindicator' to gain valuable insight into pollution and other atmospheric data. 

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Filipinos caught in the crossfire of anti-drug campaign: 'we're the victims.'

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte's controversial anti-drug, anti-crime campaign has left a 17-year-old high school student dead. Neighbors, activists, and parents have voiced their opposition to the presidents brutal crackdown, feeling victimized by heavy police shootings. 

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Mosques join campaign to check Indian child bride trade

Marriages with rich, often elderly Arab men have been prevalent for decades in Hyderabad, a hub for global information technology companies, with the girls' parents arranging the marriages in most cases in exchange for a cash payment.

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Nigerian president returns, renews vow to stamp out Boko Haram insurgency

After a three-month absence seeking treatment in London, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari urges his country to stay united in the face of widening political divides – working together to tackle the nation's mounting problems. 

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Spanish authorities hunting one man in Barcelona vehicle attacks

22-year-old Younes Aboyaaquob has been linked to the fatal vehicle attack in Barcelona. Authorities have pieced together a narrative detailing Aboyaaquob's actions after the incident.  

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University of Texas joins efforts to remove Confederate statues

University of Texas is the latest school to dismantle publicly displayed Confederate monuments. Opponents contend that this marks the 'erasure of history' – but many counter that the statues serve as modern symbols of white supremacy. 

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'Mary McCarthy: The Complete Fiction' may startle you

The genius of Mary McCarthy's fiction, writes Melissa H. Pierson, is that she lets no one off the hook.

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Joyful, capable – that’s us!

A Christian Science perspective: A more spiritual view of our identity lifts us – and others – in concrete ways.

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Lessons from ‘the enemy’

When so much information is being flung at us daily, fitting the world into easily canned preconceptions may seem to be the only way to cope – to make sense of it all. But then you read Michael Holtz’s cover story on China’s dramatic plans for a new national park system, and the need for something more becomes apparent.

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Following damage caused by economic rise, China tackles ambitious conservation experiment

The government intends to combine three separate regions of Sanjiangyuan to create China’s first national park, setting aside an area the size of Pennsylvania. China is also working to set up a series of other trial national parks around the country.

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The message from a day of protests in Boston

Tens of thousands turned out to protest a rally organized by a group with ties to the alt-right. The day underscored the tensions between free speech and trying to counter hate speech.

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Readers write: Prioritizing options, difference-makers

Letters to the editor for the Aug. 21, 2017 weekly magazine.

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Charlottesville, through a graduate's eyes

A former University of Virginia student reflects on the complicated racial history of her alma mater.

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In cities that vote blue, no immunity from racism

Portland, Ore., is an example of a city that is focusing new economic development efforts on the black community and rethinking its housing policy, but the efforts are still a work in progress.

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Overcoming hate

A Christian Science perspective: Divine Love impels reformation and harmony even where hate seems the most entrenched.

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'Quakeland' author Kathryn Miles on why there's a lot more shaky ground than we realize

Americans make the mistake of imagining that earthquakes are a West Coast problem, says Miles.

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A common thread in curbing racist expression

After the violence in Charlottesville, Va., Americans are seeking ways to curb public expressions of racism, from statues to tweets. One idea lies at the heart of these efforts.

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Grenfell fire casts harsh light on London's dwindling low-income housing

The tragedy at Grenfell has shone a spotlight on London's housing policy and raised questions over who benefits from the city’s real-estate boom – and who falls through the cracks.

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Why GOP Congress will soldier on with Trump

The president's remarks about Charlottesville have prompted a slew of public rebukes from GOP lawmakers. But tough issues like tax reform and the debt ceiling will need presidential support.

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How the Great American Eclipse will bring solar science to Earth

The Aug. 21 eclipse promises Americans a rare window into our nearest star.

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