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Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach
Insisting that he is happy with his first performance, the Republican nominee isn't planning any mock debates, and will only incorporate "tweaks" to his previous strategy.

Why the US government will pay native Americans nearly half a billion dollars
After more than a century of mismanagement, the federal government settled one of the last mismanagement claims against it by native American groups, to the tune of $492 million. 

What does academic freedom mean in the era of social media?
The University of Tennessee announced on Tuesday that it would not take action against a professor for a controversial tweet suggesting that drivers hit protesters blocking the road in Charlotte, N.C. 

How many Americans know someone who is transgender?
Pew Research Center released a study Wednesday that, for the first time, asked Americans about their views on transgender people and the regulation of sex-segregated public restrooms.

Does the US owe blacks reparations? Yes, says UN panel.
The UN's recommendations may shine a light on fractures in America's race relations, even if the government never acts on them.

US Senate overrides Obama on Sept. 11 bill to allow terrorism lawsuits
The US Senate voted 97-1 to override Obama's veto of the law allowing Sept. 11 victim's families to sue Saudi Arabia. The House is also expected to override the veto. 

US takes new look at police culture
Shootings in El Cajon, Calif., Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C., capture the struggle of trying to change a deeply ingrained culture of policing to one that merges public interest and police concerns, law enforcement experts say. 

Why Pepe The Frog was declared a hate symbol by the ADL
Pepe the Frog hate symbol: While most references to 'Pepe the Frog' remain non-bigoted, the cartoon has been coopted by white supremacists on social media, says the Anti-Defamation League.

Has the United States really 'lost control' of the internet?
Donald Trump's campaign has expressed concern that the United States is going to hand over control of the internet in October. What's happening, and why does it matter?

Why the family of Ahmed 'the clock kid' is suing Glenn Beck and a Texas mayor
The family of Ahmed Mohamed claims the conservative commentator and other media hosts made libelous statements against the then 14-year-old boy following his wrongful arrest.

Arizona Republic defies its name, endorses a Democrat for president
The endorsement upset many of the newspaper's conservative readers, but can it also help bridge partisan divides? 

Why Roy Moore, Alabama's chief justice, could face removal – again
Roy Moore is on trial for his refusal to obey the federal court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. It's the same position he was removed from 13 years ago.

From juvenile detention to straight A's, with the help of a mentor
Connecting former juvenile offenders with caring adults can have a lasting effect, but advocates say the solution is frequently left out of the nationwide discourse around juvenile justice reform.

Did a 2013 court ruling really spell the end of stop and frisk?
Stop and frisk is no longer a program in New York City, since a federal judge deemed it unconstitutional. But it is still a legal tactic and used elsewhere.

How latest California police shooting of black man fits a national pattern
An African-American man in suburban San Diego was shot and killed by police on Tuesday. His sister, who had called officers for help when he began acting erratically, described him as mentally ill.

Why I'm against desegregating my black grandsons' school system
A federal policy that has not worked is being forced on my grandkids. I, a white liberal from the North, once favored it. They, black students at a public high school in Mississippi, now don’t.

The Politics of US: Race
Fourth in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment explores how to bridge the racial divide that has erupted in a slew of police killings and protests.

Can familiarity build trust? A white cop moves into black Atlanta neighborhood
One street in Atlanta shows why American race relations are so fraught – and the steps toward how they might be made whole.

How Illinois' Election Day registration became a partisan issue
Voters in highly populated areas of Illinois will have fewer options to register on Election Day this November after a federal judge on Tuesday temporarily halted broader registration rules that Republicans call unconstitutional.

Director James Comey stands behind the FBI during Senate questioning
Republican senators pressed FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday about whether anything more could have been done to prevent recent acts of extremist violence, including the Orlando nightclub massacre and the Manhattan bombing this month. 

Clinton and Trump break a 36-year record in the first presidential debate
The showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the most-watched presidential debate ever, with 84 million viewers.

Why the ACLU is taking up the alleged New Jersey bomber's case
The civil rights group says that Ahmad Rahami has the right to counsel. Authorities, however, have prevented lawyers from meeting with him, saying he has not yet been properly served with charges.

The roots of Donald Trump’s anti-intellectualism
Trump has taken anti-wonkiness to new levels, and his high level of support echoes populist sentiment of yesteryear and follows a decades-long slide in trust in traditional institutions.

A conservative in Silicon Valley: Why Oculus Rift's co-founder is taking flak.
Palmer Luckey of Oculus Rift revealed he donated to a pro-Trump group that creates memes attacking Hillary Clinton. The virtual reality community condemned his actions and threatened partnerships with his company.

Maine Gov. LePage overestimated black crime, a typical American error
Overestimating the amount of crime committed by certain racial and ethnic minority groups is not new, nor is it limited to a particular region or politician.

Can social media turn the US into a nation of voters? (+video)
Several US states said that new records have been set for registration activity.

Why an Ohio cop drove a man 100 miles to his sister's funeral
Instead of arresting a man pulled over for speeding, a Ohio highway patrol officer took pity on his situation and drove him to Detroit to be with family. 

Ford takes to social media to defend itself against Trump's debate remarks
Using social media, Ford employees fought back against Trump's remarks during the presidential debate, when he criticized the company's investment in Mexico. 

California's extreme economy creates a new class of 'poor'
California is among a number of states where the accelerating costs of living are redefining who is poor.  

Meet the voters who aren't sick of the presidential campaign (+video)
Monday's campaign debate was billed as a highly partisan clash between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But at Hofstra University, which hosted the event, political debate among students has been mostly civil and political participation has been energizing. 

Justice Department allocates $20 million for body cameras
The US Justice Department is handing out $20 million in grant money to 106 state, city, municipal, and tribal police departments hoping to implement or expand body camera programs. 

As California's wildfire risks grow, are home builders getting the message?
As California's wildfire season becomes longer and deadlier, more homes are still being built in the state's areas most prone to fires.

Did ICE endorse Trump? No, but a union of 5,000 immigration agents did.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pitched himself as the 'law and order' candidate during Monday night's presidential debate, saying that had secured endorsements from 'almost every police group.'

Why Lebron James supports Colin Kaepernick but will stand for anthem
The NBA's famous player has said that he respects the San Francisco 49er's decision to protest but says he will continue to stand during the anthem himself because 'that's who I am.'

Charlotte protesters calling for the mayor's resignation?
Angry Charlotte residents made their voices heard at a raucous city council meeting.

Al Capone’s affectionate letter to son shows mobster’s humanity
In the letter, which sold for $62,500 at auction on Monday, the notorious mobster tells his son, 'keep up the way you are doing, and don’t let nothing get you down.'

Temperament question dominates Clinton-Trump debate
Trump's comment that he has a 'winning temperament' was the most-tweeted moment of the debate, pointing to the debate's main theme.

At each other from the start: Clinton, Trump debate
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tangled Monday night as they opened their first face-to-face presidential debate.

Beyond college debt, what do Millennial voters want from Clinton?
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders plan to discuss college debt at a rally in New Hampshire Wednesday, but some experts on Millennials and politics wonder if this is enough to win over a key demographic in the November election. 

U.S. Labor Dept launches review of all Wells Fargo complaints
U.S. Labor Department Secretary Thomas Perez on Monday pledged to conduct a review of alleged violations that the department has received concerning the company.

Clinton, Trump poised for must-see debate showdown
The 90-minute televised debate comes six weeks before Election Day and with early voting already getting underway in some states. 

Ohio voter purge unconstitutional: Do voter ID laws matter in the 2016 race?
Ohio voter purge declared unconstitutional. Colorado finds cases of voter fraud. How significant are concerns about voter fraud? 

'Disgruntled' attorney fires at Houston motorists before being killed by police (+video)
A lawyer described by Houston's mayor as 'disgruntled' shot at passing motorists in Houston, hitting six people and injuring another three with glass or debris.

Reporter's notebook: Why student voices should be heard
Jamesha Caldwell, a senior in the International Baccalaureate program at Baltimore City College high school, offers one example why 'students' shouldn't be lumped as one interchangeable category.

Video advises Jewish grandparents to tell their grandkids to vote for Clinton
Surveys suggest that American Jewish voters support Hillary Clinton 3-to-1. A new video darkly reminds older Jewish voters of Nazi Germany. 

Violent crime rises in US, but remains well below peak levels, says FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual crime report found that last year saw an increase in violent crimes, but that 2015 still represented the third-lowest year for violent crime since the 1990s. 

Lynching memorial in Alabama: To confront South's history 'with courage'
Plans to build a monument in Montgomery, Ala., to victims of lynchings between 1877 and 1950, as well as an accompanying museum, were announced by a nonprofit group. It hopes to open both in 2017.

Speaking Politics term of the week: zinger
“Zinger” is one of many political words originating in the sports world. But by 1970, as political discourse became less civil and more confrontational, it turned into a catchy synonym for a barbed quip.

Why don't third parties succeed in US? Maybe it’s the law.
Duverger’s law is a political theory that says democracies with single-member legislative districts and winner-take-all voting tend to favor a two-party system.

FIXcast: The Power of One Caring Person
In this episode, FIXcast host Samantha Laine and Monitor staff Yvonne Zipp discuss education inequality—and the importance of that one person who can change everything.