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What has changed since Anita Hill? Female senators who were there weigh in.
History often gives us some perspective on progress. Two former US senators offer their view of Anita Hill’s testimony before Congress in 1991, and the lessons for Kavanaugh hearings today.

With no verdict, how survivors of child sex abuse find own sense of justice
For many survivors of child sexual abuse by priests and pastors, there is still no legal recourse. Several now-grown survivors say that doesn’t mean justice is forever out of reach – but that it takes different forms.

Trump to declassify documents on Russia investigation
Documents from the FBI and Justice Department will be made public to build the president's case that investigations into Russian electoral interference are personal political attacks. Critics say the move holds grave risk for politicizing parts of the federal government. 

Decades after Anita Hill, another woman appears before the Senate
When Anita Hill testified in 1991 that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her in the workplace, there were only two women in the entire Senate. Today's political climate creates a different backdrop for Christine Balsey Ford, due to testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Sept 24. 

Supplies distributed to isolated Wilmington Isle after hurricane Florence
The rain has stopped but dangerously high floodwaters and fuel shortages are expected to last for days. Rescue and restoration efforts have begun in North Carolina with almost 20,000 military personnel and federal workers deployed to help in the aftermath.

Kavanaugh twist shows rising influence of MeToo
The fact that lawmakers on both sides were quick to say Kavanaugh’s accuser must be heard reflects the power of the #MeToo movement – and the pivotal role of women in US politics. But it’s unclear if the episode will change any minds about his confirmation.

How one North Carolina town stayed dry during Florence
As staff writer Patrik Jonsson began traveling the Carolinas after hurricane Florence, he came across a town that put aside its differences over politics and global warming to find a solution to chronic flooding. So far, it has kept Florence at bay.

Manafort plea deal leaves investigators wondering what he knows

Will Barack Obama's return to politics help Democrats?
Former President Barack Obama is campaigning to rally support for Democratic candidates in the upcoming midterm elections. Most Democrats are excited to see him back in the political fray – but so are many Republicans.

Dreaming in limbo: how DACA recipients are faring one year later
The Trump administration announced its decision to end the DACA program in September 2017. One year later, program recipients continue to volunteer, raise families, and advance their careers despite the constant threat of deportation. 

In pivot away from courts, gerrymandering initiatives to appear on ballots
In several Midwestern states this fall, voters will decide whether to have independent commissioners – rather than state lawmakers — draw congressional maps. The new initiatives represent a shift away from courts ruling on gerrymandering issues. 

In historic win, Letitia James secures spot in N.Y. attorney general race
Letitia James beat out three Democratic candidates in the primary for New York attorney general, giving her a shot at making history. If Ms. James wins the general election, she will be the first African-American woman to hold a statewide office in New York.

After explosions rock Boston suburbs, authorities work to find cause
In what one official called an "Armageddon," a series of gas explosions ripped through three Boston suburbs late on Sept. 13 toppling dozens of homes. Local and state authorities quickly arrived on the scene to investigate and assist those affected by the blasts.

For survivors of priest child sex abuse, what would real justice look like?
The question overlays every detailing of the sexual abuse of children by trusted spiritual figures: How can there be justice for such a crime? We asked several of those now-grown children what, exactly, ‘justice’ would mean for them.

As trade war heats up, Trump's Ag chief attempts to calm farmers
US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is touring farms across the country in an effort to sell farmers on the merits of Trump's trade war, with a focus on farms with local Republican candidates. 

Puerto Rican evacuees search for housing before hotel vouchers expire
Vouchers allowing Puerto Ricans displaced by hurricane Maria to live in hotels on the mainland will expire on Sept. 14. With limited resources, many evacuees are faced with tough decisions to keep roofs over their heads.  

Colleges respond to opioid crisis with resources, 'recovery houses'
Although small in number, collegiate recovery programs are growing, the result of pressure from states and student deaths. Long condemned as a moral failing, addiction is increasingly seen as a public health issue.

Karen Pence looks to lessen the burden on military spouses
Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, wants to use her post as second lady to raise awareness of common problems faced by military families. Her work follows Michelle Obama and Jill Biden's Joining Forces initiative that addressed some of the same issues.

Why good economic numbers aren’t giving Trump a boost in the polls

History lesson: Scholars take aim at racist views of Middle Ages
From black military leader Saint Maurice to Arab influences in early Spain, the historical record is helping medieval scholars reclaim an era from a false narrative. Multicultural societies, they say, predate not only the civil rights era, but the Renaissance.

Trump administration quietly upends decades of bipartisan refugee policies
President Trump came to power promising a tougher immigration policy. One consequence of this has been a plunging decline of refugees admitted into the US, with tragic consequences for those fleeing war and persecution.

Dallas law enforcement responds swiftly to police killing
The killing of black men by police departments has propelled protests nationwide at what many see as racial bias in the criminal justice system. But after the accidental death of Botham Jean in Dallas last week, there's hope of a speedier justice. 

Democratic newcomers run DIY-campaigns in fight for House
Democratic candidates running in GOP-held districts are often political newcomers, but that doesn't mean they should be discouraged: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee believes a connection to voters is all they need. 

Rural, low-income towns threatened by hurricane Florence
As the southeastern United States prepares for hurricane Florence, low-income communities in its path are attempting to take care of their own. Some of these towns are in areas notoriously difficult to evacuate, and some residents don't have transportation, or anywhere to go.

All the president’s seatmates: two days with Trump on Air Force One
Steak tacos, tres leches cake, and a napkin ring featuring the presidential seal: This was the press pool's meal on the president’s plane. Fear not dear taxpayers, the reporters’ employers do pay for their flights.  

Challenge to US sovereignty? In polls public accepts constraints on power.
To engage in world affairs multilaterally, are Americans willing to give up any sovereignty? For many years, polls have indicated that they are, putting the public consistently at odds with political leaders.

Most voters accept candidates who aren't religious, poll finds
A poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that while voters feel that religion should impact a wide variety of policy issues, many are accepting of candidates who don't hold strong religious beliefs.

The GOP's narrow path to holding the House
A key Republican sits down with reporters to discuss notable matchups and bellwether races ahead of the midterm elections.

Black women say they empathize with Serena Williams's treatment
Following Serena Williams's altercation with an umpire at the US Open final, other black women have described similar experiences in which they were told to 'watch their tone.' Many say they face unrealistic and stifling expectations for behavior in the workplace.

Amid debate on prison reform, rising voices from the inside
When it comes to conditions inside prisons, should prisoners have a voice? That's one of the questions raised by a three-week strike by inmates in more than a dozen states.

Indian territory again? An old Oklahoma murder case spotlights tribal sovereignty
A Supreme Court ruling on one man’s death penalty could embolden claims by Native Americans across the US, affecting states’ control over not only people, but oil and gas lands. 

With swimsuit competition gone, new Miss America embraces win
On Sunday night, Nia Imani Franklin became the first woman in Miss America history to win the crown without donning a swimsuit. Ms. Franklin believes the change will empower more young women to get involved in the scholarship competition. 

Catholics demand action in response to abuse scandals
Around the country, Catholics are putting pressure on leadership to make policy changes that would better protect youth from abuse. From letter writing campaigns to public protests, lay members are attempting to force change on their own. 

Despite signs of trouble, GOP has a road map for winning in November
A discussion with the House Republican in charge of keeping his party in control reveals the GOP's strategy for holding onto the majority. More than ever, it comes down to turning out the base.

Supreme Court hearings are broken, both parties say. How they can be fixed.
Senators of both parties complain that Supreme Court hearings today yield little useful information, with nominees wary of saying anything that might look like prejudging a case. But experts cite past examples that could foster greater insight – and greater civility.

Black women rally to challenge Democratic Party status-quo this November
With dozens running for Congress and high-profile campaigns in Georgia and Massachusetts, African-American women are organizing and leading political groups to assert their visibility and desire to be taken seriously as part of a changing Democratic Party coalition.

ACA health care markets stabilize nationwide for most consumers
Eight years after the creation of Obamacare, the political rhetoric around health care continues to be heated. But in most states premiums are plateauing and new providers are entering markets.

White House 'resistance': act of protection, or unadvisable 'soft coup'?
The release of a scathing opinion piece from an anonymous White House staffer has set the nation’s political gossip mill into full gear. But the bigger question is what the report might mean for America.

His value to Mueller probe less clear, Papadopoulos faces the judge
Former campaign aide George Papadopoulos was once seen as a linchpin in the Trump-Russia investigation, someone who could potentially bring down the president. But as he prepares to be sentenced Friday, a more nuanced picture of his role is emerging.

With parking-lot shooting, Florida 'stand your ground' law takes the stand
When is it acceptable for one citizen to take the life of another? That question has erupted anew as Floridians grapple with what constraints, if any, should be placed on the use of force in self-defense.

Kavanaugh questions abortion decision as 'settled law' in 2003 email
In an email obtained by The Associated Press, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh expresses uncertainty over the finality of Roe v. Wade, as the Court "can always overrule its precedent." The remarks contrast with related statements made by Mr. Kavanaugh during confirmation hearings.

Inside the Democratic Party's reinvention
Many consider Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts the faces of a new Democratic Party. Around the country, Democrats are pushing boundaries to bring more progressive policies to their states, but no one is sure where it will lead.

Why Woodward book poses real challenge to White House
Some of the books about the Trump White House can be faulted on several fronts. But the latest comes from Bob Woodward, whose track record means its contents are harder to dismiss.

Blue wave euphoria? Why it hasn't reached this corner of Baltimore.
Democrats hope the record number of women and minority candidates will fire up the diverse base. But in hard-hit, minority communities, convincing people that their vote can actually bring change is a tall order.

Diversity or discrimination? What’s at stake in the Harvard admissions lawsuit
Asian-Americans – and the US Department of Justice – are weighing in as a court determines whether the Ivy League school's approach to admissions has been discriminatory. 

Ayanna Pressley defeats 10-term Massachusetts congressman
In yet another example of the Democratic Party's shift to younger, more diverse candidates, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley beat out Democratic US Rep. Michael Capuano in Tuesday's primary. Ms. Pressley's win makes it likely she will become the first African-American to serve as a Massachusetts congresswoman.

At Kavanaugh hearings, questions of how much power a president should hold
The question of how much power a president should have has roiled American politics in recent years. The nominee for the Supreme Court comes to the issue from a unique vantage point.

Is Trump's rewrite of NAFTA hurting a partnership?
President Trump has long characterized NAFTA as "the worst trade deal ever." But it was also envisioned as a political partnership that enhanced regional stability.

Former Sen. Jon Kyl to fill McCain Senate seat
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced John McCain's replacement, ex-Sen. Jon Kyl, who has agreed to serve at least through the current term in Congress. Senator Kyl has been described as a "safe pick" who will help Republicans confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

New Nike campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick prompts online debate
The release of Nike's "Just Do It" 30th anniversary campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, a former NFL player known for protesting police brutality during the national anthem, has divided fans. Some called for boycotting Nike and destroying its products, while other commended the company's controversial decision.