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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.

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.

Why white nationalists chose Charlottesville
The Virginia city is known predominately as a liberal and cosmopolitan university town – so why did organizers of a white nationalist rally choose this spot?

Size estimates of North Korea's nuclear arsenal difficult, experts say
United States intelligence agencies have struggled to nail down an estimate for the rogue nation's nuclear arsenal. Military leaders are also concerned about how fast North Koreas's firepower could be mobilized. 

Campus police brace for potential violent protests as students return for fall classes
Fearing right-wing groups could feel emboldened by the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., to ignite unrest on campuses, colleges and universities are preparing strategies to deal with possible confrontations between opposing groups. 

Fallout from modern protests: naming and shaming online
The resulting vigilantism, as well-intentioned as it may be, could end up hardening the views of those it is targeting and creating a 'surveillance society.' Charlottesville is just the latest such campaign. 

In the heartland, a David and Goliath battle over a pipeline
In rural Nebraska, a determined couple are among the last holdouts to the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which they say could pose a threat to an important underground water source. They plan to do whatever it takes to protect their family farm.

Forest rangers prepare for influx of eclipse watchers in US West
Local authorities and fire fighters will be on high alert as tourists stream into fire-prone West. 

Is Robert E. Lee on the same pedestal as George Washington? Why scholars say no
President Trump's comparison of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee with Washington and Jefferson has sparked controversy. Historians weigh in on whether the analogy is justified. 

Teachers build empathy, one book at a time
Two award-winning educators – on a reservation in Arlee, Mont., and in Washington – share how literature has helped expand their students' discussions, and perspective.

Why there's been a big drop in women coaches under Title IX
Since the gender equity law was passed 45 years ago this summer, the number of female athletes has grown sixfold. But as women's sports became more competitive, the coaching ranks were increasingly filled with men.

After brinkmanship, a diplomatic opening with North Korea
North Korea announced Tuesday that its leader, Kim Jong-un, had decided to hold off on plans to fire ballistic missiles into waters near Guam. President Trump praised the 'well-reasoned' decision early Wednesday.

Meet the Raging Grannies, Portland's not-so-secret warriors for civility
The model of peaceful protest that's largely held since the civil rights era is being challenged, with roiling violence in American cities from Charlottesville, Va., to Portland, Ore. The Grannies, who use humor to defuse tense situations, are among those trying to calm the streets.

Overdose deaths among teens climb after years of decline
A new US report shows that drug overdoses have inched up among teens, which researchers attribute to the increasing availability of opioids and other dangerous narcotics. 

In the dark of night, Baltimore quietly removes its Confederate statues
The rally over the past weekend of what is believed to be the largest gathering of white supremacists in a decade in Charlottesville, Va., prompted another Southern city to take down its Confederate statues without delay.

Trump goes off notes to blame 'both sides' in deadly Virginia clash
President Trump's rhetoric about the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Va., raises new and troubling questions about his ability to lead, even among some supporters.

Possible key to N. Korea standoff: US economic pressure on China
So far, sanctions on Kim Jong-un's regime have made him ever more dependent on Beijing. The US task is to convince China that a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula is in its own interest.

Moral leadership in the wake of Charlottesville
President Trump's more specific denunciation of racism and violence was applauded by some, but others see a need for more consistent moral leadership as the country confronts an emboldened white supremacy movement.

Colleges ponder: Are remedial classes the best way to help?
California State University is the latest to move away from the non-credit courses in favor of approaches intended to offer more support to struggling students and to allow them to graduate faster.

Enthusiasm for charter school formation takes hit, new poll finds
Despite campaign promises from President Trump to expand school choice, national support for charter schools has dwindled – something researchers say can't be linked solely to the current administration. 

How a colorful Iowa newspaperman is taking on big interests
Art Cullen, who runs a tiny paper along with his brother, wife, and son, won a Pulitzer Prize this spring for his bold editorials.

Mayors, officials take action to relocate Confederate statues
In wake of deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va., elected officials across the South show unity in their resolve to remove Confederate statues and symbols from public places. 

Washington watches critical Alabama Senate race as GOP bellwether
Republican candidates rush to fill the senate seat left open by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Alabama has long served as a GOP mainstay but will growing opposition to the president open a path for democrats? 

Libraries obsolete? No way, say Millennials.
Young people like the library for its meeting spaces and programming, but bookies from all generations are taking advantage of changes in the public institution first envisioned by Ben Franklin.

Diverse opposition to white nationalist rally in Charlottesville
Groups ranging from college professors to clergy to activists gathered to resist a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. 

Senior US military officer warns North Korea against provocation
Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford urged a peaceful resolution with North Korea but also backed up the president's statement that the US is 'locked and loaded.'

Trump faces pressure over indecisive response to Charlottesville clashes
Critics are frustrated with the President's failure to explicitly condemn the actions of white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.

Medicaid emerges stronger after failed healthcare repeal
Increased participation – and acceptance – means any new GOP attempt to address problems with the Affordable Care Act would be unlikely to achieve deep Medicaid cuts.

Washington's response to Charlottesville attack: three questions
President Trump is returning to Washington today as both Democrats and Republicans push him to take a stronger stand against white nationalist violence.

Will Charlottesville mark a tipping point for the United States?
Three people were killed and more than 35 injured Saturday during the largest white supremacist rally the country has seen in generations.

Can you please talk, not text? Parenting the Instagram generation
Can kids be encouraged to let go of the virtual world – occasionally – and engage in the real one? Can they stop posting selfies long enough to think of someone else? The answer is yes. But there are bound to be some anxious moments for parents along the way.

When presidents talk tough
Resolute statements, which commit a president to a specific course of action, work the best. Still, few past presidential threats have been as inflammatory as President Trump's toward North Korea.

Trump administration turns to private sector for new defense tech, amid skeptics
President Trump is backing an Obama-era initiative which incentivizes private companies to innovate defense tech, but some members of Congress question the initiative’s efficacy. 

Behind North Korea's dash to the nuclear finish line, a cold war push
Feeling threatened by the US after the Korean War, the North turned to the USSR for nuclear training and a reactor. But its recent surge comes from within: its willingness to take risks and learn from mistakes.

Coming home again: What brings people back to a dying town?
Visitors passing through the town of Peru, Ind., might interpret the silence of empty storefronts as the sound of a town dying. But to many residents returning home after years away, it is the sound of opportunity.

US oil industry challenges sanctions on Venezuela
Sanctions imposed on Venezuela Wednesday have yet to materialize following complaints from US oil industry leaders, though debate swirls over whether or not the sanctions will actually have a significant impact on the US economy. 

Study says uncertain future of health care will spike premium costs
A nonpartisan study released Thursday found mixed signals from President Trump and failed health-care reform in the Senate contributed to insurance premium increases forecasts across the country.

How can Democrats win back trust of disaffected Trump voters?
Democrats' new 'Better Deal' offers an economic message to woo back working-class America. But some contend that it's not just 'the economy, stupid,' as Bill Clinton's campaign strategist so famously quipped.

Insurgent Senate candidates align with Trump, threaten GOP split
In the spirit of Trump's anti-establishment campaign promises, incumbent politicians find new challengers from those claiming to be faithful to the president's 'America first' vision.

Despite rhetoric from Trump, Tillerson reassures on North Korea threat
President Trump may be tweeting about 'fire and fury,' but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson assures that a nuclear attack from North Korea remains unlikely.

Guam residents on edge, caught between US-North Korea dispute
With low confidence in Washington’s peacekeeping abilities, Guam residents are growing nervous about North Korea, though experts say there is no imminent threat to the island. 

Can Congress keep Robert Mueller from being fired?
New bills introduced last week could protect the special counsel from a presidential pink slip, and may signal a tipping point for Capitol Hill's patience. 

Why these parents want their kids to have an 'old-fashioned summer'
Days spent playing outside with friends used to be a hallmark of summer – and some parents are trying bring back unstructured, unsupervised play as child development experts warn about the harm caused by overprotective parenting.

Burning river reborn: How Cleveland saved the Cuyahoga – and itself
Many Americans remember the Cuyahoga as the river that ignited the environmental movement with a photo of flaming waters splashed across the pages of Time magazine. But to Cleveland residents, the story is more personal.

Bipartisan advisers urge Congress for continued action on health care
Leading policy advisers from both parties push for the next step in one of the most polarizing issues in Washington.

De Blasio wants to tax the rich to fund NYC subway improvements
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's Monday proposal would raise taxes on 32,000 of the city's wealthiest residents, but the bill will likely face resistance in the state's Republican-controlled Senate.

Chicago files federal lawsuit claiming sanctuary cities threat 'unconstitutional'
Chicago is the first city to sue the Trump administration over the Department of Justice's threat to punish so-called sanctuary cities, calling the federal government's attempts to force compliance by threatening to cut off funding 'unauthorized and unconstitutional.'

Mike Pence's job: Navigating most challenging vice presidency in US history
Pence’s experience in Congress and as governor of Indiana makes him an essential asset. But as a president-in-waiting, he also has to walk a fine line as he seeks not to overstep his bounds.

For US, Russia, challenge of deep chill is to keep cool and take small steps
Tillerson and Lavrov meet this weekend in Manila, and the climate could hardly be icier. But by dusting off cold war diplomatic skill sets, some analysts say, areas of cooperation can be found.

Donald Trump, meet the Founding Fathers
On one level, it seems individuals are thwarting the president's legislative agenda. But seen more broadly, it's America’s system of governance that the president is running up against.