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Political commentators on presidential candidates’ behavior

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Political columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks, who usually fall on different sides of the political spectrum, agreed on Friday that Donald Trump’s behavior in recent days has harmed his campaign. Continue reading

Salesman Ryan Martinez clears the chamber of an AR-15 at the "Ready Gunner" gun store In Provo, Utah, U.S. in Provo, Utah, U.S., June 21, 2016. Massachusetts will ban the sale of "copycat" assault-style weapons similar to those increasingly used in mass shootings, state Attorney General Maura Healey, said July 20, 2016. REUTERS/George Frey/File Photo - RTSIXLF

Election issue: Clinton and Trump on gun control

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Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different approaches to the issue of gun control. Continue reading

Newark's mayor Ras Baraka speaks to the media during a meeting with police chief and N.J. civil organizations outside of the federal building, in Newark, New Jersey, after the grand jury decision in Ferguson on Monday, November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4FKNL

How do different racial groups view the police?

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Only one-third of African Americans think the police are doing an excellent job, compared to roughly three quarters of white people, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. But Newark, New Jersey Mayor Ras Baraka has worked to change those numbers. Continue reading

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Gerrymandering and partisan politics in the U.S.

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The practice of drawing congressional district lines to benefit one political party over another is known as gerrymandering and dates back to the 19th century. Continue reading

A protester demonstrates against the Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. September 9, 2016.  REUTERS/Andrew Cullen - RTX2OVHV

Native American tribes band together to block oil pipeline

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Unrest in North Dakota persists as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe continues to protest the building of an oil pipeline that would threaten its culture and health. Continue reading

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