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I looked for a state that’s taking gun violence seriously. I found Massachusetts.

Massachusetts offers a model for dealing with gun violence that the rest of the country could follow.

US bishops had a plan to combat clerical sex abuse. The Vatican just hit pause.

The Vatican asked the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to delay votes on proposals to fight child abuse.

Melania Trump publicly demanded a top NSC aide’s firing — and reportedly got it

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House Democrats plan to push for $15 federal minimum wage

It’s part of a larger plan to pressure Republicans on labor issues.

Amazon HQ2: the many layers of backlash against the company’s expansion, explained

HQ2 critics are concerned about gentrification, rising housing costs, and an overall lack of transparency in the application process.

Michelle Obama left her job so her husband could be president. Now it’s her turn to shine.

The Obamas’ "seesaw marriage" could be a model for modern relationships.

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New York’s Orthodox Jewish community is battling measles outbreaks. Vaccine deniers are to blame.

Trump may fire his immigration hardliner DHS secretary — for not being hardline enough

Game of Thrones’ final season will premiere in April 2019

Amazon HQ2 to be split between Crystal City, VA, and Long Island City, NY

CNN sues White House for using doctored video to bar Jim Acosta

Why the political fight in Georgia is far from over

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Trump’s bizarre embrace of French nationalism

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“I didn’t really think he could win”: Michelle Obama’s new memoir reveals why she let Barack run for president

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