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What Kavanaugh case means for 'innocent until proven guilty'
US Supreme Court confirmation hearings often become political spectacles. But in recent days, the Kavanaugh hearing has come to represent a collision between established legal norms and evolving social mores.

Breakfast with Tom Donohue: ‘real trade war’ would harm economy
At a Monitor Breakfast, US Chamber of Commerce leader Tom Donohue talked trade, tariffs, and why - after 21 years at the helm - he's not talking retirement. 

At UN, a less restrained Trump expected to double down on America First
Is President Trump withdrawing the US from its role as world leader? Not all agree. What is clear is his disinterest in the global order his predecessors built – and his increased confidence in his stance.

Second woman comes forward with allegations against Kavanaugh
Another allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was presented on Sept. 23 by Deborah Ramirez, who attended college with Mr. Kavanaugh, igniting further debate nationwide over how to proceed with these accusations.

Farmers worry bailouts won't compensate for tariff losses
Farmers are resilient against the unpredictability of weather, disease, and pests but trade wars are something different. Even though the Trump administration has released billions of dollars in emergency aid to farmers, some say it's not enough – and could swing their vote.

Kavanaugh hearings: Does panel need 'protocol' for sexual assault allegations?

Integrated but unequal: a world laid bare by high-schoolers, documented on film
Diverse, liberal communities can still harbor racism and inequity. Can the honest stories of young people compel adults to pay attention? A 10-part TV series is urging more conversations. 

Women athletes create #MilesforMollie to generate safety conversations
Media reports in the wake of the murder of Mollie Tibbetts and others have generated fear around women who exercise alone. In response, women across the country are raising their voices to discuss safety strategies and rededicate themselves to athletic pursuits.

N.C. hog farmers caught in conundrum: US loves pork, but not Big Pork
Even before hurricane Florence, the hog debate in North Carolina had come to symbolize larger environmental questions amid climate change.

Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria: one year later
Memorials and commemorations took place across the island this week as residents grappled with how the storm changed their lives and created problems of housing, electricity, and loss that still linger.

Why both Iran and US have taken hits from nuclear deal withdrawal
On the world stage, the use of brute strength is value-neutral only in rare instances. More often it catalyzes opposition, resentment, or active resistance. Yet it is still used. 

Tax returns are again a political focus – now in governor's races
During the 2016 presidential election, tax returns came to the forefront as then-candidate Donald Trump refused to release his. The issue has come up again as several candidates for governor debate if tax returns are relevant to their candidacy. 

What 'pink wave'? Why GOP women candidates are minding the gender gap.
More women than ever are on the ballot in November. And how those women are running their campaigns speaks to the growing differences in the makeup of the parties.

Political undertones shape Florence coverage
Commentators across the spectrum infused their coverage of hurricane Florence with partisan questions and assertions. While some maintain natural disasters are the best time of have these kinds of conversations, others find political discourse dismissive of storm survivors.

Liberal arts watch: Colleges appeal to students with ‘purposeful work’
Is college meant to prepare students for jobs or to help them be better thinkers? Liberal arts colleges in the United States, increasingly defending their content, have found a way to do both.

Chamber of Commerce opposes a trade war. But can it deter Trump?
Tom Donohue of the US Chamber reveals the complexity in how American businesses view Trump’s confrontation with China. Donohue agrees concerns are urgent, but says trade war is “biggest threat” to economy.

With land to spare, US churches turn to farming
In the midst of food deserts and declining church populations, faith groups are uniting to form the Christian Food Movement, which uses dormant church land to grow crops and feed the hungry.

Feds pledge more funds to target violence against Native American women
For decades, Native American women have been disappearing across both the US and Canada with little law enforcement recognition or media coverage. The US Justice Department plans to do more. 

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.